New police hires are welcomed
The city police added three new hires to the department complement Thursday night, an occasion for City Council to congratulate an increasingly younger and enthusiastic department.
Thaddaeus Paul Trafford, 25, Addison Timothy Gingrich, 24, and Gino Vincent Caschera, 22, took the oath of office administered by City Clerk Janice Frank and were handed badges and keys by Capt. Jody Miller.
Caschera of South Williamsport is the son of Mike and Karen Caschera and a 2013 graduate of South Williamsport High School.
Gingrich hails from Dover, and is the son of Beth Fitzpatrick and Timothy Gingrich.
Trafford lives in Lewisburg and is the son of Kelly Fisher and Lance Trafford. He is a 2009 graduate of Williamsport Area High School and he is married to Ashley Trafford. The couple have a daughter, Arabella.
The officers start Monday and bring the complement to 50. The department has been budgeted for 51 officers, according to city Police Chief David J. Young.
Each council member shared his or her appreciation for the new officers’ career choice and their promised devotion to the city and to protect and serve the residents and guests. Council members offered their help should the new officers need any assistance.
Councilman Randall J. Allison also observed how the department continues to be a younger one, but with the same sense of duty and tradition.
The officers will be under the command of Young, who retired from the state police and joined the department in April last year.