Police chief chats with Catty community
Douglas Kish, chief of Catasauqua Police Department; the Rev. Brian Riedy, pastor of Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church; and John Landi, owner of Pie’s On Pizzeria, teamed up for another community session — this time, a Pizza with Police event — with the police department July 18. Participants gathered at the Catasauqua restaurant, located at Front and Pine streets.
“Each time we do this, we get more people interested in what we do,” Kish said. “It’s so much better to meet people like this. We normally only see citizens when something is going wrong.”
Part of the discussion for this meeting was collecting old prescription drugs. There is a drop-off bin in the police station lobby.
“The lobby is a safe space; anyone can go in there at any time if they feel they are in danger. You can contact the police from the lobby,” Kish said.
The prescription drop-off gets used quite a bit. Collections are up, as residents realize the dangers of having old prescription drugs stay around the house.
“The drugs are incinerated quarterly. There are no security issues — that is, no one can get your name and address from the labels,” Kish said.
There is some concern from residents on fireworks. Kish is not in favor of the new state policy, but there is little that can be done.
“The rule is that fireworks cannot be discharged within 150 feet of a building. That precludes fireworks from going off in the borough,” he said.
Residents pointed out, however, that fireworks still boom throughout the night.
“We need to know an address and where it’s happening. Most of the time, we can’t get there before the people who set the fireworks off leave the yard,” he said.
So far, there have been no citations written for fireworks.
And legalizing marijuana? Kish said he is not a fan.
“I have seen too many families ruined over use of marijuana. I know they say it doesn’t lead to stronger drug use, but there are enough instances where someone started out using marijuana and went on to stronger drugs. It’s not something that we can control,” he said.
Kish also announced the borough will have resource officers in all the local schools.
“We are one of the few boroughs that does not have a police presence in the schools, and we are going to correct that,” he said.
Also discussed was what’s coming up in the borough. There is a planned ice cream social 5-7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the municipal park.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is planning for National Night Out 6-8 p.m. Aug. 7 in the parking lot across from the church, 417 Howertown Road. The borough has not actively participated in this national event in the past.
“We want to get to know more people in the community,” he said.