Whitpain hires new officer
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.