Six new City of Allentown police officers were sworn-in and a recent police academy graduate received his badge during a ceremony this morning in City Council chambers.
Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald presided as a badge was pinned on academy graduate Officer Adam Dennis. Pawlowski administered the oath of office to new officers Jose Ozoa Jr., who is currently attending the academy, and officers Daniel Sullivan, David Clouser, Arthur Owens II, Gary Walsh and James Nuskey. Officers Sullivan, Clouser, Owens, Walsh and Nuskey also received their department badges.
The hirings bring the count of sworn police officers in the city to 203.
“I am truly inspired by the day to day determination and dedication of the men and women who wear the uniform of the Allentown police department,” Pawlowski said. “They do an incredible job under difficult circumstances. We are able to sleep somewhat easier knowing that police officers are doing their utmost to protect the city. It has been my pleasure to swear-in dozens of new officers. It is important that we take the time to acknowledge their performance at ceremonies like these.”
Officer Dennis graduated from the 20 week course at the Allentown Police Academy and underwent three more weeks at the academy on advanced training techniques and department policies and procedures specific to the Allentown Police Department. He is currently undergoing field training. Officers Sullivan, Clouser, Owens, Walsh and Nuskey had previously obtained their Act 120 certifications and will begin field training.
Officer Dennis holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Penn State University. He is assigned to the 1st Platoon.
Officer Nuskey holds a BS in Business from Albright College. He will be assigned to the 1st Platoon.
Officer Ozoa holds a BA in Sociology with a concentration in criminal justice from East Stroudsburg University. He will be assigned to the 3rd Platoon.
Officer Sullivan is Act 120 Certified from the Montgomery County Police Academy and attended Montgomery County Community College. He is assigned to the 1st Platoon.
Officer Clouser is Act 120 Certified from the Montgomery County Police Academy. He is attending Northampton Community College. He is assigned to the 3rd Platoon.
Officer Owens attended Northampton Community College and Susquehanna University. He is a graduate of the Allentown Police Academy and is assigned to the 3rd Platoon.
Officer Walsh attended Northampton Community College. He is a graduate of the Allentown Police Academy and is assigned to the 1st Platoon.