Department Hires:

On Tuesday, August 14, 2018,  Donald Thomas, Christopher Reading and Conor Staples were sworn-in by District Judge Patricia Zaffarano as police officers with the Upper Dublin Township Police Department.

Officer Thomas was raised in Bucks County. He is a 2010 graduate of Quakertown Community Senior High School and a 2014 graduate of Temple University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. In 2016, Officer Thomas was hired by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) as a police officer and attended the Philadelphia Police Academy, graduating in May of 2017.

Officer Reading was raised in Hatboro, Montgomery County. He is a 2013 graduate of Upper Moreland High School and after a year and a half at Montgomery County Community College; he attended the Montgomery County Community College Municipal Police Academy, graduating in June of 2018.

Officer Staples was raised in Phoenixville, Chester County. He is a 2013 graduate of Pope John Paul II High School where he was president of the student council and was Captain of the wrestling team during both his junior and senior year. Officer Staples has attended and earned over 80 credits at Penn State University; in addition he attended the Montgomery County Community College Municipal Police Academy, graduating in June of 2018. Upon graduation, Officer Staples was awarded the “Quest for the Best Foundation” scholarship. Officer Staples was one of two cadets chosen by the foundation’s board due to his strong academic and physical training performance combined with his demonstrated leadership ability. Officer Staples is also an Eagle Scout and is a certified instructor in First Aid, CPR and lifeguarding.

On Wednesday, September 13, 2018,  Alexis Miller and Kevin Spotts were sworn-in by District Judge Patricia Zaffarano as police officers with the Upper Dublin Township Police Department.

Officer Miller was raised in East Vincent Township, Chester County. She is a 2013 graduate of Owen J. Roberts High School and a 2017 graduate of Kutztown University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. Officer Miller graduated from the Montgomery County College Municipal Police Academy in December of 2017. While attending Kutztown University, she completed an internship with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and was co-captain of her intramural soccer team. She is an alumni sister of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority Zeta Gamma Chapter. Officer Miller, through the church to which she belongs, enjoys serving in children’s ministries and has attended a mission trip to Kingston, Jamaica.

Officer Spotts was raised in Warrington, Bucks County. He is a 2011 graduate from Central Bucks High School South,  where he was captain of the ice hockey team during both his junior and senior years. Officer Spotts is a 2015 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Lycoming College, where he earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science. While attending Lycoming College, he completed an internship with the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Service. Officer Spotts graduated from Temple University’s Municipal Police Academy in 2016. He has served as a police officer with the Penndel Borough Police Department, Bedminster Township Police Department, and Yardley Borough Police Department.


Pictured above (from left to right): Chief Lee Benson, Officer Conor Staples, Officer Christopher Reading, Officer Donald Thomas and Deputy Chief Dan Wade


Pictured above (from left to right): Deputy Chief Dan Wade, Chief Lee Benson, Officer Alexis Miller, Officer Kevin Spotts and Lieutenant Darren Nyce

Department Promotions:

On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, Patrol Officer Stephen Nick was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Nick has served with the Upper Dublin Township Police Department since 2013. Since joining the Department, Corporal Nick has served in the Patrol Division and has been a member of the following:

  • Montgomery County Special Weapons and Tactics Team – East Region
  • Upper Dublin Township Police Department’s Bicycle Patrol Unit
  • Upper Dublin Township Police Department’s Use of Force Training Unit

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Patrol Officer Andrew Rowland was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Rowland has served with the Upper Dublin Township Police Department since 2011. Since joining the Department, Corporal Rowland has served in the Patrol Division and has been a member of the following:

  • Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Municipal Drug Task Force
  • Upper Dublin Township Police Department’s Bicycle Patrol Unit
  • Upper Dublin Township Police Department’s Field Training & Evaluation Program
  • Upper Dublin Township Police Department’s Use of Force Training Unit

In addition, Corporal Rowland is a Standard Field Sobriety Test Instructor; is certified in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE); has received awards from the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program for aggressive driving enforcement actions in 2013, 2014, and 2017; and was awarded a Lifesaving Commendation for pulling the operator out of a burning vehicle on March 18, 2013.

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Patrol Officer Stephen Scheier was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Scheier has served with the Upper Dublin Township Police Department since 2008. Since joining the Department, Corporal Scheier has served in the Patrol Division and has been a member of the Upper Dublin Township Police Department’s Bicycle Patrol Unit. In addition, Corporal Scheier has received two Unit Citations for his performance during two critical incidents – the burglary of a Rite Aid Pharmacy and an active robbery of a CVS Pharmacy in which the suspect threatened the clerk with acid.

