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“Protect and serve.” That’s the motto of many American police departments. In Lower Pottsgrove Township PA, it might well be “prevent, protect, and serve.”

Employees of a local financial institution, and home owners in at least one township residential community could attest to that, the township Board of Commissioners learned last night (Sept. 3, 2008).

Lower Pottsgrove Police Department officers worked with a local credit union during August to help improve its “bank robbery training,” Police Chief Mike Shade told commissioners as part of his monthly report.

Specifically, Shade said, credit union employees were proactively polishing up their “robbery response.” The bankers, he reported, were happy to have had professional guidance.

Police patrols were out during August, too, in the Woodgate residential subdivision. Not in cars, but on foot, Shade said.

Home owners in Woodgate – approximately bounded by Pruss Hill Road (to the north), Rupert Road (east), Shire Drive (south) and Oakdale Drive (west) – have complained in recent months about increasing incidents of vandalism there. To head off further trouble, Shade said, “our officers did an excellent job of getting out of their cars and walking the area.”

“That’s a big complex to do on foot,” board member Jonathan Spadt observed.

“It gets us compliments,” added board member Stephen Klotz. Residents who noticed the foot patrols commented favorably to him, Klotz said.

Shade noted the department made 70 arrests during August; 50 of those arrested were adults.

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