Special Press Release - New Police Officer & Award Presentation 9/21/16
On Monday, September 19th, 2016 at 7 PM, Tredyffrin Township recognized the induction of its newest police officer and was on hand for an award presentation for another.
New Officer Swearing In Ceremony
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Trip Lukens presided over the Board meeting that started off with the swearing in of Officer Gregory Maugle. Maugle, 28, of Plymouth Meeting, is a two year veteran police officer, coming to the Township from the Philadelphia Police Department. Maugle is a graduate of Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and West Chester University, 2012, where he earned a B.S. in Education. Officer Maugle was previously employed as a high school teacher in North Carolina and an instructional aide at Plymouth Whitemarsh. The swearing in was conducted by Magisterial District Judge Annalisa Sondergaard of the Chesterbrook District Court.
District Attorney Award to Tredyffrin Police
The Chester County District Attorney, Thomas Hogan, Esq. took the floor of Keene Hall, awarding the District Attorney’s Commendation to members of the Police Department. The award was for the investigation, arrest and conviction of Joseph Calvin Phipps for a series of forced entry burglaries during September through November of 2014. Phipps was charged for eight burglaries and two attempted burglaries during that time frame, pleading guilty to burglary and receiving a 10-20 year sentence recently. Hogan recognized the following officers involved: Sgt. Michelle Major, Ofc. Thomas Spurlock, Ofc. Michael Middleton and Ofc. Samantha Acker, Ofc. James Slavin, Ofc. Eric Meoli, Det. Robert Bostick.
The background for the case was such: On November 29th, 2014 at 0137 hrs. Ofc. James Slavin was dispatched to Hickory Lane for a residential burglary alarm. Upon his approach, Slavin noted the motion sensor light activate on the far side of the home and observed a male wearing a ski mask looking over a fence before fleeing to the rear. Slavin directed additional responders, coordinating the while chasing the subject on foot. Sgt. Major joined Slavin the subject was located in the area of Old State Rd. Sgt. Major and additional responding officer (Officer Tom Spurlock) ran towards the area the subject was hiding The actor, Joseph Phipps was arrested and taken into police custody. Additionally, burglary tools were found nearby. Det. Detective Robert Bostick, assigned to the case, interviewed Phipps and garnered a confession along with forensics involved the green pry tool that is believed to be involved in over 10 outstanding burglaries. Later, Sgt. Major and Officer Meoli responded back to the arrest scene to conduct a thorough search. They recovered a semi-automatic handgun that was stolen from another Tredyffrin burglary in the Wayne section of the Township.
Superintendent Anthony Giaimo commented, “We continue to see and benefit as a community from the professional and dedicated police work performed by our officers on a daily basis. Such great work has gained the department local, state and national attention. We urge all community members to sign up for our “CrimeWatch” alerts via www.tredyffrinpd.org and or consider joining our TownWatch Program.”