What's Happening at UDPD
February 9, 2018: 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 family, friends, and members of the police department present for his final “ride in.” 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!
Pictured above: Detective Sergeant Michael Byrne arriving after his final ride in
Pictured above: Deputy Chief Dan Wade and Detective Segeant Michael Byrne
Pictured above: Deputy Chief Dan Wade, Detective Sergeant Michael Byrne and Chief Lee Benson
January 9, 2018: The Upper Dublin Township Board of Commissioners appointed Megan Klosterman to the position of Police Officer. Megan was sworn in by the Honorable Patricia A. Zaffarano.
Megan is a lifelong resident of Upper Dublin Township, an active firefighter with the Fort Washington Fire Company, a former intern with UDPD and she even graduated from UDPD's Junior Police Academy when she was younger! Megan also brings prior police experience from her time with the Solebury Township Police Department.
Pictured above: Deputy Chief Dan Wade, Chief Lee Benson, Ofc. Megan Klosterman and Lt. Darren Nyce
January 9, 2018: Officer Stephen Nick, Jr. was promoted to the rank of Corporal and sworn in by the Honorable Patricia A. Zaffarano. Corporal Nick has been with UDPD since 2013 and, in addition to regular patrol duties, he currently serves as a Use of Force Instructor, an EMT, a member of the UDPD bike unit and a member of Montgomery County SWAT-East Region.
Pictured above: Deputy Chief Dan Wade, Chief Lee Benson, Cpl. Stephen Nick, Jr. and Lt. Darren Nyce
December 12, 2017: Officers Judge and Wolfgang were appointed as Sergeants for the Police Department.
Sergeant Judge began his service with the Upper Dublin Township Police Department in 2007 and Sergeant Wolfgang has been employed with Upper Dublin Township for 26 years (12 years as a Police Dispatcher and 14 years as a Police Officer).
Pictured above, top: Members of the Upper Dublin Township Police Department
Pictured above, bottom: Sergeants Wolfgang (left) and Judge (right)
December 13, 2017: Officer Kyle Gallen graduated from the Montgomery County Municipal Police Academy.
Pictured above: Lt. Darren Nyce, Ofc. Kyle Gallen, Chief Lee Benson and Deputy Chief Dan Wade
September 12, 2017: Police Chief Lee Benson, Deputy Chief Dan Wade & Lieutenant Darren Nyce recognized Segeant Michael Janoski for his 25 years of faithful service to the Upper Dublin Police Department.
Michael Janoski began his career in Upper Dublin Township on August 26, 1992. In his 25 year career as a police officer, Mike has served as a police Emergency Medical Technician with the Police Department’s Quick Response Service Unit, a member of the Police Special Weapons and Tactics team, a field training officer, a certified crash reconstructionist, a member of the Bike Patrol Unit and a Use of Force Instructor. In September of 2004, Mike was promoted to the rank of Corporal and was promoted to Sergeant in 2008, Sergeant Janoski serves as the commanding officer of Patrol Platoon “C” and is responsible for a patrol corporal and five officers. Congratulations on your years of dedication and service!
Pictured: Chief Lee Benson and Sergeant Michael Janoski
September 12, 2017: The Upper Dublin Township Police Department presented commendations to police personnel based on respectable and noble efforts throughout the past year.
Life Saving Citation
Officer Michael Milligan
On the evening of March 17, 2017 Officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the Ambler section of Upper Dublin Township. Following an investigation, a man was placed into police custody due to his state of intoxication. While seated in the back of the police vehicle, the once loud and animated individual had become immediately silent. Officer Michael Milligan rushed to the man’s aid and found him not breathing and without a pulse. Officer Milligan began resuscitative efforts and did revive the man prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services. Based on his efforts that evening, Officer Michael Milligan was presented with a Life Saving Citation on September 12, 2017.
Corporal Matthew Garay, Detective Christian Fiedler, Officer Stephen Pimm, Officer Andrew Bochanski
On Wednesday November 23, 2016 police officers and firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire in the unit block of Douglass Street. After identifying the residence on fire, officers observed that there were lights on and a dog barking in the adjoining twin home. Officers forced entry to the residence and conducted a search for potential victims. The officers successfully rescued the family’s golden retriever and then treated that dog and another dog that had been rescued by firefighters for smoke inhalation until their transport for further treatment. Based on their actions, these officers were presented with a Unit Citation on September 12, 2017.
