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Hatboro Council Cancels Police Study

The state review was authorized last year, following the resignation and investigation of Hatboro Police detective sergeant John Becker.

The Hatboro Borough Council on Monday pulled the plug on a and review of the police department in the wake of an ongoing of a former veteran officer.

, is the subject of an ongoing Attorney General’s Office investigation. Becker has yet to be charged, but authorities have said that the

Marianne Reymer, who served as Hatboro Borough Council president through last year, said on Monday that the previous Democrat-controlled governing body initiated the study as “an outcome of all the events around Becker’s resignation.”

“The taxpayers are owed an explanation as to how things of this nature were even possible to happen,” Reymer said of the allegations surrounding Becker. “For them to discontinue the study before it’s even fully started is a huge mistake. They need to answer to the taxpayers now.”

The council voted unanimously to discontinue the study, which Ron Stern, an official with the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, had told Patch in January was underway and expected to conclude by early summer. Councilman Vincent LaSorsa was absent Monday.

Council President John Zygmont refused to comment about why the study was cancelled, or if it had anything to do with Becker. He directed questions to Borough Manager Steven Plaugher or solicitor Christen Pionzio.

Pionzio would only say that council would “revisit it at a later time” and “there’s some delicate legal issues that I can’t get into.”

Police Chief James Gardner said he had nothing to hide with regard to Becker’s alleged misdeeds.

“I don’t care if that comes out,” Gardner said. “I want it to come out.”

Before he could say anything else, Pionzio intervened and told him to stop talking.

When the study was authorized last year, officials touted it as a necessary tool in determining if the cash-strapped borough should .

Reymer said discontinuing the study “killed” any opportunity for insight on a new structure.

“They’re cheating the taxpayers out of an explanation and they’re cheating the police out of an upgraded facility,” she said Monday night. “It’s a very short-sighted decision.”

In January, during an interview with Patch, Stern said the management study - which was being conducted by a retired police chief – would evaluate every facet of the police department, including costs for police service, how calls are handled, how patrols are conducted, the condition of equipment, personnel management, records retention and evidence retention, among other things.

“Even though we’re going to give them a lot of recommendations, we don’t focus on a lot of the good things,” Stern told Patch at the time. 

