A crash occurs on Route 183 in Penn Township. State troopers who usually respond in that area are tied up elsewhere.
What’s a police chief in the small neighboring borough of Bernville going to do?
“As soon as I hear about an incident I’m going to respond,” Chief Brian Thumm said.
He won’t ignore a call nearby just because it’s outside his borough in state police territory.
While that’s the right thing to do, Thumm said, Bernville taxpayers are picking up the cost.
He’d like to see neighboring municipalities join with Bernville in providing local police coverage. If that’s not an option, he’d at least like to see municipalities that rely only on state police pay for the service.