The Monroeville police force is younger than years past, but also experienced.
Five new Monroeville officers were sworn in by Mayor Greg Erosenko Tuesday to help fill vacancies left by retirements.
“The good part about hiring in Monroeville is that we get experienced officers,” Cole said.
The officers brought with them an average of 10 years experience in areas such as Pittsburgh, Penn Hills, Pitcairn and North Versailles.
The department lost 13 officers to retirement and two officers died for reasons unrelated to work since 2013. The municipality has hired 16 new officers over the last two years.
Officer Joseph Miller, who has seven years experience in Pitcairn and Oakmont, said he grew up in Plum and has grandparents who live in Monroeville.
“It's nice to come to this municipality and finally be a part of it,” Miller said. “I'm familiar with the area and the people.”
Monroeville officers are among the highest paid in the state, but they also respond to more calls than an average municipality due to a large business district that tends to attract criminals from other areas who deal drugs and commit retail thefts.
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