The 21st Annual Loyalty Day Program was held Saturday April 27, 2013 at 10 am at the Springfield Township Building. At that time, the Springfield Township Board of Commissioners, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and State Representative William Adolph recognized Detective Robert Nutley as the 2013 Officer of the Year. Springfield Ambulance Corps member Patricia Owens and Springfield Fire Company member Joe Carroll were also honored for their loyalty and dedication to the Springfield community.
Four Loyalty Day essay winners were also honored: Thomas McNicholas and Elizabeth Donnelly from Holy Cross School, and Connor Hoffner and Ryan Franks from St. Francis School. Pictured below are Connor and Ryan who both read their essays during the ceremony.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Event April 27, 2013
The Drug Enforcement Administration announced that the third nationwide medication take back event will be held on Saturday April 27, 2013 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. This event will provide the public with an opportunity to surrender unwanted, expired, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. Prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is the fastest growing public health threat facing the nation today, and most of those controlled substances are found in medicine cabinets. More informations can be found at the DEA website. Springfield Police will provide a site for this collection in front of the Township Building. Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter medication will be collected. The program is anonymous, and no questions nor requests for identification will be made. Participants should remove their names from bottles or other packages that contain pills, capsules or liquids before placing those containers into the disposal box. Liquids and creams in their containers will be collected; sharpies and syringeswill not be accepted. Illegal substances such as marijuana are not part of this program. (posted 4-7-13)
Delaware County Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has launched a website designed to allow Pennsylvania driver's license and identification holders the opportunity to easily and immediately upload their emergency contact information to an online database accessible only to law enforcement and emergency personnel. The system was developed to ultimately save lives by cutting down on the time needed to locate an emergency contact for individuals involved in situations that render themselves unable to communicate. Click on www.dmv.state.pa.us and click on the Emergency Contact Information button. (posted 12-2-12)
Robbery Swiss Farms Chester Rd Swarthmore
Click here for important information regarding a robbery of the Swiss Farms store 730 S. Chester Rd. on Sept. 15. (posted 9-17-12)
National Night Out
On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, the Springfield Township Police Department, in conjunction with the Target Corporation, will again sponsor the annual “Crime Prevention and National Night Out” celebration. National Night out is designed to:
1. Heighten crime and drug prevention;
2. Generate support for and participation in local anticrime efforts;
3. Strengthen neighborhood spirit and Police-Community partnerships; and
4. Send a message to criminals letting them know Springfield residents are organized and committed to keeping Springfield Township a safe place to live and work.
On the evening of August 7th from 6 PM to 9 PM, area residents are reminded to lock their doors, turn on exterior lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and Police Officers. This event will be held at the Springfield Township Country Club Pool located at 400 West Sproul Road. The pool will be open that night to all Township residents so they may spend the evening with family and neighbors.
If there any questions regarding this event, please contact Officer Patrick McKenna, Event Coordinator, by calling 610-544-1100, ext. 415, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discount Prescription Drug Costs
The Delaware County Council recently approved an agreement with TrustScripts LLC to make available prescription discount cards for use by individuals and families. TrustScripts is a free discount prescription card program that is accepted at over 56,000 pharmacies including independent pharmacies and major chains such as Walmart and CVS. These cards are free and require no sign up.
Click on the link www.trustscripts.comfor more information or visit the Delaware County government website. One has the ability to print a card directly from the County website. (posted 6-25-12)
The 2012 recipient of the Springfield Police C.O.R.E. Award is Robert "Bunk" Woolson. This award is presented annually to the member of the department who most exemplifies the department's Guiding Principles of integrity, professionalism, and respect. Bunk does many tasks for the department and is the Records Department Supervisor. He does these duties with the utmost professionalism and is a treasure to the department. Congratulations Bunk!
Officers Daniel Boyd, Andrew McKinney, and Jeffrey Shull were recognized by the Department and the Board of Commissioners for their life saving actions on April 14, 2012. They responded to Holy Cross Church and found a victim in cardiac arrest. Along with the help of three citizens; Jennifer Mari, Beatrice Linger, and Nicole Spata, CPR was performed and an AED was used to resuscitate the victim. They are commended for their life saving actions and their service to the community.Awards and Commendations
Delaware County Crisis Intervention Team
Five Springfield Officers completed training on the Mental Health Act and the mental health system the first week of June 2012. Officers Andrew Graff, Nicholas Paytas, Andrew McKinney, Patrick McKenna led by OfficerJoseph O'Berg learned about the mental illnesses they will come to encounter on the job, de-escalation techniques, and how to best handle an individual who is experiencing a mental illness.
