Perkasie mayor pro­vides up­date on re­view of po­lice pro­ce­dures

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - ON THE RECORD - By Meghan Ross

Mayor John Hol­len­bach gave an up­date about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing the shoot­ing of Michael Marino Jr. by Perkasie po­lice at the Perkasie Bor­ough Coun­cil meet­ing Mon­day, Nov. 19.

The shoot­ing took place in Sellersville June 9. Res­i­dents have been ask­ing for more in­for­ma­tion about the shoot­ing at the bor­ough’s meet­ings.

“When an in­ci­dent of this na­ture takes place, there are cer­tain pro­cesses that au­to­mat­i­cally come into play,” Hol­len­bach said.

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Perkasie po­lice Chief Joseph Gura, mean­while, re­viewed the depart­ment’s ex­ist­ing pro­ce­dures, pro­cesses, poli­cies and train­ing and took a look at how those things could be im­proved, said Hol­len­bach.

Hol­len­bach said now that that step has been com­pleted, the po­lice depart­ment’s pro­ce­dures and pro­cesses will be re­viewed by a po­lice chief from an­other community.

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­body for their pa­tience in this in­ci­dent,” Hol­len­bach said. “I think we all wish it could move faster some­times, and it’s frus­trat­ing when things take so long.”

Coun­cil also heard a re­port from Lee Rush, the Up­per Bucks Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties Healthy vouth Coali­tion’s community mo­bi­lizer, on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s re­sults from the past year. The coali­tion strives to pre­vent risk be­hav­ior, such as VuEVWDQFH DEuVH, VSHFL­fiFDOOy in the youth pop­u­la­tion.

Rush said a sur­vey was sent out to 3,000 students on what it was like liv­ing in their community. The sur­vey de­ter­mined how many “as­sets” the students had. These as­sets may in­clude hav­ing fam­ily sup­port, read­ing for plea­sure, par­tic­i­pat­ing in community ser­vice and be­ing in­volved in cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties. The more as­sets, the more likely the students are to ex­hibit thriv­ing be­hav­ior and fewer risk be­hav­iors, Rush said.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s re­port, there has been a 12 per­cent in­crease in the to­tal num­ber of students re­port­ing 20 or more as­sets. Also, 36 out of 40 as­sets have in­creased since 2002.

Rush said the big­gest sub­stance abuse prob­lems in­volved le­gal drugs, such as al­co­hol, tobacco and pre­scrip­tion drugs. The most se- vere con­cern is al­co­hol, said Rush.

Rush said one of the rea­sons his 20-year-old daugh­ter had made good choices in high school and be­yond was thanks to her en­vi­ron­ment in Perkasie. He talked about her pos­i­tive community in­clud­ing the Pen­nridge School Dis­trict, Perkasie Bor­ough, neigh­bors, friends, grand­par­ents and her par­ents.

“They all helped con­trib­ute to a healthy at­ti­tude — each of us has a role to play in young peo­ple’s at­ti­tudes,” Rush said. “It’s not just one per­son.”

Fol­low­ing Rush’s pre­sen­ta­tion, coun­cil Pres­i­dent Matthew Aigeldinger pro­posed cre­at­ing a qual­ity of life task force, which would work with community groups, church groups, the school dis­trict and or­ga­ni­za­tions like Rush’s to help pre­vent drug abuse through ed­u­ca­tion of young peo­ple and to pro­mote healthy and safe neigh­bor­hoods.

Coun­cil voted to cre­ate the task force and will give fur­ther de­tails in fu­ture meet­ings.

In other news at Mon­day’s meet­ing:

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