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Council to Talk About Hiring Process of New Police Chief Next Week

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The official deliberation process of picking the next Bristol Borough Chief of Police will begin at next weeks borough council meeting.

Outgoing Police Chief Steve Henry, announced last month he will officially retire in November after six plus years of leading the department. 

Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe said recently he was “shocked” by the chiefs plan to retire in November.

When asked what will the hiring process be like for the next police chief, DiGuiseppe said we’ll begin discussions about that at next months council meeting.

Henry, who was hired by Bristol in 2016, replaced Arnold Porter in the position, who had been police chief of the department for 14 years.

Sgt Joe Moors giving young girl her free rides bracelet

Second in the line of command at the department, Sgt Joe Moors said about Henry’s retirement. “I want to thank Chief Henry for all his years working in law enforcement, especially the last six here with us in Bristol Borough. I wish him well in his retirement.”

Moors, locals say, should be considered to be the next chief with his three decades plus of service to the borough. Moors would not comment about the position or if he intends to apply for the position.

For Henry, locals point to his leadership for the success of last summers protest march in Bristol. Organizers said at the time, Henry was a key element in helping to have the protest held in the borough without incident. With an atmosphere of fear hanging in the air as some businesses boarded up windows and entrance ways, Henry’s participation in meetings with organizers “paved the way for a peaceful day” with thousands flooding Bristol for the peaceful protest.

Subsequently, Henry was hailed for his work on the protest by officials and organizers of the peace rally.

Morris Derry CEO of No More Pain, Inc said at the time, this day couldn’t have happened without the input and hard work of Chief Henry.

“We’re losing a good man,” said DiGuiseppe.

Henry is set to officially retire on November 17, 2021.

 

 

 

 

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State Grant Presented to Bristol Area Fire Companies by Santarsiero, Davis

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State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representative Tina Davis (D-141) visited four Bristol fire companies Thursday to announce state grant awards to support public safety and the work of the fire companies.

The four awards are as follows:

“Our local volunteer fire companies, the firefighters, administrators, and support personnel, sacrifice so much to protect us all,” said Rep. Davis. “This state funding will help them obtain the equipment that they need to do their job a little more safely and effectively. Thank you to these amazing individuals for their selfless dedication to keeping our community safe.”

“Our volunteer firefighters do tremendous work, putting the community first to keep us safe,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “I was happy to support these funds for equipment upgrades at four companies that serve Bristol Borough and Bristol Township, ensuring these brave men and women have the necessary resources to continue to serve the community.  It is critical we continue to support our fire companies and volunteer firefighters who work tirelessly on the front line to protect us.”

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Street Sweeper Operations Suspended for Sections of Bristol Borough

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Bristol Borough officials announced late Wednesday that due to paving operations in the west ward, street sweeping would cease for one week and restart operations the week of July 24 on those streets.

“Due to paving, the street sweeper will not be sweeping these streets on Thursday and Friday, July 18th and 19th of this week:  Mifflin St., Linden St., Locust St., Maple St. and Green St.  The regular schedule will resume next week,” said a press release from the Bristol Borough Police Department.

 

Paving work being performed in Bristol Borough Wednesday
Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

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Fishing with a Cop Reels in September Date

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The Bristol Borough Police Benevolent Association (BBPBA) announced details for this years “Fishing with a Cop” scheduled for next month at the Delaware Canal Lagoon on Jefferson Avenue.

PBA President, and “acting’ Sergeant Chuck Palmer went before Council last week to receive their support for the event, which he received enthusiastically.

September 7  from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Palmer said, is the date of the event and a rain date (Sept 8) has been added this year because of rain at last year’s event.

“We’ve gotten a lot of donations this year from locals, out of towners and businesses this year,” Palmer said.

Applications are available now at the Bristol Borough Police Department, 250 Pond Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with a deadline of August 24 to apply. 

Face painting, a D.J., and the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office Dept with its K-9 unit will be on hand.

Fishing gear for children is free and this is a 12 and under event for kids living in Bristol Borough.

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