Stanhope promotes officers

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:49

    STANHOPE-The borough police department has two new leaders on the force. In the past, there has been one officer in this title, and the department has not had a sergeant since the retirement of Sgt. Dean Fisher a year ago. Sergeants Charles Zweigle and Robert Schellhammer were introduced last months to the members of the borough council. Sergeant Zweigle has been a member of the Stanhope department for 13 years. In his new position, he will be assigned to media relations, court security, property maintenance, and internal affairs. Zweigle has been a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instructor in the Stanhope schools as well as driver's education instructor. In addition he has worked as a patrol officer, a detective, and a canine handler.  Zweigle served in the U.S. Air Force where he achieved the rank of sergeant. Sergeant Schellhammer has been a member of the Stanhope Police force for four years.  His new assignments will include Uniform Crime Report and Terminal Agency Coordinator, scheduling, firearms identification, Web master, and school liaison. A Stanhope resident for 22 years, Zweigle has also served as a volunteer fireman for 15 years. In addition to his service as a patrol officer, a detective, and an arson and sex crimes investigator, Zweigle has instructed in the schools on child safety and 911 emergency education.  Having two sergeants will enable the force to have a senior officer on duty during most shifts. "We have a young police force, and this will provide leadership to our young officers," said Mayor Diana Kuncken.