Limerick Police Department to Expand

This will be the first addition of new officers in at least five years.

The Limerick Township Police Department is set to add two new officers this year after the Board of Supervisors approved the positions in their 2013 budget. 

Limerick Chief William Albany told Patch that he would be hiring one full-time patrol officer and one officer specializing in juvenile crime investigation. 

The department also gained approval to hire a police lieutenant, who will assist Albany with some of the administrative details of running a department in addition to regular duties. 

Adding a lieutenant's position could mean rank promotions for two current officers. Limerick's current Sergeants can apply for the Lieutenant position and if one of the current sergeants is promoted, patrol officers can apply for that vacated sergeant's position. 

The process will take a few months to complete due to very specific hiring procedures for police officers. The parts of the hiring process that are public business will be conducted during Limerick Township Board of Supervisors meetings. Albany said he expects to finish in April or May. 

Kathy January 09, 2013 at 03:13 AM
According to the Patch linked Dec. 19 budget story there will be a tax hike in Limerick Township of approximately 25%. I believe the costs of hiring additional police officers should be funded - at least in part - by the outlet mall rather than Limerick residents. The mall has increased traffic and retail theft in Limerick and surrounding municipalities. Why should residents of these local municipalities be covering all those costs?
Dynamo47 January 09, 2013 at 12:06 PM
I agree 100% Kathy. I would be willing to bet that the number of calls for retail threat went up exponentially the second the outlets were open for business. Not to mention that many of the perps who commit the retail theft are not from the area but Philadelphia. With the retail theft came more burglaries, violent crime, etc. There isn't a week that goes by where there isn't some story in the police blotter involving the outlets.


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