New po­lice of­fi­cer sworn into ser­vice

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Denise Larive For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

New Amity Po­lice Of­fi­cer Fer­nando San­ti­ago III was sworn into ser­vice by Amity Po­lice Chief An­drew J. Kensey on April 20.

San­ti­ago is the depart­ment’s 13th full-time of­fi­cer, but its first bilin­gual of­fi­cer.

“The po­lice depart­ment needs to re­flect the com­mu­nity it serves,” said Kensey. “As an ex-urb of Read­ing, we want to be able to help our Span­ish-speak­ing com­plainants.” San­ti­ago’s an­nual salary will be $54,534.

He most re­cently worked as a security guard at Penn State Health St. Joseph Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Read­ing, af­ter grad­u­at­ing in 2016 from the Al­len­town Po­lice Academy.

San­ti­ago is also an Army vet­eran who served in Afghanistan.

In other busi­ness, Kensey pre­sented to the Amity Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors the law

en­force­ment plat­form by CRIMEWATCH Tech­nolo­gies, Carlisle, which would re­place and man­age the depart­ment’s web­page.

Matt Bloom, from CRIMEWATCH, said the “in­te­grated pub­lic en­gage­ment plat­form” is a con­trolled method to dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion to the pub­lic, press, com­mu­nity, mo­bile apps, and so­cial me­dia.

He said the tech­nol­ogy is de­signed to “man­age and sim­plify pub­lic re­la­tions.”

The web­site is free to the pub­lic and “geo” lo­cates its users, pro­vid­ing “spe­cific news and in­for­ma­tion to this area.”

Bloom said the “geo” lo­ca­tor

also pro­vides up­dates as the user moves through­out Berks County, Mont­gomery County, etc.

Other lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties using CRIMEWATCH in­clude Spring, Muh­len­berg, Caernar­von, and West Read­ing.

The po­lice depart­ment’s monthly cost would be $197.

“This puts out in­for­ma­tion si­mul­ta­ne­ously to so­cial me­dia and the press,” said Kensey, adding, “I feel very com­fort­able with it, and it will keep Amity Town­ship pro­gres­sively mov­ing for­ward.”

Town­ship Man­ager Troy Binga­man said the town­ship has re­ceived a worker’s com­pen­sa­tion in­sur­ance re­fund of $75,709.37, as well as a prop­erty and li­a­bil­ity re­fund of $18,527.72, from 2007 to 2015.


Amity Po­lice Chief An­drew J. Kensey con­grat­u­lates newly sworn in Amity Po­lice Of­fi­cer Fer­nando San­ti­ago III.


The of­fi­cers pic­tured, from left to right, are Sgt. Jeffrey Smith, Crpl. Mark Scherer, Chief An­drew J. Kensey, Of­fi­cer Fer­nando San­ti­ago III, Crpl.Christo­pher High, Crpl. John Coe, and Of­fi­cer Thomas Gauby.

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