By Marcia Moore
BEAVER SPRINGS — Spring Township has indefinitely suspended its police operations due to problems with video and audio equipment on the patrol car.
Supervisors John Kauffman II and Douglas Kline suspended the one-man police force led by Chief Ed Smith in late May because the equipment failed to function properly.
The $5,000 video and audio system was installed on the patrol vehicle about two years ago amid numerous complaints about Smith’s alleged harassing and arrogant behavior on the job.
Kline said interactions between Smith and the public that have been properly recorded show the chief handling himself properly.
However, due to persistent problems with the surveillance equipment the supervisors opted to suspend police operations until the issue is resolved, Kauffman said.
Smith is paid by the hour and will not be compensated while township police operations are suspended.
Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch said Monday he was notified about the situation and will be discussing with the supervisors how he can be of assistance.
Meanwhile, he said, state police at Selinsgrove will be responsible for patrols and investigations in the township just as it does for other municipalities in the county that don’t have their own police department.