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2014 Police-Community Events

crime scene investigation class

April 23 & 24, 2014

In conjunction with the Souderton Area School District's Community Education Program

$70. For more info and to register, click here

National Drug Take-back day (FREE)

Drop off your unwanted, expired medications.

It's SAFE and ANONYMOUS.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For info and more locations, click here

Special Needs Open House (FREE)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

More Info & to R.S.V.P, click here.

BIKE RODEO (FREE)

Saturday, May 31,2014

Franconia Community Park

Hosted by Hopewell Christian

National Night Out Against Crime (FREE)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Franconia Community Park

Citizen's Police Academy (FREE)

Wednesday nights @ 6:30 pm

October 15 - November 19, 2014

More Info & to apply, click here.

Ongoing Police Department Community Programs

Drug Disposal Drop Box (FREE)

ANONYMOUS disposal of your unwanted, expired drugs. Located in the lobby of the Police Department. 

Special Needs In-House Registry (FREE)

Register your loved ones for so that we have important information before we may need it in an emergency.  We have developed an in-house registry to provide officers with specific information related to the individual with a special need, so that they may reference it in the event of an emergency (wandering off, lost/missing person, etc.). Simply fill it out and send it in with a current photo. To complete the form, click here. (This is in addition to Montgomery County's Special Needs Registry, which can be found by clicking here)

Business Emergency Contact Information (FREE)

We keep important info on file for those after-hours emergencies. Remember to keep your information current. Form available online. 

Facebook (FREE)

Get safety tips, important alerts, and stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook.

Find Us On Facebook

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We had a GREAT Night Out on Tuesday, August 6th!

For photos, click here

**Unless noted, all events will be held at the Police Department, 671 Allentown Road. If you have any questions about a community event or program, please contact the coordinator by clicking here. **

The Franconia Township Police Department and surrounding area fire companies & EMS units dedicate themselves to our safety. You can do your part by reporting safety concerns to the appropriate department immediately.

Call Us – If you have an emergency or need immediate assistance, DIAL 9-1-1. For administrative and non-emergency questions or information, please call the police department at 215-723-6777.

E-mail Us – police@franconia-township.org
This e-mail address is for non-emergency matters. This e-mail mailbox is not monitored daily.

Dept Best

 

Officer David J. Shaner

It is with deep regret that the Franconia Twp. Police Department announces the passing of retired Officer David J. Shaner. Dave died earlier today from apparent natural causes. He had served with the department from 1976 until his retirement in 2003. During his career, Dave had served as the department's Juvenile Officer as well as the D.A.R.E. instructor at the WestBroadStreetElementary School.


There is no funeral arrangement information to provide at this point. The department will post the info here as soon as it becomes available.

 Shaner

Our Mission Statement

The Mission of the Franconia Township Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our township by working in a partnership with the community and, in accordance with constitutional rights, to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment. 

Our Values Statement

As partners in the community, we are committed to law enforcement professionalism through:

INTEGRITY:
We will strive to uphold the public’s trust by being honest, competent, and consistent in our beliefs and actions. We will hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of moral and ethical conduct.

PRIDE:
We will take pride in our profession, our community, and ourselves. Working as a team, we will strive to be role models for our community by enthusiastically excelling in quality performance.

SERVICE:
We will dedicate ourselves to improve the quality of life in our community by providing a safe environment for all. We are committed to protecting life and property, reducing fear, and developing a partnership with citizens to prevent and solve crimes.

A Message from Joseph Kozeniewski, Chief of Police

Chief

Welcome to the Franconia Township web site. I hope you will find information about the police department and Franconia Township useful and informative.

The department consists of 18 sworn police officers, two civilian administrative assistants, and one school-crossing guide. All are highly competent, committed, and dedicated men and women with a common goal of meeting the needs and providing service to the people who work, visit, and live here. 

We provide numerous services to the community or act as liaison to other service providers. The Franconia Township Police Department strives to be a proactive organization that, in a partnership with the schools, churches, businesses, service organizations and its citizens, works to keep Franconia Township the safest community in Pennsylvania.

Please browse through our section of the site and feel free to send any suggestions or comments to me. I encourage you to contact us if we can be of any assistance to you.

Phone number: 215-723-6777
Fax number: 215-723-1165
Email: Joseph Kozeniewski

Our Department

Patrol

Patrol Division

Eighteen uniformed patrol officers respond to calls for service in Franconia Township. Pictured are two Franconia Township Police officers getting their equipment ready before going on patrol.  Patrol officers hold responsibility for enforcement of traffic laws and accident investigations, and take initial reports on crimes and incidents. Three of our patrol officers, Corporal Steven Cronin, Ed Hall and Travis Bivighouse, have extensive training in reconstruction of serious motor vehicle accidents.

Highwaysafety

Highway Safety Unit

Due to the large increase in traffic throughout the township, the Franconia Township Police Department implemented the Highway Safety Unit. This unit was coordinated and is overseen by Corporal Stephen Rinker. It consists of three distinct divisions which include traffic safety, accident reconstruction, and motor carrier enforcement. The following five specially trained officers make up the unit:

Sergeant Stephen Rinker, Corporal Ed Hall, Corporal Steve Cronin, Officer Travis Bivighouse, Officer Tim Boyle, Officer Brian Kelly, and Officer James Throop. All are involved in continuous training and updates so they remain proficient in their division.

Some of the responsibilities of the Highway Safety Unit include safety related details such as seat belt and speeding enforcement, commercial vehicle inspections, accident investigations, and dissemination of traffic safety information to the public.

