POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania is currently seeking applications for the position of Police Superintendent. The Township is located just outside of Philadelphia on the beautiful Main Line. The Superintendent manages a department of 42 full-time sworn officers and 7 civilian employees. The Township has a population of 29,300 with 20 square miles and a police budget of approximately $9 million. The current Superintendent has retired after 27 years in the department, 5 years as Superintendent. The Superintendent is appointed by and works under the direction of a 7 member Board of Supervisors, works cooperatively with the Manager, and plans, organizes, supervises all functions of the Police Department to include patrol, investigations, and administration. The person must be community-focused and have the leadership, management, and interpersonal skills to maintain and advance the department’s standing as a progressive, professional, and innovative police agency. Applicants must possess the minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience, and have a demonstrated executive potential with at least fifteen years of law enforcement experience, including five (5) years of experience in a command position. The candidate must be certified by MPOETC and possess a current Act 120 certification, or be capable of becoming certified. The salary range is $120-145,000 with an excellent benefit package; exact salary will depend on qualifications/experience. Deadline for applications is noon, April 28, 2017. Applicants should send cover letter and resume, including salary history/expectations all in one attachment to Tpd_Hire@tredyffrin.org.
We seek candidates who possess impeccable credentials, are of the highest moral character, and have the personal and philosophical desire to serve our community. We feel that our most important organizational asset is our personnel and, although we have high expectations of our employees, we cherish those employees above any other single component.
The Police Department is not currently accepting applications. Thank you for your interest and please check back for future updates.
If you have questions about future opportunities, please contact the Executive Secretary at 610-408-3641 or via email.
We utilize civilian staff for clerical, secretarial, data entry, custodial, clerk and animal control positions.
For more information about possible openings, please contact the Executive Secretary at 610-408-3641 or via email.
Police Officer Applicant Minimum Requirements:
The following are the minimum requirements for the position of Police Officer in Tredyffrin Township:
Must be 21 years of age and applicant must not exceed 70 years of age on the date of the written test.
HEIGHT & WEIGHT
Must be in proportion.
Applicants shall have visual acuity of at least 20/70, uncorrected in the stronger eye, correctable to at least 20/20; and at least 20/200, uncorrected in the weaker eye, correctable to at least 20/40. In addition, the applicant shall have normal depth and color perception and be free of any other significant visual abnormality.
Applicant must pass a rigid physical examination and physical performance assessment consistent with job tasks.
- Current MPOETC certification through Act 120
- 60 college semester credits from an accredited college or university
Applicant must not have a criminal conviction record, and must have an excellent reputation. An extensive background investigation will be conducted on all applicants considered for employment.
Selection of Police Officers
The search for and selection of police officers in Tredyffrin Township proceeds along the following:
Steps #1 through #10 of the selection process will take between two and four months. Any or all portions of the testing process may be video-taped.
STEP #1 Filing an Application Packet:
Print the Application Form, Physician Statement Form, and Informed Consent Form. Answer all questions on the applications forms completely and honestly. Falsification or deliberate omission of any of the requested information may cause disqualification. A filing fee of $40.00 must accompany the application. Checks should be made out to "Tredyffrin Township." No cash will be accepted. Applications may be mailed to: Superintendent of Police / Tredyffrin Township Police Department / 1100 DuPortail Road / Berwyn, PA 19312-1079.
STEP #2 Receipt of Application:
All applications must be returned to the Tredyffrin Township Police Department by the deadline stated on the instruction sheet. Timely receipt of the application qualifies the applicant for the Police Physical Performance Assessment.
STEP #3 Police Physical Performance Assessment:
A physical performance assessment will be administered by the Tredyffrin Township Police Department. Test date, time and location will be listed on the instruction sheet. This test consists of a series of events listed later in this document. Applicants are required to successfully complete all events to qualify for the next step of the selection process. Tredyffrin Township is not responsible for any accident or injury which may be sustained by any applicant while performing any of the events of the physical performance assessment. By participating in the test, all applicants agree to assume liability for any accident or injury to their person.
