The Norristown Police Department has a robust and functional rank structure that starts with the Command Staff. Lead by the Chief of Police, a Captain, a Special Operations Lieutenant, Criminal Investigations Lieutenant, Patrol Lieutenant, and supported by a Data Analyst, this team forms the nucleus of the department by establishing goals, developing polices, and making informed decisions to guide the department in a successful direction
The Patrol division has 55 uniformed officers, working in shifts, to provide police services to the citizens of Norristown, and anyone else within the corporate boundaries of Norristown. These services are provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As the backbone of the Police Department, the Patrol Division is tasked with the initial response to any call for service. The primary task of the Patrol Division is the immediate protection of life and property, whether in an emergency or in situations which may become emergent without police intervention. It is always the goal of the Patrol Division to intercede before situations get out of control, and to de-escalate situations that are already out of control, as quickly and professionally as possible, in accordance with the Rights and Liberties Guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, while enforcing all laws and ordinances
Minimum Requirements to be considered a candidate for a police officer position
- Be at least 21 years of age before the deadline for submitting completed applications
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Possess a high school diploma or GED
- Possess a valid PA driver’s license prior to appointment.
- Be Physically & Mentally fit to perform the duties of police officer
- All applicants must either have successfully completed the training and education prescribed by the Municipal Police Education and Training Act (“Act 120”), 53 Pa.C.S.A. § 2161 et seq., or be eligible for Act 120 Certification
The Criminal Investigations Division (Detectives) is responsible for major case investigations, follow-up investigations to lesser offenses, and internal investigations. Staffed by 7 full-time detectives and the CID Commander, these sworn officers have diverse backgrounds and expertise in different areas. Their expertise, combined with their experience and drive are leading factors in the Norristown Police Department having one of the highest clearance rates for crimes committed. Although, each detective is assigned to concentrate primarily on one specific type of crime from the following: assaults; robbery; burglary; theft/fraud; juvenile; sexual assault/domestic abuse, they all come together as a team for major cases such as homicide. The detectives are also tasked with assisting other agencies as needed when criminal activity in other jurisdictions has a connection to Norristown, or when crimes originate in, but extend beyond Norristown. Detectives receive specialized training in: identification, preservation and collection of forensic evidence; interviewing techniques; and special victim's investigations (when needed).
The Records Room is located just inside the main entrance of the Norristown Police Department. Its hours of operations are from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, except for government holidays that occur during this period. In general, citizens seeking to get a copy of a police report may do so during this time at no cost for regular reports and a cost of $15 per copy of Accident Report. The proof of payment of this fee shall be provided at the time of the request and payment shall be made at the Finance office, located on the 1st floor of the Norristown town hall. Note: reports concerning on-going/active criminal investigations will not be released without a court order.
Norristown Police first began to use bike patrol officers in about 1996. Assigned in teams, bike patrol officers have the ability to go where police cars cannot, and go more quickly than an officer on foot. Each officer authorized to function as a "bike patrol" officer must complete an intensive course of specialized training in which the officer learns how to take their bike over various terrains and obstacles, as well as learning evasive maneuvers and collision avoidance. Bike Patrol officers play a significant role in deterring crime in business areas and allow for better patrol of the Schuylkill Valley Bike Trial. Interaction with the public is also enhanced because of the ability to stop more frequently.
The primary responsibility of the Special Response Team (SWAT) is the resolution of difficult police situations outside the realm of the ordinary patrol response through the use of developed skills, tactics, and specialized equipment/capabilities. Incidents which meet these criteria include but are not limited to: hostage situations, barricade situations, sniper situations, high risk apprehension or warrant service, high risk surveillance, or personal protection details.
The second responsibility of SWAT is to provide a wide range of police services in furtherance of the Police Department's goals and objectives.
SWAT is comprised of highly trained, skilled and dedicated officers. Because of the various jobs that SWAT is tasked to handle, the team has officers trained in tactical operations, as well as negotiations and emergency medicine. While it is always the primary goal to resolve every situation faced with no injury nor loss of life, the current realities of the world we live in do not allow for this outcome, all the time.
The Division of Parking Enforcement is a hybrid of police personnel and civilian employees. The function of the parking division of the Norristown Police Department is to locate and enforce all parking violations occuring in the Municipality of Norristown's corporate limits. Violations can be of Municipal Ordinances or statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These laws are enforced to ensure the safe movement of vehicluar and pedestrian traffic thoughout the Municipality. Recipients of Parking Citations or Notices of Parking Violations may respond to them as follows:
- Parking tickets can be paid in person Monday to Friday from 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m. at Municipal Hall 235 E. Airy St., Norristown, Pa 19401
- Remit payment Online
If you have questions, you can contact us:
- Officer Rambo via email or 610-270-0430
- Ticket office 610-270-0426
The Community Relations Unit utilizes multiple strategies for a comprehensive community policing approach. The Norristown Police department partners with multiple stakeholders throughout Norristown. These partnerships include the community, non-profit organizations, other public sector agencies and the private sector.
With initiatives like Eddie Eagle, the Hispanic Outreach Program, Security Surveys for homes and businesses, Community Task Force and Child Safety Seat, the Community Relations Unit seeks to increase community participation and engagement, thereby serving the public more effectively.
The Community Relations Unit is staffed by Lt. Bob Greenaway, Officer Brian Saxon, and Community Affairs Liaison Gina Davies, who are responsible for the coordination of community-based programs. The Community Relations Unit seeks to accomplish this task with the assistance of the entire police department.
The Community Relations Unit is always interested in receiving new ideas from the public. Together we can improve existing programs and introduce new ways to benefit our Community. If you have any suggestions for the Unit, please feel free to contact us.
Our crime reduction strategy is driven by data. A professionally run police department thrives on the tremendous amount of information that is generated by the various moving parts of the organization as well as from the conditions that we are trying to impact in the community.
The Data analyst is tasked with collating and analyzing data from all of the sources that currently support our operations, as well as data contained in sources that are outside of local government. The analyst collects the information, processes it into a usable format and distributes it to all of the leaders in the department. In addition to that, we share our data with other governmental agencies, including law enforcement, social service, and health care providers. Freely sharing our data allows us to more effectively manage the collaborative relationships that we are building to enhance the capacity of the department as well as increase the services to the community.
Norristown Police Department
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