POTTSTOWN PA – Come rob us, and see how we do.
That’s the summarized version of a recent invitation from managers at the Tri-County Area Federal Credit Union, located on Medical Drive in Lower Pottsgrove, to the township police department.
Financial institutions generally are concerned by a spate of bank robberies across the Tri-County area this year. Two occurred during November in Royersford and East Pikeland, two in Phoenixville during February and April, and most locally one in Sanatoga during June.
The credit union wanted to ensure its staff was trained to react appropriately if robbers struck, police Chief Michael Foltz recently told the Board of Commissioners, and the department was happy to forge a partnership with it for the task, he said.
A mock bank robbery “to test the response of the staff” was held Nov. 20 (Wednesday) from 7:30-9 a.m., and involved Foltz and several officers, the chief said. Credit union employees were attentive, responsive and interested, he noted, and they were quick studies too. “They caught on fast,” Foltz said.
Of his own officers, the chief added, “I think we learned as much as the credit union did.”
The credit union exercise was one of several in which the department participated during November. It and Lower Pottsgrove’s Emergency Management Team joined others in the area Nov. 17 during a responders drill at Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station, and Foltz also met with staffers at The Goddard School on East High Street in Sanatoga to discuss school safety and emergency planning issues, according to Foltz’s report.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Dec. 2 meeting):