Hanover police force turns 100

May 16, 2012 by  

Monday, May 14th was a big night for the Hanover Township Police department. At the monthly commissioner’s meeting, the police force received praise in honor of serving the community for 100 years.

Since its founding on Valentine’s Day, 1912, the police force has grown considerably. The original department had a single chief of police and six police officers on staff. The department has more than doubled in size over the past century. Today, it is 15 members strong.

Notable lawmakers issued words of praise for the police during the meeting on Monday night. State representative Gerald Mullery described the department as “first class ambassadors for the township”. Mullery presented a citation to the police department from the state House of Representatives.

Representatives from the Hanover School Board, board of commissioners, and US Representative Lou Barletta were also at the Monday meeting to say a few words. State senator John Yudicha also spoke with praise for the department.

Celebrations in honor of the Hanover police continue into the weekend. On Saturday, May 19th, residents of the township will get to tour the police station during a late afternoon open house. Tours of the cells and holding areas are part of the open house, as are K-9 demonstrations and a chance for people to explore a police cruiser.

The police force have made use of local printing services to produce safety handouts for local children. Face painting, games, and other surprises will also be available to keep children entertained during the open house.