CLEARFIELD – Less than one week after announcing changes to the Clearfield Borough Police Department’s security, Clearfield Borough Council enacted a policy to “promote professionalism, security and efficiency within the Clearfield Borough Police Department.”
According to the policy no person outside the working staff of the Clearfield Borough Police Department will be allowed to enter the department’s secured areas without a police escort. At no time shall any person outside the sworn officers of this department and the clerical staff be permitted within the secured sections of the building unless they have an escort of uniformed personnel, clerical staff or the chief of police.
It was noted by the Chief of Police Jeff Rhone that members of the clerical staff oftentimes must enter he secured area to obtain records to fulfill other job functions.
The new policy was approved unanimously following a discussion between members of council and Mayor Patty Gilliland.
Gilliland noted that the new policy hinders the mayor. Gilliland stated that she could not get to the restroom the way the system is now.
Council member Larry Mack stated that the policy does not affect the mayor’s duties. He said that while mayor oversees operation of the department and has control over the schedule, the chief runs the department. Mack added that most police departments have policies like this in effect.
“We should have done this a long time ago,” said Mack.
“Pass it through,” replied Gilliland. “It’s not a done deal.”
Other discussion involving the policy revolved around meter maintenance performing their duties within the secured area of the department. Council member Fred Wisor said that he was not comfortable having them in there as they were not members of the force. It was discussed that those duties, calibrating the parking meters, could be done within the borough building.
Clearfield Borough Solicitor F. Cortez “Chip” Bell III also noted that most police departments, including Lawrence Township, DuBois City and state police barracks have similar policies.