McDonald police force expands

Published Apr 4, 2013 at 9:47 am (Updated Apr 4, 2013 at 9:47 am)

The number of full-time officers on the McDonald police department increased by one on April 1, when council voted to promote a part-time officer.

Officer Bradley Resnik, who had been working on a part-time basis for two years, was given full-time status. He is the fifth full-time officer in the department.

The 23-year-old is a graduate of Burgettstown High School and has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from the police academy at the Community College of Beaver County.

Police Chief Mark Dorsey said the department’s expansion comes as it prepares to add coverage for a sixth municipality in the next month or so. The department provides 24-hour coverage, seven days a week, not only for McDonald, but Burgettstown and Midway boroughs and Robinson Township. Officers patrol Independence Township 60 hours a week.

Dorsey said Resnik is a valuable asset to the force.

“Not only does he know the geography of the area because he resided in Burgettstown, but he knows the people,” Dorsey said. “He is committed to what we are trying to do for our communities.”

Dorsey also expects to add part-time officers to its current roster of 10.

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