Dupont police department considers regionalization

By B. Garret Rogan - For Sunday Dispatch | July 24th, 2015 1:30 pm

DUPONT — Residents were provided with police and other community updates during a regular borough council meeting on Tuesday, July 14.

Borough police chief Sean Murray stated that while June was quiet in terms of major crimes, the municipal police were busy with traffic citations. The Dupont Police Department issued 97 traffic tickets with a particular focus on ensuring compliance from truck drivers.

The borough now has one officer specifically dedicated to serving as a truck traffic inspector.

This issue was unintentionally on display immediately prior to the meeting.

Residents arriving at the borough’s council meeting ahead of its 7 p.m. start time would have witnessed a truck pulled over to the side of Chestnut Street being evaluated by a police officer.

In other police matters, residents were invited to attend a police regionalization meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 at the borough’s municipal building.

The focus of this regionalization meeting is geared towards police officers currently serving the six communities in the Greater Pittston area currently contemplating forming one department: Dupont, Jenkins Township, Yatesville, Hughestown and Pittston Township.

Dupont recently received $100,000 and Jenkins received $200,000 in state grant funding to be applied to the regionalization study.

Also on Tuesday, residents were informed that Dupont’s Progress Committee now has over $5,000 accumulated in a fund to construct a centennial memorial clock.

Mayor Dan Lello commended the work of the committee and noted its purpose isn’t limited to raising funds for the clock or celebrating the town’s 100-year anniversary, but to bring people in the town together to strengthen the sense of community.

The next Dupont Borough Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

By B. Garret Rogan

For Sunday Dispatch

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