“It’s a shock.” Residents of Kiski township want local police back

When residents of Kiski Township and North Apollo woke up Friday morning, some were surprised to learn that they had lost their 24/7 police service.

Four police officers and the police secretary resigned on Thursday and early Friday, leaving only a newly appointed police chief and the school resource officer.

State police are responding to 911 calls in both communities.

“It’s a shock,” said Toni Stefanik of Kiski Township, one of the co-owners of Dolly’s Diner at North Apollo.

Stefanik said she was at Apollo-Ridge High School on Thursday to help feed the officers for a drill.

“They were all good guys,” she said.

Although the state police covers all calls, Stefanik and some other residents want their local police department.

The restaurant relied on Kiski Township police for calls and a quick response, she said.

Recently, a man was trying to enter the restaurant at 8 p.m. and restaurant workers called the police, Stefanik said.

“The guy had health issues and he thought it was 8am,” she said, adding, “We need the local police because there’s a lot going on in town.”

Nancy Miller, an Apollo resident who lives near the Apollo North border, said, “Hopefully the state police can handle emergency calls in a timely manner.”

State Police officers will respond to calls and patrol the area, said Harrisburg State Police communications director Myles Snyder.

While it’s hard to speculate on the timing of police coverage, it very much depends on what’s going on and where, he said.

“There could be a city police officer and a state trooper on patrol that might actually be closer to an incident than the local police station,” Snyder said.

Another resident, who identified himself as Chris H. of Allegheny Township, said, “State police are not enough. The situation must be resolved.

The restaurant’s other owner, Dolly McCoy, said she was proud of Sgt. Thomas Dessell, who resigned on Friday, for having “held on. He said what needed to be said. »

In complaints to his union and supervisors, Dessell said he was harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment due to the behavior of some supervisors. In their resignation letters, the four officers who departed accused some of the supervisors of leaving their jobs, as did the police secretary who resigned.

Township supervisors are not commenting on complaints from Dessell and others and resignations because of existing complaints and ongoing litigation, said Kiski Township attorney Tim Miller.

Mary Ann Thomas is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Mary at 724-226-4691, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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