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Resident Challenges Newtown Township Police Chief to Hire Officers of Color

Resident Challenges Newtown Township Police Chief to Hire Officers of Color | Newtown News of Interest |

At the January 13, 2021, Newtown Board of Supervisors Zoom meeting township resident Frank McCarron made a case for increased diversity in the Newtown Police Department (NTPD). Currently, all 29 or so NTPD police officers are white. Mr. McCarron suggested that all 3 officers that are planned to be hired in 2021 should be officers of color.


Listen to a 5-minute audio clip from the Zoom meeting that includes Mr. McCarron’s comments and Chief John Hearn's response when asked by Supervisor David Oxley to respond.


What do you think? Do you favor the hiring of police officers of color to diversify the racial/ethnic composition of the Newtown Township Police force?



johnmacknewtown's insight:

I think, however, that the argument that the racial makeup of our police force should match the racial makeup of citizens is irrelevant. First, the Chief implied that the all white police force already closely matches the township racial profile. However, the major work of our police force has to do with traffic stops on the Newtown Bypass and Swamp Road, which I bet are largely traveled by people who are NOT Newtown residents.


Therefore, I contend that our police force must match more closely the racial and ethnic makeup of those people, not the township. But that makeup can only be known IF the NT Police first follows the lead of the PA State Police.


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