On or around January or February of 2016, I remember seeing an article on Radnor Citizens Police Organization (RCPO) in one of the local newsletters. The article spoke of the organizations role and announced an upcoming registration for the second year of Citizens Police Academy, Class #2012-02.
Well, several years and many events later after completing the class, I am glad I saw that article! To name a few events where I participated in support of the Radnor Police Department, some were the Radnor Run, the Fall Harvest & Great Pumpkin Patch, and my wife’s favorite – The annual Wayne Ave Christmas Tree Lighting Event.
The RCPO also offers other ways to get involved in the community, such as Town Watch weekly patrols and Community Emergency Response Training (CERT).
As a resident and being employed in Radnor for almost 15 years, the knowledge, training, and relationships that I experienced from this organization is very fulfilling to me. When residents at community events would come up to me and other members and thank us for volunteering, I knew I made a good decision to join the RCPO and serve the community.
I would like thank Jeff Stacey, John Talluci, all the officers and members of RCPO and especially the Radnor Police Department and Superintendent Chris Flanagan for making this possible.
I look forward to seeing everyone at upcoming and future events!
-Anthony “Tony” Sofianos
Welcome RCPO members to our first newsletter.
I would like to introduce myself as your new President for the RCPO. We held elections this past February and have a new team on board. Patty Ceppa will serve as Vice-president and Chris Kelleher will serve as Treasurer. We are still in need of a Secretary, if you would like to nominate a member for this position, please contact us.
Today, more than ever, we are confronted with change in ways most of us would never have imagined. Just 8 -10 months ago, we were going to work, entertaining friends and family, walking on the trail and engaging our neighbors over cocktails and appetizers in our back yards. Now, most of us are working from home, eating in, wearing a mask and having drinks with friends and family over a Zoom chat. I know…hard to believe, but this new reality has most of us feeling uncertain about what we can and cannot do.
Let us focus on what we can do. We can serve our community by harnessing the commitment of our members to make Radnor Township a safer place to work and live. One new initiative we are launching will provide a safe environment for our children when they walk through the Wayne Business District on Fridays after school. This oversight can be done by our volunteers on foot, bike or the town watch car.
Don’t forget about Mischief Night and Halloween patrols. Also, possible Election Day support is in the planning stages. Although still some time out, the Christmas Tree Lighting and the Santa Delivery may also return to the calendar.
I would like to invite all of you to re-engage with the RCPO. A few hours per year will benefit you and our community, without having to make a huge sacrifice. Our volunteers reap the benefits with a sense of purpose and comradery. Please offer up some of your time, so we can all build a safer Radnor, together.
I hope and pray that the RCPO and your families are well during this stressful and unprecedented time. It is critical we support one another to ensure the RCPO in our community is strong.
As we approach Mischief Night and Halloween, it is that time we call upon the RCPO to help keep children and our local properties safe. Radnor Township will again ask the RCPO to volunteer and assist in patrolling sections of the Township.
The Radnor Public Information Officer, Molly Gallagher, will be reaching out soon to assist with promoting the RCPO members and its mission.
If the RCPO will like a refresher or training on any equipment as winter quickly approaches, please contact my assistant, Vera DiMaio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher B. Flanagan
Superintendent of Police
Some of you may or may not know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Radnor Township Police Department partnered with the Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) to bring awareness to the issue and provide information for those who may be living in silence or fear.
Some officers - including myself - wear purple ribbons on our uniforms as a sign of hope and support for victims of domestic abuse.
We encourage anyone looking for assistance to contact us by dialing 9-1-1 or through the anonymous tip line on our website at Radnor.com/police.
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