STEP #4 Written Test:
The written test will be administered to all applicants by the Tredyffrin Township Police Department at the time and location stated on the instruction sheet. You will receive written notification of the results by mail in two to four weeks.
STEP #5 Oral Interview:
Applicants who reach this step will be interviewed by an Oral Interview Board composed of police personnel selected by the Superintendent of Police. At the time of the interview, the applicant must bring the following documents to be submitted to the Board: Copy of birth certificate, copy of high school diploma and transcript of high school record, copy of college transcript and degree (unless transcript states that you have graduated), copy of Discharge of Separation from military service, when applicable, and proof of naturalization if you are a naturalized citizen. In addition, three letters of reference from persons (other than relatives and previous employers) who can attest to your moral character and fitness to be a police officer. These must be brought with you to the interview. These letters must be addressed to the Superintendent of Police and bear the reference's signature.
FAILURE TO BRING ANY OF THESE DOCUMENTS OR LETTERS OF REFERENCE TO THE INTERVIEW WILL DISQUALIFY THE APPLICANT FROM THE SELECTION PROCESS.
Applicants will be given the opportunity to make corrections to any documents submitted, or to the application form, prior to the oral interview.
STEP #6 Polygraph Examination:
This test will be administered to applicants reaching this phase of the hiring process. The polygraph test is designed to indicate deception on a pre-determined set of questions relating to potential employment as a police officer with the Tredyffrin Township Police Department. A list of 15 candidates will be prepared after completing the Polygraph phase of the testing process. This list will be ranked based on the completed phases of the testing process.
STEP #7 Background Investigation:
The Tredyffrin Township Police Department will conduct an extensive background investigation on remaining applicants. Areas to be probed include previous employment, military record, education record, credit rating, criminal history, current or recent use of illegal drugs, accident and driving record, etc.
STEP #8 Conditional Offer of Employment:
Conditional employment is offered after the applicant has successfully completed all previous stages of testing. Hiring is contingent upon successful completion of psychological and physical examinations and selection by the Superintendent of Police.
STEP #9 Physical Examination:
Applicants will be notified to report to a physician selected by the Tredyffrin Township Police Department. The physical examination is based on the physical requirements of job tasks specific to the position of police officer.
STEP #10 Psychological Examination:
Applicants will be notified to report to a psychologist or psychiatrist selected by the Tredyffrin Township Police Department. Results of this examination are supplied to the Tredyffrin Township Police Department.
STEP #11 Polygraph:
This test is designed to update information since first administered plus detection of deception related to current and recent use of illegal drugs and previously hidden physical disabilities.
STEP #12 Selection Period:
The highest ranked applicants who reached this step, and all protected class persons who have successfully completed all phases of the testing process, will be interviewed by the Tredyffrin Township Superintendent of Police. Successful applicants will be appointed to a two-year probationary status.
STEP #13 Act 120 Training Course:
Applicants who are appointed to probationary status will be required to complete a basic training course conducted in accordance with Act 120, PA C.S.A. After successful completion of the Police Academy Basic Training, the probationary officer will successfully complete a Field Training and Evaluation Program.
STEP #14 Re-application:
If an applicant is not selected, the applicant can re-apply and will be permitted to go through each stage of the process, as often as desired. If special accommodations are required to participate in any phase of the selection process, please contact Tredyffrin Township Police Department at least two weeks prior to the initiation of that phase in which accommodations are required.
Police Physical Performance Assessment
Please review the Physical Fitness portion of the Physician Statement Form [PDF] for physical fitness requirements.
Tredyffrin Township is not responsible for any accident or injury which may be sustained by any applicant while performing any of the events of the physical performance assessment. By participating in the test, all applicants agree to assume liability for any accident or injury to their person.
Applicants should report to the Police Physical Performance Assessment in casual clothing. Some events are conducted outside regardless of weather conditions and applicants should dress accordingly.
If special accommodations are required to participate in this or any phase of the selection process, please contact the Tredyffrin Township Police Department at 610-644-3221 or email at least two weeks prior to the initiation of that phase of the selection process.
Student Internship Program
The Police Department is not currently accepting letters of interest for the internship program. Thank you for your interest and please check back for future updates.