After operating in Brookhaven for 17 years, the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) will move to neighboring Parkside Borough at the end of the month.
Parkside Council voted unanimously to approve an expenditure of $1,800 to fund the academy, which invites citizens to attend classes to learn about state and municipal policing.
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Rosemary McGuire, accompanied by Parkside Police Chief John Egan, provided a presentation of the program that includes trips to the Delaware County 911 Center and local State Police barracks; hiring practices, maintenance of police vehicles, crime scene and fire investigation tactics, K-9, crisis intervention, court room testimony, fingerprinting, speakers, and more.
Classes, which last approximately three hours each, will begin at 6 P.M., Monday, March 31st at the Parkside Municipal Building, 22 East Elbon Road. The classes are held on Monday evenings for 10 weeks.
Interested? Call Parkside Police Chief John Egan at (610) 876-0249 to register.
The class is free and open to anyone interested in learning about police operations except people under age 18 or adults with a criminal record.
Retired Brookhaven Police Chief John Eller is coordinating the program and said more than 425 individuals have graduated from the CPA since its inception in 1997.
In 1999, Eller invited Pennsylvania State Police to run a combined Brookhaven/State Police program. The joint program is the only one of its kind in the state. At the graduation ceremony, participants receive recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives, state House of Representatives, state Senate, state police and the local municipal government.
“This program has been very successful over the years and we are hoping to continue its success,” said Eller.
Eller, who retired as Brookhaven Police Chief in 2012, was replaced by current Chief Randy McGoldrick. Eller said he asked McGoldrick about running the academy, but McGoldrick declined due to time restrictions.
McGoldrick taught CPA classes annually, but said becoming police chief was a large undertaking that he felt wouldn’t allow him to give the CPA attention it deserved.
Eller said he understands, adding that the CPA is “a tremendous amount of work.”
Brookhaven Mayor Mike Hess and Council President Sue Truesdale, when approached at Monday’s Brookhaven Council meeting, said they were unaware that the academy was moving to Parkside.
“This is the first we are hearing about this,” Hess said. “There was no vote taken by Council to discontinue (it). The academy started here and we would have loved to keep it here. This seems like a communication problem.”
For the Parkside Citizens Police Academy to operate, there must be at least 20 individuals registered by the first class.
In other matters, Council accepted Health Inspector Cathy Warfield’s resignation. She cited personal reasons for her action.
Council also unanimously appointed Linda Higgins as deputy tax collector and reversed the previous appointment of Joe Nerelli as assistant fire marshal. Council President Douglas Bull said that position is not necessary.