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Berlin police officer trained and ready

April 5, 2019

Berlin’s newest police officer is ready to patrol on his own.

At a borough council meeting Thursday night, Mayor Joe Krause said that Officer Barry Barron has finished training with Officer William Gonzalez and has been cleared to work on his own for about a week.

Krause said Barron was hired in February to work part time at $15 an hour.

“He’s a real nice guy. He fits in with (Officer-in-Charge) Rodney (Norman) real well,” he said. “He’s a good fit here.”

Krause said he’s looking to have Barron work up to about 20 hours per week.

Norman and Gonzalez are the borough’s full-time officers.

Recently, the borough and Berlin Brothersvalley School District entered into an agreement for police coverage.

The coverage is paid for by a $25,000 state grant. Krause said Norman and Gonzalez have been rotating on their shifts to spend about five hours in the school daily.

The borough was originally looking to hire an officer for district duties, but a candidate took a job in Meyersdale instead.

Police committee Chairman Tom Fisher said he feels the mayor’s plan with the two officers is working.

“We tried to hire just for that . . . but there was like split hours (for coverage),” he said. “I think the way Joe has it now, rotating them, is going real well.”

Barron was not at Thursday’s meeting.