PRESS RELEASE - Upper Darby Welcomes Nine Offices From Most Qualified & Diverse Class in Township History

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April 1, 2021

UPPER DARBY WELCOMES NINE OFFICERS FROM MOST QUALIFIED AND DIVERSE CLASS IN TOWNSHIP HISTORY

UPPER DARBY, PA: Mayor Barbarann Keffer and Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt swore in nine new officers of the Upper Darby Police Department this morning: Elijah C. Brown, Joseph D. Girardi, Kevin K. Joby, Nicholas A. Moriconi, Daniel Mullarkey III, Maura O’Connell, Inderbir S. Randhawa, Matthew E. Terry, and Adam J. Wheatley.

“This is the most qualified and diverse class of officer candidates in Upper Darby history,” Mayor Keffer said. “We are pleased to be welcoming the Department's first officer of South Asian descent, and all of these officers will be valuable additions to our renowned Police Department. They are setting a great example for others who aspire to public service, and they are helping us revitalize Upper Darby by serving the community in this capacity.”

“You have worked hard to get here, and we appreciate your diligence and commitment,” Superintendent Bernhardt said to the new officers before Mayor Keffer administered the oath of office. “Each of you represents the Mayor’s vision for a more inclusive Police Department that reflects the community in which you will be serving. The Upper Darby Police Department is a family, and you are all now members of that family.” Superintendent Bernhardt also thanked Chief Administrative Officer Vincent Rongione for working with him over the past year to make sure that this officer class included the most qualified and well-rounded candidates, many of whom previously served in other police departments, including Darby, Folcroft, Sharon Hill, and Yeadon.

The nine new officers are excited to start the next chapter of their careers in law enforcement, and many of them already have ties to the Upper Darby community. Officer Inderbir Randhawa is a graduate of Upper Darby High School, and Officer Nicholas Moriconi is a graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School. Officer Maura O’Connell, the only female officer from the class, said she sought out a position with UDPD because she knows that Upper Darby is a diverse and welcoming community. Officer Adam Wheatley said joining the department is special to him because he is following in the footsteps of his father, UDPD Officer Bob Wheatley