Raymond E. Kieffer III March 28, 2012 at 01:56 AM
And these are the men WE pay? The same men who CANNOT control, or provide a place for young teens to be? And therefore their blame for cancelation of 'First Friday' in OUR town? Let us all think about OUR town, what should AND could be done with $2 MILLION DOLLARS! PS-'First Friday' did not end because ONLY (they had their part) because of those teens, it is also the 'poor me' owners of the sub-par businesses here, as many of them did not stay open during the extra hours which were intended to HELP their own PERSONAL INVESTMENTS!
Raymond E. Kieffer III March 28, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Also, as I have read MANY crimes or criminals in our SMALL (somewhere around 1.5 sq. miles) that go on daily! Within YARDS of the police station. Yards. If they can't watch thier backyard, how are they to watch ours? Maybe some of that $2 million should be invested in the young teens here, more RESPONSIBLE HONEST TRUSTWORTHY officers, and then and only then a better station for those officers to work from.
Goodcops1 March 28, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Mr. Kieffer how much did Theresa have tp pay you to comment, the only reason she writes this is so she can get lots of comments, the more comments the more cash in her purse. This is not fair and honest reporting, just read Theresa bio she does not even follow her own employers guidelines and truth in reporting. Hatboro police have many good cops and do a great job protecting us. Because of the actions of one employee who has not been charged in any crime is not fair to judge all, you are innocent until proven guilty. Mrs reymer should be ashamed of herself for putting what appears to be legally confidential matters in the public forum.
Theresa Katalinas (Editor) March 28, 2012 at 04:46 PM
"Goodcops1" We at Patch welcome comments from all sides. We strive to report fair and balanced stories. We DO NOT receive "bonuses" for number of comments. Patch simply hopes to be a space where readers can share their ideas and opinions.
Mark Hubman March 28, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Perhaps it is "goodcops1" who should be ashamed of himself (or herself). First, for not using their real name but talking poorly of someone posting on the site who does. Secondly, for the ridiculous claims made of Ms. Katalinas, her work, her reporting and the reasoning behind what she posts. Ms. Katalinas reports the stories we should all care about. We should care about the rotten apple in the bunch and why the Borough Council is not turning over every stone to get to the bottom of the story. There is no way you can disclaim Ms. Katalinas' truth in reporting. There is no way you can fault her in her facts. If you have a problem with Mrs. Reymer, that's fine and as a political figure she should be open to scrutiny. But do NOT defame Ms. Katalinas, or any press, for reporting what they say.
EE March 29, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Every group has at least one or two that screw up.You can't blame them all. I have spoken with many of the officers at one time or another an they seem like good guys.I have also called 911 an had Hatboro officers respond within minutes.Maybe it's a lack of leadership,Chief Gardner isn't even aloud to answer a question or voice an opinion at a council meeting without being told to stop talking.As a registered voter an tax payer i feel myself an every voter in Hatboro should get an explaination as to why the study was stoped by council.We shouldn't have to wait an revisit it at a later date.When is that later date?
Big Yellow Bus Driver March 30, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Hey Mark Hubman aka Mr. Katalinas, good one, glad to see you are defending Theresa, every good boyfriend, husband or parent should do that. Maybe instead of chastizing people for their comments and posting under assumed names you should speak up and tell everyone you are Theresa's baby daddy. If Ms. Katalinas as you say speaks the truth then she should post a disclaimer under your comment that you are a couple. Because although some of us choose not to use our real names, we are expressing an opinion and exercising our rights to free speech.
Coz Baldwin March 30, 2012 at 02:35 AM
So on the internet, no matter what the claims are, you can't defend someone you personally know unless you state upfront that you know them? Well I've never met either Mark or Theresa and I concur with everything Mark said and see nothing wrong with the unbiased reporting of Theresa. Can I do that? Is that legal here on this internet?
Theresa Katalinas (Editor) March 30, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Big Yellow Bus Driver, I think my husband did what any good one would do: He came to my defense. You obviously know me, otherwise you wouldn't have known that we are married, so why don't you call, email, or talk to me in person about problems you see with the job I am doing rather than try to publicly defame me on my site. I'm sure that in very few other jobs can someone be publicly ridiculed for the job they are doing - albeit by people who post under assumed names.
heartmom March 31, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I read this article and this is my first time visiting this site. After reading the bickering back and forth in the comments, it's probably going too be my last.
Dolores Forget March 31, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Hmmm, I just see facts reported here by Ms. Katalinas. Seems to me that certain folks are upset this news made its way beyond the walls of Borough Hall. Funny how that's happening more and more lately. I don't know enough about the Hatboro force to say whether the study is necessary, but the woman is just informing the general public, not stating anything derogatory about the force.
Scott Johnson March 31, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I second your motion, Mark, Theresa has done a great job reporting for the patch.
Scott Johnson March 31, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Just read the articles and don't read the comments. It works a lot better ^_^
