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Lower Pottsgrove Township
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Contact Information
Police Non-Emergency: (610) 326-1508
Police Emergency: 911
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News & Events
Notice to Police Department Applicants from 2013
As of June 4, 2014 the Civil Service Commission has voided the existing eligibility list from the 2013 testing process and is now moving forward with updating the eligibility list with intention to hire in late 2014 and possibly again in 2015.

Full Time Police Officer Hiring Notice
Lower Pottsgrove Twp Police Department
Lower Pottsgrove Township will be accepting applications for the position of full-time Police Officer beginning at 8:00 AM on June 13, 2014.

Qualifications:
Min. 18 yrs of age; High School diploma or GED; Must possess valid PA Drivers License prior to appointment; Be a US citizen; able to successfully complete written, oral, medical, psychological, physical agility & polygraph exams & thorough background investigation. Must have completed and passed MPOETC Act 120 police certification to apply or be enrolled in such training course at time of application (must have completed and passed course prior to eligibility for appointment) .
Starting salary range: $50,974 to $63,700 - Includes full benefits

P/U applications at police dept (lower level between 0800-1600 hrs M-F)- $40 admin fee required with application
2199 Buchert Rd
Pottstown, PA. 19464
(610) 326-1508

Deadline for submitting applications and required fee is Monday, July14, 2014 at 9:00 AM in Police Dept.
EOE Lower Pottsgrove Twp - Civil Service Commission
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About the Department
Mission Statement
The mission of the Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department, through community partnerships, is to provide citizens within our community a safe, secure and respectable environment in which to live, work and play. We will accomplish this mission in a professional and courteous manner, while aggressively working to resolve quality of life issues within the confines of our authority and while maintaining the core values of our agency.
 
History
The police department was established in 1951. Harry Chrusch was our first Police Chief and at the time of his retirement, 1984, the department was made up of seven (7) full-time police officers. The department has grown along with the population of the community and is currently staffed by seventeen (17) full-time officers.

The police department strives to be a proactive law enforcement agency. We aim to supply ample police coverage at all hours of the day and night to the community. We also attempt to keep in line with technological advances in police equipment and also provide our officers with advanced training to deliver as much professional law enforcement services to our residents. We encourage the residents of Lower Pottsgrove Township to also become more proactive with the police department. We are always appreciative of residents supplying officers with information on criminal activity and suspicious activity in the community.
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LPT PD Personnel
 
Michael Foltz, Chief of Police

The police department is made up of two patrol platoons that are supervised by a Sergeant. Each patrol platoon has a uniformed Criminal Investigator assigned. We also have a Detective Division and School Resource Officer supervised by the Chief-of-Police.

Patrol Division Patrol Division
Sgt. Robert Greenwood
Off. Scott Weidenhammer
Off. Matthew Musselman
Off. Christopher Dipiano, Criminal Investigator
Off. Matthew Meitzler
Off. James Kenney
Ofc. Kevin Black
Sgt. Timothy Walters
Off. James McCue, Criminal Investigator
Off. Robert Diesingerr
Off. David Slothower
Off. Matthew Kemp
Off. Richard Smith 

Secretarial Staff
Sandra Stepaniak, Adminstrative Assistant
Deb Travitsky, Police Clerk

Specialty Units
Detective Division
Det. Joseph Campbell
Det. Dan Kienle
Bike Patrol
Off. Diesinger
Off. Weidenhammer
Off. Kemp
Traffic Safety
Off. Slothower
School Resource Officer
Off. William James
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Police Right To Know Policy
Pennsylvania Right to Know Law Public records will be available for inspection and copying at the Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department during normal business hours. Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
View the Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Right to Know Policy here.

Requests shall be in writing and directed to the Chief of Police on a form provided by the Police Department and shall include the date of the request, the name of the requestor and a clear description of the records sought. Fees for the copies may be charged at the rate specified in Lower Pottsgrove Twp. Resolution# 453-L (01/06/2014).

Please submit a completed Records Request form to the Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Open Records Officer:

Chief Michael A. Foltz
Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Open Records Officer
Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department
2199 Buchert Road
Pottstown, PA 19464


All appeals of Right to Know Law denials must be submitted in writing to:

Deputy District Attorney Robert Falin
RTK Appeals Officer
Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office
Post Office Box 311
Norristown, PA. 19404

Additional information regarding the Right to Know Law and Records Requests may be obtained by contacting the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records as follows:
Pennsylvania Office of Open Records
Terry Mutchler, Executive Director
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, Plaza Level
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
Telephone: (717) 346-9903 Fax: (717) 425-5343
Email: openrecords@state.pa.us Website: http://openrecords.state.pa.us


Under the Right-to-Know Law, investigative reports are exempted from the definition of a “public record,” therefore any such request will be denied. Criminal history information is not accessible under the Right-to-Know Law, but may be obtained through the submission of a Request for Criminal History, Form SP 4-164, which is available on the Pennsylvania State Police website www.state.pa.us The Lower Pottsgrove Township Police do not possess or retain investigative or administrative information for other state or local agencies, therefore such requests will be denied.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q.   Does the LPT PD provide fingerprinting services to the public?
A.   We do provide such a service for those in need of fingerprinting for employment purposes, adoption, etc. We do require a $10 fee at the time of the service.

