Plymouth Township
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Police Department

A Message from the Chief of Police-18 May 2020

A time of accomplishment and a time for reflection.

On behalf of the entire Plymouth Township Police Department, I would like to take a moment to honor and congratulate the class of 2020. Whether you are graduating from high school, a technical institute or a college or university; there is nothing that can stand in the way of your amazing accomplishment. Certainly not COVID-19.  I, along with my officers, wish you the best of luck as you move on to the next phase in your journey.

I am aware that the vast majority of you are disappointed at not being able to celebrate in the way that you deserve. Remember that this is true for your families as well.  As the Chief of Police there is a lesson that I have learned over the years that I would like to share.  Almost without exception, all major accomplishments are achieved through the effort of many and rarely by the performance on an individual alone. This is certainly true in law enforcement, and it is also likely true with your graduation. Take the time to thank the loved ones who have helped you along the way.

To the high school seniors, the options before you are all honorable. Some will head to work, others to higher education and some of you to the armed forces. The men and women of the Plymouth Township Police Department have come from all three paths. Each path brings a unique skill set and we are better off as a unit with the inclusion of these different backgrounds.

To those graduating from higher education, perhaps you have never thought of a career in law enforcement. I ask that you consider joining us in an honorable career based on service and sacrifice.

If you have any interest in a career in law enforcement, contact the Plymouth Township Police Department at 610.279.1901 and ask for Lieutenant Jeffrey OBrien. As always, if you are having any difficulties during this pandemic and we can be of assistance, please reach out as well. We are fully staffed, fully functional and we stand ready to assist.

Chief John C. Myrsiades

A Message from the Chief of Police-11 May 2020

For the better part of two months, I have been reaching out to the community with the hope of keeping our citizens and business partners informed about the operations of the police department during this pandemic. Today, I wanted to take a moment to write about something even more important, though obviously a day late: Happy Mother’s Day.

To all of the mothers who continue to be the backbone and the source of strength in both our homes and our community, I would like to express the gratitude of the entire Plymouth Township Police Department. As if your days were not full enough already, now many of you have added full time teacher, counselor, nurse (and in my house) IT technician to your daily job description. A trip to the grocery store is better described as a mission. You are now qualified to work as an expert in the field of infectious disease; many responsibilities have been added, none have been taken away.

I am sure that many of you did not spend the day with your family in the traditional way that you deserve. Some of your families may be directly impacted by this health crisis; unfortunately, some of you may be ill. The men and women of the Plymouth Township Police Department wish you health and the same strength that you have given to others over the years. We honored you yesterday. We honor you today. May we do a better job of honoring you in the future.

Please contact the Plymouth Township Police Department at 610.279.1901 and ask for Lieutenant Jeffrey OBrien with any non-traditional police requests.

Women’s Center of Montgomery County (Domestic Assistance)- 1.800.773.2424

 

Chief John C. Myrsiades

 

A Message from the Chief of Police-04 May 2020

As we enter the month of May, it is difficult for me to believe that this will be the eighth week that I have posted a message to the Plymouth Township community during this current health crisis. I thought in early March it was important that I reach out to our citizens, and I still feel that it is important today. One of my core beliefs is that the Plymouth Township Police Department must be accessible and as transparent as possible. These weekly messages to the residents, and our business partners, are just a small part of my overall philosophy in having an open line of communication.

The month of May is going to be a time of transition. A number of current restrictions are beginning to ease in over twenty counties throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I am aware that this transition is welcome to many families and concerning to others. It is important to recognize that Montgomery County is not yet included, and we will remain in what is commonly referred to as phase red status. Most of the restrictions in effect last week will remain in place for this county and much of the region. I strongly encourage you to continue to listen to the guidance provided by the health experts. I ask that you fight the complacency that is trying to creep in.

The Plymouth Township Police Department continues to respond to reports involving COVID-19 violations by both businesses and residents.   I take these complaints very seriously. However, I am making every effort to avoid a heavy-handed enforcement approach and I have chosen to seek voluntary compliance through communication. I am proud of the results and the cooperation that I have been receiving.

The Plymouth Township Police Department continues to be fully staffed. There has never been any reductions in service. I am thankful to report that there has not been any missed shifts due to illness from this pandemic within the Plymouth Township Police Department. I wish the same for all of you as well.

Please contact the Plymouth Township Police Department at 610.279.1901 and ask for Lieutenant Jeffrey OBrien with any non-traditional police requests. I wanted to keep the following contacts attached to this message for at least another week.

Women’s Center of Montgomery County (Domestic Assistance)- 1.800.773.2424

Montgomery County Emergency Services (Mental Health Assistance)-610.279.6100

Chief John C. Myrsiades

A Message from the Chief of Police-27 April 2020

During the current COVID- 19 crisis that is deeply impacting this country and this region, the Police Department still has the obligation to respond to our citizens and businesses who need assistance. Although the manner in which we conduct our operations may have been adjusted in some instances, let me assure you that we are still defending those who need us now more than ever.

