Tom Staley retired in 2009. The department now is led by
Officer-in-Charge Robert Curdie.
No police were at the meeting Thursday night.
On Wednesday, Forward Township and
Elizabeth police diffused a hostage situation on Pangburn Hollow Road
involving a man with a shotgun who was threatening family members.
Teamsters Local 205 business agent Carl Bailey was not at the
township meeting but said in a
telephone interview immediately afterward that he thinks there is still
room for negotiating a new contract and keeping the department in place.
“I think I can talk them out of disbanding,” said Bailey, adding he had
planned to contact DeRosa earlier that day but hadn’t had the chance.
Bailey said he’ll try to reach DeRosa today to set up more contract
Bailey said there have been a number of worker’s compensation claims
filed for such a small department, then added, “But guys get hurt all
the time.” Bailey said he received the letter of intent from the
township about three weeks ago. He said
he has talked with township offi cials,
including DeRosa, since then.
Forward Township resident Robin
Gaydos-Behanna attended the supervisors meeting and said afterward that
she doesn’t want the municipality to lose its police. She said a
civilian review board or other agency should investigate the bickering
that’s going on between the supervisors and the police force.
If the department were to disband, supervisors said the Pennsylvania
State Police would be responsible for maintaining the peace in the
DeRosa said the township has not yet
contacted the state police about the possibility of the force being
Forward Township supervisors in 2009
rejected a police feasibility study that could have resulted in a
multicommunity police force serving Forward,
Elizabeth Township, Elizabeth and West
At the time, DeRosa said that in addition to costing the
township more, a regional force would
result in the township having fewer
police officers on duty within its borders and having less control over
its police department.