Upper Macungie Township reports more progress toward establishing its own police force, which will begin full operation in January 2013.
This week, officials:
- Offered jobs to 25 applicants for police officer
- Unveiled an official patch for the new force
Last month, the borough authorized purchase of six new Ford Interceptor police cars for the department.
The new police officers will join two lieutanants hired in May.
Former state trooper Edgardo Colon is chief of the force and leading the preparations as the township splits from the former regional Berks-Lehigh force, which will continue to provide local law enforcement through the end of 2012.
Colon declined to say how many Berks-Lehigh Regional police officers will be asked to to join the township department, according to a Lehigh Valley Live report.