It was announced last week that Upper Moreland’s Thomas Nestel III has accepted a job with SEPTA as its new police chief.
Nestel, 50, leaves Upper Moreland after serving the township for the last four and a half years. He officially started his new job Monday, replacing Richard Evans.
The former Philly cop began his career in 1982 as a Patrol Officer with the SEPTA Transit Police before becoming a member of the Philadelphia Police Department. He served in the 14th, 25th, 26th and 35th Districts, Highway Patrol, Northwest Detectives, Internal Affairs, Narcotics, and Intelligence. He earned 24 commendations for Merit, Heroism and Bravery.
“Chief Nestel is a distinguished professional with 30 years of experience who brings a wealth of law enforcement experience, knowledge and educational training to the SEPTA Transit Police Department,” said GM Casey. “We are thrilled to welcome him ‘back home’ to the SEPTA team.”
Nestel follows in his family tree as his paternal grandfather was a Police Training Commission trolley supervisor while his maternal grandfather was a Philly police officer.
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