Ambler PD – Sergeant Timothy Urner and Sergeant Thomas Craig
Cheltenham PD – Officer John Thompson and Officer David Sparango
Lower Gwynedd PD – Officer Dennis Sharkey
Whitpain PD- Sergeant Jon Bleuit, Officer Francis Rippert, Officer Bianca DeLuca, Officer Brian Richard
Upper Dublin PD – Corporal Matthew Garay, Officer Mark Wolfgang, Officer Kevin Shanahan, Officer Stephen Pimm, Detective Michael Lebby, Sergeant Michael Byrne, Detective Christian Fiedler, Officer David Madrak, Officer Tegan Wendell and Officer Jaclyn Daly
On Tuesday February 21, 2017 at 3:20 a.m. Sergeant Timothy Urner of the Ambler Police Department was flagged down by a citizen who reported that the 7-11 store in Ambler had just been robbed by 3 armed individuals. Officers from Ambler, Lower Gwynedd, Upper Dublin and Whitpain responded to the location as did a K9 unit from Cheltenham Township. The K9 team helped identify the direction of flight of the suspects and identified crucial evidence. Approximately 12 minutes after the report of the robbery, Officer Francis Rippert observed the suspects’ vehicle and together with other responding officers, stopped the vehicle and arrested 3 men in the vehicle. Investigators in this case would collect more than 550 pieces of physical evidence connecting the men to this robbery, and an additional 8 other armed robberies in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. Based on this investigation, these officers were presented with a Unit Citation on September 12, 2017.
Cheltenham PD – Officer Chad Smith
Upper Dublin PD – Corporal Shea Creamer, Officer Stephen Scheier, Officer Gregory Borgmann, Officer Stephen Dempsey and Sergeant Michael Byrne
On April 1, 2017 a robbery occurred at the CVS Pharmacy in the Dresher section of Upper Dublin Township. A man had approached an employee and threatened to throw a cup of acid into the face of the employee if they didn’t turn over the cash. Responding officers obtained a detailed description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle and broadcast that description to other area departments. Officer Chad Smith of the Cheltenham Township Police Department heard this broadcast and believed it to be the same suspect who committed a similar robbery in Upper Moreland Township the day before. Officer Smith moved to a location where he could intercept that vehicle if it fled towards Philadelphia as was the case the day before. A short time later, the vehicle passed Officer Smith and police were able to stop the vehicle and arrest the suspect without incident. The subsequent investigation revealed that this career criminal was indeed responsible for another robbery the previous day. Based on this investigation, these officers were presented with a Unit Citation on September 12, 2017.
June 13, 2017: The Upper Dublin Township Police Department welcomes its newest officer! Kyle Gallen was sworn in by Judge Patricia Zaffarano at the Board of Commissioner's June Stated Meeting. Gallen is a 2017 graduate of Bloomsburg University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a duel minor in Psychology and Sociology. There, he completed a credited internship with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and a non-credited internship with Whitemarsh Township Police Department. Beginning on July 10, 2017, Kyle will be attending the Montgomery County Community College Municipal Police Academy, where he will get the state-mandated Act 120 Basic Training before starting his Upper Dublin Township Police Department field training and evaluation program in December. Welcome and best wishes!
Pictured (L to R): Deputy Chief Dan Wade, Chief Lee Benson, Ofc. Kyle Gallen, Lt. Darren Nyce
June 2, 2017: Officers from Upper Dublin, Jenkintown, Cheltenham and Abington Township were guests of Salem Baptism Church of Jenkintown for a Law Enforcement/Youth forum designed to strengthen relationships and trust between the community and police.
Pictured: Officer Taylor with members of Salem Baptist Church
May 9, 2017: Upper Dublin Township Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Dan Wade as the new Deputy Chief of Police of the Upper Dublin Township Police Department! Following the appointment, Deputy Chief Wade, accompanied by his wife and three children, was sworn-in by the Honorable Patricia A. Zaffarano.
