New guns for police

The South Williamsport Borough Council passed a motion for the police department to purchase new handguns Monday night.

The vote passed 9-0 with Richard Harris Jr., Joseph Larue Jr., Albert Morrison III, Jeff Thompkins, Dan Cupp, Henry Frey Jr., Robert Cronin, Ed Weinhoffer and J. Bernard Schelb voting in favor.

Police Chief Robert Hetner said that he has been dealing with a sales representative, who will bring in a few different hand guns for officers to choose from. The officers will test the guns on the shooting range and decide which gun is the best fit for them.

This is the first time that officers may be allowed to have different hand gun models, though they will all be a similar caliber, Hetner said.

“We want the officers to feel comfortable (using their gun),” Hetner said.

Council also unanimously passed motions to hire a new police officer and to hire Uni-Tec Consulting Engineers for the three year community development block grant term.

Brenda Wagner and Samantha Tufts, co-chairwomen of Friends of Paws Park, attended the council meeting and presented the police department K-9 unit with a check for $775.93 from their recent Dog Gone Motorcycle Ride fund raiser, which featured a 61-mile route motorcycle ride and craft fair. Seventy-one motorcycle riders participated in the event and 150 to 200 others were in attendance, Wagner said.