New Hanover Township is a semi-rural community located in the western part of Montgomery County approximately 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
The Township has undergone significant growth over the past ten years and has experienced a 48% increase in population. The population stands at approximately 10,900 residents. However, with the current level of new home construction, the population should continue to increase at a rate above that of the surrounding area. New Hanover was also recently ranked as the 38th fastest growing township in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, out of a field of approximately 2,500 townships.
Given the tremendous amount of growth, it is no surprise that demand for public safety and municipal services has increased at similar levels.
The New Hanover Township Police Department is responsible for the overall law enforcement and crime prevention programs for the Township of New Hanover. Presently, the New Hanover Township Police Department is comprised of nine full-time sworn officers, two part-time officers, and one non-sworn administrative employee.
The members of the department are dispatched through the Montgomery County EDS located in Eagleville, Pennsylvania. As a small-town, rural police department we work closely with other area municipal police departments, as well as the New Hanover Township Fire Department, Gilbertsville Ambulance Association, Upper Perk Ambulance Association, Goodwill Ambulance, Green Lane Ambulance, Pennsylvania State Police, and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
Kevin McKeon, Chief of Police
Chief McKeon brings to New Hanover Township over 30 years of experience as a law enforcement officer for the Norristown Police Department including Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, the Commander of the SWAT Team and was the Law Enforcement Coordinator for many very successful prevention initiatives in Norristown including Weed & Seed, Truancy Abatement, underage drinking and drug enforcement.
Throughout Chief McKeon’s 29-year career with the Norristown Police Department, he has served as a patrol officer; a corporal who co-commanded the Vice and Intelligence Division; an undercover narcotics detective with the Montgomery County Narcotics Enforcement Team; and as the commander of the Norristown Police Department Tactical Patrol Unit. He was also a member of the elite Montgomery County CLEAN Team. In addition, Chief McKeon has also provided expert testimony in outlaw motorcycle gangs and narcotics. In his career he has made more than 1,000 narcotics arrests.
Chief McKeon earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Temple University in 2004. He graduated at the top of the class in the Master’s of Public Safety Administration program at St. Joseph’s University in May 2007. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 225.
Chief McKeon has taught at the Montgomery County Fire Academy for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Narcotics Investigations and is currently an instructor in the Criminal Justice program at Montgomery County Community College.
He is a member of the Norristown Fire Department, a board member of the Norristown Police Athletic League and has served as the President of the Montgomery County Police Memorial Committee and as Vice President of the Norristown Fraternal Order of Police.
He has received more than 25 commendations/unit citations and was named Police Officer of the Year in 1986.
William Moyer, Sergeant
Bill started a career in law enforcement in 1981 as a 911 police dispatcher for Montgomery County. During those two years as a dispatcher, he decided that he wanted to be a police officer and enrolled in the Allentown Police Academy in 1983 while at the same time being employed part time by the Douglass Twp (Montgomery Co.) Police Department.
New Hanover Township Police at the time was providing part time police coverage and at the urging of the residents, the Township moved forward to provide 24 hours police coverage in 1984. This is when he was hired full time.
During his career at New Hanover Township, Bill has served as a Patrol Officer, Detective and currently holds the rank of Sergeant. Bill also is a hostage negotiator currently on the SWAT – CMERT team. Bill serves on the Montgomery County Narcotics Enforcement Team and has participated in complex investigations with other law enforcement agencies from the local level to the FBI. He also serves with the Township’s Emergency Management Team.
In addition to patrol supervisory functions, Bill has received extensive training specializing in criminal investigations and coordinates those investigations. Bill earned his Associate Degree in Administrative Justice from Penn State University in 2004. In 2006, Bill completed Penn State’s Police Executive Development Program.
Bill is an instructor with the Penna. Association of Arson Investigators and has taught for Butler County Community College in the field of Origin and Cause for Arson investigations. While with the Police Department, Bill is responsible for all fire scene investigations and has provided expert testimony in this field.
Bill has received the “Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer” for the Boyertown Area in 1995 and the recipient of the New Hanover Township Patriot Award in 2005. Bill has received commendations from the Montgomery County District Attorneys office and U.S. Attorney Generals as well.
Officer Psota became a Police Officer for New Hanover Township in November 1995. Officer Psota has extensive training in many aspects of law enforcement and is specifically trained in vehicle crash investigations.
Officer Psota has received training from United States Attorneys Office, the Pennsylvania Coroners Association, Reading Community College, Pennsylvania Fire Academy, Pennsylvania State Police, University of Northern Florida, and the United States Attorneys Office, to name just a few.
Officer Psota has been recognized by the Courts as an expert in vehicle collision reconstruction. Officer Psota has comprehensive training in vehicle dynamics, occupant kinematics, conservation of linear momentum, rotational mechanics, motorcycle and bicycle crashes and crashes involving pedestrians. Officer Psota is a member of the National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS) and is a regular attendee of the Pennsylvania State Police Reconstruction Seminar.
Officer Psota is also in charge of maintaining the instruments used in the testing of DUI suspects, and is a certified operator and supervisor for this instrument. Officer Psota has been recognized by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and MADD for his accomplishments in DUI enforcement.
Officer Psota is an active member in the community and has been involved in the Boys Scouts of America program for over 25 years.
Officer Youse started his career with the Upper Perk Police Department where he served for eight years. He was a Community Police Officer, as well as a Bike Officer. He came to New Hanover Township in 2004. Prior to becoming a police officer he received a degree from West Chester University in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. He then graduated in the top of his class from the Delaware County Police Academy.
