The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 27, 2014

Milton police reach out through public info officer, Facebook

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— MILTON — The Milton Police Department is working to keep the public more informed about its activities through a new role for one of its officers as well as a debut on social media.

The department introduced officer Chad Lehman as the department’s new public information officer on Thursday. Lehman has worked with the department since 2009, becoming a full-time officer in 2010.

“We want to have an open line of communication,” said Milton police Sgt. Curt Zettlemoyer, who helped create the new role. “We want to be forward with information.”

The department also created a Facebook page, “Milton Police Department — Milton, Pennsylvania,” where the department will post updates about its activities.

Each Friday, the department will post information on up to five wanted individuals, Zettlemoyer said. The department posted the first round of mug shots last Friday and had one person located within hours.

The photos got 500 to 600 views within two hours and more than 1,000 views within three, Zettlemoyer said.

“Obviously, we know the community can help us,” he said.

The department also plans to update the page as serious incidents occur, Zettlemoyer said.

“If we update it during the week, we really are looking for someone for something that just happened,” he said.

The page also will contain information about parking and other activities in the borough that will help keep residents informed, Lehman said.

The police department also is looking to get involved in more community functions, Zettlemoyer said. While the department likely will not host a National Night Out this year, it will be looking into other options for community-related activities.

“We’re open to that discussion,” he said.

The department continues to search for a chief in the wake of the retirement of Craig Lutcher, who left the Milton force after 25 years to take a job with the Point Township department.