Mayor-Elect Eric Papenfuse, who took office Monday in a ceremony at City Hall, announced a new public safety team Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the swearing-in ceremony of Thomas Carter as Police Chief of the City of Harrisburg.
Derek Moody, a 20-year-veteran of the force, also was sworn in as police captain.At a press conference following the swearing-in, Papenfuse provided details of a comprehensive plan to organize a public safety team, which will include Susquehanna Police Chief Robert Martin as Public Safety Consultant and David Botero as the new Community Policing Coordinator. Botero has served as Contract Monitor & Community Liaison for Dauphin County.
The new public safety collaboration includes support from Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, George Hartwick and Mike Pries; and District AttorneyEd Marsico. Dauphin County officials are contributing $37,000 annually to the Harrisburg Police Department to offset equipment costs.
“We are bringing a great deal of firepower to public safety in commissioning a team of professionals to tackle crime in our city that will
benefit the entire region,” Papenfuse said.
“Chief Carter is the right person to lead the police department at this time. Chief Martin’s collaboration will strengthen regional cooperation in public safety and David Botero will ensure citizens are informed and engaged in creating safer communities.”
Martin will work closely with Chief Carter as a consultant over the next six months to develop a community policing strategy and to strengthen Harrisburg’s police department, Papenfuse said. Under the agreement with Susquehanna Township, Martin will spend two days each week working with Chief Carter and Harrisburg Police at no cost to the city, Papenfuse said.
“Susquehanna Township is underwriting costs for Chief Martin to spend one day per week in Harrisburg, and the Chief has agreed to use his personal time for the additional day,” Papenfuse said. “This is a great start to our push for greater regional cooperation.”
As Community Policing Coordinator, Botero will revitalize citizen involvement in fighting crime by supporting neighborhood watch programs and initiatives to engage parents and youth in public safety, Papenfuse said.
In the Public Safety reorganization, the city’s codes enforcement department will move into the Police Department under the supervision of Chief Carter. “This will allow for stronger codes enforcement that will help improve public safety and reduce crime,” Papenfuse said.
“All of these changes show our commitment to moving quickly and strategically to make Harrisburg a safe and beautiful city.”