ABOUT THE SRPD
In 2001 many residents of Conestoga and Pequea Township began looking into a better, more cost effective way of policing the area. At that time they were each served by two separate part-time Police Departments. Outside of the costs of running two police departments it was well known that the Police Officers went off duty at midnight leaving the area covered by the State Police which only had one car in the entire southern end of Lancaster County. In 2002 a regionalization study was conducted and presented to residents in both townships. Residents were overwhelmingly in favor of the merger and on January 1st 2003 the Southern Regional Police Department, under the direction of Chief John Fiorill, went into service.
The SRPD currently consists of, a Chief of Police, a Sergeant / Detective and five full-time Patrol Officers, as well as three part-time Patrol Officers. Our jurisdiction covers 28 square miles containing approx. 103 road miles, with a total population of approx. 9000 people. The SRPD responds to approx. 6000 calls for service annually.
The SRPD strives to provide effective professional police service dedicated to the citizens we serve. We are firm believers in principles of Sir Robert Peel which are:
The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.
The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon the public approval of police actions.
Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observation of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.
The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.
Police seek and preserve public favour not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.
Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice, and warning is found to be insufficient.
Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions, and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.
The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.
In August of 2016 Chief Fiorill retired after a 42 year career in Law Enforcement. Cpl. John Michener was appointed Acting Chief of Police at that time and in June of 2017 was officially promoted to Chief of Police.
In 2017 Conestoga and Pequea Townships agreed to terminate the Southern Regional Police Commission. Conestoga Township decided in a 2-1 vote to not retain local police service and instead utilize the PA State Police. Pequea Township, seeing a need to keep local police service in its growing township retained the police department. The police department was moved into the Pequea Township building and 24/7 police service for Pequea Township remains intact for 2018.
Chief Michener maintains an open door policy for anyone with concerns or questions concerning the budget or operations of the Department. We strongly encourage members of the community to contact the police department with any concerns and to attend local municipal meetings to stay aware of issues in their communities.