Wilkes-Barre Police Department Welcomes Three New Officers

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(WBRE/WYOU-TV)  The Wilkes-Barre Police Department is beefing up its ranks.

  Three new officers were sworn in Monday morning at city hall.

All three have prior police experience in other departments.

 The officers will be making the rounds in the community as quickly as possible. All three are from Wilkes-Barre and one is the son of a veteran officer.

Meet the Officers: 

Christopher Ward

· Chris has been assigned Badge 694.

· Chris, who was born and raised in Wilkes­ Barre, is a graduate of Coughlin High School.

· Chris is a graduate of King’s College­

· obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice.

· After graduating Act 120 at Lackawanna College in 2016, Chris worked part-time as a police officer for both Wilkes-Barre Township and Pittston City Police

· Department.

· Chris was a member of the Wilkes Barre Township police Special Investigations Unit.

· Chris has obtained several police-related trainings including Tactical Emergency

· Casualty Care.

Timothy Brodhead

· Timothy has been assigned Badge 695.

· Timothy, who was born and raised in Wilkes Barre, is a graduate of Meyers High School and attended Luzerne County Community College.

· After graduating Act 120 at Lackawanna College in 2015, Timothy worked as a part­ time police officer for the Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department.

· Timothy was a member of the Wilkes-Barre Township Special Investigations Unit.

Joseph Benson

· Joseph will be assigned to Badge 696.

· Joseph, who was born and raised in the Wilkes-Barre Area, is a graduate of Crestwood High School and attended Luzerne County Community College.

· After graduating Act 120at Lackawanna College in 2012, Joseph worked as a part­ time police officer in Avoca borough, Pittston City, and Ashley Borough. He has as a Police Officer in Fairview Township since 2016.

· Joseph has obtained several police-related trainings including Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Advanced Roadside

· Impaired Driving Enforcement (A.R.l.D.E.), Active Shooter, Firearms Instructor, and Top Gun

· This year, Joseph also received recognition from the Luzerne County STOP Coalition

· and District Attorney Stephanie Salavantis for his efforts on reducing opioid overdose deaths.


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