Beaulahbb March 31, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Theresa seems we hit a nerve you don't like when people comment about you but it is absolutely ok for you to wage character attacks against others, you do that by letting these comments occur and in this particular article you do nothing but quote the former council president who I may add was totally out of line by commenting on personnel matters in the press. I sure hope the next article you write about is her being sued for discussing a personnel matter in the public forum. Oh and I may add mrs. Reymer should not chastise the police department especially since she has a relative that is a cop there. Wonder if she thinks all cops in Hatboro are bad, ask her to comment on that. We have a great bunch of dedicated and hard working officers and we do not need a town watch. I feel safe in my community. There is crime everywhere you go and especially now when times are so tough for people. Look at every patch in this area there is crime. I guess since every community has crime then her community should be doing a police study.
Theresa Katalinas (Editor) March 31, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I have no problem with comments about me. But, accusing me of unethical things like receiving money for article comments crosses the line. I'm doing my job. Perhaps those of you who find it necessary to bash me - and bring my family into it - should instead direct your attention to your elected officials. They are the ones making the decisions here, good, bad, or indifferent. I'm only reporting on that. Lastly, I delete comments that cross the line, ones in which personal attacks are made, false accusations, bad language, etc. In other words, comments that infringe upon Patch's terms of service. I make every effort to drastically limit the number of comments deleted because I want everyone to have a forum to voice their opinions.
Hatboro Hatter March 31, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I usually enjoy Theresa's reporting, BUT. No body brought your family into anything your husband chose to post in defense of you(as you pointed out any good husband should) and tried to do it somewhat incognito. In doing so he did the same thing he was accusing the previous poster of doing buy acting like he didn't know you personally. My problem with this article is the fact that the sensationalism of the title that lead me to it from my Facebook. " What is borough council trying to hide" ? I mean come on, look at the votes on this article alone and you'll see that no body thinks this study is a big deal except Mrs.Reymer Hummmm?(Can you say axe to grinde?).I do think this article is a little bit of an attack on council, who from what I understand don't make a boatload of money for the time and effort they put in for this town and we need to be fair and not always accuse them of misdeeds and bad intentions. I think that they have the towns best interest at heart or they woundn't have ran for office to endure the scrutiny of the life of a public official and deserve better from the couch critics. I would also like to commend Theresa for the self control and restraint she exercises in allowing posters to express their views good, bad, indifferent unlike some other people in this town she'll let view points that aren't offensive stand and she'll even give helpful info on inaccurate or misunderstood claims to help clarify and the people can draw their own conclusions.
that skateboarder April 06, 2012 at 07:48 AM
thats grimey... how can someone who calls themself a police officer do that? I bet alot of drug use would go down if there was a legit skatepark. we got more than enough room around here. it woould keep kids off the the streets and outta trouble. help the "crime" rate go down. bring people togethe and have something that could make this town known for and wont go out of busness in a few months. also it would just be a good positive enviorment and show kids respect.. nobodey would want to trash something that they helped make
Tony philly May 18, 2012 at 02:42 PM
You are getting money for posting this and the comments, called traffic and ads that come in from people viewing it. I run sites like this hun! And your husband having to come in and defend you? Don't write the article if you can't Handel the feed back. Now the point, who cares! This is big news? It really isn't! What about the good balls everyday stealing from their jobs, the drug addicts who break into your house. Didn't the chief Handel it? I don't even live there but I know one thing! Your town is a joke! Chief can not speak, and all you who are making a big deal out this now after the proper authority's already handled it are Dumb! You won't see the criminal on the front page but let it be a cop and bam! Front page, it's how stupid papers make money. I would be embrassed to live there! Small town you're saying it is. I never want to visit there now! Keep commenting and bringing this more to Light!!!! More who know about, more who won't want to come to your town. Reporter your good sell more ad space online!ake your money, make this town a outcast
Scott Johnson May 18, 2012 at 03:19 PM
A town that ignores it's problems, becomes a town that has a more problems. A reporters job is to report. Would you rather everything be covered up, you'd never know what was going on.
Gregory Humphries May 19, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Tony Philly you should call yourself English as a Second Language. There are so many words spelled incorrectly you discredit yourself and prove your ignorance. "Hun" should be "Hon" unless you are writing about Attila. And "Handel" should be "Handle" unless you are writing about the composer. I don't even want to get into the "good balls" and what that means. Also, there is no front page to a Web site, but that is beside the point. Even if there was a front page, have you ever SEEN the front page of a newspaper? I cannot believe someone from Philly would say you never see a criminal on the front page. REALLY? Stupid papers don't make money from front page stories, or back page stories for that matter. And I doubt Ms. Katalinas makes any money from advertising, but I am sure Patch and AOL do. Is the site you run as poorly written and ill-informed as this comment? If so, sign me up! Here's a tip for your site learned from this post: Read what you write before you hit SUBMIT. Please translate that last line into English, it looks like a good one.

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