Chief Daniel E. Hunsinger
Telephone: (570) 287-8586 Ext. 4
FAX: (570) 287-1293
MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
As Chief of Police, I recognize that our partnership with the community of Forty Fort is a critical link to the continued success in keeping our borough a safe and rewarding place in which to live, work and play.
This is why I sent postcards to nearly every resident, notifying them that I have signed our department up for NEXTDOOR, https://fortyfortpa.nextdoor.com a community networking site that helps our neighbors keep in touch and our department notify residents of what’s happening in Forty Fort Borough.
I also implemented CrimeWatchUS, a national website based information sharing network that allows our department to instantly notify everyone of crimes and other things they should know in order to be safe and up to date on current events. This program will automatically send out links to the information on both twitter and facebook and will send out alert messages to those that sign up for the alerts. https://luzerne.crimewatchpa.com/fortyfortpd/42692
It is my firm belief that we will not experience the greatest success possible in our war against crime until we maximize our collaborative efforts with the community.
This is why it is not only the goal of the police department, but all of the Borough’s Departments to pro-actively work together to provide a community that offers all of its citizens the opportunity to grow and prosper in a safe environment.
While no police department enjoys all of the resources desired to accomplish its crime fighting goals in their entirety, we are blessed with many dedicated, conscientious officers working a variety of roles to “serve and protect” our public.
Your Police Department is currently staffed by four full-time and seven part-time sworn personnel.
I hope you enjoy your time spent reviewing this site. It is my wish that you will visit our site often as we continue to make useful improvements designed to serve you better.
Thank you for visiting our web site.
Chief Daniel E. Hunsinger
About the Chief…
Note: In 2013, Chief Hunsinger volunteered to design, maintain and update our website at no cost to the borough. He does it all on his own time and on his home computer. This has saved the borough several thousands of dollars in website management.
Chief Hunsinger has over 32 years’ experience as a police officer. He began his career in as a police officer in Pringle Borough on October 1, 1985. He graduated top in his class in the Police Academy at Lackawanna College on December 5, 1986.
He resides in Kingston with his wife of 35 years, Lisa. They have two daughters, Heather Hunsinger (Hanover Twp) and Nicole Hunsinger-Schappert (Swoyersville).
Chief Hunsinger began his career in law enforcement in 1984 as a driver/courier for the Brink’s Armored Car Company in Wilkes-Barre and as a Sergeant with the Magnum Detective Agency which operated out of Plains.
In 1984, Chief Hunsinger was elected as a Pennsylvanai State Constable in Pringle Borough.
Chief Hunsinger has worked as a police officer for the Pringle, Larksville, Luzerne, Edwardsville and Kingston Police Departments. He has been a police supervisor for over 29 of the 32 years he has served. Prior to coming to Forty Fort he has served as Patrolman, Sergeant, Juvenile Officer, Captain and Assistant Chief of the Kingston Municipal Police Department. He also served as a Patrolman, Sergeant and Chief of Police of the Courtdale Borough Police Department from 1987 thru December of 1989 when he was hired by Kingston.
Chief Hunsinger also served as a per-diem Deputy Sheriff in Luzerne County in 1989 and 1990.
Chief Hunsinger was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge in 1996 to serve as a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission where he served for 6 years.
He has successfully completed all 3 of Penn State Universities supervisor courses (POSIT, POLEX and Advanced POLEX) along with many other supervisory related courses.
In 2015 he began a new career as the Law Enforcement Instructor at the West Side CTC High School located in Pringle, PA
Since coming to Forty Fort on March 22, 2013, Chief Hunsinger has been instrumental in obtaining tens of thousands of dollars for new vehicles, computer equipment, computer software, office equipment, office furniture and many other police equipment items, all at no cost to the borough.
Chief Hunsinger strongly believes in keeping the community informed and he has implemented the following community based projects to assist with this:
- NEXTDOOR – he has sent out post cards to nearly every resident to advise them about the neighborhood social network Nextdoor (https://fortyfortpa.nextdoor.com). Nextdoor helps keep residents in touch with each other and provide each other with valuable information.
- CRIMEWATCH – he implemented the Crime Watch website, https://luzerne.crimewatchpa.com/fortyfortpd/42692
- FACEBOOK and TWITTER – he has implemented the use of Social Media like (Facebook and Twitter) to help keep residents and businesses informed about what is happening in Forty Fort Borough. A post on Facebook provided our officers with the names of suspects of a purse snatching and officers were able to make an arrest for the incident as a result of the information received.
DRUG DROP-OFF BOX – he obtained a Drug Drop-Off Bow from the Back Mountain Police Association so that all residents and our surrounding neighbors can drop off their outdated or unused prescription pill medication. Helping to keep harmful medications out of the hands of children and those who might abuse them.
Chief Hunsinger planned for, designed, was instrumental in obtaining the funding for, and led the construction efforts to remodel the police department main entrance and interior offices. The renovation comes complete with a bullet proof security door, bullet proof glass window and pass through security drawer. Fallen Officers Remembered helped to obtain funds necessary for the project through the Luzerne Foundation, and the remaining proceeds were acquired from a casino gaming grant. Chief Hunsinger acknowledges that without the assistance from the Fallen Officers Remembered, this project would have never gotten off the ground. Forty Fort Officer Matthew Smith played a major role in assisting with this remodeling project. Chief Hunsinger and Officer Smith also received help from Sergeant Adam Michaels and Mayor Andy Tuzinski during the construction phase.
Chief Hunsinger also designed the new patch that is proudly worn by the officers of the Forty Fort Borough Police Department