Welcome to Borough of Alburtis Police Department
On January 28, 1915, a committee was established to provide police protection for the borough. A part time police officer was hired, starting April 1, 1915 and to continue for one year. Compensation was established at $75.00 per year. Council determined that police officer shall be provided with all necessities pertaining to his office. A review of bills for payment indicates that $15.90 was spent for equipment. The police officer was reappointed for another year on April 1, 1916. For conduct unbecoming an officer, he was relieved of duties on September 5, 1916.
On July 14, 1982, Chief John Brown resigned from the department, having served as an officer since 1976 and as Chief since 1978. Officer Kenneth Solomon was named as Acting Police Chief and would eventually be named as Police Chief.
In 1982, Alburtis Police Department consisted of 2 full time officers and 7 part time officers.
In 2002, the police department established a bicycle patrol, which consisted of Officer Christopher Lubenetski. The bicycle patrol received a state grant and funds from East Penn Bank to help pay for a bicycle (Trex SLR), lighting, bicycle bag, helmet, and bicycle uniforms. Currently the bicycle patrol consists of Officers Christopher Lubenetski, Cory Fluck, Kevin Kennedy, and Arthur Williams. The bicycle patrol utilizes the original Trex SLR and a Raleigh F-500, which was donated by a borough resident. The bicycles are maintained by Cycledrome Bicycle Shop (8150 Hamilton Blvd, Breinigsville, PA 18031 (610) 398-6631 www.cycledromebikes.com).
On June 19, 2003, Lieutenant Gregory Kuebler and Senior Patrol Officer Raymond Bulger received certificates of recognition from the Macungie Police Department for outstanding service.
During the 2007-2008 school year, through the East Penn School District, Senior Patrol Officer Raymond Bulger started teaching drug education and resistance (D.A.R.E.) at Alburtis Elementary School to the 5th graders. This program would later include the 4th graders. The program continued until the 2011-2012 school year, when the East Penn School District decided to cancel the program. In the four years the program existed over 700 students benefited from the program.
In August 2008, the Alburtis Police Department held the first National Night Out Event at the Alburtis Area Community Center's Pool. The event included a movie held at the community center after the pool party. Over 125 people attended the event.
On January 19, 2008, Officer Cory Fluck helped to save the life of a borough resident who was in cardiac arrest by using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and performing CPR. Officer Fluck would be recognized by Macungie Ambulance Corps, State Representative Douglas Reichley, and the American Red Cross.
In June 2009, the Alburtis Town Watch held its first meeting at the Alburtis Borough Hall. The meeting consisted of explaining the activities and expectations of the Alburtis Town Watch.
On October 14, 2009, the Alburtis Borough Council approved the affiliation between the Alburtis Police Department and Nixle. For more information or to begin use of this free service, visit www.nixle.com.
In July 2010, the Alburtis Police Department held a Hawaiian Luau themed party at the Alburtis Area Community Center's Pool. The event would include hot dogs, soda, and a pig roast.
In 2011, Chief Robert J. Palmer II was named the 2011 PCCD Police Chief of the Year. The award was presented to Chief Palmer by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
On Sunday December 4, 2011, the Alburtis Police Department lost to the Alburtis Muffins 12 to 7 in a game of street hockey at the newly created Cobblestone Park Street Hockey Arena (the former tennis court). The game consisted of three 30 minute periods and until the 3rd period the game was back and forth. A large crowd turned out to support both teams in a match that had been anticipated by both teams for several months. The Alburtis Police Department team consisted of Chief Robert Palmer, Officer Daniel Summy, Officer Kevin Kennedy, Tyler Kennedy, Owen Kennedy, Bobby Palmer, Justin Henninger, and Dana Summy. The Alburtis Muffins consisted of Alex Spear, Ben Spear, Alex Ernst, Shayne Dugan, Logan Schappell, Brandon Schappell, Gage Lang, Zach Arndt, Nate Arndt, and player-coach Dave Trittenbach.
For the 2013-2014 school year, at the request of the Upper Macungie Township Police Department, Senior Patrol Officer Raymond Bulger taught the D.A.R.E. Program in the Parkland School District for 5th graders at Fogelsville Elementary School and Fred J. Jaindl Elementary School.
In 2015, the Alburtis Police Department celebrated its 100th Anniversary along with Alburtis Fire Company #1. The police department has come along way since 1915, from one part time police officer in 1915 to a staff of 4 full time officers and 6 part time officers. The police department was considered part time, having the Pennsylvania State Police covering when no officer was on duty, until 2002, when a fourth full time officer was hired and the department started covering the borough 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
On September 1, 2017, Sergeant Jay Ruff retired from the police department after 43 years of dedicated service.
PAST POLICE CHIEFS
PT Chief Harold Blank (served 12 years as Chief); PT Officer Robert Geist
Chief Darryl Gambler
Chief Charles Hoffman ( -1971)
Chief Ray Fenstermacher (1972-1978)
Chief John Brown (1978-1982)
Sworn in on July 14, 1976 with Alburtis Police Department
Sworn in as Chief on January 3, 1978
Resigned from Department on July 14, 1982
Chief Kenneth Solomon (1982-2005)
Chief Robert J. Palmer II (2005-Current)
If you have any information on the history of the Alburtis Police Department, please contact us.
Ken Osmond (the actor who played Eddie Haskell in Leave it the Beaver) became a Los Angeles Police Officer after the show ended. He ended up being shot in the line of duty and survived because of his bullet proof vest. He is now retired.
As of 8/1/2016