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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.
Citizen's Police Academy
We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Citizens Police Academy!
More information on the program and the application can be found here.
Coffee With A Cop
Come join us for a good cup of conversation!
The Lower Merion Police Department invites the community for Coffee with a Cop at Starbucks Coffee in Wynnewood, PA from 9:00 am until 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Coffee with a Cop is an opportunity for residents to interact with police officers in a casual, friendly environment. Come enjoy some casual conversation with your local law enforcement.
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!
Deer Control Public Hunting Requirements
To control the deer population, The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners requires the Township of Lower Merion to apply for a special permit to remove deer. As a condition of approval, we must allow public hunting control options on approved Township properties.
To adhere to the PA. Game Commissions requirements, the Township has approved eight Township Parks to be open for public hunting. The Township permits the use of bows and strictly forbids the use of firearms when hunting in Township Parks.
The Township is required to report hunting activities on the approved properties. We must document the location(s) hunted, the name of all hunters/or groups, and the hunter’s harvest information. This information will insure that the Township provides proof of the public hunting requirement and that hunters indeed had the first chance to manage the Townships deer population.
The hunters must meet all the rules and regulations of the PA. Game Commission and must be approved by Township staff prior to hunting on Township properties. Hunting on Township property is currently open to current township employees and members of an approved hunting group. Hunting on Township property is not open to the general public and anyone hunting on township property without permission will be prosecuted.
The approved hunters will only be afield during the State-wide 2019-2020 hunting seasons:
September 21, 2019 – December 14, 2019 and December 26, 2019 – January 25, 2020
The approved Township Parks are listed below:
Black Rock Rd. at Dove Lake Rd.
Rolling Hill Park
The Croyle Property
Upper Mill Creek Park
Lower Mill Creek Park
Kenealy Park north of Lafayette Rd.
Kenealy Park south of Lafayette Rd.
Please note the above rules apply when hunting on Township Property. Hunters are permitted to hunt on private property as long as they have permission from the property owner and adhere to all PA Game Commissions rules and regulations.
If you have any questions about the Lower Merion Deer Control permit, please contact the Animal Warden at 610-645-6215.
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 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.