LH Police looking for a new officer

LOCK HAVEN — The Lock Haven City Police Department is looking for a full time officer.

The search began after one of the city’s officers submitted their resignation last week, Police Chief Kristin Smith said.

“We’re looking for mature, level headed individuals who can perform the job,” Smith said.

Once hired, the officer will be on probation for 12 months and spend time training with a senior officer.

“We do about a three-month training program,” Smith said. “Basically they’re riding around with a senior officer training.”

Smith added that all officers, including herself, are constantly training and learning new aspects to the job.

“We are constantly doing training,” she said.

To qualify a person:

∫ Must be a United States of naturalized citizen.

∫ Have a high school diploma or equivalent.

∫ Must be physically, medically and psychologically fit for performance of police duties.

∫ Have good moral character.

∫ Licensed to operate a motor vehicle.

∫ Be 21 years of age or older.

A new officer will begin with a starting salary of $48,949 which could increase to $57,476 after two years.

Health insurance is included and begins the date of hire and will also continue into retirement.

New officers receive 12 sick days, 16 vacation days, 11 holidays and four personal days.

A written Civil Service examination and physical performance testing will also be administered in Lock Haven on Oct. 12.

Another opening may be coming soon as well by 2020, Smith said.

“Somebody is anticipating moving on in January,” she explained.

Anyone who may be interested in applying for the position is asked to contact the Lock Haven City Police at 570-893-5901, visit the city’s website at lockhavenpa.gov or by emailing hiring@lockhavenpa.gov.