PICTURE CAPTION: The Chester Police Department swore in seven new officers during a Special Meeting at Chester City Hall on December 30.



Office of Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland                           


Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020                                                           

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  



contact: Aigner Cleveland

Press Secretary



Chester Police Department Swears in New Officers


(CHESTER, PA) – The Chester Police Department today swore in seven new police officers during a Special Meeting. The Special Meeting took place at 10:30 a.m., inside of Chester City Hall’s Council Chambers. 


The new officers selected were among 39 interested candidates who applied for the position of Patrol Officer back in September 2020. The addition of the seven officers brings the total department complement to 92% going into 2021. 


All new hires come to the department having completed the Act 120 Program (Police Academy) and all required testing from the Municipal Officer’s Education and Training Commission (MPOTEC).


Immediately following the swearing-in, Police Commissioner Steven Gretsky thanked members of the Upland Police Department that attended and then offered the new officers a few words of encouragement. “Being a police officer into today’s climate is very difficult but this is not just a job, it’s a career you are taking on,” said Commissioner Gretsky. “You are going to impact so many people’s lives and I am glad you are here.”


The City plans to send three additional candidates from the September 2020 recruitment class to the Delaware County Community College Police Academy in January 2021.


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/women
•	Orabi Youssef                            •	Michael Smalarz  •	Maura O' Connell  •	Jonathan Keeney
•	Thomas Davidson  •	Sean Boyd  •	Yonatan Patsko