The Harrisburg Bureau of Police will welcome seven new officers into its Police Force; Nathan E. Carr, Tyler J. Glunt, Ernell R. Harley, Andrew K. Jones, Zachary A. Mateer, Michael T. McDevitt, and Jakob C. Werner.
The ceremony was held at the Whitaker Center in Downtown Harrisburg.
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HARRISBURG — In front of friends, families, and their future colleagues, seven men took the oath to serve and protect City of Harrisburg citizens and join the Harrisburg Bureau of Police at a ceremony Wednesday at the Whitaker Center’s Sunoco Theater.
The seven new officers — Nathan E. Carr, Tyler J. Glunt, Ernell R. Harley, Andrew K. Jones, Zachary A. Mateer, Michael T. McDevitt, and Jakob C. Werner — bring the bureau’s total number of officers to 135 uniformed patrol. Of the seven, Ofcs. Harley and Mateer are already enrolled in the police academy at Harrisburg Area Community College, while the remaining five will attend Temple University’s academy in Ambler, Pa., starting Monday, September 12. The six-month academy program will take the new officers through an intense series of training courses that will test their physical fitness and mental fortitude.
“The journey starts today, and we are watching,” Harrisburg Mayor Wanda R.D. Williams told the new officers in her speech. “In the City of Harrisburg, we hold our police to the highest standards of excellence. We demand our residents are treated with the respect they deserve. The road you are about to travel is littered with landmines that will try and trip you up, but you will rise above.”
Police Commissioner Thomas Carter referred to the seven officers as “the best of the best”, chosen following a rigorous selection and testing process.
“Policing is not easy,” Carter said. “It is getting harder. But they answered the call. And that tells me they come from good families and they care.”
In addition to the swearing-in of seven new officers, Officer Anthony Cummings was promoted to detective. Born in Lancaster, Pa. and raised in Mount Joy, Detective Cummings joined the Harrisburg Bureau of Police in 2017. Since then, he has become a first aide and defensive control tactics instructor, along with being a Field Training Officers. Detective Cummings is also a member of the Dauphin County Crisis Response Team.