Whit­pain hires new of­fi­cer

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Linda Finarelli

Matthew Allen Bealer was sworn in Sept. 4 to the Whit­pain Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment, bring­ing the force to 30 of­fi­cers. Dis­trict Judge Robert Sobeck ad­min­is­tered the oath of of­fice at the start of the Whit­pain Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors meet­ing.

“We looked long and hard in so­lic­it­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer,” said board Chair­man Joseph Palmer, not­ing Bealer was one of 93 who took the test af­ter which there was “a thor­ough vet­ting.”

Hav­ing grown up in Boyertown, where he grad­u­ated from high school, Bealer, 28, has been a po­lice of­fi­cer for five years and comes to Whit­pain from a re­gional po­lice depart­ment serv­ing Berks and Le­high coun­ties. He holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in sports medicine from West Chester Univer­sity and grad­u­ated from the Read­ing Po­lice Academy in 2007.

Bealer, who lives in the Boyertown area with his wife and 18-month-old son, ac­tu­ally came on­board with Whit­pain Aug. 20, he said.

“It’s a good depart­ment to work for and a nice area,” he said of Whit­pain.

“We hope you have a long and suc­cess­ful ca­reer with the Whit­pain po­lice force,” Palmer said.

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