Recognizing our Ferguson Township Police Department's achievements

Date: May 18, 2018

During National Police Week, we honored the Ferguson Township Police Department’s initiatives and achievements. 

The FTPD is the first municipal police department in the Centre Region to install both body and vehicle cameras. Training has begun and the cameras will be in operation by the end of May. Learn more

May 24 will mark the one-year anniversary of the department’s accreditation by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. The department will renew its accreditation each year, and the PLEAC will formally review the department for reaccreditation in 2020. Learn more

Sergeant Ryan Hendrick was honored as Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year. Crisis Intervention Team Training prepares first responders how to respond appropriately and compassionately to someone experiencing an emotional crisis. They learn how to effectively calm a person in crisis through verbal de-escalation and by using community resources.  

In the seven years that Centre County has had a Crisis Intervention Team Training Program, the CIT Officer of the Year award has been given to three of Ferguson Township’s first responders including Hendrick, who serves as Ferguson Township’s community relations officer. The previous FTPD winners were Travis Park in 2012 and Robert Glenny in 2016. Learn more

Ferguson Township welcomed a new Ordinance Officer, Serina Weaver, who reports jointly to the FTPD and the Department of Planning & Zoning. Learn more

Ferguson Township replaced its portable defibrillators with newer models equipped with the technology our first responders need to provide real-time information to the hospital receiving patients. With the help of Mt. Nittany Medical Center, which gave about $2,500 to purchase new batteries and pads for the older models, the Township donated the 11 refurbished AEDs to local athletic leagues and other organizations that otherwise would not have them. Learn more

Ferguson Township Police have established a cold case team to review the department’s open, unsolved major cases, including the disappearances of Jennifer Cahill Shadle and Cindy Song, as well as the homicide of Jean Tuggy. 

The team will reexamine each case, interview new and original witnesses, analyze evidence using new technology, and check for missed information – essentially looking at each case as though it’s new. Learn more

Ferguson Township Police Department’s Achievements, 2017