Mountaintop’s Joe Jacob, former Wright Township Police Chief, added another distinguished achievement in his law enforcement career when he was appointed Superintendent of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police. In his new position Jacob is responsible for the safety and protection of all state employees in the Capitol complex in Harrisburg and officers at state buildings, including Scranton and Philadelphia.
Jacob’s appointment came early last month after having served as the Deputy Superintendent since June 1, 2012.
“I have been very fortunate to be groomed in all aspects of running the department under the tutelage of Rich Shaffer, the retiring superintendent,” says Jacob. “He has been bringing me along, and I have been assuming more responsibility so that I would be able to take over.”
As Superintendent, Jacob will be supervising a staff of 110 people employed at the Capitol and state buildings in addition to 12 outlying buildings that require security. “There is new security equipment manned by two officers. You cannot enter into the complex without going this equipment; it’s the first line of defense,” explains Jacob.
The new Superintendent emphasizes the importance of security and those professionals responsible for it. “We have to stay vigilant; stay focused and that can be difficult so we do move assignments. division. The task of security continues on a 24-hour a day basis. Duties change at 6 p. m. when officer
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We are a full service department. The department has four dogs that work on a regular basis, an investigative section, a bike patrol, and a training