Any residents who have questions or concerns about traffic related matters are encouraged to contact the Franconia Township Police Highway Safety Unit at 215-723-6777.

Dare

Detective/Juvenile

Det. Sgt. George H. Moyer III performs follow-up investigations to crimes initially handled by patrol officers. Det. Moyer is trained in many facets of investigative and forensic science components of crime, as well as detecting computer crimes. Officer Glenn Kranich has been assigned to the Detective Unit to assist Det. Sgt. Moyer with investigations. 

The Franconia Township Police Department DARE officer, David Klepfer, presents the nationally recognized Drug Awareness and Resistance Education program each year to seventh-graders at Indian Crest Junior High School.  Franconia Township has been teaching DARE since 1993, and thousands of students have graduated from the program.

DARE is an interactive classroom session where students learn the consequences of making decisions to use drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and provide them with options to avoid making poor choices.

A gala graduation ceremony caps each 10-week program. For more information, click on our link to the DARE homepage www.dare-america.com.

National Night Out Against Crime

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For 2013 information, CLICK HERE.

Residents meet their police officers in a relaxed, fun setting each year on the first Tuesday of August at the Franconia Community Park on Allentown Road. National Night Out Against Crime is a time when the citizens and police of Franconia Township join together with thousands of other communities nationwide to celebrate building safe neighborhoods. The program is designed to have the officers and the residents meet on a social basis and to take a stand that they will work together to stop crime. The police department offers more than 50 public safety displays, demonstrations, and activities for the entire family as well as refreshments provided by the North Penn Goodwill Service. Please contact Janice Frary at jfrary@franconia-township.org for more information or if you would like to participate.

Safety Recommendations

Internet Safety Presentations Now Available to Public

The internet information resource, NetSmartz, has made training originally only available to law enforcement professionals available to the public. Their safety presentations are suitable for children and adults of all ages, covering topics such as:

  • What are online risks
  • What resources are available
  • Examining your online practices
  • How to avoid risks

NetSmartz is an internet information resource from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children geared toward educating children about internet safety. Learn more on www.NetSmartz.org.

S.A.F.E. - Senior Adult Fraud Education

FREE Senior Adult SAFETY PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE 

S.A.F.E. stands for “Senior Adult Fraud Education” - a FREE Train-the-Trainer program provided to your organization by the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Institute. The goal is to empower senior adults by providing information and tips on how to handle the various fraudulent situations they may encounter. S.A.F.E. is a 4-part training course. Each training lesson lasts approximately 30 minutes. Topics include: 

  • Electronic Fraud
  • Home Scams
  • Personal Fraud
  • Identity Theft

For more information and to view the training, CLICK HERE.

Department History

Hunsberger

Police coverage was provided by the Pennsylvania State Police until 1962, when a group of residents signed a petition requesting the Board of Supervisors create the Franconia Township Police Department. The board approved the request and Kenneth Lear, a retired chief of police from Lansdale, was hired to build the department. He and one part-time officer handled calls from the former township building, an old farmhouse that stood on the site that was more recently a bank and is now a used-car lot at Harleysville Pike and Allentown Road.

Three decades, one chief

In 1965, Paul R. Hunsberger was appointed to the chief’s position after the death of Chief Lear. Chief Hunsberger served with the Upper Gwynedd Township Police Department for six years prior to his arrival in Franconia. The chief’s family was dedicated to police service. During a time in Chief Hunsberger’s career, his father was the chief of police in Souderton Borough, and his half-brother, John Kayser, served as chief of Upper Dublin Township.

During the next 31 years, Chief Hunsberger oversaw the growth of the police department to meet the needs of a growing township. He was instrumental in developing many partnerships with the community, especially the schools, where he presented annual bicycle rodeos and coloring contests. In 1976, he supervised the police department’s move to the current township building on Allentown Road.

Kozeniewski takes the helm

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Joseph S. Kozeniewski succeeded Chief Hunsberger upon his retirement in January 1997. Chief Kozeniewski was a police officer for six years before joining the Franconia police force in 1981. He served as a DARE officer and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

The department now provides a complement of 15 full-time officers, 3 part-time police officers, 2 civilian administrative assistants, and a school crossing guard. All of the department’s vehicles are radio dispatched by the Montgomery County Communications center, which provides the 9-1-1 emergency service. Each police vehicle is equipped with computer data terminals and automatic external defibrillators.

In May, 2004, the police department moved into its new separate 9,000 square-foot facility, which is adjacent to the township building. The new headquarters is designed to meet the needs for expected growth of the Franconia community for many years.

Recruiting Information

Interested in becoming a police officer with Franconia Township? Send your resume to the following address:

Chief Joseph Kozeniewski
Franconia Township Police Department
671 Allentown Road
Telford, PA 18969-2205
police@franconia-township.org

If we have your resume on file, we will notify you when we announce an opening.

Some of the requirements include:

  • Candidate must be a full-time resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time of hiring.
  • Completion of Basic Training (Act 120) as prescribed by the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission, or its equivalent from another state when approved by the MPOETC.
  • Successful completion of an oral interview; pre-employment background check; financial background check; and physical and psychological exams

Crime Statistics

Please take a moment to view our monthly and annual reports. These reports detail various crime statistics and the annual reports also provide highlights on training, education, and special events that took place each year.

Monthly Statistics

Annual Reports

Helpful Public Safety Links

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