June 7, 2010 |
When pulled over for speeding or running a stop sign, some people make excuses or beg for leniency. Others shed tears to escape a ticket. For a select group of Philadelphians, there's another option: pulling out the courtesy card. The blue, business card-size squares of paper, issued each year by the Police Department's largest union and mailed to all members of the department's 6,600-plus force, ask that "all courtesies of the organization" be extended to the bearer of the card.
April 5, 1989 |
When Sue McErlain took her sergeant's oath at Monday's Gloucester Township Council meeting, Mayor Ann A. Mullen noted how appropriate it was that McErlain was promoted in March - Women's History Month. But McErlain insists that being the township's first woman sergeant is nothing of historical significance. "It's really no big deal to me," said McErlain, 35. "I've been here so long, I'm just a member of the department. I just want to do a good job. " McErlain was one of four police officers promoted at Monday's council meeting.
March 4, 1990 |
When H. Wallace Welliver 3d was sworn in as Hatfield Township's police chief last May, he said he wanted to establish a strong chain of command. Now, nine months later, his goal is being realized with the promotion of two patrol officers to sergeant. Hatfield supervisors voted, 5-0, Wednesday night to promote 21-year Hatfield police veterans Robert Jastremski and William Neff, township manager Stan Seitzinger Jr. said. With the promotions, the 19-member force has four sergeants, one lieutenant, an assistant chief and chief.
October 12, 1989 |
Two members of the Caln Township Police Department have been promoted to sergeant, the first time in 13 years police officers in the township have attained that rank. The promotions of Patrolmen James Reed and Barry Beach bring to three the number of sergeants in the 13-member department. "We'd like to congratulate these officers on a job well done," said Charles F. O'Donnell, president of the Board of Supervisors, at Tuesday's meeting. Police Chief Jim Franciscus told the board that the officers were subjected to vigorous psychological, physical and written tests before their official appointments on Oct. 2. Reed, 40, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Army for three years, began working in the Police Department in August 1976.
February 29, 2016
A Philadelphia police sergeant crashed his cruiser into a utility pole in the Wynnefield section early Saturday after swerving to avoid what appeared to be an animal in the road, a police spokeswoman said. It was about 2:30 a.m. when the sergeant, who was responding to a call to assist another officer, crashed into the pole on the 2100 block of Bryn Mawr Avenue, said Officer Tanya Little. The sergeant, of the 19th District in West Philadelphia, was admitted to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center with a head injury.
April 11, 1988 |
Sgt. Maureen Royds has begun work as a sergeant in the homicide unit of the Philadelphia Police Department, becoming the first woman to supervise a squad in the prestigious and nearly all-male detective division. Royds, 34, was transferred last week from Northeast Detectives, where she was a sergeant for about a year. She joined the force 12 years ago as part of the first class of women police officers. Royds and Detective Patricia Brennan are now the only women in the 80- member unit.
February 18, 1988 |
FBI agents yesterday were investigating the slaying of an Air Force sergeant at her McGuire Air Force Base home, where her husband also was found stabbed repeatedly, law enforcement officials said. Agent Austin Andersen, who has been assigned to the case, said he was uncertain whether the Tuesday morning killing at the couple's Falcon Court East home at the military installation was prompted by a dispute between Sgt. Linda Karen Donley and her husband, Malcolm, or whether an intruder was involved.
May 4, 1994
Besides a near-fatal dose of blather, interviews with candidates expose us semi-annually to an important insight. The politicians need to spend less time in focus groups and more in the neighborhoods. That way, they might come up with strategies that not only sound good for 30 seconds, but have a chance of working because they build on peoples' instincts and natural motivations. As it is, the candidates state positions that appear to make sense in the ephemera of a half-minute TV ad but, when scrutinized, are based on no real evidence of how things actually work.
April 25, 1998 |
A Camden County Park Police sergeant who was suspended in June 1996 after he was charged with illegally possessing a machine gun was sentenced to one year probation and fined $155 yesterday. Richard D. Frisch, 45, of Erial, who resigned from the park police in February, declined to comment as he left Camden County Superior Court with his attorney, Saul J. Steinberg. Frisch pleaded guilty last February to having a prohibited fully automatic weapon. Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Joel H. Aronow said that investigators with the New Jersey State Police linked Frisch to two MAC-10 Avenger machine guns, manufactured by Hatten Arms.
January 13, 1988 |
An Army private testified yesterday that a Fort Dix sergeant tricked her male companion into leaving her with the sergeant, who then took her back to a motel she had been at and raped her. Ted J. Sinclair, 26, is charged with rape and kidnapping in a Burlington County Superior Court trial that opened yesterday. Sinclair, who had lived at Fort Dix, is being held at the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly. In her opening statement, Assistant Prosecutor Lily Oeffler told the 12 jurors and two alternates that Sinclair allegedly awoke the victim, who was in bed with a male companion in a North Hanover motel, and told her she had an urgent phone call.