Tuesday, May 7, 2013
More than 100 people came out to witness the swearing in of the township’s new police chief, Willow Grove Volunteer Fire Co. chief and police officer.
The regular meeting of the Upper Moreland Board of Commissioners Monday night saw the installation of the township’s newest first responders. “This is one of the things that makes being commissioner very important,” Board President Commissioner Sam Valenza said during the meeting. “It’s very important to us to have family and friends here tonight.” According to regular attendees of municipal board meetings, the audience of more than 100 people supporting the township’s latest representatives was the largest of its kind in recent memory. District Justice Paul Leo led the swearing in ceremony of: Each took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and uphold the laws of the state and township without discrimination to those they are …
Monday, April 29, 2013
The Upper Moreland Police Department participated in the bi-annual Drug Take-Back Day to keep unused prescriptions from hitting the streets.
The Upper Moreland Police Department (UMPD) again received much community support in its participation of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, April 28. The Drug Enforcement Administration organizes the bi-annual event. Locally, the Drug Take-Back Day, as it’s also known, took place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Giant Food Store in Willow Grove, who is a local partner of the event with the UMPD. Participants of the Drug Take-Back day would simply stop by the UMPD table and place their unused prescriptions into one of the marked bins, no questions asked. “We’re trying to avoid the diversion of medication from off the streets,” Todd Smith, UMPD Field Training officer, explained. “We’re trying to keep them from becoming street drugs…
Upper Moreland Police reported that an elderly male with dementia went missing from a home near Warminster Road in the mid-afternoon.
[Updated 4:50 p.m.] In another Nixle alert, UMPD notified that the male has been located and has been reported as fine. [Original report follows] Upper Moreland Police sent out a a "severe"-level Nixle alert , reporting that an 85-year-old white male with dementia has been reported missing from a house near Warminster Road in Upper Moreland. The male was last seen today at around 1 p.m. The male is described as wearing pajamas and black shoes, and may be trying to get back to his residence in Philadelphia. If seen, UMPD instructs that residents call 911.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Police in Hatboro and Upper Moreland worked together to nab alleged drug dealer.
A Philadelphia man was found with 120 bags of heroin, seven bags of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana during a foiled drug exchange in Hatboro on Wednesday, the Montgomery County District Attorney said. Terrance Malik Anderson, 29, of the 2700 block of W. Master Street, Philadelphia, was charged with possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver, possession of controlled substances and possession of marijuana. "Hatboro Police received information indicating that Anderson was engaged in the illegal distribution of narcotics in the Hatboro area," Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said in a statement released Thursday. Hatboro Police and Upper Moreland Police, assigned to the Montgomery County Drug Task …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Plymouth officials expressed gratitude to Upper Moreland Township and its police officers for assistance during the Officer Bradley Fox tragedy.
Members of the Plymouth Township board and administration recently visited Upper Moreland, as part of the township’s ongoing pilgrimage to personally thank the county and each of its municipalities, who provided assistance during the Officer Bradley Fox tragedy, last September. The Plymouth officials in attendance were Sheldon Simpson, Plymouth Township Council chair; Lenore Bruno, vice-chair; Karen Weiss, Plymouth Township manager; and Plymouth deputy Chief of Police John Myrsiades. Their presentation was made prior to the Upper Moreland Township board’s committee meetings, April 15, during which Simpson acknowledged the police officer support given by the municipalities across the county, which was in response to the murder of Plymouth …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Patrol Officer William J. Hoffman served the Upper Moreland Police Department for 33 years.
Upper Moreland recently recognized Patrol Officer William J. Hoffman for his years of dedicated service to the township. Hoffman officially retired on March 31 and the Board of Commissioners and Acting Police Chief Alex Levy presented him with a plaque at Monday’s board meeting. Hoffman was hired was on March 12, 1980 and served the Upper Moreland Police Department for 33 years. “Time has flew by and here it is he’s retiring,” Levy said. “He had a rather illustrious career here … He’s had several high-profile arrests, including an armed robbery who just robbed the All Night Deli, a robbery at the Thrift Drug Store, and he arrested men who burglarized two businesses on the unit block of York Road.” Hoffman’s family was at the presentation. …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
S. Michael Murphy was named the township's Chief of Police after serving for the Upper Dublin and Warminster Police Departments.
Upper Moreland Commissioners unanimously appointed S. Michael Murphy as the township's new Chief of Police at Monday night's board meeting. Murphy will officially begin his service on April 29. He takes over the vacant spot left by Chief Thomas Nestel III, who left the township in August. Police Chief Lt. Alex Levy served as the Acting Police Chief. Murphy began his career with the Upper Dublin Township Police Department in 1979. He spent 26 years in Upper Dublin before he was named Chief of Police of Warminster Township. "He brings a wealth of experience to this position," Upper Moreland President R. Samuel Valenza said. "Chief Murphy moved up the ranks as Sergeant, Acting Patrol Commander, Deputy Chief of Police Operations and then …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Upper Moreland Police Pension Board will be made up of five voting members.
The Upper Moreland Board of Commissioners are seeking applicants who are interested in serving on the Township's Police Pension Board. Anyone who is interested should send their resume and a cover letter to Township Manager David Dodies. It can be dropped off at the Township Building or via email at email@example.com. The Pension Board is made up of five voting members and is responsible for oversight of the Police Pension Plan. These members will be aided by professional managers and staff. Members will serve a three-year term and will be appointed by the Board of Commissioners. The township is seeking qualified people who have: Stop by the Township Building for more information on the Police Pension Board.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
As part of the upgrade to the Montgomery County Radio System, UMPD will need to purchase 20 new portable radios.
Montgomery County is planning to upgrade its radio system in 2014, and the current radios used by Upper Moreland Police officers will not be compatible once the upgrade takes place. “The bare minimum we would need is 20 portable radios to maintain service and operations,” Levy said. “We’ll have to determine exactly how the radios are going to be funded, and then at that point make a decision on how many we’ll buy initially, and then possibly buy more over time.” Levy also said the money will probably need to be borrowed, and not come from a grant. Levy said every police officer will need to be equipped with a compatible radio and those will cost $3,000 apiece. Recently the Willow Grove Fire Company qualified for a $15,000 grant that was …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The Upper Moreland Police Department will be participating in the Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27.
The Upper Moreland Police Department will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. These programs are run by the Drug Enforcement Administration and it will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents can turn in any controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter medications at the Giant in Willow Grove, 315 N. York Road. Liquid products and creams in its containers will also be accepted. The program is anonymous and people will be able to turn in their drugs without revealing their identity. The Police Department is asking residents to remove any personal information from the bottles or packages that contain pills and/or capsules. No questions or request for identification will be made by …