SANATOGA PA – Kevin Black, who previously served as a part-time officer in the Royersford and Spring City PA police departments, on Thursday (May 22, 2014) was welcomed as a full-timer into the ranks of the Lower Pottsgrove police force. He succeeds Ofc. Royce Repka, who tendered his resignation several weeks ago.
With his parents, wife, and family members seated in the audience of the township Board of Commissioners’ meeting, and police officers from Lower Pottsgrove and Royersford standing nearby, Black recited the oath of office administered by former police detective and Magisterial District Justice Edward Kropp Sr. His young son, Declan, held the Bible used during the ceremony.
Ofc. Black takes his oath of office from Justice Edward Kropp Sr. as his son Declan holds the Bible
The officer, his wife and their three children live in Montgomery County. He graduated from the county Municipal Police academy in July 2011, and currently attends Chestnut Hill College where he is studying for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration. Black has already received certification as a digital forensic examiner.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Black was honorably discharged in 2008 after serving on active duty for 10 years. His assignments included deployments on both the USS Saipan and the USS Cape St. George.
Black is a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expedition Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Naval Good Conduct Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (both twice), Navy “L” Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.
His hiring brings the department’s manpower back to its former level of 17 officers, Chief Michael Foltz said. The department anticipates adding an 18th officer later this year, and commissioners’ on Thursday authorized Foltz to ask the township Civil Service Board to create a new eligibility list from which a officer-candidate would be offered the job.
Black will work with an assigned field training officer for on-the-job training until being released to patrol on his own, Foltz said.
Chief Michael Foltz welcomes Black to the police department
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ May 22 meeting):
Center photo from the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department.
Bottom photo and video by Joe Zlomek for The Post Publications LLC