City police launch newsletter highlighting bureau activities

Using yet another means to reach out to local residents, city police published its first newsletter; a 10-page packet of information that covers everything from recent training events involving officers to a list of incidents the Williamsport Bureau of Police investigated in the first six months of the year.

Called “The Bureau,” the newsletter is “intended to provide additional information about the bureau to the public. We hope the newsletter will be informative and help provide another look into the largest municipal police department in the county,” police Chief David Young said.

The first edition started off with a column by Capt. Jody Miller, who shared his personal reflections on why he chose to become a policeman.

“I saw my local heroes every time the marked police car drove by my house in my small town. Seeing those heroes in my hometown, wearing an ironed-crisp uniform with shiny boots and decked out in all that gear, gave me a sense of pride and purpose,” Miller, the patrol division supervisor for the bureau, wrote in the column.

The newsletter is the department’s attempt “to help illustrate, highlight and educate our community on some of our daily activities, provide crime statistics, explain organizational goals as well as (try to provide an understanding of the) day-to-day life” of a police officer, Miller wrote in the same column.

On the second page is a list of calls officers handled between January and June — such as 399 domestic disturbances, 10 death investigations, seven robberies, 15 sex offenses and one shooting.

Another page is devoted to providing the telephone extensions for all police officers in the department in the event someone wants to talk to or leave a message with a specific officer.

Finally, on the last page there is the “Cold Case Corner,” which will highlight an unsolved crime and conclude with contact information for anyone who might have a fresh tip for investigators.

The newsletter is expected to be put out quarterly and will be available on the bureau’s Facebook page as well as this web address: www.cityof williamsport.org/governments/public safety/police department.php.