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N. Huntingdon hires retired state police trooper for internal probe

Joe Napsha
| Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

North Huntingdon hired a retired state police officer with a background in internal affairs to probe an internal matter, which a township commissioner said centered on an alleged racial incident within the township's police department.

Cross Swords Investigations of Elizabeth Township was hired by commissioners April 18 to conduct the investigation into an unspecified matter. Cross Swords will be paid $75 an hour.

Jeff Silka, township manager, would only say that Cross Swords was hired to investigate an “internal matter” and declined to comment on the focus.

Commissioners President Zachary Haigis also declined comment.

Commissioner David Herold said the investigation pertains to allegations of a racial incident in the police department. Herold said he believes that more than one officer may be the focus of the investigation.

Jeffrey A. Shaw, owner of Cross Swords, is a retired state police trooper who worked at the Greensburg barracks. He was involved in organized crime investigations and also worked in the Bureau of Professional Responsibility, which involved internal affairs.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or

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