Welcome to Upper Merion Township, one of the most vibrant centers of business and recreation in Pennsylvania.
Upper Merion is a township in Montgomery County, roughly 17 square miles large and located in southeastern Pennsylvania, approximately 15 miles from Philadelphia. It is home to over 28,000 residents, hosts over 60,000 jobs, and offers over 9.5 million square feet of office space. It also contains Valley Forge National Historical Park, visited by over 1.2 million people per year, and the King of Prussia Mall, which is the nation’s largest shopping mall in terms of square footage of retail space.
To promote community vitality, economic prosperity, and cultural harmony, Upper Merion Township will provide services which are responsive to the health, safety, and general welfare needs of the community.
The township government is dedicated to providing these services through the efficient and effective use of the community’s available resources in an honest, open, and caring manner.
The Upper Merion Police Department is an accredited police agency committed to the following objectives that allow them to be a premiere law enforcement agency in the region:
- Problem Solving and Accountability
- Professionalism of Policing
- Building Trust and Legitimacy
- Critical Incident Preparedness
- Community Communications
The department strives to keep crime rates down while continuing to build the public’s trust. Ultimately they are committed to keeping residents and visitors safe while achieving and maintaining a superior quality of life within the community.
The 71 officer department is comprised of the Chief, a Captain, and six Lieutenants that command the Patrol, Investigations, Community Oriented Policing (COP), Auxiliary Services, and Administrative/Emergency Management Divisions. The Patrol Division is the largest division with officers separated into two platoons, which are each commanded by a Patrol Lieutenant. The Investigations Division has detectives conducting traditional investigative work and detectives assigned to a Special Investigations Unit that investigates vice crimes. The COP Division has officers in the Traffic Safety Unit that conduct accident investigations as well as officers in our COP Unit that deal with quality of life issues. The Auxiliary Services Division has our civilian support staff, including special officers, telecommunicators, and school crossing guards. Upper Merion is the only remaining self-dispatched agency in Montgomery County. Finally, our Administrative/Emergency Management Division handles all aspects of accreditation for the police department and emergency management for the entire township.
The police department has a number of specialized units including the Bike Unit, K-9 Patrol, Drone Unit, and is an active member of both the Montgomery County Major Incident Response Team (MIRT), and the Montgomery Country SWAT Central Region Team (MSWAT-CR).