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New troopers on the beat in Franklin County

December 02, 1996

By LAURA ERNDE

Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - This Thanksgiving was a real homecoming for Trooper David Peck.

After three years of commuting to Lancaster, Pa., Peck was recently assigned to his hometown troop - the Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg.

"My main goal was to make it back to Chambersburg and get comfortable here," Peck said.

Peck is not the only trooper who recently arrived here.

About half of the 34-person force is new to Chambersburg. The turnover occurred Oct. 17, a troop spokesman said.

Historically, the local troop has a high turnover. Chambersburg is a stepping stone for troopers wanting to work in the Harrisburg, Pa., area.

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But the number of newcomers was even greater this time because of a change in state police rules, said Trooper Ed Asbury.

Troopers no longer have to work at a troop three years before they are allowed to transfer. They now can transfer after just one year of service.

For Peck, the rule change came too late.

"We were notified of the change the day I was eligible to transfer," he said.

Peck had spent three years driving from his home in Chambersburg to Lancaster.

"It was trying at times, especially in the winter," he said.

Some days, it would take him three hours just to get to work. Then he would spend all day on the road doing police work. On a normal day, the commute was two hours one way.

Being back home, he'll get to spend a lot more time with his wife, Teri, and their two children, a boy who's nearly 3 and a 17-month-old daughter.

"My wife's extremely happy," he said.

Peck graduated from Chambersburg Area High School in 1982. He then went to Shippensburg University, where he met Teri and got a degree in criminal justice.

From 1989 to 1993, Peck worked at the Franklin County Probation Office. It was there he decided he wanted to be a trooper.

Peck said he enjoys the variety of his work, from catching traffic violators to solving crimes.

His familiarity with Franklin County is an advantage, he said.

But he admits there are many places in the county he has never been. One day, he was embarrassed to say, he got lost in Spring Valley Estates, a subdivision right outside the borough limits.

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