2013 Police Officer of the Year
Throughout the year, officers demonstrate exemplary performance, dedication and bravery. Each year, we honor an officer who went “above and beyond” in performance.
The 2013 Officer of the Year Award was presented to Sgt. Patrick Karcher. Sgt. Karcher initially began his law enforcement career in 1984, working as a part-time police officer for East Rockhill Township, then in 1987, Patrick began his full-time police career with the Borough of Sellersville. Sgt. Karcher began his career with the Pennridge Regional Police Department in 1992 and is a founding member of the department.
His exemplary performance began very early in his career and followed him through to today. He has served on the Upper Bucks Special Response Team, the Bucks County Mass Incident Response Team and has been sworn in as a “Special County Detective” to engage in multi-jurisdictional narcotics investigations.
Pat has proven to be a leader throughout his career. In April of 2005, Pat was promoted to the position of Sergeant after a competitive testing process, formalizing his leadership within the department. In 2012, Sgt. Karcher celebrated his 25th year anniversary in policing.
In 2013, Sgt. Karcher made 21 arrests. His arrests varied, from crimes including prescription drug distribution, sexual assaults and included numerous burglary arrests. In addition to his patrol duties, he took control over several administrative functions. Sgt. Karcher was the department’s JTAC Coordinator, keeping all officers connected to the Commonwealth justice network. He maintained the department’s Penndot CRASH system as the department’s administrator. Sgt. Karcher maintained the department’s patrol schedule and used no sick time throughout the year.
PA Yellow Dot Program
Pennsylvania's Yellow Dot Program was created to assist citizens in the 'golden hour' of emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their needs themselves. Placing a yellow dot in the vehicle rear window alerts first responders to check the glove compartment for vital information to ensure you receive the medical attention needed. Visit www.YellowDot.pa.gov for more information.
Drug take Back
The Department purchased a Med Return Drop Box which is located in the waiting room of the Police building at 200 Ridge Road. Citizens can drop unwanted medication into the box anonymously with no questions asked. The box is routinely emptied and medications promptly turned over to the District Attorney's Office for disposal.
Old Bethlehem Pike Report
Old Bethlehem Pike is a collector road that runs parallel to Route 309 and is often used by mortorist traveling between Perkasie and Quakertown. Citizen's along Old Bethlehem Pike complained about speeding and the ever increasing volume of cars on Old Bethlehem Pike. The Pennridge Police Department has been conducting speed enforcement and surveillance on the road and have released a report & update on their findings.
Anonymous Tip Line
Citizens can call the police department at 215-257-5104, and follow the prompts to leave an anonymous tip. The tip line is checked daily and tips are forwarded to the Detective or Officer working the specific case for follow-up.
Pennridge Regional Police Commission- Representation
James C. Nietupski
, East Rockhill Township Representative
Gary W. Volovnik
and David R. Nyman, East Rockhill Township Alternates
Meeting 4th Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Pennridge Regional Police Department
200 Ridge Road, Sellersville, PA 18960
PRPD Personal Property Inventory Program
Citizens can now register personal property with the Pennridge Regional Police Department to aid in recovery should a theft occur. The Department has developed a Personal Property Inventory Form for residents to document their personal property with make, model, serial numbers and detailed descriptions of their property. In the event that the property becomes lost or stolen, the police department will have on record the critical details needed to recover the property.
The Police Department requests that the Inventory Form be completed and returned to the Pennridge Regional Police Department. The information will be entered into their data base, not to be released. If, in the event of a theft, the Police will be able to enter your property into the FBI National Crime Information Center computer system, contact local pawn shops and notify local police departments.
By taking time to complete these forms, the Police Department will be able to better serve you. It greatly increases the chance of locating and returning your lost or stolen belongings.