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Morrisville Swears in New Chief of Police, Invites Public to Meet and Greet with New Department Leader



Morrisville Borough swore in its new Chief of Police Monday, Mayor Gary Wallace announced.

A social media post from Wallace highlighted the official ceremony with which will be followed with a ceremonial event open to the public on July 16 at Borough Hall, 7 p.m. .

Wallace addressing borough residents said:

Today, I had the immense pleasure of swearing in our new Police Chief, Rich Ciampa. Chief Ciampa comes to us with an impressive 25 years of law enforcement leadership, and we are confident that he will bring positive changes to our department.

Chief Ciampa’s experience, dedication, and fresh perspective are exactly what our community needs at this pivotal moment. His gesture towards the public on his very first day made a profound impression on everyone on the council. His commitment to transparency, community engagement, and effective policing is a testament to the bright future we envision for Morrisville.

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Our borough has experienced many changes in recent months, but amidst these transformations, I have witnessed a growing sense of positive energy and confidence within our community. This new chapter presents an incredible opportunity for us to come together and build a stronger, safer, and more united Morrisville. I am super excited to work with Chief Ciampa on making Morrisville Borough a safe and collaborative community.

Let’s welcome Chief Ciampa with open arms and support him as he takes on this important role. Together, we can achieve great things and ensure a thriving community for all.

I also want to invite all residents to join us on Tuesday, July 16th, at 7 PM at Morrisville Borough Hall for the ceremonial swearing-in of Chief Ciampa. It will be a wonderful opportunity to come together and show our support for our new Police Chief.

The announcement was met with congratulations and welcomes by the Morrisville community.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Morrisville Borough

“We are Here for You and We Hear You” New Morrisville Chief of Police Says at Ceremony



Morrisville Borough’s new Police Chief was ceremonially sworn in at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

With family, friends and former colleagues on hand to witness, Rich Ciampa (pronounced see-ahm-pa) was formally sworn in by Mayor Gary Wallace. He was officially sworn on last week. 

Credit: Joanne Ames Lower Bucks Source

Ciampa spoke briefly afterwards, addressing the public and council, thanking everyone for being there and also the warm welcome to Morrisville. Ciampa spoke of his hopes of not only being the police chief but a new member of the community, which everyone has made him feel that way. “I look forward to the working relationship. I think it’ll be fantastic. I think we will move in great directions and we are going to work together.”

Credit: Joanne Ames Lower Bucks Source

While thanking his old and new law enforcement colleagues, Ciampa thanked several people including interim Chief Simpson, Morrisville’s interim police chief for his guidance and also steering the department in the right direction.

Credit: Joanne Ames Lower Bucks Source

In thanking his family, he touched on a law enforcement officer’s sacrifices such as birthdays, holidays and special days but acknowledged an officer’s family’s sacrifices, thanking his wife, and telling the crowd of her support and sacrifices she has made through his career. “…She is my force.”

In closing, Ciampa addressed the community of Morrisville, “We are here for you and we hear you. This community will have a voice and I promise, I will listen.” “……We will do this together.”

In other Council news, Jim Dillon, Bristol Borough’s manager, also introduced  as Morrisville Borough’s manager on an interim basis. This role will be in addition to his existing role in Bristol Borough. The agreement between the two boroughs comes on the heels of Judith Danko’s resignation from the role of lead administrator.

Also, in the Council news a sketch plan presentation of Dunkin Donuts, which is seeking to move from the corner gas station to across Bridge St. to the Mill Pond Center as a drive-through Dunkin business. After some discussion regarding parking, trash and traffic, the architect presenting the plan said a traffic study would be done, but was vague when pressed for a time frame. This has yet to go through the process of presenting to planning and zoning, officials said.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Falls Township

Two in Custody after Police Chase Rips Through Lower Bucks Saturday Night



Two men are in custody, early Sunday with a third identified, as a result of a police chase that started in New Jersey Saturday night around 7:30 p.m., law enforcement officials said.

New Jersey State Police were pursuing a red vehicle into Bucks County through sections of Morrisville Borough, Falls Township, and ending in Lower Makefield Township (LMT). The vehicle was abandoned and the suspect(s) reportedly fled on foot.

LMT police Chief Ken Coluzzi said late Saturday,  New Jersey State Police were leading the investigation as the chase is believed to have started with an armed carjacking in New Jersey.

The beginning of the pursuit by police in Morrisville lit up social media for at least 90 minutes with a New Jersey State Police helicopter pursuing the chase from above and attempting to block the vehicle’s entrance onto 295 from the  Route 1/Oxford Valley Road location. LMT officials took precautionary measures issuing a shelter-in-place, which lasted for about 20 minutes and was lifted once no threat to the public existed, officials said. 

