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No Police Mutual Aid Agreement yet between Pennsburg and East Greenville
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

          On June 1, when the Upper Perkiomen Police Commission is dissolved, the police department protecting Pennsburg will maintain its mutual aid agreement with Upper Hanover.

          However, the reconstituted Upper Perkiomen Police Department does not have a similar agreement in place with officials from East Greenville, according to Kris Kirkwood, the president of Pennsburg Borough Council.

          "There is no mutual aid agreement with East Greenville," Kirkwood said Monday afternoon.

          According to Kirkwood, members of East Greenville Borough Council have not broached the subject with officials from his municipality.

          "If they want to talk about it, we would be more than happy to discuss it," Kirkwood said. "We don't want the residents of East Greenville to suffer."

          According to Kirkwood, officers from the Pennsburg department will only be permitted into East Greenville when their officers are requested by the state police, which is expected to supplement the newly created East Greenville Borough Police Department.

          "We always back up the state police," Kirkwood said. "They do the same for us."

          According to the council member, Pennsburg's officers would only be dispatched to East Greenville for drastic situations.

          Ryan Sloyer, the mayor of East Greenville, said the interim chief of his community's new department – Drew Skelton – will be responsible for establishing a similar, unwritten agreement with Michael Devlin, the Upper Perk chief.  Sloyer said Tuesday afternoon that the state police will also be represented in those discussions.

          "We don't see it as a major issue," Sloyer said. "Law enforcement will be able to work this out."

          The Pennsburg department will continue the agreement between Upper Hanover and the Upper Perk Police District, according to Kirkwood.

          For several years, the regional police department has assisted the state police – which provides primary police coverage in the township – when requested through the Montgomery County Dispatch, according to township Manager Stan Seitzinger.

          The officers are requested to back up the state police in Upper Hanover for emergencies, according to Jamie Lavin, a corporal with the Upper Perk Police District.

          According to Seitzinger, the regional police department's officers respond to the township sporadically.  He said that included 11 incidents during the first quarter of 2016, five incidents between April and June of the same year, one incident during the first quarter of 2015 and five additional incidents during the ensuing three quarters.

          Several years ago, Upper Hanover officials ended a policy compensating the regional police department for each incident in the township, according to the manager.

          Instead, Seitzinger said the board of supervisors has budgeted between $6,000 and $7,000 to purchase specific items for the officers, which have included holsters, vests and flares.





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