Two specific areas of concern for our Department, with or without COVID-19, are domestic issues and those involving individuals who may be experiencing a mental health crisis. Many families have strained relations even without the increased stress that we are all facing. My goal is always to offer assistance to families in need before a serious or criminal act occurs.  I ask that all families take the time to pause and seek help when needed. The Plymouth Township Police Department stands ready to respond and offer referrals and resources.

Families dealing with a member who may be having a mental health crisis are also likely to be experiencing an increased need for assistance. Once again we stand ready to respond and help. You and your families are not alone. At the bottom of this message are excellent resources to contact. As always, during a non-emergency situation, you can always contact the Plymouth Township Police Department at 610.279.1901 and ask for the on-duty Lieutenant.

The Plymouth Township Police Department remains fully staffed with no reductions in service. I am once again thankful for another week with no shifts missed due to illness. I have been fortunate to repeat this to you for several weeks now.  The health and welfare of my officers is of the utmost importance to both me and the other leadership of Plymouth Township.

Please contact the Plymouth Township Police Department at 610.279.1901 and ask for Lieutenant Jeffrey OBrien with any non-traditional police requests.

Women’s Center of Montgomery County (Domestic Assistance)- 1.800.773.2424

Montgomery County Emergency Services (Mental Health Assistance)-610.279.6100

Chief John C. Myrsiades

 

A Message from the Chief of Police-20 April 2020

Hope. Optimism. Concern and Caution. These are four words that come to mind on this, the 20TH day of April 2020.

I hope that you and your family have managed to stay safe and healthy. I also hope that you have taken the time to still find some happiness during these extraordinary times. Many of us still have a lot to be thankful for. However, this week has brought more hardship to the United States and this Commonwealth. Plymouth Township has also not been spared. For the individual families directly impacted, you have the thoughts and prayers of my entire department.

Optimism is defined differently than hope.  Optimism includes an element of confidence about the future. I have this confidence, specifically as it applies to Plymouth Township and our ability to get through this together. This is an amazing community and I am humbled by the acts of generosity and kindness that I witness on a daily basis.

I am aware that many parts of the United States are experiencing this pandemic differently than we are here in Montgomery County. I am also aware of a growing movement to return to life with fewer restrictions in the near future. This is a personal decision and I do not stand in judgement of anyone’s thoughts or opinions. I just have concerns that people may become complacent as more time passes and I caution you to do the right thing if you must go out into the community. Montgomery County is still experiencing what I consider a significant number of cases each and every day. I ask that each of us follow the advice of the Health Department officials as it relates to necessary travel, social distancing and the wearing of face masks.

The Plymouth Township Police Department is still fully staffed with no reductions in service. I am thankful for another week with no shifts missed due to illness. However, in the last 24 hours two of my officers had direct contact with a subject who has since tested positive for Covid-19. The contact was during a priority call and protective gear was in place. The officers involved had no additional contact with the public and I am working with the experts in the Health Department for guidance on how to proceed.

I will once again repeat that if you are aware of any members of our community that may be in need of non-emergency assistance, please contact the Plymouth Township Police Department at 610.279.1901 and ask for the on duty Lieutenant. The police department stands ready to assist our residents even with non-traditional requests.

Chief John C. Myrsiades

 

A Message from the Chief of Police-13 April 2020

It is a rainy, dreary Monday. The United States and this community are dealing with a crisis that none of us have ever experienced before. Many of us have just had a holiday pass while others are still observing a time of religious importance. Many of us did not get a chance to celebrate in the tradition of family and friends that we have become accustomed to. It is a time of concern and anxiety for many, and yet I am thankful.

I am thankful for the nurses and doctors who are truly the ones fighting this pandemic at a great personal cost. I am thankful for the medics of the Plymouth Ambulance Company. I am thankful for the volunteers of the Harmonville and Plymouth Fire Companies who are still responding as needed. I am thankful for the grocery store clerks, truck drivers and all of the others who are doing their part in this unprecedented time. There are too many to mention. I am thankful for those who do their part by staying home and following the other guidelines set forth by the health experts.  I am thankful for the Township Manager and elected officials who are working with and supporting me in my never ending attempts to provide protective gear to my officers. I am yet again thankful to this entire community and the support they have given to the Plymouth Township Police Department.

I want to once again assure you that the Plymouth Township Police Department continues to be fully staffed with no reductions in service. I am once again thankful for another week in which I did not have any officer miss any duty time due to illness.

I want to remind you that if you are aware of any members of our community that may be in need of non-emergency assistance, please contact the Plymouth Township Police Department at 610.279.1901 and ask for the on duty Lieutenant. The police department stands ready to assist our residents even with non-traditional requests.

Montgomery County- https://www.montcopa.org/513/Public-Health,

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania- https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Center for Disease Control- https://www.cdc.gov/

https://www.scribd.com/document/452553026/UPDATED-2-30pm-March-24-2020-Industry-Operation-Guidance

Chief John C. Myrsiades

 

A Message from the Chief of Police-06 April 2020

On this Monday in early April, I am reminded that this is a week of faith for many in Plymouth Township and the surrounding community. For me personally, I would like to think that my faith has not necessarily been restored, but I do believe that it has been reinvigorated. It has been another week where I have witnessed so many selfless acts by so many people. The outpouring of support that my officers receive on a daily basis is almost beyond description. Just this week a local resident dropped off dozens of homemade cloth masks for not only my officers, but for their families as well. The only thing she asked in return was for a promise to call her if we ever needed more. This is only one example of the generosity that I have seen firsthand.

