Assistant Chief Struss is a 1987 graduate of Emmaus High School. She attended Lehigh County Community College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1989. She graduated from Shippensburg University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
She worked as an adult probation officer for Lehigh County from 1991 until she joined the Allentown Police Department in February of 1997. She began her career in patrol on the 4th Platoon. In 1999, she was transferred to the Vice and Intelligence Unit and in 2004 she transferred to the Youth Division as a detective. In 2005, she became a school resource officer and she was assigned to Raub Middle School. In January 2011, she was promoted to Sergeant and she was the supervisor of the Youth Division. She was then promoted to Captain in September of 2013 where she was responsible for the 2nd Platoon and PSA II. In January of 2016, she was promoted to Assistant Chief.
Assistant Chief Struss was a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team from 2000-2016. She served as Assistant Commander of the team from September 2013 until March 2014 when she was named Commander of the team. She also was a certified instructor from 1994 to 2016 in the Protective Safety System.
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