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Canfield PD holds record swearing-in ceremony

December 9, 2010
By J.T. Whitehouse
The Canfield Police Department set a record last week with six positions being filled after the officers took their oath before a packed room of family and friends at Canfield City Hall.

“The retirement of Andy Bodzak (who served as assistant chief) spurred all of the movement,” said police Chief Chuck Colucci. “It is the most we have ever sworn it at one time.”

Filling Bodzak’s shoes as assistant chief is Scott Weamer. He actually took on the position on Sept. 10. Weamer had been with the Canfield PD for seven-and-a-half years. He started as a reserve officer, then moved to part time, then full-time where he rose through the ranks.

“This was a personal goal for me,” Weamer said. “As a new officer, you look up to the sergeants, assistant chief and chief. Now I can fill that roll for our younger officers.”

Stepping into the position of sergeant is Scott Bennett, who has been with the department for seven years. The last three he spent also serving with the local drug task force.

“Making sergeant was a goal,” he said. “Maybe I’ll look at assistant chief someday.”

Filling the rank of detective is Josh Wells, who has been with the department for four years in February. He said the new position is right up his alley.

“Drug investigations has always been my goal,” Wells said. “It is what I have an interest in and what I want to do.”

On the K-9 front, Chad Debarr is stepping up. At last week's ceremony he brought his new partner Thor in to meet and greet those present. Thor is a Holland-raised German shepherd. He recently finished his training along with Debarr at a facility in Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania.

“Thor is a dual purpose dog trained to comprehend by the bite-and-hold method, and to locate drugs and narcotics,” Debarr said.

He mentioned at the ceremony that he is grateful to Mike Gallawy, owner of Blackwood Dog Food in Lisbon. The company has agreed to sponsor the dog and provide all of the dog food needed.

Also sworn in were officers Bill Difrangia and Matt Bartolec. Difrangia will be filling the shoes of school resource officer and Bartolec will move to full time. After the ceremony, Sgt. Jim Rice from the Canfield Auxiliary told Difrangia, “All that training as an auxiliary officer got you here,”

Colucci said he was pleased with the ceremony and the positive movement within his department.

“I am very proud of each of these guys,” Colucci said. “Each one has earned his appointment. I am whole-heartedly convinced that this town should be very proud of their police department. All our officers do all they can to keep Canfield safe and the crime element out.”

Article Photos

The Canfield Police Department held its largest swearing-in ceremony last week with six positions being filled. Pictured are the six that included K-9 Officer Chad Debarr and his companion Thor, Assistant Chief Scott Weamer, Sgt. Scott Bennett, full-time Officer Matt Bartolec, School Resource Officer Bill Difrangia, and Det. Josh Wells.



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