Members of the council's police committee, including Councilman Robert Miller, Council President Jay Sciara and Police Chief Frank Regino have pushed for a change in the current promotion policy, which requires officers to hold a degree in order to be eligible. The requirement creates a situation in which an officer with little experience would have to be promoted over another with many years of experience, they have said.
One possible compromise suggested by Grefrath is using a point-based system to evaluate candidates for promotion and including a degree as one of many factors. Officials have not yet been able to agree on how heavily a degree should be weighted in a point system. Grefrath previously suggested 20 out of a possible 100 points, while Miller said he believed the number should be lower.
Regino touted some of the department's recent achievements and thanked the council for their support and for discussing the promotion issue at a council meeting Tuesday.
"I know that, working together, all problems are solvable," Regino said.
Miller said they would have an ordinance prepared for the council to vote on at their next meeting, which is scheduled for October 15 at 8 p.m. in the borough municipal building.