Officer of the Year and Loyalty Day
Springfield Township Loyalty Day was held Saturday April 28, 2012 10 am at the Township Building. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #928, the Springfield Twp. Board of Commissioners, and Rep. William F. Adolph honored Officer Patrick McKenna as the 2012 Officer of the Year. The Springfield Fire Department and the Springfield Ambulance Corps members were also honored for their service. Loyalty Day Poster (posted 5-6-12)
Pennsylvania New Teen Driving Law
Please click on the following links for important information pertaining to the new teen driving law which took effect December 27, 2011. There is also a short video from the PA DUI Association for your convenience. (posted Jan. 15, 2012)
New Procedure for Reporting Lost or Found Dogs in Springfield Township
As of January 1, 2012 there is a new Animal Control Policy in Delaware County. Springfield Township is part of the new procedure for handling lost or found dogs. Click on the following link for more information. lostorfounddogs. (posted 1-1-12)
Lieutenant William Clark has announced he will retire from the police department effective November 25, 2011. Lt. Clark began his career in 1975 and has risen through the ranks of the department becoming Lieutenant in 1999. He was the face of Springfield Police for many years and handled many situations, none ever too small, for the residents of Springfield. His leadership and dedication to the community will be greatly missed. The members of the police department wish Lt. Clark all the best in his future endeavors.
Attention Business and Commercial Owners
All business and commercial property owners please update your emergency contact information, and new business owners please provide your emergency contact information. Click on Contact Us on the menu bar then department forms; print the form, complete, and fax to the police department 610.544.6219. This information is very important for the department to effectively handle emergency situations at your business in a timely manner. (posted 11-24-11)
Reminder for Residents about Obtaining a 2011 Dog License
The Delaware County Council reminds county residents that state law requires all dogs be licensed, and failure to obtain a license can result in a $300 fine. Licensed dogs are registered under the county's "Return a Lost Dog" program on the county website which is a good way for a lost dog to be reunited with its owner. Only licensed dogs can use the County Dog Park located in Upper Darby. There are 20 locations county wide to obtain a dog license including the County Treasurer's Office in Media. There will be a one-day drive-thru dog license event held June 25, in Rose Tree Park, Upper Providence from 9am-2pm. All you have to do is drive into the main parking lot, turn in an application, pay the fee, and drive away with a license. All dogs will receive a complimentary doggy treat during this event. There will also be a Dog License Table at the two Summer Festival events in Rose Tree Park June 29 at 10am and 730pm. For more information call the Delaware County Government Center 610.891.4276 or visit the website www.co.delaware.pa.us.
Using False Identification to Obtain Alcoholic Beverages
The Police Department has investigated two incidents involving underage persons using false identification to obtain liquor at the Wine and Spirits Store on Baltimore Pk. Both subjects, a 19 yr. old male and 19 yr. old female, attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from the store and presented counterfeit Pennsylvania Driver's License identification cards. The cards were found to be fraudulent and had been obtained from the internet. Both subjects were charged with multiple crimes including misdemeanors offenses. The Department will take a hard stance against anyone who uses or attempts to use a fraudulent identification card to purchase liquor or any other alcoholic beverage. Along with the numerous summaryoffenses that will be charged, one may also be charged with the misdemeanor crimes of Possessing Counterfeit Documents and Identity Theft. The summary offenses of Underage Drinking, Misrepresenting Age to Secure Liquor, and Carrying FalseIdentification Card carry fines of $500.00 and license suspensions of 90 days for the first offense, 1yr. second offense, and 2yrs. third offense. The misdemeanor crimes carry a term of imprisonment of 1yr. for third degree and 5 yrs. for first degree. (posted 4-10-11)
Springfield Township Community Watch Program
The police department is in the process of implementing a community watch program for the township residents. This is a program that enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with the police department to reduce crime, solve problems, and improve the quality of life in the township. The police department is looking for residents of the township who would be interested in volunteering some time to the program to read the Community Watch Information page on the website, and if interested, complete a Community Watch Application. Those residents who are deemed qualified will be contacted by Community Watch Officer Patrick McKenna with more information. Click on the Community Watch button on the webiste menu for more information. (posted 7-14-10)
Commendations Awarded March 8, 2011
The Detective Division along with Officer Jeffrey Shull received a Distinguish Unit Citation for their outstanding efforts in the identification and apprehension of a serial burglar who had burglarized numerous Springfield Twp. properties in January and February 2011. Officer Daniel Boyd received a Commendatory Letter for his timely intervention with an elderly man who was suffering from Dementia and exposure to extremely cold weather conditions.
