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August 21, 2014, 2:00 pm

Police, community join forces to battle crime

The 14th Police District is being proactive about crime. For this reason there are regularly scheduled Police Service Area, or PSA, meetings throughout the district on a regular basis. There was a Captain’s Town Hall Meeting held at the H&H Community Center, Limekiln Pike and Haines Street on Thursday, March 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On hand for the session was 14th Police District Captain Joel Dales, the new Lt. Anthony Buchanico as well as longtime community relations officers Calvin Johns. In the audience were blocks captains, concerned citizens, committee persons and representatives from the Northwest Community Coalition for Youth (NCCY).

“We need your help in giving us information,” said 14th Police District Captain Joel Dales Jr., noting that the “hot spot” of the entire Northwest police district was the area around 74th and Andrew avenues in West Oak Lane.

“Please call me with your concerns because I am here to address them,” said Buchanico. He said that he can be reached at 267-357-1449 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Among the hand-outs that were distributed at the town hall session were a burglary alert, victims’ assistance programs, legal issues regarding pets, Crime Watch and controlling key duplication. It was announced that the 5th Annual Mayor’s Spring Clean-Up would take place from 6200 Chew Ave. on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The next major event will be a “Chat & Chew” for the 14th Police District, the Police Advisory Board, Town Watch members and concerned citizens at the district office located at 43 W. Haines St. on Monday, April 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Open enrollment for Town Watch and PDAC groups will be held during the session.

The next PSA 1 meeting will be held at the Germantown Field Community Room, Sedgwick will be held at the Germantown Jewish Center, 400 W. Ellet St. on Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m., and the PSA 3 meeting will be held at the same location on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

The PSA 4 meeting will be held at the Mount Airy Presbyterian Church, 13 E. Mount Pleasant Ave. on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. The next Captain’s Town Hall Meeting and meeting for PSA 2 will be held at the New Jerusalem Church, 14 E. Clapier St. in Germantown on Thursday, April 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Previous PSA meetings were held during March. There was a meeting for PSA 2 held at the St. Luke’s Church, 5421 Germantown Ave. in Lower Germantown with Lt. Brian Murphy on Thursday, March 22. The PSA 4 meeting was held on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Ave. in Mount Airy, with Buchanico on Wednesday, March 28.

“These meetings offer residents of the 14th Police District an opportunity to meet with your PSA lieutenants and to form open lines of communication with their community police officers,” said state Rep. Cherelle Parker of Mount Airy. “PSA meetings are also an opportunity for you to voice any concern or complaints you have about your neighborhoods.” To identify the PSA in your area, visit or call the 14th Police District at 215-686-3140.