The Evans City/Seven Fields Regional Police Department recently hired an additional full-time police officer.
Michelle Davis joined the force as the fourth full-time officer.
Tom Smith, police department administrator, said funds were earmarked in the 2018 budget for an additional full-time position. They hope to add another full-time position in 2019, he said.
“Then we’ll have less reliance on part-time officers,” he said.
There are 12 police officers in the department. The chief, sergeant and corporal positions are also full time.
Davis starts at a pay of $20.66 an hour. Davis has been working with the force part time since January 2017. She has also worked at the Franklin Park Police Department in Allegheny County. Davis has a degree in criminal justice from Slippery Rock University.
The police department also received a grant from the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association for a mobile finger print ID scanner.
The device will help identify people who do not have their identification on them or identify people who police suspect are not giving accurate information.
“If you didn’t have that device, you’d have to drive up to Butler with the individual to have them fingerprinted at the state police barracks,” Smith said. “It’s a nice tool to have in the field.”
The grant paid for the device and cell service for it for the first year. After a year, the police department will have to pay for any maintenance fees and cellular service for the device.