POTTSTOWN PA – An incident involving an Upper Pottsgrove Police Department officer, in which no crime was committed, no one was arrested, and no one was injured, nonetheless troubled him enough that on Wednesday (Aug. 12, 2015) he issued a plea to parents from the department’s Facebook page:
Please teach your children not to run from the police.
The officer, in a status update, described a situation he encountered at 10:15 p.m. at a housing community on Aspen Drive near Maugers Mill Road in the township. “When I was approaching the first stop sign with Butternut (Drive),” he wrote, “I saw about six young kids walking up the road. I turned on my white overhead lights.”
The reaction from the youngsters, whose ages he estimated at between 12 and 15 years old? “Cops!,” they yelled, and then “took off running into the dark and through yards.”
Of those in the group, he added, only one boy with a bicycle “simply waited for me to approach.” The two talked amicably after the companions fled; the boy later said he recognized the officer from school functions.
The other youths’ action prompted his message, the officer added.
“I’m concerned that these kids think that running from the police is ‘OK,’ as well as the dangers they faced running into the dark. Hoping the parents/guardians of these kids recognize the time and area” he identified, he wrote, “so that the appropriate kids get spoken to.”
“Thank you,” he finished.