New of­fi­cer brings back­ground in emer­gency ser­vices

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Petra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

iANGHORNE BOR­OUGH – Walt Hansell wore his new po­lice uni­form with pride as he sat in the au­di­ence next to his two lit­tle daugh­ters.

They were there for Hansell’s for­mal in­tro­duc­tion as the bor­ough’s new­est part-time po­lice of­fiFHU.

Hansell, 41, rose to his feet as po­lice chief Steven Mawhin­ney be­gan to speak dur­ing the pub­lic bor­ough coun­cil meet­ing on gan. 9.

“HH wRUNHG KLs fiUsW sKLIW ODsW night. He’s ready to go,” said Mawhin­ney, in in­tro­duc­ing Hansell to the coun­cil and the pub­lic.

Ap­plause broke out af­ter Mawhin­ney de­tailed Hansell’s cre­den­tials, which in­cludes work in emer­gency ser­vices in iower Bucks County and with the Tul­ly­town Bor­ough and Bris­tol Town­ship po­lice de­part­ments.

The po­lice chief noted that Hansell brings “an ex­cel­lent back­JURunG” WR WKH ERURuJK DnG fiOOs D va­cancy on the force.

With Hansell’s ap­point­ment, the bor­ough po­lice force has eight partWLPH RI­fiFHUs.

“It’s good,” said Hansell, of his new job with the bor­ough. “It’s a nice lit­tle town. I like it. It’s small. It’s friendly. The peo­ple are real nice. The coun­cil is nice.”

Hansell said he is “ex­cited” to be­gin his new du­ties. “It’s a dif­fer­ent style of polic­ing than I am used to. It’s more com­mu­nity ser­vice.”

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He works full-time as a teacher in the emer­gency ser­vices pro­gram at the Bucks County Tech­ni­cal School in Fair­less Hills. He also serves as a paid deputy chief for WKH YDUGOHy-0DNH­fiHOG EPHUJHnFy Unit.

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He said he left Tul­ly­town Bor­ough Po­lice De­part­ment, his most re­cent po­lice job, for sched­ul­ing UHDsRns. TKH LDnJKRUnH MRE fiW wLWK his sched­ule.

Hansell learned about the ianghorne po­si­tion from a friend who said ianghorne was look­ing to hire one or two peo­ple.

He will work a cou­ple of nights dur­ing each month.

As D UHJuODU SDWURO RI­fiFHU, KH will re­spond to calls for ser­vice in ianghorne Bor­ough.He’ll also be re­spons­bile for pro­vid­ing sup­port to neigh­bor­ing bor­ough po­lice de­part­ments, in­clud­ing ianghorne Manor, Hul­meville and Pen­ndel. “They back up each other to make sure that guys are not alone.”

Hansell said he went into po­lice work be­cause it was some­thing he al­ways wanted to do.

He started in emer­gency ser­vices when he was 15 when he joined the Ex­plorer Post in 1986 with the ievit­town-Fair­less Hills Res­cue Squad. “I’m a life mem­ber, but I am not ac­tive any­more,” Hansell said.

“That’s where I got my start,” he said.

He de­cided to take some po­lice tests. He ended up tak­ing the po­lice test for Bris­tol Town­ship Po­lice De­part­ment. Hansell grew up in Bris­tol Town­ship.

“I ended up on the list and was hired in 2002,” he said. “Then they sent me to the po­lice academy. I worked [in Bris­tol Town­ship] un­til mid- 2005 when I ap­plied for the teach­ing job at the tech­ni­cal school.

“Be­fore be­com­ing a cop, I vol­un­teered with ievit­town Fire Com­pany No. 2,” he said. He was there from 1998 to 2002. Then he didn’t really have time to vol­un­teer be­cause he was go­ing to the po­lice academy in Philadel­phia.

He was hired by the tech­ni­cal school and has been there ever since. He had ad­vanced from para­medic and polic­ing to teach­ing emer­gency ser­vices.

Now, he is at­tend­ing Tem­ple Univer­sity work­ing to earn his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in vocational ed­u­ca­tion.

Hansell said he is to­tally in­ter­ested in emer­gency ser­vices. “It’s been some­thing I’ve been do­ing my en­tire life since I was small,” he said. “I was really hooked. I like help­ing peo­ple.”

Hansell is happy that he has ex­pe­ri­ence in three ar­eas of emerJHnFy sHUvLFHs – fiUH­fiJKWLnJ, ODw en­force­ment or crim­i­nal jus­tice, and emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices for the am­bu­lance in­dus­try.

Those are the sub­jects he teaches at the tech­ni­cal school.

Hansell said his stu­dents are “really good kids. They have unique per­son­al­i­ties. A lot of them want to go into a ca­reer where they would help peo­ple. They’re car­ing in­di­vid­u­als that pick this pro­gram. They have in­tegrity and are hon­est.”

The stu­dents are in the emer­gency ser­vices pro­gram for 3 ½ years. They get a taste of all the ar­eas – a ba­sic un­der­stand­ing. Some of them go into ju­nior ex­plorer pro­grams wLWK vROunWHHU fiUH FRPSDnLHs.

heep­ing ac­tive in emer­gency ser­vices since he was the age of his stu­dents, Hansell said he still en­joys it. “To me, that’s the most im­por­tant thing. I still en­joy what I do – be­ing the best I can be.”

A grad­u­ate of Bishop Egan High School, Hansell has been mar­ried for 10 years.

mayor Chris Blay­don, left, con­grat­u­lates Of­fi­cer Walt Hansell as the new part-timer. Also pic­tured at right is po­lice chief Steven Mawhin­ney.

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