Joining the Force: Northern Regional Police Hires Two New Officers

Pine officials swear in the new law enforcement officers.

Two more officers have joined the Northern Regional Police force.

At Monday’s meeting, Pine Township supervisors held a swearing in ceremony for the newest members in blue, Ryan Olszewski and Jennifer Dempsey.

Police Chief Robert Amann said Olszewski, of Lower Burrell, replaces Officer Ken Young.

An 18-year veteran on the force and the former chief of the Wexford Volunteer Fire Company, Young died in November 2011 after yearlong battle with cancer.

Amann said Olszewski, 26, previously worked for four years as a police officer in Arnold borough.

A Castle Shannon resident, Dempsey was a part-time police officer in McDonald before joining the Northern Regional Police Department fulltime. The 24-year-old is one of two female officers on the force.

The two new additions bring the police department’s roster up to 31 officers, Amann said. Northern Regional police covers Pine, Richland and Marshall townships as well as Bradford Woods borough.  

The chief said Olszewski and Dempsey would be on probation for one year with the department. They will each be paid a salary of $42,000 during the probationary period.

Amann noted Northern Regional police officers are required to live within 10 miles of the department’s borders within two years of joining the force.

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