Collegeville Church Gift Benefits Township Police Force

SANATOGA PA – The newest tool in the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department’s closet of crime-busting equipment is a GPS-driven tracking device that was bought in part with a donation from the Valley Forge Baptist Temple, 616 Trappe Rd., Collegeville PA, according to Chief Michael Foltz.

Valley Forge Baptist Temple Gift Benefits Township Police

Valley Forge Baptist Temple

It’s not a unit that offers driving directions to Grandma’s house, Foltz told the township Board of Commissioners earlier this month. Instead, he said, it relies on global positioning satellites “to locate stolen items (and) identify the criminals behind the thefts.” The out-of-the-blue donation from the area church helped make its purchase possible, Foltz added.

The temple during October conducted a “Civil Service Celebration Day,” and its congregation made several financial donations to police and first-responder operations, among others, Foltz told the board. Lower Pottsgrove could not have a representative attend, but the church later mailed a check in the amount of $250 on behalf of its members and urged the chief to put the money to good use.

The “generous donation” covered half the cost of the “Electronic Stake-Out GPS Tracking Device” bought from 3SI Security Services in Exton PA, Foltz reported.

The church’s gift improves the township’s “investigative response to our community,” Foltz wrote in thanks to its pastor and founder, the Rev. Scott Wendal. “Through community partnerships like these, we are better prepared to address crime prevention needs.”

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