Township Police Welcome ‘Family’ Member to Force

Township Police Welcome 'Family' Member to Force
Nicholas Dinnocenti recited his oath of office Thursday and joined the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Nicholas “Nick” Dinnocenti, Lower Pottsgrove’s newest law enforcement officer, is no stranger to the township. In fact, he’s been a member of its police department “family” for some time, Acting Chief William James explained.

Only a few years ago Dinnocenti, who until Thursday night (Oct. 22, 2021) served as an officer on the Reading city force, worked as an Albright College criminology student in Lower Pottsgrove’s police internship program. His return here was obviously welcomed by fellow township officers, who delivered bear hugs, handshakes, and big smiles of greeting before his swearing-in ceremony.

Then Dinnocenti, accompanied by family and friends, took his oath of office as the first action of the township Board of Commissioners’ meeting in The Sunnybrook Ballroom. With his right hand on a Bible, his left hand raised high, and his eyes fixed on Magisterial District Justice Maurice Saylor, he recited words of dedication to the public and the Constitution, and officially joined the force.

Among members of the audience were Rick Bell, who is scheduled Nov. 4 to take his own oath of office as township police chief. He and Dinnocenti talked and shook hands before and after the ceremony. Also in the crowd were members of the township Civil Service Commission, who certified Dinnocenti and two other individuals as candidates for employment.

Dinnocenti graduated from Albright in 2020 with his bachelor of arts degree in criminology. While there, he played collegiate baseball for four years, James reported. An earlier graduate of Berks Catholic High School, he is the son of Dean and Maria Dinnocenti, and older brother to John and Nadine Dinnocenti.

“Nick has stated he is truly honored to be given the opportunity by Lower Pottsgrove Township to live out his dream of being a public servant to such a great community,” James added.

Township Police Welcome 'Family' Member to Force
Lower Pottsgrove commissioners, at left, and Dinnocenti and family members pose for a post-ceremony photo

His employers, the commissioners, seemed equally pleased to have him aboard. In comments at their meeting’s end, about an hour after the ceremony finished and Dinnocenti left, they repeated earlier congratulations. And, Commissioner Robert Mohollen wished with a smile, “hopefully his life here will be a little calmer than in Reading.”

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