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History

At its regular meeting of January 29, 1960, the West Manchester Township Board of Supervisors received a petition signed by 56 township residents requesting that it consider the formation of a full time police department. In response to the petition, the Board directed the solicitor to prepare an ordinance to form such a department. The result was Resolution 60-1, adopted on February 26, 1960, which established the West Manchester Township Police Department.

Prior to the resolution, the Pennsylvania State Police provided police services. It is also apparent that G. Cleveland Zimmerman, a Constable and owner of his own private detective agency, had a hand in providing public safety at the time. In fact, the September 27, 1957, public meeting minutes note that the Township Supervisors granted permission to Zimmerman to hire additional help during the Halloween season. According to an October 8, 1957, newspaper article, Clair Gross, a special school patrol officer, was named as a special police officer in the Township to assist Zimmerman in curbing vandalism and destruction of property by Halloween pranksters.

The resolution called for a chief and one patrolman. Members were to serve a probationary period of three months prior to the permanent appointment unless the Township was satisfied as to the ability, integrity and experience of the applicant in which case the probationary period would be waived. Shifts would be eight hours a day for six days a week. The officers were, however, expected to be available for emergency calls for 24 hours a day.

Having served the Township for approximately four years prior to the formation of the Police Department, Cleve Zimmerman was appointed as the Chief of Police. To provide for uniforms, equipment, and salaries of the Chief and a patrolman, $17,000 was allocated. With a portion of these funds, the Township purchased a new 1960 patrol vehicle from Ammon R. Smith Auto Company for the lowest bid of $2,102. Also, Peak Radio Service was awarded a contract to provide radio equipment at a cost of $1,343.