WILKES-BARRE, PA — Fifteen officers have been added to the Wilkes-Barre Police Department since Mayor Tom Leighton took office in 2004.
At Tuesday’s work session, Leighton asked Wilkes-Barre City Council to consider four more.
Leighton requested authorization to apply for a grant through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program to hire four full-time officers. If the resolution and grant request are approved, the hires would bump the number of officers in the city’s ranks from 83 to 87.
The Wilkes-Barre Police Department had 68 officers when Leighton was elected in 2004.