Collegeville Police Department
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The Collegeville Police Department began life in 1940 when George Moyer was appointed the Borough’s first Police Officer. Moyer was paid $25 a week and served until 1954.
Moyer was succeeded by Richard McClure, a veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department. McClure served until his retirement in 1969. That year, John McKernan became police chief and John R. Clawson was hired as his assistant.
During part of the 1970’s, the Borough of Trappe contributed $14,000 a year for police protection from the Collegeville force. This was discontinued in 1978. In 1979, John Clawson became police chief and police headquarters moved from the former Trappe schoolhouse to the College Court Apartments on W. Fifth Avenue. The CPD moved into it’s current headquarters in 1996.
In 1999, after 30 years with the Department, Chief John R.Clawson retired. He was replaced by Bart Bucher, an 11-year veteran of the force.
Chief of Police Barton Bucher
Chief Bucher became the Collegeville Police Department Chief of Police in August, 2000. He was selected from the ranks of the department where he served for 11 years.
As Chief of Police, Bucher’s first goals for the Department included hiring two new Officers, creating a Detective position, joining other departments in multi jurisdictional task forces – Montgomery County SWAT – Wester Region, Valley Forge Area DUI Enforcement Team and the Montgomery County Municipal Drug Task Force- and seeing to it that the Department has more involvement with the community.
Others goals for the department include:
- Work with the Mayor and Borough Council to address problems that are detrimental to the community
- Make residents more aware that the Police Department is accessible and can be called upon at any time for assistance
- Monitor the activities along the Borough of Collegeville portion of the Perkiomen Trail
Chief Bucher (pronounced boo-ker) is a graduate of West Chester University with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. Chief Bucher is Past President of the Police Chiefs™ Association of Montgomery County, is a member of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Bucher also serves as an Assistant to the Commander of the Montgomery County SWAT – Western Region.
In response to the many requests from Borough residents about speeding and other behavior on Borough streets, the Collegeville Police Department has instituted a measured enforcement campaign. Posted speed limits are strictly enforced in the Borough of Collegeville.
The Collegeville Police Department also uses a Speed Monitoring Awareness Radar Trailer (SMART), a portable, self contained speed display unit that is used at sites with speed related problems. A radar unit mounted inside the locked trailer clocks the speed of passing motorists. Motorists then see their speed displayed on a highly visible LED (light emitting diode) amber display. The speed limit sign above the display reminds the motorist to pay attention to the speed limit.
The Speed Monitoring Awareness Trailer is designed as a public relations tool and promotes a positive attitude toward the speed limit.
The trailer can be used in school zones, residential neighborhoods, construction sites and high-risk accident locations. The trailer allows our Department to promote awareness of the speed limit in the Borough while our Officers are handling other assignments.
Montgomery County SWAT – Western Region (MSWAT – West)
The Collegeville Police Department is also a member of the Montgomery County SWAT – Western Region Team. MSWAT – West is comprised of Police Officers from Collegeville, Royersford and Pottstown Boroughs, and from West Pottsgrove, Upper Pottsgrove, Lower Pottsgrove, Douglass, New Hanover, Upper Providence, Limerick, North Coventry (Chester County), and Colebrookdale (Berks County) Townships. MSWAT – West provides each participating Department the capability of a specially trained and equipped team of officers to respond to “high risk” incidents. Examples of “high risk” incidents include barricaded persons, hostage situations, and warrant services. MSWAT – West members can serve as crisis negotiators, snipers entry operators and tactical paramedics.
Borough council meets the 1st Wednesday of each month.
Borough of Collegeville
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