Township of Lower Merion Police Department
71 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003
Emergency Number: 9-1-1
Non-Emergency Number: 610-649-1000
Superintendent of Police 610-645-6270
Operations Division Command: 610-645-6270
Staff Services Command: 610-645-6250
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 ARE COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE
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.
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.
Attention Burglary Victims
If you’ve been a victim of a burglary where jewelry, coins or precious metals were stolen, please click here to review descriptions and photos of the thousands of pieces of jewelry, coins and precious metals recovered during a regional burglary ring investigation.
For an overview of the service provided by the Police Department, click here.
The following Lower Merion Police Department Community Relations Progress Report was issued April 6, 2015 and includes some minor updates from the version provided to the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners on March 20, 2015. The report also includes the demographic data compiled and released earlier regarding the Township’s soliciting ordinance enforcement in 2013 and 2014.
LMPD Superintendent Michael McGrath will use this written report as the basis for his verbal report at the Police Committee meeting on April 8, 2015. It represents part of a ongoing process to address concerns from a community meeting held in February 2015 and will continue to be a process to enhance police and community relations in every way possible. Progress reports will continue to be prepared for the Board of Commissioners as the procedure goes forward, as it is an evolving effort that takes time, commitment and regular attention.
Police Community Relations Consultant Proposals
Major Ben’s Consulting Agency Proposal (PDF, 378 KB)
The Matrix Consulting Group Proposal (PDF, 717 KB)
NAACP Main Line Branch Proposal (PDF, 117 KB)
Lower Merion 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
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.
How do I complain about or commend a police officer?
Citizens are encouraged to assist the Department by reporting all compliments or complaints to the Staff and Inspections Unit (610-645-6250) on weekdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You may report a complaint in person, by letter, or by phone and the report can be anonymous. During weekend and evening hours, you may contact the Communications Center at 610-649-1000 and request an on-duty police supervisor. You may also use the linked complaint form and submit it via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), conventional mail, or bring it to the police station.
The Police Department welcomes compliments. If you are impressed by an officer’s professional demeanor, prompt response to a particular incident, or simply his or her courteousness, you are encouraged to mail or e-mail (email@example.com) a brief note to the attention of the Superintendent of Police who will ensure that the officer receives a copy of your letter.
Montgomery County Prescription Drug Disposal Program
Lower Merion Police Station is a 24/7 Prescription drop off location for Montgomery County Prescription Drug Disposal Program. For more details click here.
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.
Community Alert System
The Lower Merion Police Department uses the Blackboard Notification System to immediately contact you during a major crisis or emergency. For more information see our Community Notification and Resources Page or visit Blackboard Connect by clicking the icon below:
County Alert System
ReadyMontco is your official source for notifications about emergencies, severe weather, crime alerts and disasters in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. ReadyMontco is administered by the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety and comes to you free of charge (text messaging and voice rates may apply). You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.
All it takes is ten minutes to create a profile and you'll be READY to go! CLICK HERE to sign up.
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.
Michael J. McGrath
A 37-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 as Chair of the LML Executive Committee and named the Township's "Outstanding Senior Manager" for 2009 at the annual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony. He serves on the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee of the Philadelphia Regional Office of The Anti-Defamation League.