Divisions and Units

The Norristown Police Department is comprised of three major divisions: Administrative Division; Patrol Division; and Criminal Investigations Division. These divisions work collaboratively with the public to address service and public safety matters. (See links on the left for unit information.)

NPD group
Administrative Division 

The administrative division is responsible for administrative functions of NPD. The administrative division commander holds the rank of Captain, who supervises records, parking enforcement, information technology, and is responsible for oversight of purchases, expenditures, and overall budget. 

Patrol Division

The patrol division is responsible and tasked with the initial response to any call for service. The primary task of the patrol division is the immediate protection of life and property, whether in an emergency or in situations which may become emergent without police intervention. 

  • Staff
    Uniformed officers, working in shifts, to provide police services to the citizens of Norristown, and anyone else within the boundaries of the municipality.


  • Services & Goals
    These services are provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is always the goal of the division to intercede before situations get out of control, and to deescalate situations that are already out of control, as quickly and professionally as possible, in accordance with the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, while enforcing all laws and municipal ordinances.


  • Patrol Candidates
    To be considered a candidate for a police officer position these minimum requirements must be met:
     
    Be at least 21 years of age before the deadline for submitting completed applications;
     
    Be a U.S. citizen;
     
    Possess a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.);
     
    Possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license prior to appointment; and 
     
    Be physically and mentally fit to perform the duties of police officer.
     
    All applicants must either have successfully completed the training and education prescribed by the Municipal Police Education and Training Act (Act 120), 53 Pa.C.S.A. § 2161 et seq., or  be eligible for Act 120 Certification.


Criminal Investigations Division

The Criminal Investigations Division (detectives) is responsible for major case investigations and follow-up investigations to lesser offenses. 

  • Staff
    Staffed by seven full-time detectives and the CID Commander, these sworn officers have diverse backgrounds and expertise in different areas. Their expertise, combined with their experience and drive are leading factors in the Norristown Police Department having one of the highest clearance rates for crimes committed. 


  • Cases
    Each detective is assigned to concentrate primarily on one specific type of crime from the following:

    Assault, burglary, juvenile, robbery, sexual assault/domestic abuse and theft/fraud.

    However, they all come together as a team for major cases such as homicide. The detectives are also tasked with assisting other agencies as needed when criminal activity in other jurisdictions has a connection to Norristown, or when crimes originate in, but extend beyond Norristown.
     

  • Specialized Training
    Detectives receive specialized training in Identification, preservation and collection of forensic evidence, interviewing techniques and special victims investigation (when needed).