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Posted on: October 25, 2019

South Heidelberg Police Department Hires Two New Officers

Chief Grim with SHPD New Hires

South Heidelberg Township, PA -  The South Heidelberg Township Police Department is extremely proud and excited to announce that Bryan Baxter Jr., and Alexander Doelp have been hired as full time Police Officers with the Department.  The addition of Officer Baxter and Officer Doelp culminates an extensive 3-month search for professional and experienced Officers to assist the growing Department.  The process to hire the Officers started with a written aptitude test, which was followed with a physical agility test.  The applicants that passed both of those tests were then offered an oral interview conducted by three senior members of the Department and was followed up with an extensive background check.  Officers Baxter and Doelp were the top two candidates that consistently excelled during every aspect of the hiring process and will be welcome additions to the Department to assist with our Mission of providing the highest quality law enforcement services available anywhere.

Chief Grim with SHPD New Hires
Officer Baxter and Officer Doelp
Left to Right:  Officer Bryan Baxter Jr., Chief Leon Grim, Officer Alexander DoelpLeft to Right:  Officer Bryan Baxter Jr and Officer Alexander Doelp

Officer Alexander Bryan Baxter Jr.

Officer Bryan Baxter Jr. comes to South Heidelberg Township with a wealth of experience gained while working as a Police Officer for the City of Reading for the past two years.  He is a graduate of Tulpehocken High School, and the McCann School of Business where he received an associate degree in Marketing and Management and earned the honor, Summa Cum Laude.  Officer Baxter is extremely active in the community and has served as a Coach for the Tulpehocken Track and Field team, and their Cross-Country Team.  Officer Baxter and his young Son, Owen, currently live in the Borough of Wernersville, and he is extremely excited to start serving the Citizens of the community that he calls home.

I enjoy all aspects of Police work…I have seen and handled many types of call in my time at Reading…the City has prepared me to handle just about any situation” Officer Bryan Baxter Jr.

Officer Alexander Doelp Bio

Officer Alexander Doelp is a true blue and white Conrad Weiser addition to the South Heidelberg Township Police Department.  He graduated from Conrad Weiser High School in 2014, having grown up in South Heidelberg Township, attending both Conrad Weiser East Elementary School, and the Conrad Weiser Middle School.  Upon graduating Conrad Weiser, Officer Doelp, enrolled in Alvernia University and graduated in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.  He has been a part-time Officer with both the Western Berks and Womelsdorf Police Departments, and his knowledge of the community and geography will be a huge asset to the Department with the additional coverage areas of Wernersville and Robesonia going forward into January of 2020.  Officer Doelp resides in South Heidelberg Township, and like Officer Baxter, he is looking forward to serving his hometown and keeping the citizens safe. 

“I have a deep passion for protecting and serving in the community I grew up in.  Thank you for this opportunity!”  Alexander Doelp

South Heidelberg Township Police Department is led by Police Chief Leon J. Grim and currently employs eleven (11) Full Time Police Officers, four (4) Part Time Officers, one (1) Part Time Administrative Clerk and one (1) Part Time Detective.  Beginning in 2020, the South Heidelberg PD will begin providing Police Services to the Boroughs of Wernersville and Robesonia and are currently in negotiations to provide services to Heidelberg Township to include providing a School Resource Officer to Conrad Weiser Middle/High School.  The Additions of Officer Baxter and Officer Delp were determined as part of a staffing analysis done to ensure the proper coverage for the added Police Services to be provided starting in 2020.  

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