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.
COVID-2019 is a respiratory infection caused by a novel (new) virus that arose from the area of Wuhan, China in December, 2019. Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always a public health concern. The risk from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people, the severity of resulting illness, and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccine or treatment medications).The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully understood. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death.
For up to date information on COVID-19 in our area and additional resources please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health's web page which can be found here.
Modifications to Police Response During COVID-19
In the best interest of the health and safety of our employees and the community, and in accordance with the protocols and recommendations currently in place by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), State and local health departments, we have made several changes to our daily operating procedures.
To view Superintendent McGrath's letter regarding operational changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
Traffic Stops During COVID-19
Below is a short video on what you can expect if stopped by a police officer during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic captures the public’s attention, scammers emerge to take advantage of legitimate fears and concerns. The circumstances of these scams change but the result is the same. The scammer contacts you via some means, causes you stress and intends to force you to act quickly. If you are unlucky enough to fall for it, you are hurt financially, sometimes to the tune of thousands of dollars.
In a recent case, a victim’s computer flashed an ominous message reporting fraudulent activity detected. A number to call for “help” placed her in direct contact with the scammer who claimed to be a Microsoft Technician. The victim was then falsely advised of fraudulent credit card charges and instructed to purchase gift cards to the tune of several thousand dollars. The scammer stayed on the phone the entire time to “help guide” her through the process. As soon as the scammer obtained the numbers that were on the back of the gift cards, the money was gone.
Scams have many variations. Be suspicious. Protect your information. Don’t give it to anyone that has the possibility of not being legitimate. Microsoft, your credit card company nor government entity or utility company will ever ask you to obtain gift cards for payment. Don’t fall for it.
Please check these links for helpful information regarding scams:
National Night Out
Save the Date
National Night Out will take place on Tuesday October 6, 2020 5pm-8pm at the Wynnewood Shopping Center .
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.
A big thank you to the Rite Aid Foundation and their KidCents program which donated the medication disposal box seen below!
Citizen's Police Academy
Next Event: TBA
Coffee With A Cop
Next Event: TBA
Lower Merion Vacant House Program
The Vacant House Program is now available online!
This free service allows residents to notify the Police Department that their home will be unoccupied for an excess of 24 hours. Based on the information you provide, an officer will be assigned to conduct security inspections around your home while you are away.
If you are departing in less than 24 hours please do not use this form and call 610-649-1000.
Camp Out For Hunger
During the month of November, the Police Department accepted donations to support this annual food drive sponsored by WMMR’s Preston and Steve Show. Thanks to the generosity of the public and our employees, officers were able to deliver a total of 821 pounds of non-perishable food items to the collection site on December 4th. In addition, by partnering with the local fire and EMS services, we were able to increase awareness and drop-off locations. As a result, an additional 2,621 pounds of food items were collected and donated for a combined total of 3,442 pounds! This food will ultimately be distributed to the needy through Philabundance. A special thanks to our fellow first responders and major contributors:
Lower Merion FOP Lodge 28
Lower Merion Fire Marshal's Office
Lower Merion Fire Companies
Thank you for your continued support!
A free and optional notification service provided by the United States Postal Service (USPS) that gives residential consumers and PO Box customers the ability to digitally preview their letter-size mail pieces and manage their packages scheduled to arrive soon. Informed Delivery makes mail more convenient by allowing users to view what is coming to their mailbox whenever and wherever — even while traveling — on a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
To learn more about informed delivery click here.
Overview of Police Services
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.
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.
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 for ReadyMontco.
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 40-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.