Jeff Stacey Recognized for Service at Radnor Township Board of Commissioners Meeting
Radnor, PA (September 14, 2020) - The Radnor Township Board of Commissioners recognized Jeff Stacey, founder of Radnor Citizen’s Police Organization (RCPO), during its bi-weekly public meeting held at the Radnor Township Municipal Building on September 14.
“Jeff has put a tireless amount of time and dedication in founding the RCPO and ensuring it continues to have success in making Radnor Township a safer place for all residents,” said Chris Kelleher, Treasurer of RCPO.
Mr. Stacey is a twenty-year resident of Radnor Township where he proudly raised his two children. Mr. Stacey served on the Board of the Radnor Soccer Club and ran multiple age groups. For many years he was a dedicated Radnor Wayne Little League baseball coach.
In 2012, Mr. Stacey was running the Radnor Town Watch Program when he suggested the concept of RCPO. In 2015, in collaboration with the Radnor Police Department, Township leaders, and the Board of Commissioners, the RCPO was formed. The program was designed to build and foster a positive relationship between the community and law enforcement. Members are comprised of volunteers from the Township who complete a nine-week course including classroom instruction and practical field exercises to gain a working knowledge of the Radnor Township Police Department and learn more about the issues that affect law enforcement in Radnor Township and also throughout the country.
"Jeff himself may feel that what he has accomplished is a single drop within Radnor Township. But Radnor Township would be less because of that missing drop. A single drop can have a ripple effect on the community, and that drop will be missed” said Patty Ceppa, RCPO Vice President.
Members of the RCPO have worked with law enforcement to assist in public safety and crowd control in major events such as the Papal visit in 2015, annual events such as Wheels Wayne and the Radnor Pumpkin Patch, weather disasters, traffic control and nights such as New Year’s Eve and Mischief Night.
Mr. Stacey was instrumental in expanding the RCPO to include several other important initiatives. In 2015, the Radnor Township Citizens Police Academy (CPA) was formed followed by the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in 2016. The CPA is a program designed to provide participants with a working knowledge of the Radnor Township Police Department. The main goal of the CPA is to provide the residents of Radnor Township a higher level of knowledge and insight into the workings of their police department. The CERT program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This course is designed to help participants learn to protect themselves, their family, neighbors and neighborhood in an emergency. CERT members receive 17 1/2 hours (one day a week for seven weeks) of initial training. It is free for residents of Delaware County over the age of 18.
“Mr. Stacey brought the idea of citizens becoming partners with their police department and it was a success. Through his volunteerism, he helped lead the CPA program and introduced a new way to get involved with our community. He is a tribute to modern day community policing concepts and true community leader” noted Superintendent of Police Christopher B. Flanagan.
In socially distanced attendance to support Mr. Stacey at Monday’s recognition ceremony were his family, friends and uniformed RCPO members as well as Township and RPD officials. The ceremony was also aired live on the Radnor Township You Tube Chanel, Radnor Township Comcast Channel 21, Verizon Channel 21. After the event, Mr. Stacey received well wishes at the Wayne Picnic Grove Tent on North Wayne Avenue with friends, family and RCPO colleagues. Best of luck to Mr. Stacey as he begins a new chapter out of state and leaves the programs he founded in the safe and capable hands of those he trained.
ABOUT RADNOR TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT: Police Superintendent Christopher Flanagan oversees the Department which is staffed by 44 sworn Officers as well as full and part-time civilian staff which consists of: 1 Supervisor of Parking and Auxiliary Services; 2 Administrative Assistants; 4 Part Time Meter Inspectors; and 9 Crossing Guards. Officers are assigned to either the Detective Bureau, Highway Patrol or Patrol Divisions. The Radnor Police Department also maintains a Motor Unit, 4 K9 Officers, a Bike Patrol Unit, 2 Officers trained in Motor Carrier Safety (MCSAP), 6 SWAT Officers who are members of the Central Delaware County SWAT Team, 7 Major Incident Response Team (MIRT) Officers, as well as Officers who participate in the Delaware County Drug Task Force. The cornerstone of the Radnor Police Department is community based and oriented policing.
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