Murrysville swears in its newest police officer
Dave Coleman always thought Murrysville would be a great place to raise a family. As the municipality's newest police officer, Coleman will get to see that firsthand.
“The area has always appealed to me,” said Coleman, 25, of Forest Hills. “I've been familiar with it since I was a little kid. It's an area I've always liked, and (it) has a very well-respected police department.”
Coleman joined the department Monday, following service as a full-time officer in Brentwood. A former officer in East Pittsburgh, Braddock Hills and North Versailles, Coleman said Murrysville will be the largest community he has worked in. With 34 square miles to cover, it's a challenge he looks forward to.
“It will definitely be different,” Coleman said. “Luckily, I'm pretty familiar with the area, other than a few side streets here and there. I'll just have to carry a map and street directory.”
Coleman likely will be joined by another new officers later this year. Chief Thomas Seefeld said the department expects several retirements during 2013. Seefeld said Coleman will be a good fit for the municipality.
”Officer Coleman is a great addition to the police department,” Seefeld said. “We welcome him and expect that he'll be an asset to the department and serve the community well.”
Coleman got his start in law enforcement after working in loss prevention at the Sears along Route 22 in Wilkins. While working with the local police department, he found out exactly what the job entailed and what it meant to be a police officer.
“I realized that's what I wanted to do as a career,” Coleman said. “I'm open to anything, for the most part. I like to be diverse — I'm not afraid to do traffic work or investigations.”
Coleman plans to eventually call Murrysville home. He said he and his wife, Meghan, plan to move to Westmoreland County ultimately and raise their family, hopefully in Murrysville. The couple has a 3-year-old daughter and are expecting a second daughter, due in June.
He said he looks forward to getting to know the community and bringing his strengths as a police officer to the community.
“This is a job I really enjoy,” Coleman said. “I'm looking forward to working in this community and with the residents.”
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or firstname.lastname@example.org.