Deputy Chief Wade started his career in Upper Dublin in January of 1996 as a college intern from Temple University, and would go on to graduate in May of that year with a degree in Criminal Justice. In June of that year, he accepted a job as an Upper Dublin Police Dispatcher and stayed in that position until April of 1998 when he was hired as Upper Dublin's 37th police officer.
In September of 2002, he was transferred to the Detective Division. During his time in detectives, he worked as a crash re-constructionist, eventually becoming the senior crash reconstruction expert in Upper Dublin. Deputy Chief Wade also worked as a liaison with the office of the Fire Marshal as a certified fire and explosions investigator, and as an investigator and the coordinator of drug investigations in Upper Dublin in conjunction with the Montgomery County Drug Task Force.
In May of 2010, Dan Wade was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and once again joined the patrol division, taking over supervision of B Platoon. Deputy Chief Wade is a 2014 graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and command.
Pictured (L to R): Deputy Chief Dan Wade, Jaime Wade, AJ Wade, Olivia Wade, and the Honorable Patricia A. Zaffarano
Pictured (L to R): Chief Lee Benson, Deputy Chief Dan Wade, Lt. Darren Nyce
April 18, 2017: The Upper Dublin Township Police Department welcomes its newest officer! Christopher Haggar was sworn in by Judge Patricia Zaffarano at the Board of Commissioner's April Stated Meeting. Officer Haggar is a 2009 Upper Dublin High School graduate, and earned his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University. As a part of his course study, Haggar served as an intern with the Upper Dublin Police Department. In 2014, he was hired by the Ambler Police Department and shortly after accepted a position with the Hatfield Police. Welcome and best wishes!
Pictured (L to R): Lt. Darren Nyce, Ofc. Chris Haggar, Chief Lee Benson
March 30, 2017: Officer Andy Bochanski, in cooperation with the Upper Dublin Public Library, gave a presentation on preventing and responding to identity theft.
March 28, 2017: Upper Dublin Township Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Lee Benson as the new Chief of Police of the Upper Dublin Township Police Department! Following the appointment, Chief Benson, accompanied by his wife, was sworn-in by the Honorable Patricia A. Zaffarano.
Chief Benson has been a part of the Upper Dublin family since he was hired as a dispatcher in 1983. After a brief departure to work as a Patrol Officer in Horsham Township, Chief Benson returned to Upper Dublin Township where he has held the positions of Patrol Officer (1985-1991), Detective (1991-1994), Patrol Sergeant (1994-2005), Deputy Chief of Operations (2005-2010) and Deputy Chief (2010-2017).
Chief Benson has dedicated his life to public service and will continue to do so in his new role as Chief of Police.
Pictured (L to R): Chief Ralph W. (Lee) Benson, Karen Benson, the Honorable Patricia A. Zaffarano
Pictured: The Upper Dublin Police Department
March 28, 2017: Officer Rob Taylor spoke at the Sankofa Kids Club Career Day event held at the Jarrettown Elementary School. Officer Taylor gave the students first-hand information on a career in policing.
February 20, 2017: Chief Terrence P. Thompson retires from Upper Dublin Township after 42 years of service. Terry Thompson served with the United States Air force as a sergeant from December 2, 1965 to February 3, 1969. He was hired by the Upper Dublin Police Department on February 20, 1975 and was promoted to Sergeant on August 29, 1979, to Administrative Sergeant on April 27, 1982, and to Lieutenant on February 10, 1983. He received his appointment as Chief of Police on November 6, 1991. The Chief has received countless compliments and thanks from the residents of Upper Dublin Township for his professionalism, knowledge and assistance. Throughout his service, he was always willing to go the extra mile and give great advice to both the residents and employees of the police department. He will be deeply missed by both the community and the employees of Upper Dublin Township. Thompson will now have more time to enjoy his favorite hobbies like fishing, golfing, and spending time with his family.
Pictured: Chief Terry Thompson
February 14, 2017: The Upper Dublin Township Police Department welcomes its two newest officers! Tegan Wendell and Jaclyn Daly were sworn in by Judge Patricia Zaffarano at the Board of Commissioner's February Stated Meeting. Officer Wendell comes from the Philadelphia Police Department and Officer Daly comes from the Lower Merion Township Police Department. Welcome and best wishes!
