SANATOGA PA – Good news arrived Wednesday (April 2, 2014) in the crime-fighting quarters of the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department on Buchert Road: it is now one of only a relative handful of police agencies across the state to win accreditation from the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.
Michael Foltz, the department’s pleased and obviously proud chief, spread the word by e-mail that the association’s accreditation commission had issued its approval for the honor, which acknowledges the department’s professionalism. It joins the ranks of just 8 percent of the state’s law enforcement bodies to be examined, tested, and held to a high set of standards in the business of protecting the public.
A formal presentation on accreditation approval is expected to be made Monday (April 7) to the township Board of Commissioners, Foltz said. Accreditation certificates are likely to be delivered to Foltz and the department at the association’s 100th anniversary convention during July in King of Prussia.
The department’s achievement involves more than just public recognition, Foltz has said in the past; it also represents the culmination of a quest begun several years ago by his predecessors. Earlier chiefs had registered the department for accreditation, and begun the necessary documentation to see it through, but intervening events and a lack of adequate staffing to pursue it delayed the process.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ April 7 meeting):