PICTURE CAPTION: Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland reads the Police Oath of Office to three newly-hired police recruits during the City of Chester’s Council Meeting on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. 

New officers, left to right: Patrolman Robert Schrock, Patrolman Michael Spicer and Patrolman Robert Shaughnessy




Office of Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland                                             


Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019                                                          

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   


contact: Aigner Cleveland

Press Secretary

Cell: 484.213.5695, Office: 610.447.7718



Chester Police Department Swear-In 3 New Officers


(CHESTER, PA) – During the City of Chester’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, three new police recruits were sworn-in to the position of patrol officer.


The three new officers are recent graduates of the Philadelphia Police Academy Class 389. The officers entered the Academy in January 2019 and participated in a graduation ceremony on September 20, 2019 after completing several months of intensive training.  


The hiring of the new officers falls in line with mayor and council’s commitment to fully staff the police department. “During any given month we may encounter police officers who want to retire,” said Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland. “As we lose officers, whether it be to retirement or other reasons, this administration will continue to work with our police command staff to hire eligible candidates to serve as law enforcement officials in our community.”


The Police Command Staff joined the new recruits during the swearing in ceremony.  “We are proud of these guys,” said Police Commissioner Otis Blair. “They have received great training from the Academy and we are optimistic that they will be assets to our department as we work to serve and protect this city.”


Additional Information:                                      

Each new officer will be paired with a veteran officer for 90 days of field training.  They are required to obtain a city residence within three months of their hire date and must take residence in the city for five years. 


New Patrolmen:                                      

·         Robert Schrock

·         Robert Shaughnessy

·         Michael Spicer