2019 Department Hires:
On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, William Nagy and Alexander Pratt were sworn-in by District Judge Zaffarano as police officers with the Upper Dublin Township Police Department.
The son of a United States Navy serviceman, Officer Nagy was raised in various cities throughout the East Coast of the United States as well as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He is a 2000 graduate of Frankford High School and as a result of the events of September 11, 2001, he joined the United States Coast Guard. After completing four (4) years of active service with the United States Coast Guard, Officer Nagy applied to and was hired by the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania to serve as an investigator with the Warrant Unit in the City of Philadelphia. In 2011, Officer Nagy was hired by the Philadelphia Police Department and attended their respective Police Academy. Officer Nagy served with the Philadelphia Police Department for eight (8) years. While serving with the Philadelphia Police Department, he served in both the 14th and 25th Districts. While serving in the 25th District, Officer Nagy was assigned to the East Division Task Force; and in 2013 Officer Nagy was awarded “Officer of the Year” for his work with the East Division Task Force. As a member of the Upper Dublin Township Police Department, Officer Nagy has been assigned badge #46 and upon his completion of the Field Training & Evaluation Program, he will be assigned to a Platoon.
Officer Pratt was raised in Ocean City, New Jersey. He is a 2004 graduate of Ocean City High School and a 2008 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography. From 2013 through 2016 Officer Pratt was a seasonal wildland firefighter for the United States Forrest Service. In this role, he would respond to either Dover, Delaware or Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in order to be transported to wherever the wildland fire to which he was deployed to combat was taking place. In 2016, Officer Pratt was hired by the Philadelphia Police Department, but subsequently completed the Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy and was hired by the Lower Merion Township Police Department. As a member of the Upper Dublin Township Police Department, Officer Pratt has been assigned badge #47 and upon his completion of the Field Training & Evaluation Program, he will be assigned to a Platoon.
On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, Francis Wheatley was sworn-in by District Judge Zaffarano as the Chief of Police of the Upper Dublin Township Police Department.
Chief Wheatley was raised in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania – Upper Dublin Township; where he has also raised his family and continues to reside. Chief Wheatley began his career in law enforcement in 1983 as a police dispatcher with the Upper Dublin Township Police Department. In 1986, Chief Wheatley was hired as a police officer with the Whitemarsh Township Police Department and attended Pennsylvania State Police Southeast Training Academy. While employed with the Whitemarsh Township Police Department, he was promoted to Detective in 1999, Sergeant in 2004, and Lieutenant in 2011. In addition, Chief Wheatley served for 16 years on SWAT and is presently in-charge of the Negotiators for the Montgomery County SWAT – West Region.
In January 2016, Chief Wheatley was hired as the Chief of Police for the Upper Pottsgrove Township Police Department which is located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. As Chief of Police, Chief Wheatley was tasked with the specific responsibility of rebuilding the department, which was critically short in sworn personnel and had a long history of ineffective leadership. By fostering a positive police culture and establishing a shared sense of purpose, Chief Wheatley is credited with improving the management process and professionalism of the Department.
Chief Wheatley has earned an Associate’s Degree from the Montgomery County Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Joseph’s University, and Master’s Degree from Wilmington University. Chief Wheatley has also graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In 2009, Chief Wheatley received his Instructor Development Certification from the Pennsylvania State Police and is presently teaching at the Montgomery County Police Academy and is an Adjunct Professor at the Montgomery County Community College. Chief Wheatley has received numerous commendations throughout his thirty-six (36) years of policing, including a Commendation of Valor.
2019 Department Promotions:
2019 Department Retirements:
2019 Other News:
Pictured above (L to R): Liutenant Nyce, Officer Nagy, Deputy Chief Wade, Chief Wheatley
Pictured above (L to R): Liutenant Nyce, Officer Pratt, Deputy Chief Wade, Chief Wheatley
Pictured above: Chief Wheatley's swearing in (Bible held by his three children)
Pictured above: The Upper Dublin Township Police Department (May 2019)
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