The Upper Merion Police Department is an accredited police agency committed to the following objectives, allowing them to be a premiere law enforcement agency in the region:
Problem Solving and Accountability
Professionalism of Policing
Building Trust and Legitimacy
Critical Incident Preparedness
The department strives to keep crime rates down while continuing to build the public’s trust. Ultimately, they are committed to keeping residents and visitors safe while achieving and maintaining a superior quality of life within the community.
The 71-officer department is comprised of the Chief, a Captain, and six Lieutenants that command the Patrol, Investigations, Community Oriented Policing (COP), Auxiliary Services and Administrative/Emergency Management Divisions. The Patrol Division is the largest division with officers separated into two platoons, which are each commanded by a Patrol Lieutenant. The Investigations Division has detectives conducting traditional investigative work and detectives assigned to a Special Investigations Unit that investigates vice crimes. The COP Division has officers in the Traffic Safety Unit that conduct accident investigations as well as officers in our COP Unit that deal with quality of life issues. The Auxiliary Services Division has our civilian support staff, including special officers, telecommunicators and school crossing guards. Upper Merion is the only remaining self-dispatched agency in Montgomery County. Finally, our Administrative/Emergency Management Division handles all aspects of accreditation for the police department and emergency management for the entire township.
The police department has a number of specialized units including the Bike Unit, K-9 Patrol, Drone Unit, and is an active member of both the Montgomery County Major Incident Response Team (MIRT), and the Montgomery Country SWAT Central Region Team (MSWAT-CR).