Since their promotions, Corporal Nick has been assigned to Platoon D, Corporal Rowland  has been assigned to Platoon B, and Corporal Scheier has been assigned to Platoon A. We wish each of the newly promoted Corporals the best of luck with their assignment! Each is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that come with their new role.


Pictured above: Deputy Chief Dan Wade, Chief Lee Benson, Corporal Stephen Nick, Jr. and Lieutenant Darren Nyce


Pictured above: Lieutenant Darren Nyce, Corporal Stephen Scheier, Corporal Andrew Rowland and Chief Lee Benson

Department Retirements:

After 35 years of service to the Upper Dublin Township community, Sergeant Michael Byrne has retired. On Friday, February 9, 2018, Sergeant Byrne retired from the Upper Dublin Township Police Department with colleagues, friends and family present for his “Last Ride” to the Department, courtesy of the Chief Lee Benson.

Sergeant Byrne began his career with the Upper Dublin Township Police Department on Thursday, February 10, 1983. During Sergeant Byrne’s career with the Department, he served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Detective Corporal and as the Sergeant of Detectives. As a result of his tenure with the Department, Sergeant Byrne became known within the law enforcement community as a dedicated law enforcement officer who was always willing to help his peers and sought to faithfully serve the members of the Upper Dublin Township community. We are grateful of Sergeant Byrne’s service to Upper Dublin Township and wish him luck with his retirement!

On Friday, June 1, 2018, Corporal William Carroll and Corporal Kenneth Cook retired from the Upper Dublin Township Police Department; both having served the Upper Dublin Township community since 1981. Corporal Carroll and Corporal Cook provided the Department with a combined 74 years of police experience. On their last day-of-service, Corporal Carroll and Corporal Cook had their “Last Ride” to the Department, courtesy of Chief Lee Benson and Deputy Chief Daniel Wade. Upon their arrival at the Department, they were greeted by a crowd of colleagues, friends and family who assembled to wish them well! Corporal Carroll and Corporal Cook, thank you for each of your 37 years of service and congratulations on your retirements!

On Friday, August 31, 2018, Corporal James Ahrens retired from the Upper Dublin Township Police Department having served the Upper Dublin Township community since 1981. Corporal Ahrens, thank you for each of your 37 years of service and congratulations on your retirement!


Pictured above: Detective Sergeant Michael Byrne arriving after his final "Ride In"


Pictured above: Deputy Chief Dan Wade, Detective Sergeant Michael Byrne and Chief Lee Benson


Pictured above: Corporal William Carroll and Chief Lee Benson


Pictured above: Corporal William Carroll and Corporal Kenneth Cook


Pictured above: Corporal Kenneth Cook and Chief Lee Benson

Pictured above: Deputy Chief Dan Wade, Former Chief Terry Thompson, Corporal Jim Ahrens and Chief Lee Benson

Other News:

On Friday, May 4, 2018, Patrol Officer Michael Ciuffetelli and Patrol Officer Kyle Gallen represented the Upper Dublin Township Police Department at the Montgomery County Police Memorial Ceremony in Norristown. The Montgomery County Police Memorial serves as a remembrance of those law enforcement officers in Montgomery County who made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties, including Sergeant James R. Miller (End of Watch: Tuesday, April 20, 2004) of the Upper Dublin Township Police Department. The members of the Upper Dublin Township Police Department are honored to take part in this beautiful tribute to the fallen law enforcement officers in Montgomery County on a yearly basis.

On June 1, 2018, the Upper Dublin Township Police Department took receipt of two new Chevrolet Tahoes. Chief Lee Benson, with input from Upper Dublin Police Officers, made the decision to change the color scheme and graphics of the new police vehicles. Although it will take approximately three years for all of the police vehicles to have the new color scheme and graphics, they now align more closely with the Department’s uniform, seal and patch. The Upper Dublin Police Officers who are assigned to the Patrol Division look forward to operating the new police vehicles!


Pictured above: Patrol Officer Michael Ciuffetelli and Patrol Officer Kyle Gallen representing the Upper Dublin Township Police Department at the Montgomery County Police Memorial Ceremony in Norristown


Pictured above: One of the two new Upper Dublin Township Police Department vehicles.

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Benson III, Ralph W. (Lee)

Chief of Police (215) 646-2101/lee.benson@udpd.us

Wade, Dan

Deputy Chief of Police (215) 646-2101/daniel.wade@udpd.us

Nyce, Darren

Lieutenant (215) 646-2101/darren.nyce@udpd.us

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