Pictured (L to R): Lt. Darren Nyce, Ofc. Jacyln Daly, Ofc. Tegan Wendell, Deputy Chief Lee Benson
Throughout the year, the Upper Dublin Township Police Department participated in a multitude of high school and college/university career fairs. The Department recognizes the importance of participating in career fairs since they present an open forum where students can learn about a career in law enforcement. It is important that people who are interested in the law enforcement profession have an understanding of the demands and expectations placed onto law enforcement officers.
In 2016, the following students completed their internship with the Upper Dublin Township Police Department:
- James Borelli, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Nathan Goodwin, University of Miami
- Megan Klosterman, Pennsylvania State University – Abington
- Michael Collins, Pennsylvania State University
Pictured: College Intern Megan Klosterman with Upper Dublin Township Police Department personnel
Pictured: College Intern James Borelli with Upper Dublin Township Police Department personnel
December 10, 2016: Patrol Officer Robert Taylor, with assistance from Platoon C, collected toys for children during the holiday season. This event was well attended and approximately 400 toys were collected. The toys were distributed to the Abington Pediatric Unit and the Fort Washington Kids and Smiles Toy Drive. The Upper Dublin Township Police Department partnered with Giant Food Stores, Timoney Knox LLP, and Garrison Carida for this event.
October 26, 2016: The students, faculty, and staff of Upper Dublin High School, during Spirit Week, hosted The “Big Blue” Race in order to show community support and raise funds for Corporal Carroll and his family. Approximately 600 people, to include: students, faculty and staff, community members, as well as police and firefighters from around the area participated in the 2-mile run/walk. Aside from the members of the Upper Dublin Township Police Department who were present at The “Big Blue” Race, the following police departments sent representatives to show their support as well: Abington Township, Ambler Borough, Horsham Township, Lower Gwynedd Township, Plymouth Township, Springfield Township, and Whitpain Township. In addition, the Fort Washington Fire Company, which Corporal Carroll is a 25 year member of, as well as the Wissahickon and Flourtown Fire Companies were also present.
September 24, 2016: Upper Dublin Township Police Department sponsored a “Coffee with a Cop” event at George’s Market Dreshertown. Patrol Officer Robert Taylor, with assistance from Sergeant Andrew Lavenberg and Patrol Officer Stephen Pimm organized the event. “Coffee with a Cop” was attended by approximately 40 people and was deemed a success by the Department.
June 2016: Patrol Officer Michael Ciuffetelli, who is assigned to the Highway Patrol Unit, was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his contributions to the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program.
August 8-August 10, 2016: The Upper Dublin Township Police Department held its 21st annual Junior Police Academy program. The program was coordinated by Detective Michael Scarpato, with assistance from Patrol Officer Andrew Bochanski and Patrol Officer David Madrak as well as Administrative Assistant Ryan Copelin. The events for this year’s Junior Police Academy included a tour of the police station, a police vehicle, a Fort Washington Volunteer Fire Company fire engine, and an Ambler Community Ambulance Association ambulance. In addition, there was a K-9 demonstration given by members of the Montgomery County Sheriff Department’s K-9 Unit, as well as a JeffSTAT helicopter landing and tour. A tactical demonstration was given by Patrol Officer Ryan Judge and Patrol Officer Doug Ruby, both of the Upper Dublin Police Department on behalf of the Montgomery County Special Weapons and Tactics Team – East. At the conclusion of the program, there was an awards ceremony, a pizza party, and a bicycle rodeo! On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, the Upper Dublin Township Police Department held its annual Field Day program at the Pavilion in Mondauk Commons Park. Field Day is coordinated by Detective Michael Scarpato and the Upper Dublin Township Parks and Recreation Department. Field Day events included kickball, relay races, water relay races, Gaga, and the final event – a game of Tug-of-War between the police officers and kids. All of this was then followed by a barbeque and an awards ceremony. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to assist with these programs
April 6, 2016: Sergeant Daniel Wade, Patrol Officer Andrew Bochanski, Patrol Officer Ryan Judge, and Detective Michael Lebby were recognized by the University of Pennsylvania’s Police Department for their assistance during a an investigation that began on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Their assistance resulted in the University of Pennsylvania’s Police Department arresting a suspect and seizing evidence of the crime.