THANKS, OFFICIALLY, FOR STOPPING BY – A three-member panel, charged by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association to inspect the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department and report on its readiness for potential accreditation, finished a 72-hour visit to the township Tuesday (March 18, 2014). Representatives from police departments at Lower Paxton and Dallas townships and Carnegie-Mellon University were in Sanatoga since Sunday (March 16) to evaluate Lower Pottsgrove’s force and its ability to meet 132 different standards that would allow it to be recognized among the state’s most elite and peer-reviewed professional law enforcement agencies. Department Chief Michael Foltz ensured the group knew it was welcome; an electronic messaging sign blinked its greeting throughout period from the township municipal building parking lot entrance off North Pleasant View Road. Panelists were busy Sunday conducting ride-alongs with patrol officers on duty; they toured the department Monday, were introduced to its personnel, heard presentations from the chief and staff, and conducted interviews. They finished Tuesday by poring over files and paperwork to ensure Lower Pottsgrove complied with requirements. The chief should know within several weeks if the department passed the review.