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MTPD has one full time Animal Control Officer (ACO) on staff. The ACO handles all animal complaints in the township. Certain animal complaints that are beyond what can be handled at the township level will be referred to the appropriate state-level animal control agencies. The ACO participates in several community events throughout the year, including visiting several of our township schools. In addition, the ACO sponsors and teaches several animal education classes throughout the year.
In 2019, MTPD’s Animal Control Officer handled 464 animal calls and complaints, which mostly included loose and lost dogs, dog bites, and barking dogs.
The Bike Patrol Unit supplements the Patrol Division for several months during the year. MTPD has six bike officers who rotate patrols throughout the year. The bikes normally ride in pairs, but can ride with as many as all six together if given a special assignment that requires all of them. The Bike Patrol has been very successful for MTPD over the years, allowing officers to address chronic crime and quality of life problems in various neighborhoods throughout the township. Being on bikes also affords the officers the opportunity to be more approachable and accessible to the public while out on patrol, and allows them to interact and engage with the community much closer than officers in patrol cars.
Several times in 2019, MTPD captain Peter Feeney, Lieutenant Stephen Forman, and Officer Melissa Robison hosted various seminars for the community. Their events were well attended and everyone left with some extremely valuable information. The community has requested we continue with these educational seminars, which the department will do in 2020. In addition to the seminars, there were numerous ALICE training sessions held all throughout the township. From schools, doctors offices, counseling centers and the Lower Bucks homeless shelter, MTPD officers taught ALICE to employees, volunteers, residents, and students. ALICE is a response method to an active violent attacker/shooter, one that Neshaminy School District has recently adopted. Other seminars focused on fraud prevention for the elderly, internet safety and firearms safety classes.
The Middletown Township Police Department Honor Guard has been quite active in recent years, and 2019 was no different. The Honor Guard now has 9 members, led by Sergeant Bob Weber. Throughout the year, the Honor Guard participated in several holiday parades, two police academy graduations at the Temple University Police Academy, three police memorial services in Bucks County, and served as casket guards at several funerals. The Honor Guard also had several members travel to Washington D.C. in May to take part in National Police Officer’s Memorial Week ceremonies.
The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) follows up on incidents referred for investigation by Patrol. Every incident referred is screened by the Detective Lieutenant or Sergeant for assignment and follow-up investigation. Detectives also open new cases stemming from other investigations and cases. The majority of cases are labor and time intensive.
The Middletown Township Police Department is fortunate to have four K9 officers. Each K9 officer is dually trained in patrol functions and either drug detection or bomb sniffing capabilities. All MTPD canines and handlers must pass a rigorous initial training program. The K9 officers are an invaluable asset to the police department and the community. In 2019 they were involved in searches, explosive searches, assists in other townships and numerous community events.
The Patrol Division of the Middletown Township Police Department is the backbone of the department, and is the largest and most visible division in the police department. Patrol responds to approximately 38,000 calls for service in 2019. They range from relatively basic calls all the way to serious crimes. Officers in the patrol division respond to 911 calls and are also engaged in proactive crime prevention.
The Middletown Township Police Department has an outstanding administrative staff which contributes greatly to the daily activities of the police department. Our dedicated administrative staff handles all of the computerized data that needs to be sent to the various state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as taking care of the communications between the police department and PennDOT. They are the first ones to greet the public as they walk into our lobby at headquarters, and then assist the public with the various police services that are requested.
Our administrative staff handle court submissions and the case file preparations for most defendants. All requests for traffic accident documentation goes through them and they process all payments for the paperwork provided. The supportive role that they play is integral to all operations going on at the police department. Their job responsibilities are too many to adequately describe, but their dedication and hard work is fundamental to the day to day operational effectiveness of our PD.
School Resource Officers
In 2019 the Middletown Township Police Department had two School Resource Officers. Detective Andy Amoroso is assigned to Neshaminy High School a 2,500 student high school, which keeps the detective very busy. Officer Melissa Robison is assigned to both middle schools and elementary schools. They handle various types of calls while at the school, but also strives to build relationships with the school community. Detective Amoroso and Ofc. Robison are certified by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) and the ALICE organization which teaches how to respond to active shooter incidents.
MTPD is a member of the Bucks County south-central Special Emergency Response Team (SERT). The south-central Bucks team is one of three in the county, and is made up of several participating police departments and the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office. SERT responds to all emergency calls requiring either experienced negotiating, or a tactical presence beyond standard patrol capabilities. MTPD has several SERT members who are either trained negotiators or tactical operators. Typical SERT assignments would include high-risk warrant service, barricaded subjects, hostage situations, and other high risk assignments requiring the specialized training of the SERT team. The team averages about 10 callouts per year.
Middletown Township PD has a five person Motor Unit led by Captain Pete Feeney. In 2019 the Motorcycle Unit conducted dozens of details throughout the township and beyond. They continually provided their services to other neighboring townships and assisted with many community events. Some notable events would be the delivery of Christmas and Easter meals for families of officers killed in the line of duty. The Motor unit did numerous funeral escorts for military veterans, retired officers, and soldiers killed in the line of duty. They conducted longer distance escorts for both Vietnam and Korean War veterans to participate in the Tour of Honor down to Washington D.C. and back. All this coupled with parades, charity rides, traffic control and normal control, the Motorcycle Unity was quite busy and active throughout the year. In addition to all this, one motor patrol officer is dually assigned to a Traffic Unit. This officer was assigned to the position in July 2018 and since that time has addressed many traffic complaints throughout the entire township. In 2019 the Traffic Unity, Officer Mike Stum has written over 659 citations for various traffic offenses. Officer Stum spends the majority of his time enforcing traffic on his motor.