While employed at New Hanover Township, Officer Youse received a certificate from the California University of Pennsylvania in Homeland Security and Terrorism, as well as being trained at the North East Counter Drug Training Center in Domestic Terrorism. He also holds a certificate from Penn State University for POSIT, as well as a certificate from The Federal Bureau of Investigation for Intercounty Detective school. He is currently the departments Lead Firearms Instructor. Officer Youse is the department F.O.P Representative, and also serves on the Pension Committee.
Detective Dyas began his career in law enforcement with the New Hanover Township Police Department in 2005 as a part-time patrol officer, and was hired as a full-time officer in 2006. In 2012 he was assigned to handle the bulk of the criminal investigations for the department and was later assigned to the position of Detective in January 2014.
Prior to joining the police department, he attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2004. After graduating from Penn State, he attended the Montgomery County Community College Municipal Police Academy where he graduated as Class Valedictorian. He also attained a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, with a specialization in criminal behavior, from Tiffin University in 2011 and is a graduate of the FBI’s Inter-County Detective School.
Detective Dyas also serves as a negotiator with the Chester-Montgomery Emergency Response Team (CMERT). He is cross-sworn as a Special County Detective with the Montgomery County Municipal Police Drug Task Force and serves as the department director for NHPD. Detective Dyas is also the chairperson of the Township’s Safety Committee and maintains the department’s Facebook and Twitter pages. In addition, he is also nationally certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician, enabling him to teach and assist parents with installing child safety seats. Questions may be directed to his e-mail (email@example.com) or to the New Hanover Township Police Department non-emergency phone number (610-327-1150).
Detective Michael Coyle was hired by New Hanover Township in June of 2006. He brings to the department over twenty years of law enforcement experience. Along with Dekkar Dyas, Detective Coyle is responsible for the majority of criminal investigations handled by the Department. He is also the department’s network administrator and webmaster.
After graduating the police academy, he began his career in law enforcement with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff. Prior to being retained by this department, Detective Coyle worked for both the West Pottsgrove Township Police Department as a part-time patrolman and for the Upper Perk Police District where he held the rank of Sergeant.
Detective Coyle received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Albright College where he graduated cum laude. He also holds an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration. During his career in law enforcement, Detective Coyle has specialized in the investigation of computer crimes and the examination of electronic evidence. He is certified as an Electronic Evidence Collection Specialist, and in June of 2005 he became the 35th law enforcement officer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be certified as a Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE).
Detective Coyle is also actively involved in several different organizations, including: the National White Collar Crime Center, the Financial Security Officers of Eastern Pennsylvania, and American Mensa.
Bradley Shup, Corporal
Corporal Bradley Shup is a twenty year veteran of law enforcement, with prior experience in both Berks and Montgomery Counties. He brings with him an extensive amount of experience in the law enforcement field, both as a patrolman and as a supervisor.
Corporal Shup graduated from the Montgomery County Municipal Police Training Academy in 1992. Prior to accepting employment with New Hanover Township, Corporal Shup previously worked as a police officer for Marlborough Township and the Borough of Boyertown. While a member of the Boyertown Police Department, officer Shup was promoted to the rank of Corporal, a position he held for over four years before leaving to take employment with New Hanover Township.
He has an extensive amount of training and experience in the areas of traffic and motor carrier laws, and he is also certified as a Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Inspection Mechanic.
Officer Michael Salvo is one of two full-time members that joined our department in 2011. He brings to the department a wealth of training and skills acquired during his time spent serving the country as a United States Marine.
During his time with the USMC, officer Salvo completed two combat tours in Iraq; the first as an Infantry Machine Gunner, and the second as a Scout Sniper. After completing his second tour, he was personally selected to take part in a joint venture between the U.S. Marine Corps and General Dynamics for the purpose of conducting testing operations on light tactical vehicles.
Following his time spent with the USMC, officer Salvo attended and successfully completed Municipal Police Officers Education and Training from Temple University, graduating top in his class. In addition to his military and law enforcement training, officer Salvo has received an Associate of Science degree from Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA and is currently working on his Bachelor of Science degree in Crime and Justice. He is also certified as a Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor by the Pennsylvania State Police.
Officer David Fugelo was recently brought on in July of 2011. Having worked for the Bridgeport Borough Police Department since 2009, his experience will help our Police Department grow. Also Officer Fugelo has served in the United States Marine Corps since 2006.
During his time in the Marine Corps, Officer Fugelo completed one combat tour in Iraq and one humanitarian aid mission in Peru. While deployed to Iraq Ofc. Fugelo was a SAW gunner, machine gunner for convoy operations, and was also part of a Quick Reaction Force team. During his time in Peru Ofc. Fugelo provided area security for Marine Corps Engineers who were building a school and medical center for the people of Peru. Ofc. Fugelo is currently serving as a Team Leader.
Following his time spent with the USMC, Officer Fugelo attended and successfully completed Municipal Police Officers Education and Training from Montgomery County Municipal Police Academy. In addition to his military and law enforcement training, Officer Fugelo is attending classes to complete his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice.
Officer Colin Lawlor is the department’s most recently hired full-time officer. On January 5th, 2015 Officer Lawlor was sworn in by District Justice Maurice Saylor.
Officer Justin Lathrop is one of the department’s two part-time officers.
Officer Matthew Dean is one of the department’s two part-time officers.