Shaler police adds veteran officer from Pittsburgh force
By Bethany Hofstetter
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 10:24 a.m.
The Shaler Township Police Department's newest member comes with 20 years experience with the Pittsburgh police.
The township's Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the hiring of Tony Viscomi, of the city's Brookline neighborhood, as a Shaler officer from a list of three applicants approved and certified by the township Civil Service Commission.
“I'm extremely happy; that's an understatement,” Viscomi said after the board approved his hiring. “I feel like I hit the lottery.”
Viscomi, 45, currently is a sergeant for Pittsburgh city police's Zone 1, in the North Side, and an entry operator on the city SWAT team.
After graduating from the now-closed Peabody High School in East Liberty, Viscomi spent four years in the military. He then graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania's police academy and started with the city police.
Viscomi has experience in field training as a firearms instructor and said he can bring “20 years' experience in law enforcement” to the township.
The hiring of Viscomi will bring the Shaler Police Department back to a total of 26 officers after a retirement left the department with 25 members.
“I think he will be an asset to the department,” Chief Bryan Kelly said. “Hopefully, we can learn from him, and he can learn from us.”
Viscomi plans to retire from the Pittsburgh police and start his employment with Shaler at a date to be determined.
After Viscomi submits to routine physical and psychological testing, he will complete a one-year probationary period as an officer in the Shaler department. He then will be required to obtain a residence in the township within six months to continue employment.
Viscomi plans to move to Shaler Township along with his wife, Shelly, and children David, 18; Cora, 14; and Erika, 6. His oldest son, Anthony, 19, lives in Mercer.
Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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