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New Cops, Including Former Scranton Chief, Now On The Job

Posted on: 5:54 pm, February 6, 2014, by , updated on: 06:28pm, February 6, 2014

WILKES-BARRE — The city of Wilkes-Barre has more manpower to fight crime: 10 new officers were sworn in on Thursday.

And one of them is a familiar face in law enforcement.

There are very few days when the Wilkes-Barre Police Department can celebrate. This was one of them as 10 new officers were sworn in.

“He’s worked hard all of his young life to get to where he wanted to be and this is exactly what he wants to do, and he’s very, very proud. We’re very proud of him,” said Patty Roper, the mother of one of the new officers.

Among the new officers is one very familiar face: Dan Duffy.

“Dan Duffy is the former chief of police of Scranton. I know everybody’s wondering that out there. He’s also a very good friend of mine, and we’re happy to have him on board,” said Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Gerry Dessoye.

In fact, eight of the 10 new officers have field experience already. That’s a plus for a department that Mayor Tom Leighton says could use extra people on the streets.

“With the addition of 10 officers today, bringing the compliment up to 85, I’m confident that the streets will be safer with these new officers,” said Mayor Leighton.

Leighton budgeted for the new officers after the force decreased in numbers in the past few years.

“I hope with the addition of the officers that the community feels safer and people can trust the police and see that there is good in the city of Wilkes-Barre,” Roper added.

As for former Scranton Police Chief Dan Duffy, Chief Gerry Dessoye says he’s an asset to the department.

“He had a phenomenal reputation as a street police officer when he was in Scranton. He told me this is what he wants to get back to doing. He wants to do basic police work, and I welcome him.”

As a rule, all Wilkes-Barre police officers must live within 13-and-a-half miles of the city.  Duffy has six months to relocate to follow that rule.

But the extra manpower that he and the other nine officers can offer will be immediate.

7 comments

  • Gary Evans says:

    Scranton residents at my worksite say that the police and fire depts union is a farce and unreliable. Seems to me that they are whiners! Duffy is moving to another city and escaping the 52% tax increase in Scranton. I would say that he is the smarter one of you commentors…..

  • Sundown says:

    The best of luck and Godspeed to you all in law enforcement, you got your work cut out for you, we could use 10 more like you in every town to rid us all of the scum out there sprouting up like weeds. Take ‘em down if you please, take ‘em out if necessary.

  • angie says:

    W-B can have him. He’s an a hole.

  • Donald Feeney says:

    A turnaround guy likes big challenges. WB sure is one.

  • marbs says:

    This is baffling to me, A man goes from Sgt to Chief in Scranton, then goes on to be head of the Lackawanna College Police Academy, then to part time Police officer in Dickson City, now down to rookie officer in Wilkes Barre.Plus he has to move closer to his new job. Still shaking my head.

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