Police Department Policy Manual

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The Lower Merion Police Department's policy manual (partial only) is a living document that is subject to constant change. New laws, court decisions, new methodologies and other factors dictate the need for a continual review of these policies, initiating revisions where necessary and appropriate.

It is recognized that no set of policies and procedures, no matter how complete, can hope to address all the situations that may be encountered. When encountering such situations, this policy manual will serve as a guideline, and should be employed with sound reason, judgment and discretion.

Until a redacted version of the entire Policy Manual is available via this site in the near future, the sections included here represent a sample of those which are often requested by the public.



Mission, Philosophy and Values 

 1.1.1  Mission Statement
 1.1.2  Ethics
 1.1.3  Principles
 1.1.4  Organizational Chart
 1.1.5  Organizational Structure



 2.1.1  Standards of Conduct
 2.1.2  Duties and Responsibilities



 3.1  Command
3.1.1  Written Orders
 3.1.2  Order of Command
 3.2  Internal Processes
 3.2.1  Unbiased Policing
3.2.2   Internal Discipline Procedure
3.2.3   Gratuities
3.2.4   Department Recognition Awards / Commendations
3.2.5   Goals and Objectives
3.3   Personnel
3.3.1   Oath of Office
3.3.2   Equal Employment Opportunity Plan
3.3.3   Township Administrative Policies
3.3.4   Recruitment and Promotion
3.3.5   Social Media Policy
3.3.6   Substance Abuse Program
3.3.7   Assignment of Personnel
3.3.8   Personnel File/Employee Access to Personnel File
3.3.9   Employee Development Program
3.3.10   Limits of Authority/MPOETC & Departmental Identification Cards
3.3.11   Timesheets/Daily Attendance Records/Recording Payroll Information
3.3.12   Address Change and Related Information 
3.3.13   Wellness Program
3.3.14   Tuition Assistance
3.3.15   Secondary Employment/Extra Duty Details
3.3.16   Line of Duty Death/Serious Injury
3.5   Prisoner
3.5.1   Prisoner Transport/Prisoner Intake
3.5.2   Cell and Temporary Holding Area
3.5.3   Prisoner Meals
3.5.4   Strip & Body Cavity Searches
3.5.5   Live Scan
3.6   Patrol Administration
3.6.3   Supervisor's Shift Report
3.6.4   Court Hearings
3.6.5   Supplemental Foot Patrol
3.7   Traffic Enforcement
3.7.1   Vehicle Pursuit (Not published pursuant to law)
3.7.2   Crash Investigations/Serious Traffic Incidents
3.7.3   DUI Incidents
3.7.4   Traffic Enforcement 
3.7.5   Inventory Search
3.7.6   Abandoned Vehicle
3.7.7   Sobriety Check Point
3.8   Arrests
3.8.9   Handling of Juveniles



3.15.1  Use of Force & Use of Force Review Process



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