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Police Commission Agrees to New Police Contract
Written by Mary Gibbs Kershner, Correspondent

        The Upper Perk Police Commission and the Upper Perk Police Officers Association have reached a contractual agreement but the terms of that agreement are not currently being released to the public.

        After a unanimous vote Monday night, the commission authorized its solicitor, Phil Gazan, to execute the legal language of the agreement.  Once the document is signed, commission Vice Chairman Ryan Sloyer said the exact terms of the contract will be available to the public.  Officials said they hope that will occur in the next few weeks.

        The current contract expires Dec. 31 and was negotiated in December 2012 after garnering a lot of public attention over officer layoffs and increasing taxes.

        Over the last several months, the commission attempted to obtain less costly commercial insurance for its police department.  Sloyer announced the police commission contacted Tim Kurtz of Hampson, Mowrer, & Kreitz Insurance Agency to search for an insurance estimate that would cover the police vehicles and workmen’s compensation insurance.

        The commission hoped it could obtain an insurance quote that was less than the $80,000 the commission currently pays per year.  Sloyer said because the insurance would be for police department coverage, “No one will write it.”  Thus, the police commission might have to pay an increased premium next year and remain with its present insurance carrier.  Typically, the insurance premium increases $4,000 to $5,000 each year.  
        Commission Chairman Kris Kirkwood announced the minimum municipal obligation (MMO) for the police commission for 2014 is $91,633.  The 2014 financial requirement and MMO report must be presented to the governing bodies of Pennsburg and East Greenville on or before Sept. 30.  

The 2014 estimated annual payroll for the police department is $719,734. 
        A resolution that would update the standard operating procedures for hiring and promotion in the police department was tabled until next month.  The police commission wants to be certain the language in the resolution is correct before the resolution is enacted, commission members said. 
        Upper Perk Police Chief Mike Devlin announced there were 43 crimes in August.  It represents a decrease of 18 crimes from the previous month.  East Greenville had 20 crimes and Pennsburg had 23 crimes.  There were eight thefts, one vehicle theft, two forgeries, 12 assaults, seven vandalisms, two burglaries, one sex offense, one DUI, three public drunkeness, four narcotic violations and two borough ordinance violations.






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