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City police select officer of the quarter

Montoursville native and city K-9 Patrolman Tyson Minier has been selected as the Bureau of Police’s Officer of the Quarter for the first quarter of the year.

“During the quarter, officer Minier was involved in several significant incidents,” city Police Chief Damon Hagan said.

One of the notable incidents was the arrest of an armed burglar in mid-February, Hagan said, adding that the officer later “obtained a confession” from the suspect.

A month later, Minier and a second officer “discovered two homeless” subjects that had sought shelter in a garage, Hagan said.

“One subject went to work while officer Minier displayed extraordinary compassion by paying for a motel room for the other homeless person,” the chief said.

After being discontinued a few years ago, city police resumed their canine program, and Minier “was recently selected to become the bureau’s first canine officer in several years,” Hagan said. Both the officer and his partner, Tacoma, successfully completed training at the Canine Academy at Shallow Creek Kennels Inc. in Mercer County. The city’s purchase and training of Tacoma was made possible by a donation from Cioca Dealerships.

“Officer Minier is known for being a proactive learner and can always be found reviewing case law regarding all aspects of the police profession. He regularly conducts K-9 training scenarios with other officers on his shift, strengthening the bond between the K-9 team and the rest of his patrol squad,” Hagan said.

Minier is a graduate of Montoursville High School, a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps and a former dispatcher with the county’s Department of Public Safety. He is a member of the Montoursville Volunteer Fire Co.

“The officer’s exemplary performance and dedication to duty throughout the first quarter of the year were a great credit to the city, and were in keeping with the highest standards and traditions of the bureau,” Hagan said.

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