Chief Stump made it clear on his first day as Chief that the goal of the Springettsbury Township Police Department is to provide our community with the best professional service, to develop partnerships by placing deeper roots into our community, and to have a strong level of trust between the community and the police department.
In February 2016, Springettsbury Township Police Department voluntarily partnered with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center. (The 30th Police Department in the entire country to partner with them.) Per Chief Stump’s request, a team from the DOJ Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center and Transparency Matters LLC. spent hundreds of hours interviewing a wide variety of community members and organizations as well as reviewing Springettsbury Police Departments policies, procedures, rules of conduct, training, reports, citizen complaints, internal affairs, use of force reports, and community relations.
As a way to be transparent and build the level of trust with the community, the final report was provided to the community at a Town Hall meeting in November 2016. Chief Stump has worked with the DOJ since that time, and in April 2018, he completed every recommendation made by the DOJ. Springettsbury Police Department has trained all its officers and many surrounding police departments in procedural justice and implicit bias. The Springettsbury Township Police Department operates under the following guiding principles: we are here to serve our community; every member of the community deserves to be heard; they deserve a fair and neutral police department; they deserve a professional officer who knows the laws and will not only enforce the laws, but protect each person’s individual rights and treat them with dignity and respect no matter the circumstances.