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Michael L. Martin Sworn in as New Police Chief       

On Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at a special meeting, Michael L. Martin was sworn in by District Judge Albert J. Augustine as Franconia Township's new Police Chief.  Chief Martin looks forward to serving the Township in his new capacity.

Chief Martin Sworn In

             

 

 

  

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The Franconia Township Police Department and surrounding area fire companies & EMS units dedicate themselves to our safety. You can do your part by reporting safety concerns to the appropriate department immediately.

Call Us – If you have an emergency or need immediate assistance, DIAL 9-1-1. For administrative and non-emergency questions or information, please call the police department at 215-723-6777.

E-mail Us – police@franconia-township.org
This e-mail address is for non-emergency matters. This e-mail mailbox is not monitored daily.

Ongoing Police Department Community Programs

Drug Dispoal Drop Box (Free) - Anonymous disposal of your unwanted, expired drugs. Located in the lobby of the Police Department.

Special Needs In-House Registry (Free) - Register your loved ones so that we have important information before we may need it in an emergency. Complete the form, click here, and send it in with a current photo. (This is in addition to Montgomery county's Special Needs Registry, which can be found by clicking here)

Business Emergency Contact Information (Free) We keep important information for those after-hours emergencies. Remeber to keep your information current. Click here

 Facebook - Get safety tips, important alerts, and stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook.

 

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Our Mission Statement

The Mission of the Franconia Township Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our Township by working in a partnership with the community and, in accordance with constitutional rights, to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment. 

Our Values Statement

As partners in the community, we are committed to law enforcement professionalism through:

INTEGRITY:
We will strive to uphold the public’s trust by being honest, competent, and consistent in our beliefs and actions. We will hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of moral and ethical conduct.

PRIDE:
We will take pride in our profession, our community, and ourselves. Working as a team, we will strive to be role models for our community by enthusiastically excelling in quality performance.

SERVICE:
We will dedicate ourselves to improve the quality of life in our community by providing a safe environment for all. We are committed to protecting life and property, reducing fear, and developing a partnership with citizens to prevent and solve crimes.

Michael L. Martin, Chief of Police

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Michael L. Martin was sworn in as the Township's new Police Chief on May 10, 2018.

The Department consists of 11 sworn police officers, one civilian administrative assistant, and one school-crossing guide. All are highly competent, committed, and dedicated men and women with a common goal of meeting the needs and providing service to the people who work, visit, and live here. 

We provide numerous services to the community or act as liaison to other service providers. The Franconia Township Police Department strives to be a proactive organization that, in a partnership with the schools, churches, businesses, service organizations and its citizens, works to keep Franconia Township the safest community in Pennsylvania.

Please browse through our section of the site and feel free to send any suggestions or comments to me. I encourage you to contact us if we can be of any assistance to you.

Phone number: 215-723-6777
Fax number: 215-723-1165

Our Department

Patrol

Patrol Division

Nine uniformed patrol officers respond to calls for service in Franconia Township. Pictured are two Franconia Township Police officers getting their equipment ready before going on patrol.  Patrol officers hold responsibility for enforcement of traffic laws and accident investigations, and take initial reports on crimes and incidents. Two of our patrol officers, Corporal Steven Cronin, and Ed Hall have extensive training in reconstruction of serious motor vehicle accidents.



Detective/Juvenile

Det. Sgt. George H. Moyer III performs follow-up investigations to crimes initially handled by patrol officers. Det. Moyer is trained in many facets of investigative and forensic science components of crime, as well as detecting computer crimes. Officer Glenn Kranich has been assigned to assist Det. Sgt. Moyer with investigations when needed. 

 

Safety Recommendations

Internet Safety Presentations Now Available to Public

The Internet information resource, NetSmartz, has made training originally only available to law enforcement professionals available to the public. Their safety presentations are suitable for children and adults of all ages, covering topics such as:

  • What are online risks
  • What resources are available
  • Examining your online practices
  • How to avoid risks

NetSmartz is an internet information resource from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children geared toward educating children about internet safety. Learn more on www.NetSmartz.org.

S.A.F.E. - Senior Adult Fraud Education

FREE Senior Adult SAFETY PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE 

S.A.F.E. stands for “Senior Adult Fraud Education” - a FREE Train-the-Trainer program provided to your organization by the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Institute. The goal is to empower senior adults by providing information and tips on how to handle the various fraudulent situations they may encounter. S.A.F.E. is a 4-part training course. Each training lesson lasts approximately 30 minutes. Topics include: 

  • Electronic Fraud
  • Home Scams
  • Personal Fraud
  • Identity Theft

For more information and to view the training, CLICK HERE.

Department History

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Police coverage was provided by the Pennsylvania State Police until 1962, when a group of residents signed a petition requesting the Board of Supervisors create the Franconia Township Police Department. The Board approved the request and Kenneth Lear, a retired chief of police from Lansdale, was hired to build the department. He and one part-time officer handled calls from the former township building, an old farmhouse that stood on the site that was more recently a bank and is now a used-car lot at Harleysville Pike and Allentown Road.

Three decades, one chief

In 1965, Paul R. Hunsberger was appointed to the Chief’s position after the death of Chief Lear. Chief Hunsberger served with the Upper Gwynedd Township Police Department for six years prior to his arrival in Franconia. The Chief’s family was dedicated to police service. During a time in Chief Hunsberger’s career, his father was the Chief of Police in Souderton Borough, and his half-brother, John Kayser, served as Chief of Police in Upper Dublin Township.

During the next 31 years, Chief Hunsberger oversaw the growth of the police department to meet the needs of a growing township. He was instrumental in developing many partnerships with the community, especially the schools, where he presented annual bicycle rodeos and coloring contests. In 1976, he supervised the police department’s move to the current township building on Allentown Road.

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Joseph S. Kozeniewski succeeded Chief Hunsberger upon his retirement in January 1997 and our present Chief of Police, Michael L. Martin was sworn in on May 10, 2018. Chief Martin was with the Upper Merion Township Police Department for 31 years before joining Franconia Township. 

The Department now provides a complement of 11 full-time officers, and a civilian administrative assistant, and a school crossing guard. All of the department’s vehicles are radio dispatched by the Montgomery County Communications center, which provides the 9-1-1 emergency service. Each police vehicle is equipped with computer data terminals and automatic external defibrillators.

In May, 2004, the police department moved into its new separate 9,000 square-foot facility, which is adjacent to the Township Building. The new headquarters is designed to meet the needs for expected growth of the Franconia community for many years.

Crime Statistics

Please take a moment to view our monthly and annual reports. These reports detail various crime statistics and the annual reports also provide highlights on training, education, and special events that took place each year.

Monthly Statistics

Annual Reports

Helpful Public Safety Links

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