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Township of Lower Merion Police Department
71 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003
Non-Emergency  Number: 610-649-1000
Emergency Number: 9-1-1 or 610-642-4200



Lower Merion Police will be accepting applications for employment starting Monday April 14, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.  Deadline for application is Friday July 18, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.  Test for position of Probationary Police Officer will be Saturday August 02, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.  Anticipated date of hire is January, 2015.  For more information and application material click here.


2014 April DEA Drug Takeback Day
On Saturday April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Lower Merion Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Lower Merion Police Station's Front Lobby at 71 E. Lancaster Ave. Ardmore, PA 19003. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Lower Merion Police Vacant House Program

When you are on vacation or away from home in excess of 24 hours, you can contact the Lower Merion Police Department at
610-649-1000 to report your home vacant.  For More information click here

Montgomery County Prescription Drug Disposal Program

Lower Merion Police Station is a 24/7 Prescription drop off location for Montgomery County Presciption Drug Disposal Program.
For more details click here

Montgomery County Drug Disposal Box

On the Border

If you use a cell phone in one of our border communities, there’s a good chance that your call may end up in Philadelphia or another neighboring county.  And although the operator will transfer the call, the amount of time it takes to figure out the location of the emergency could make a difference in saving someone’s life.

When giving the location of your emergency, be sure to say: “I’m calling from Montgomery County”

That should be enough for the operator to transfer your call. If they don’t respond accordingly, say it again: “I’m calling from Montgomery County”

This only applies to calls made from cell phones within range of towers that exist outside Montgomery County. If you use a landline telephone, your call is automatically routed to the correct call center.

National Terrorism Advisory System

Please note the new National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS in use above that replaces the Homeland Security System that had been in place since 2002.  The NTAS will include information specific to the particular credible threat, and will not use a color-coded scale.  For more information on the NTAS click here.

What To Do If Stopped By The Police

The Police Chiefs Association of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Advisory Council of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission presents information on what to do if stopped by the Police

Community Alert System

Lower Merion Police Department and Montgomery County uses the Roam Secure Alert Network to immediately contact you during a major crisis or emergency.  For more information see our Community Notification and Resources Page or visit Ready Notify PA by clicking the icon below:

Ready Notify PA

Lower Merion Police acknowledged by Plymouth Township Officals

McGrath Plymouth
Lower Merion Police are acknowledge for their assistance to Plymouth Township when Officer Bradley M. "Brad" Fox was killed.  Pictured are Superintendent Michael McGrath, Capt. William Boegly, Lt. Eugene Pasternak and members of the patrol unit with Plymouth Township Officials.

Remembering Our Fallen Hero
Officer Francis X. "Buck" Roy

In July 3, 1924, Officer Roy was shot and later died as a result of a gun shot wound he received while investigating a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) rally and cross burning on the grounds of the Haverford College.   Officer Buck Roy, who was considered the "pride of the Lower Merion Force" and "popular with the residents of the township" was the first Lower Merion Police Officer to die in the line of duty.   

Francis Roy Buck

Pictured from left to right are Superintendent Michael McGrath, Mr. Jay Leberman, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, Capt. William Bogley, Mr. James Binns, Esq. and Capt. John Dougherty.

Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association Accreditation
Lower Merion Police Department is Accredited

In December 2012 the Police Department was  reaccreadited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.

2010 PLEAC

Superintendent Michael McGrath, Capt. John Dougherty, Capt. William Boegly, Lt. Frank Thomas and Officer James McMenamin are presented the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission's Reaccreditation certificate from Chief Robert Ruxton, Horsham Township Police Department - Chairman Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation (Right of  Superintendent McGrath) and Mr. Richard Hammon - Accreditation Coordinator (Behind Superintendent McGrath)

Services Provided by Your Police Department

National Night Out is now on Facebook!
Follow the link above to view and post comments on our 2012 National Night Out

PennDOT 5-1-1 Traffic System
See the PennDOT 5-1-1 Website

Important Police Department Phone Numbers

  • Alternate Emergency Number: 610-642-4200
  • General Information: 610-649-1000
  • Superintendent of Police 610-645-6270
  • Operations Division Command: 610-645-6270
  • Staff Services Command: 610-645-6250

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Mission Statement

It is our mission to improve the quality of life by providing the highest level of professional police service through a partnership with the community. We are committed to creating a safe, crime-free environment by enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Constitution. We will accomplish this by practicing our core values of integrity, professionalism and respect.


We have  INTEGRITY. We commit ourselves to the highest moral and ethical standards. We maintain the public trust through the performance of our duty without favor or prejudice. We conduct ourselves in our professional and personal lives in a manner beyond reproach. The honor among ourselves serves as an example to all.

Township of Lower Merion Police Department

We are  PROFESSIONALS. We commit ourselves to excellence by providing the highest quality service to the community. We maintain a well trained, disciplined and innovative work force dedicated to continuous improvement. 

We show  RESPECT. We commit ourselves to uniting the public and the police by treating each other in an unbiased, dignified and compassionate manner. We value the diversity of our community by providing timely, impartial and courteous service to all.

Michael J McGrath, Supt of Police

Michael J. McGrath


A 33-year veteran of the Lower Merion Township Police Department, Supt. Michael J. McGrath worked his way up through the ranks as Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain until his appointment as Superintendent in 2009. Supt. McGrath is a Criminal Justice graduate of West Chester University and has earned post graduate credits from the University of Virginia. The Township sponsored his participation in the prestigious FBI National Academy from which he graduated in 1998.

The primary responsibility of the Superintendent of Police is to protect all persons and property and to preserve the peace and tranquility of the community. This is accomplished through the fair and unbiased enforcement of all local state and federal laws and the strict adherence to the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Supt. McGrath leads 136 law enforcement professionals who are known for abiding by the Township Police credo of “Integrity, Professionalism and Respect.”

Aside from his law enforcement accomplishments, Supt. McGrath is a member of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and graduated in 2006 as the Township’s representative in the Main Line Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Main Line (LML) program. He was appointed in 2009 as Co-Chair of the LML Executive Committee and named the Township's "Outstanding Senior Manager" for 2009 at the annual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony.

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