Recent acts of vandalism, drug use and traffic violations have prompted the Walker Township board of supervisors to hire a part-time police officer.

Todd Woodward, a fulltime Summit Hill officer, will be the first cop regularly on duty in Walker Township since Eric Leiby retired nearly six months ago.

Chairman William McMullen said among the incidents that led to the hiring were vandals spray painting "4:20" on a stop sign. He said Woodward explained to the board that this was a drug reference.

McMullen also said township residents brought in used syringes they found on Lower Road several weeks ago.

Supervisor Craig Wagner added that some drivers have been passing school buses at the bus stop at the Y where Lower Road and Valley Road meet.

The board believes the state police officer that is sometimes on patrol in the area is not enough to make an impact on illegal activities. They hope Woodward's presence will.

Next Walker Township board of supervisors meeting will be on Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building.