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Shining moments for local law enforcement

In an age when police have come under intense scrutiny, we are proud of the majority of the work of law enforcement right here in our backyard.

Just consider a couple of local “top cops” who recently were honored by their peers.

City police Agent Brittany Alexander, an eight-year veteran of the force, was awarded the department’s highest honor — Officer of the Year — when that program was resurrected this year.

It was the first time the honor was given in a number of years and an honor the department had wanted to restart for some time, according to police Chief Damon R. Hagan.

Alexander has been involved in many types of investigations, including homicide and crimes against children.

And then the COVID-19 virus of the past year changed staffing and operations for the city bureau.

As officers were exposed and had to quarantine, Alexander “came to the rescue” at times when nobody else wa–s available.

“She did some extraordinary work” — and some of the best in the state, Hagan said.

And then there is William Weber, chief county detective and a retired city police officer.

During the course of his career, Weber has been watching out for some of the most vulnerable members of our community for decades.

Weber recently was honored by the YWCA Northcentral PA for his work helping victims of sexual assault.

Ever humble, he deflected the attention, saying, “It’s not me, it’s the partnerships that we’ve developed.”

“We’ve got an incredible team of people that all work together on child abuse and sexual assault,” he said.

The fact that he wanted to share the spotlight makes us respect him even more.

Thank you, Detective Weber, and thank you, Agent Alexander, for the valuable work you do. The community is better for it, as well as for the greater law enforcement community in general.

Our hats go off to you this day.

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