MIDLAND — The Midland Borough Council voted to approve the hiring of three part-time police officers, Christian Hauser, Stephen Ivan, and George Hrubovcak, at their meeting Thursday.
Council member Kevin Lupo said the additional officers were added to have a more active police presence in the borough, as well as for routine matters, such as the covering of vacations.
Council member Paul Anthony said that due to financial limitations, the hiring of additional police officers may result somewhere down the road in having to make cuts to other departments. “That’s just something we have to look at,” said Anthony.
The council also discussed a “saturation night” held Saturday, in which the Midland Police Department brought all their officers out to patrol all night and in all parts of the borough. Lupo said the night resulted in multiple arrests.
“It just shows the community you’re doing what you can do,” Lupo said.
Lupo said the police department will continue to hold the saturation nights sporadically, as a strategic measure, so that those committing crimes would be caught off guard.
The Midland police were assisted during the saturation night by officers from the Beaver County Sheriff’s Department.
Several Midland residents also attended the meeting to discuss the prevelance of drugs in their neighborhood.
“The drugs are awful. They’re outrageous. They’re right out in public, right out in the streets,” said one resident.
The resident added that she has witnessed about 40 drug deals a day in her neighborhood and that drugs, including crack and marijuana, are freely smoked outside.
“You can smell the crack so bad I get heart palpitations,” said another resident.
Anthony said the council is aware of the situation and that it has been brought up at meetings of the police committee.
“Hopefully some of that’s going to be abated,” said Anthony, who added that the increase in the amount of police officers should result in more working patrols.
“We are going to do something about this, and it’s going to be faster than you think,” said council member Charles Musser.