Horsham Welcomes New Officers

The Horsham Township Police Department is fully staffed with the hiring of two new police.

Two police officers stood out from a pool of 140 candidates to become the newest members of the . 

During Monday night's Horsham Township Council meeting,, amid fellow police officers, family and friends, swore in Kelli Fronk and Sean Gallagher. 

Prior to her hiring in Horsham, Fronk had worked for the Bristol Township Police Department, where she had been laid off, brought back only to be laid off again, according to Horsham Police Chief Robert Ruxton. But, the Lower Bucks department's loss was Horsham's gain as Ruxton welcomed Fronk. 

Gallagher, who grew up in Haverford, has worked in law enforcement for three years, most recently as a part-time officer in Darby Township. 

Horsham Police Lt. Jon Clark said the new hires bring the force to fully staffed department of 40 officers. 

"We've had vacancies for quite a while," Clark told Patch. 

Township Manager Bill Walker said it was "budgeting matters" alone that caused a delay in hiring officers to replace Steve Magura, who retired several years ago, and in March 2011.

The township and the police department had been awaiting the results of stemming from the police contract, which had expired at the end of 2010. An arbitration panel rendered its decision in May and the township, earlier this month, , the final step needed to resolve the contract. Under the new contract, Horsham had to pay an additional $195,000 in salaries for 2011 and 2012.

Walker said he knows Fronk and Gallagher will work to maintain a high quality of life in Horsham. 

"They are joining a highly regarded department with a high reputation," Walker said. 

Gilbert R Albright Jr August 28, 2012 at 02:12 PM
WHOA! The Horsham Police force is grossly overstaffed! What is it a Private Club? http://www.theiacp.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=LF7xdWl1tPk%3D&tabid=87 The International Association of Police Chiefs (link above) recommends an officer staffing level ratio of 2 officers for each 1,000 residents for poplulations of 10,000 to 24,000, which is an accepted National Standard. Horsham's population is about 15,000 so officer staffing should be at 30 officers, yet the present number is 40, 25% higher than deemed necessary. Horsham never has been a high crime area so there is no great need to have an excess of police officers. This is an unnecessary financial burden for the township and its residents. The cost is about $1 Million for 10 additional police cars,. half a milliion a year PLUS for salaries, benetfits and overtime, plus the cost for gas and maintenance for 10 unneeded police cars. The problem with hiring too many police officers is you can never get rid of them because of politics. The elected official who is responsible for getting rid of excess officers, will be pounded by his political opponents for it the minute there is a sporadic increase in crime or a crime that receives national publicity.. Horsham residents should be concerned with this overspending in an area where there is no proven need for it.
Jonathan August 29, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Gilbert, I would like to point out to you that the 40 sworn officer compliment is not all allocated to patrol purposes. These studies are to define the required number of sworn officers needed to adequately patrol a population. Based on Horsham Township's website, only 29 officers/sergeants are assigned to patrol-oriented duties. That is one officer short of the number you are asserting as proper staffing. Furthermore, in the document you posted it clearly states in the second section that the study should NOT be used for making decision in relationship to staffing. In fact the study states the following: "Ratios, such as officers-per-thousand population, are totally inappropriate as a basis for staffing decisions. Accordingly, they have no place in the IACP methodology. Defining patrol staffing allocation and deployment requirements is a complex endeavor which requires consideration of an extensive series of factors and a sizable body of reliable, current data." Staffing is a complex issue that can only be addressed on a local basis. To define a hard number of officers that is required to adequately patrol a given population for every local department in the state or the nation would be grossly inappropriate. I am sorry that you do not feel there is no proven need for public safety in Horsham Township. I would venture to guess that victims of crime that have been committed in Horsham Township would probably disagree with you.
Cora Rowe August 31, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Congrats to you both.


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