Carbondale's New Top Cop Emphasizes Community Policing

By Kelly Choate | kchoate@pahomepage.com

Published 08/30 2016 12:26AM

Updated 08/30 2016 12:26AM

CARBONDALE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- A community in Lackawanna County has a new police chief.

After serving the city of Carbondale for two decades, Brian Bognatz is now the department's top cop.  Former Chief Jeff Taylor retired from the police force.

This promotion comes at a time when police departments across the country are trying to improve the public perception of law enforcement.

Right now a part-time Carbondale police officer is facing homicide charges.

Frank Schulze is accused of shooting and killing Joseph Molinaro while he was off-duty last February.  Schulze claims he shot Molinaro in self-defense.

The new chief emphasized the importance of community policing.  Bognatz also told Eyewitness News he wants to hire more police officers while maintaining a balanced budget.

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