Ofc. Tyler Smith Join Lower Pottsgrove Police

Ofc. Tyler Smith (at top center) takes his oath of office Thursday, accompanied by friend Emily Favinger and administered by Magisterial District Justice Maurice Saylor

SANATOGA PA – A police officer with military training and several years of experience became the newest addition Thursday night (Sept. 22, 2022) to the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department.

Magisterial District Justice Maurice Saylor administered the oath of office to Ofc. Tyler Smith during the regularly scheduled meeting of the township Board of Commissioners, before a substantial audience at Sunnybrook Ballroom on North Sunnybrook Road. The meeting had been scheduled there earlier, rather than at the Buchert Road municipal building, to accommodate an anticipated larger crowd.

Police Chief Richard Bell and the department’s newest member, Tyler Smith

Police Chief Richard Bell publicly welcomed Smith to the “police department family,” and noted that he had successfully completed “all aspects of our testing procedures.” They included a battery of written, spoken, physical agility, psychological, fitness, and state-required examinations.

Smith was the first choice of Bell and members of the township Civil Service Commission when it voted during August to certify a list of three officer candidates available for hire. The Board of Commissioners followed up by making a conditional offer of employment to Smith only 10 days later.

Smith, whose hiring fills a vacancy left during February in the department ranks, has previously worked for police departments in the Pennsylvania boroughs of Macungie, Wilson, and Walnutport. He is a United States Army veteran, honorably discharged in 2020. Smith completed his law enforcement training at the Lackawanna College Police Academy, earlier attended Upper Bucks County Technical School, and is a Quakertown High School graduate.

Bell said Smith would soon begin a probationary period of training under the supervision of other township command staff members and officers.

Photos by Richard McDonough for The Post