On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Poland Township swore in a new full-time police officer that will bring the department up to 12. Brian McCrea, a part time officer was moved up to the new full time position.
"About nine months ago we hired our last full-time officer," said Trustee Bob Lidle. "One of the applicants at that time was Brian. He didn't get the position then, but I told him his time was coming. Now that time is here."
McCrea is a 2001 Boardman High School graduate who went on to study law enforcement in college. He was hired by the Poland Township Police Department as a part-timer in 2005. Shortly after, he moved to Poland and married his wife, Trista, and welcomed a son, Evan. He made Poland his home and never lost sight of his goals.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Poland Township’s newest full-time police officer, Brian McCrea, is joined by his wife, Trista, and their son Evan, who was appropriately dressed in his own little police uniform.
"This has been a dream of mine for some time," he said. "I just knew this is where I wanted to be."
The new full-time position was made possible with the agreement to provide a school resource officer. When the school district was informed that the township did not qualify for a school resource officer grant, trustees, fiscal officer Joseph Granitto and the board of education sat down and worked out details to provide an officer anyhow. That agreement was finalized at the Nov. 13 meeting.
"The agreement was the last hurdle," said Trustee Eric Ungaro. "None of this would have been possible without teachers taking step freezes and township police officers re-doing their contract. It was a lot of hard work on everyone's account."
Lidle said it was all about keeping the kids safe.
Police Chief Brian Goodin said the new hire was a direct result of having the new school resource officer. With the hiring of McCrea, the township department is now at 12 full-time officers, four part-time officers and one auxiliary officer.