Hazleton, October 23, 2017 — Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat today announced a municipal agreement between Banks Township and the city of Hazleton for the Hazleton Police Department to provide police coverage to Banks Township.
“Today’s announcement shows that the spirit of collaboration and cooperation is alive and well in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Communities cannot tackle all their challenges alone and it is imperative we all work together,” said Senator John Yudichak.
“When neighboring communities work together to help each other out, it doesn’t just benefit those communities, it benefits the whole region. We are pleased to help our neighbors in Banks Township out with police coverage and look forward to working with them in their community,” said Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat.
“The Banks Township Supervisors are extremely grateful to Mayor Cusat and Chief Speziale for this unique opportunity. We have been trying to secure police coverage for many years,” said Banks Township Supervisor Joe Clark. “The Pennsylvania State Police have done a tremendous job covering the township, but this opportunity will afford the residents of Banks Township a constant presence. Hopefully, it will be a win-win situation for everyone,” Clark added.
The Hazleton Police Department will cover all of Banks Township, which is 2.2 square miles with a population of 1,250 people.