Commendation Awarded January 11, 2011
Officer Jeffrey Shull was awarded a Commendation of Life Saving for heroic actions he took part in on December 28, 2010. Officer Shull while off-duty and driving on I476 observed a vehicle driven by an unconscious elderly male cross several lanes of travel and smash into a tree. The vehicle then caught fire, and Officer Shull, assisted by others, was able to break a window of the vehicle and pull the driver to safety.
Commendations Awarded December 14, 2010
The police department honored four Officers for their outstanding police work at the Commissioner's meeting held Tuesday December 14. Sergeant David Welsh along with Officers Jack Bierling, David DiTrolio, and Andrew McKinney were presented Commendatory Letters for an arrest made August 4 at Genuardi's Market. A suspect stole $159.81 worth of pain medication and lead Officers on an extensive foot chase before finally being captured. Officer Jack Bierling was awarded a Merit Commendation for his arrest of three bank robbery suspects who had fled a bank in Media Borough August 24. Officer Bierling spotted the suspect vehicle driving on State Rd. in Springfield and successfully apprehended the suspects.
Please be reminded that schools are in session. Please obey school zone speed limits and pay attention to your duties upon meeting or overtaking a school bus. The police department will be enforcing those laws specifically around our schools. Please refer to the Springfield School District for information regarding proper drop off and pickup zones for your children. This month also brings a wave of aggressive driving enforcement. The department will be enforcing those traffic laws typically associated with aggressive driving such as running red signals and stops signs, speeding, following too closely, failing to signal upon turning, and failing to yield when turning left. (posted 9-12-10)
Officer of the Year and Loyalty Day
Springfield Township Loyalty Day was held Saturday May 1, 2010 at the Township Building. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Springfield-Delco Post #5705 and the Police Department honored Officer Stephen Hurwitz as the 2010 Officer of the Year. The Springfield Fire Department and the Springfield Ambulance Corps members were also honored for their service. (posted 5-3-10)
PA SAVIN Program for Victims of Crime
Delaware County Council and District Attorney Michael Green announced on 2-16-10 that Delaware County has joined the Pennsylvania Automated Victim Information and Notification System. This is a free, confidential, automated phone system which serves to notify victims of an offender's prison release, transfer, or escape from county correctional facilities located within Pennsylvania. Victims and members of their families can register for free and will be notified by phone or email of an offender's change in prison status. This notification can take place 24 hrs. a day 7 days a week. The program serves to empower victims of crime and ensure their continued safety. Information brochures and reminder notepads, written in English and Spanish, are available in the Springfield Police Dept. public lobby. You can also click on the links tab and Crime Victims for the link to the Pennsylvania website. (posted 4-11-10)
Identity Theft Information
LATEST IDENTITY THEFT SCAM TRENDS: Type: U.S. Census Scam Method of Delivery: In Person Primary Region Effected: All Regions (National) Source: Better Business Bureau (www.BBB.org) Scam Characteristics: Beginning March of this year the U.S. Census Bureau's will send out a short questionnaire to every household in the U.S. and Puerto Rico in an effort to collect important demographic data. As a citizen, you are required by law to respond to the 10 short questions. From April to July, those that haven't completed their census will receive a visit at their home address from a census taker.
Identity criminals are taking advantage of the census law and targeting unsuspecting victims in an attempt to steal sensitive information. The scams perpetrated range from fraudulent emails designed to obtain sensitive information to attempts to impersonate census collectors.
Most Citizens don't think twice about sharing personal information with a census worker, and that's why these scams can be very effective. It's important to remember there are distinct differences between a real census worker and an identity thief posing as a census worker.
U.S. Census workers will have identification, a handheld device and a confidentiality notice. But these things can be easily fabricated, so it's important to know what census workers will not do:
• They will not ask for your Social Security number or financial information, e.g. bank or credit card accounts. • They will not ask you for money or say that you owe money. • They will not harass or intimidate you. • They will notcontact you by email- only by phone, by mail, or in person.
For more information on this scam or variations of it visit the Social Security Administration’s website at www.ssa.gov. Use the search function and enter keywords "email scam".