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Upper Makefield hires patrolman, appoints volunteers


Upper Makefield has conditionally brought aboard a new part-time police officer.

The board of supervisors voted Feb. 5 to hire Justin Edwards to the vacant position, provided he successfully completes some final testing, according to Township Manager David Nyman.

Nyman explained the need for the hire.

“We had a resignation, filled by our previous part-timer,” the manager said. Edwards will “fill that open position.”

Upper Makefield’s police department will have 15 full-timers and one part-timer.

According to the township, Edwards studied criminal justice at DeSales University and underwent basic training at both the Philadelphia Police Academy and Montgomery County Municipal Police Academy.

He has worked as a police officer in Philadelphia, where he gained experience in community relations, investigating accidents, and patrolling in high crime and heavily populated districts. A resume highlight includes a Commendation for Merit for a sight robbery arrest in 2016.

In other news, supervisors also appointed two township residents to serve on separate boards.

Jack Wiseman will fill a term on the planning commission that is set to run until the end of December 2022. Appointed by supervisors, the seven-person commission reviews and makes recommendations to supervisors on land development and subdivision applications, zoning and building code ordinances, and matters of long-range planning.

Meanwhile, supervisors named resident Laura Moses to the local historical advisory commission. The term expires at the end of December 2023.

The commission promotes the appreciation and protection of historic resources in Upper Makefield, advising supervisors on the identification, documentation, and preservation of the township’s historic sites, buildings, and documents.

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