Credit: Kelly Yura – Morrisville PA Town Watch FB Comment

People on social media commented on the sirens, police chase, helicopters, and bridges closed to NJ. Pictures showed helicopters over the bridges and armed police activity on the street combing the area for the suspects who fled on foot. Tipsters on the Lower Bucks Source Meta page helped to pinpoint the actual location of the police activity, Route 1/Oxford Valley Road interchange, where police were seen loading the red vehicle they chased onto a flatbed tow truck. 

Credit: Todd Ecksel

During the hot pursuit, police and the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission reportedly  blocked its bridges so the fleeing vehicle would not escape into Trenton, officials said

New Jersey State Police did not respond to requests for comment on the chase or the identities of the suspects taken into custody as of publication time.

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Morrisville Borough Police Reports: Vehicle Egged, Retail Theft Warrants Issued for Stealing from Giant and More




Morrisville Borough Police Reports: July 2, 2024 – July 8, 2024

Warrant/Retail Theft – 07/02/24 @ 16:10 – A Warrant has been issued for a 44 year old male for stealing merchandise stolen from the Giant Food Store.  Value:  $285.10

Warrant/Retail Theft – 07/02/24 @ 21:50 – A Warrant has been issued for a 59 year old male for stealing merchandise from the Giant Food Store on 05/30/24 and 07/01/24.  Total Value:  $139.93

Arrest/Retail Theft/Summons – 07/03/24 @ 11:15 – A 70 year old male and 64 year old female were arrested for stealing merchandise from the Giant Food Store.  They were processed and released.  On 07/08/24 they were identified for other theft incidents at the store on 05/15/24, 06/01/24, 07/01/24 and 07/05/24.  Warrants will be issued for their arrest. Total Value:  $676.29

Summons/Retail Theft – 07/03/24 @ 15:50 – A 44 year old female will receive a court summons for stealing merchandise from the Giant Food Store. Value: $474.58

Arrest/Harassment – 07/04/24 @ 12:05 – A 44 year old male was cited for an incident that occurred on the 500 block of Wilk Drive.

Arrest/Disorderly Conduct – 07/03/24 @ 20:07 – A 34 year old male was cited for an incident that occurred on the 100 block of Robertson Avenue.

Motor Vehicle Theft – 07/04/24 @ 12:20 – Report of a Ford Explorer Spot Trac was stolen on the 500 block of Osborne Avenue.  Vehicle was recovered by Falls Township Police at 22:54 on US Route 1 North. Value:  $6,500.00

Warrant/Simple Assault/Other Charges – 07/05/24 @ 12:35 – A Warrant has been issued for a 41 year old male for an incident that occurred at Smokin Joe’s II on the 100 block of E. Bridge Street.

Arrest/Retail Theft/Public Drunkenness – 07/05/24 @ 22:45 – A 26 year old male was arrested for stealing alcohol and intoxication after an incident at the Giant Food Store.  He was processed and released.  Also, a 35 year old male was cited for intoxication.   Value:  $25.00

Bicycle Thefts – 07/05/24 @ 23:11 – Report of a Pink/White Genesis Mountain Bike and Blue/Pink Schwinn Mountain Bike stolen on the 400 block of N. Pennsylvania Avenue.  Value:  $840.00

Arrest/Public Drunkenness – 07/06/24 @ 01:34 – A 35 year old male and 26 year old male were cited for an incident outside the Robert Morris Tavern on the unit block of E. Bridge Street.

Retail Theft – 07/06/24 @ 15:58 – Report of merchandise stolen from the Giant Food Store.  Value:  $367.66

Retail Theft – 07/06/24 @ 19:33 – Report of beverages stolen from the Garden Farm Market on E. Trenton Avenue.  Value:  $22.26

Theft – 07/06/24 @ 20:00 – Report of an employee’s purse and money stolen from the Giant Farm Market on E. Trenton Avenue.  Value:  $290.00

Arrest/Simple Assault/Other Charges – 07/07/24 @ 01:43 – A 37 year old male was arrested for an incident that occurred on the 100 block of Robertson Avenue.  He was processed and sent to Bucks County Prison.

Arrest/Terroristic Threats – 07/07/24 @ 19:06 – A 43 year old female was arrested for an incident on the 300 block of Clymer Avenue.  She was processed and released.

Criminal Mischief to Motor Vehicle – 07/08/24 @ 08:29 – Report of a vehicle being egged during the overnight hours on the 500 block of Woodland Avenue.

Warrant/Receiving Stolen Property/Other Charges – 07/08/24 @ 13:31 – A Warrant has been issued for a 35 year old male following an incident that occurred on the unit block of N. Delmorr Avenue on 06/20/24.

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