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Upper Perk Officer to Serve on Federal Task Force
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor

            During Monday night's Pennsburg Borough Council meeting, Mayor Vicki Lightcap announced that Corporal James Lavin of the Upper Perk Police Department, Pennsburg, has been deputized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Federal Task Force Officer and assigned to the Bucks-Mont Safe Streets Task Force.

            Chief Michael Devlin offered his congratulations saying, "Due to James' tenacity and work ethic, he is a huge asset to the Upper Perkiomen Valley."

            Lavin, who's been with the department for about 10 years and has served on the Montgomery County Drug Task Force for nearly as long, was promoted to corporal about three years ago.

            More recently, he was named chairman of the Executive Committee of Project Live Upper Perk, an organization formed by representatives of the Upper Perkiomen Valley community in response to the growing number of individuals and families who are suffering from addiction/alcoholism.  Their objective is to provide educational, social and preventative support to individuals, students and families to break the stigma of addiction and promote healthy, safe and loving lifestyles.

            He underwent an extensive background check prior to being named to the Safe Streets Task Force and was one of three officers recently sworn into the position.

            Lavin's responsibilities will be on an assignment basis as given by the FBI supervisor/special agent at the Fort Washington, Pa., office.

            In its' 25th year of existence, the Safe Streets program was started by the FBI in 1993.  According to the FBI, there are 167 Safe Street Task Forces across the country.

            According to a statement issued by Pennsburg Mayor Vicki Lightcap, "The mission of this task force is to identify and target for prosecution criminal enterprise groups responsible for drug trafficking; money laundering; alien smuggling; crimes of violence, such as murder and aggravated assault; robbery; and violent street gangs, as may be a federal investigative interest.  The Safe Streets Task Force will enhance the effectiveness of federal/state/local law enforcement resources through a well-coordinated initiative seeking the most effective investigative/prosecutive avenues by which to convict and incarcerate dangerous offenders."

            In other business, officials approved a request by Bob McCarty for fire police from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 12 and temporary no parking on Main Street along the property of St. Marks Church, 81 Main Street, to accommodate a Christmas tree-lighting event at the site.

            McCarty will also be making a request to post a temporary banner on the church property announcing the event.

            Mayor Lightcap informed officials that discussions regarding the Act 172 Tax Credit for Emergency Service volunteers have been put on hold until after Jan. 1, 2018.

            Also, Upper Perkiomen School's Business Manager Sandra Kassel informed officials that a stop sign, recently installed on the southwest corner of Montgomery Avenue at 11th Street in Upper Hanover Township was removed.

            She said the premature installation was a misunderstanding.  A stop sign at that location is included in the final, approved land development plan for the new middle school.  However, a stop sign is not officially approved until the township's stop sign ordinance is approved.

            The soonest that can happen is early December.





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