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Maybe Next Township Officer Is ‘Out There’

SANATOGA PA – Maybe, somewhere among more than 393 individuals who recently acted on their interest in joining a Montgomery County local law enforcement agencies, one is destined to become the next officer in the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department.

Of 510 people who initially registered to take a written exam for police officer candidates in the county, 393 actually showed up for the test during late August at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell. They’re not done yet. Physical agility testing of those candidates is scheduled for next Saturday, Sept. 19 (2015), according to department Chief Michael Foltz.

It will be weeks before all testing and analysis of candidates is completed, and Civil Service applicant rosters are reformed. It could be months, depending on its budget and needs, before the township Board of Commissioners determines that hiring another officer is in the department’s future.

But, as Foltz has said before, participating in the tests conducted by the county Consortium of Communities helps assure that, if and when the department adds another officer, it will have several vetted and sound candidates from which to choose a new employee. Besides Lower Pottsgrove, 13 other municipalities including Limerick and Upper Pottsgrove hope to hire from the final consortium pool.

Foltz’s report on the consortium’s progress was issued during the commissioners’ Sept. 8 meeting.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Sept. 8 meeting):

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