By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer
A dispute between police and supervisors in
Forward Township that has been going on for several months
appears to be settling down as the date for a new union contract for
At a regular township meeting Thursday,
board of supervisors chairman Tom DeRosa said relations between the
township and its police department have
improved since the supervisors last met. At the August meeting, DeRosa
lost his cool and began shouting when the subject of police came up.
DeRosa has accused the police of not writing traffic tickets, losing and
breaking equipment, abusing workers’ compensation and not showing up for
On Thursday, however, DeRosa said, “I think we’ve made a step in the
right direction with the police.” DeRosa said he has met with police
since the meeting to discuss the issues.
“Hopefully, we can get that situation resolved,” said DeRosa. “I think
police have turned a corner.” DeRosa
said his main gripe with police hasn’t been that they’re not writing
enough traffic tickets, though it was noted at the meeting that 37 motor
vehicle citations were issued last month. That’s up from just eight
citations in July but still below the approximately 100 tickets per
month police used to write.
Police Officer-in-Charge Robert Curdie, who attended the meeting, said
afterward that things are going well between the department and
“I’m confident we’ll have an agreement,” said Curdie, referring to the
union contract officers hope to renew with the
township by the end of the year.
In July, supervisors told the police department’s union, Teamsters Local
205, it would disband the force if their complaints against the behavior
of some officers were not met.
One of the officers DeRosa had complained about for being on workers’
compensation since February returned to work two months ago, according
to the township.
DeRosa said he has not discussed the renewal of the contract with police
since the August meeting.
In other business, township officials
said paving work on seven local roads hopefully will get under
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