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New officers take to streets in Allentown

By Katie Shank, Senior Producer, KShank@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 31 2013 03:33:24 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 01 2013 05:23:29 AM CST

A handful of new police officers will soon be walking the beat in Allentown.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

A handful of new police officers will soon be walking the beat in Allentown.

Three of the officers recently graduated from the police academy. They received their Allentown Police Department badges during a ceremony at City Hall on Thursday.

Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Police Chief Roger MacLean presided as badges were pinned on December academy graduates officers Richard Seltzer, Maurice Flowers-Williams and Stephen Madison. Pawlowski administered the oath of office to new officers Ryan Alles, Matthew Christman, Michael Lovett and Michael Vernotica.

Officer Seltzer holds a BA in Marketing/Management from Siena College.

Officer Flowers-Williams holds a BA in Philosophy from Bloomsburg University and is attending West Chester University for Criminal Justice.

Officer Madison is currently attending Northampton Community College. He has served in the Army National Guard.

Officer Alles has been a Bucks County Corrections Officer and is attending Bucks County Community College, majoring in Criminal Justice.

Officer Christman holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Albright College and has been a member of the Moravian College Police Department.

Officer Lovett holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from Kings College and has been a police officer in the city of Harrisburg.

Officer Vernotica was a Lehigh County Deputy Sheriff and is attending Northampton Community College, majoring in Criminal Justice.

All of the officers will go through field training before they start patrolling on their own.

The new hires bring the count of sworn police officers in Allentown to 213.