Q.   Does the LPT PD have an Animal Control Officer?
A.   Lower Pottsgrove Township contracts with an Animal Control Officer, who is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Police must be contacted about the situation first. Police will then contact the contracted Animal Control Officer, as required. A citizen cannot call the Animal Control Officer directly.

Q.   Where can I find my pet that was captured by the Animal Control Officer?
A.   Any domesticated animal captured by the contracted Animal Control Officer can be located and picked up by going to the Pottstown Police Department. The animal's owner will be required to provide proof of the current year's dog license, complete required paperwork and pay the scheduled kennel fees before the animal will be released. Lower Pottsgrove Township does not control the sche.

Q.   Does the LPT PD provide vacation notice services?
A.   Yes. We recommend residents notify the LPT PD of your vacation departure and return dates. We also will document other information such as: lighting at the residence; vehicles at the residence; emergency contact should there be an issue at the residence, etc. All officers will have access to this information.

Q.   How can I purchase a used police vehicle?
A.   We currently list used vehicles on www.municibid.com, which sells municipal equipment in an auction-style format.

Q.   How can I get a copy of a police report?
A.   Police reports can be obtained at the police station Monday through Friday during business hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Accident reports require a fee of $15. All other police reports fall under the Right to Know Law Act 3 of 2008. Requests for reports must be submitted on request form and will be reviewed within five (5) business days. There is a .25cent per page fee. To view the current policy click here.

Q.   How do I pay a parking ticket?
A.   Parking tickets can be paid at the LPT PD during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. We also provide a drop box at the LPT PD entrance door for payment after hours. Tickets can also be paid via First Class U.S. Mail.

Q.   Is there a curfew in the Township?
A.   Yes. Ordinance 201 addresses curfew regulations for anyone under the age of eighteen (18) years for these time frames:
  • April 1 through September 30, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

  • October 1 through March 31, between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.
Q.   Are there regulations in regards to discharging a firearm in the Township?
A.   Yes. Ordinance 101 deems that no gun or firearm can be discharged in the township unless a subject is legally hunting or at an approved gun range.

Q.   I suspect I have been a victim of identity theft. What advice can the LPT PD offer me?
A.   This is becoming a very popular crime nationwide. Please review a two (2) page attachment providing information to anyone that has become a victim of identity theft or believes they have been victimized. Click Here for two page attachment or Click here for more information on protecting yourself from identity theft.

Q.   How do I register alarm system with the Township?
A.   All homeowners/business owners are required to register their alarm. Click Here for the Alarm Registration form to be completed and submitted to the LPT PD.

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Narcotics Enforcement
The LPT PD takes an active role investigating drug activity within the Township. We investigate those involved in the manufacturing of narcotics, the selling of narcotics and the possession of narcotics. Several members of the department are assigned to the Montgomery County District Attorneys Drug Task Force. These officers are sworn in as Special County Detectives. This permits them to investigate drug violations that not only occur within the Township limits but also violations within Montgomery County.

The LPT PD encourages residents to provide us with information on suspected drug activity. Residents can provide LPT PD with tips to any Detective email address or to the Chief's email address (links provided above).

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Traffic Safety & Enforcement
The LPT PD offers a variety of services to provide traffic safety in the Township. Traffic violations (speeding, stop sign violations, parking, etc.) are one of the most frequent complaints fielded by the LPT PD. We offer different avenues to address these concerns via:
  • The LPT PD will provide traffic studies with the assistance of PennDOT LTAP. Please contact the LPT PD with traffic study requests.
  • The LPT PD has a speed trailer we can place in most locations of the township to monitor speed on a given roadway. The device is capable of providing data on numbers of vehicles clocked, speed of each vehicle, most frequent time of day for speeding violations, etc.
  • The LPT PD takes part in numerous traffic enforcement programs funded by PA. Programs include: Drive Safe in PA; Click-it or Ticket; DUI Checkpoints.
  • In 2007 Ordinance 271 was passed addressing parking violation concerns in the Township. Violations include: Fire lanes; No parking areas; 15 feet from fire hydrant; \ In front of a driveway; Facing traffic movement on roadway; etc. All violations are $10 fines except for a Handicap Zone violation which is $25.
  • The LPT PD offers child safety seatbelt checks. Traffic Safety Officer Rob Diesinger is certified to conduct these checks. Please contact the LPT PD to arrange an appointment.
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Police Documents
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Lower Pottsgrove Township, 2199 Buchert Road Pottstown, PA 19464
phone: 610-323-0436 | fax: 610-323-3824 | email: feedback@lowerpottsgrove.