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Nazareth Police Chief Allowed to Reconnect TV's Cable

Nazareth Borough Council's Police Committee has a change of heart in regard to the television in the Nazareth Borough Police Department headquarters.

Nazareth's police chief on Monday was given permission to reconnect the cable to a television in the Nazareth Borough Police Department headquarters on S. Main Street.

The announcement from Nazareth Borough Council's Police Committee was made 366 days -- or one year and one day -- after a Highway Department employee was instructed by Mayor Fred Daugherty Jr. to disconnect the RCN cable.

The donated television in the police department's headquarters has been a sore subject in Nazareth Borough Council Chambers. The mayor has said he heard rumors of officers from Nazareth and other departments watching the television for entertainment.

"After some thought and after what happened with Hurricane Sandy, and after a brief conversation with [Police Chief Thomas Trachta] the other day about a TV that doesn't work well for training purposes, we discussed purchasing a new television," said committee Chairman Jack Herbst.

Herbst outlined stipulations, noting that Trachta admitted that he cannot chaperone the television 24/7 because the department lacks the manpower for nighttime supervision.

Herbst recommends the channels be restricted to WFMZ 69, The AccuWeather Channel, Channel 2 (informational) and, if needed, a Philadelphia channel.

Councilman Carl Fischl suggested carrying CNN for coverage of "major catastrophes." Herbst, however, said a Fox or NBC affiliate in Philadelphia can be added.

Herbst also will ask Council to consider purchasing a new television for the department. He suggested a $800 flat-panel television, the money for which could be taken out of the training buget.

Councilman Charles Donello has been reappointed as a member of the Police Committee, along with Fischl and Herbst. Councilman Chris Audenried previously was named to the police committee, but Council President Dan Chiavaroli made some last-minute changes.

Audenried last week was charged with public drunkenness after he was allegedly found drunk behind the wheel of his car with a bottle of vodka nearby.

Eric Harding January 22, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Making some progress! And I love how there was a last minute change to the Police Committee... Nice save Dan!
Kaos8 January 24, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Smart move on Audenried! I don't quite understand why the money for the tv is coming out of a training budget.. It should be more an equipment budget. While it could be used for training, it is used more on a daily basis for news/media/weather updates and emergency information purposes...At least in other departments- it is used more for a tool/equipment than training. I only state this, because in another article it apparently is a money issue for having appropriate funding for training.

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