Upper Macungie Forces Maxatawny to Form new Police Force

Upper Macungie’s withdrawal from the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police has forced other members of the force to start new departments, too.


Maxatawny Township has taken the first steps to creating its own police force, following Upper Macungie’s example.

After decided to leave the Berks-Leigh Regional Police coverage, which also includes Maxatawny Township and the boroughs of Topton and Lyons, the police commission voted unanimously to .

Now, Maxatawny supervisors voted 3-0 to form a new force for that township, according to Berks-Mont news.

Justin Yaich, Maxatawny Township Manager said Upper Macungie Township’s withdrawal from the Berks-Lehigh forced the other members to make their own arrangements.

Upper Macungie pays the for the police force.

“Maxatawny Township is prepared to make proposals to our Berks County neighboring municipalities,” Yaich said.

Upper Macungie has already started the process of creating its own force, including hiring a police chief, , the current station commander at Troop M state police barracks in Fogelsville.

Berks-Lehigh police will continue to serve until Dec. 31, 2012. On Jan. 1


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