As most of you are already aware, many experts have predicted that this week and the next one will likely be worse than those that have already passed. I ask each and every one of you to continue to follow the safety guidelines repeatedly put out by the health professionals. Stay home, keep your distance, and wear a mask when you must go outside. The vast majority of you are doing so, but there are still many who are not.

The Police Department continues to be fully staffed with no reductions in service. I am thankful for another week in which I did not have any shifts missed due to illness.  I am aware that not every household in Plymouth Township has been as fortunate. Our thoughts are with you.

If you are aware of any resident who may be in need of non-emergency assistance, please contact the Plymouth Township Police Department at 610.279.1901 and ask for the on duty Lieutenant. If a neighbor is having difficulty in buying food, or paying a utility bill, my Department stands ready to try and assist.

Montgomery County- https://www.montcopa.org/513/Public-Health,

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania- https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Center for Disease Control- https://www.cdc.gov/

https://www.scribd.com/document/452553026/UPDATED-2-30pm-March-24-2020-Industry-Operation-Guidance

Chief John C. Myrsiades

 

A Message from the Chief of Police-30 March 2020

Once again, I wanted to reach out to the Plymouth Township residents and our business partners for the third time in as many weeks. Another week of hardship for many and another week of immense pride for me personally. I am proud of this community for their continued support of the women and men of this Department. It is well known that you can learn all that you need to know about a person, or a community, during a time of crisis. Over the last few weeks, I have learned a lot. The support and the generosity have humbled me and I am truly grateful.

The elected officials, Township Manager, Department leaders and I all continue to meet on a daily basis. I also remain in daily contact with our partners at the County, State and Federal level. This was the case last week, and it will continue on this week and as long as necessary.

I am also pleased to report on another issue that is unchanged from last week. My Department remains fully staffed with no reductions in service. Since my message a week ago, the Plymouth Township Police Department has not had any officer miss a shift due to illness.  We have also obtained additional personal protective equipment to safeguard our employees, while always being mindful that other emergency workers are in need of this very same type of equipment. I am doing my best to protect this community through protecting my Department, in a way that is just, moral and responsible.

If you are aware of any resident, elderly or those with special needs, who may be in need of non-emergency assistance, please contact the Plymouth Township Police Department at 610.279.1901 and ask for the on duty Lieutenant. My Department stands ready to assist with services that may not normally be considered a law enforcement function. I have also included a link to the Governor’s business closure directive as it has been a source of confusion for many.

Montgomery County- https://www.montcopa.org/513/Public-Health,

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania- https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Center for Disease Control- https://www.cdc.gov/

https://www.scribd.com/document/452553026/UPDATED-2-30pm-March-24-2020-Industry-Operation-Guidance

Chief John C. Myrsiades

 

A Message from the Chief of Police-23 March 2020

As we enter another week of uncertainty for our community, I once again wanted to take the time to reach out to the citizens and our business partners in Plymouth Township. Over the last several days my department has been contacted multiple times with offers of assistance and I, along with my officers, are truly thankful.

On a daily basis, I meet with the Township Manager, Council members and the leaders of the various departments to work on any current issues. From the beginning, the Township has taken the Covid-19 threat seriously and has acted accordingly. I am also in constant contact with our County and State partners throughout the day.

The Police Department continues to operate, fully staffed and with no reduction in services. Over the last week, we have been able to obtain additional personal protective gear for our officers. This equipment will keep the officers and the community safer as we move forward.

We remain open and ready to serve. Feel free to contact the Plymouth Township Police Department at 610.279.1901 if you have any non-emergency needs. Ask for the on duty Lieutenant for assistance. As always, in an emergency call 911.

I would again like to remind you that additional information can be located through our partners at the County, State and Federal levels.

Montgomery County- https://www.montcopa.org/513/Public-Health,

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania- https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Center for Disease Control- https://www.cdc.gov/

Thank You

John C. Myrsiades

Chief of Police

A Message from the Chief of Police

During this time of uncertainty for both this region and our nation, I wanted to take a moment to reach out to the residents of Plymouth Township and those who come under our care.

My first priority is to assure you that the men and women of the Plymouth Township Police Department are committed to providing you with the services that you have come to expect and deserve. The Police Department is still fully operational with no interruptions to service. The department’s staffing levels have not been affected and protective gear has been issued.

Out of an abundance of caution, some restrictions have been placed on access to the Plymouth Township municipal building; however citizens still have full access to the Police Department.

I would also like to remind you that additional information can be located through our partners at the County, State and Federal levels.

Montgomery County- https://www.montcopa.org/513/Public-Health,

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania- https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Center for Disease Control- https://www.cdc.gov/

During these times of concern, I would like to assure you that the Plymouth Township Police Department stands with you and remains ready to fulfill our mission.

Thank You

John C. Myrsiades

Chief of Police

Plymouth Township Police Department
700 Belvoir Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
(610)279-1901

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