Bensalem Township Police Department

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Bensalem Police Department
Abbreviation BPD
Motto Protect with Honor, Serve with Pride
Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania of Bucks County in the state of Pennsylvania, United States
General nature
Operational structure

Bensalem Township Municipal Building

2400 Byberry Rd
Police Officers 100+
Agency executive Frederick Harran, Director of Public Safety
Official Site
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Bensalem Police Department is the police department in Bensalem Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1951. The department has about 100 sworn officers and fifty support employees. It is one of the fifteen largest police departments in Pennsylvania.

Present-day Bensalem Police Department[edit]

The department is led by a director, currently, Frederick Harran. The department’s staff includes a deputy director and five sworn officers in the rank of lieutenant.


The department includes a number of divisions;

Patrol Division, with about 64 officers.

Motor Patrol, with five officers who use motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.

K-9 with five officers handling five dogs.

Accident Investigation with a dozen officers headed by a lieutenant.

Criminal Investigation, with a dozen officers and a civilian employee.

Special Victims’ Unit with five officers who focus on crimes against children.

Special Investigations Unit seven officers and two additional police dogs.


Honor Guard ten officers who support ceremonial functions.

Explorers, a branch of the Boy Scouts of America

Police Athletic League




Established in 1951 when Bensalem Township had 11,500 residents, the Bensalem Police began with one car and two police officers. By the 1970s, the department had grown rapidly numbering about 29 officers.Over the years, the department has retired over 28 police dogs, and has grown to over 100 officers. It has become the largest police department in Bucks County, ranking in the top 15 in Pennsylvania.

Officers killed

Officer Date of death Details
James Kenneth Armstrong
15 April 1975
Shot [1]
Robert N. Yezzi
12 August 1980
Struck by car [1]
  1. ^ a b Officer Down Memorial Page, retrieved 15 January 2013