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Police Officer - School Resource Officer Position



The Silver Spring Township Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer with special assignment as School Resource Officer.


Must be a U.S. Citizen

High School or GED

Must have valid driver’s license

Must have 5 years previous police experience

  • Applicants with DARE, SRO or similar experience are preferred.

  • Applicants shall be certified or able to become certified as a PA Police Officer through MPOETC

  • Applicants shall pass all written, oral, and physical agility examinations.

  • Physical, Psychological and Eye examinations. (MPOETC Standards)

Applications may be picked up at the Silver Spring Township Police Department, 5 Willow Mill Park Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050.

Applications, along a resume must be completed and returned by the end of the work day on Friday, August 8, 2014

                Silver Spring Township is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Police Officer Testing Consortium

Interested in a law enforcement career?

The Silver Spring Township Police Department is participating in the 2014 Cumberland County Police Testing Consortium. Please check the link for the dates and application information.



Mechanicsburg, PAOn April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Silver Spring Twp Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Wegmans at 6416 Carlisle Pike (We cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Keith Stambaugh promoted to Sergeant

The Silver Spring Township Police Department is pleased to announce that Officer Keith Stambaugh has been promoted to Sergeant.

Sgt Stambaugh began his law enforcement career as a juvenile probation officer in Adams County. After graduating from the Municipal Police Academy at HACC in 2000 he served for 8 years as a patrolman for the Gettysburg Police Department. Sgt Stambaugh joined SSPD in 2008 where he has worked patrol.

Sgt Stambaugh will now take command of one of SSPD's four patrol platoons.

Bruder is back on patrol

It is with great pleasure that we announce that our K9 Bruder is back on patrol with Silver Spring.  Bruder returned to work last Monday, March 17, 2014.

Silver Spring Police greatly appreciate all the well wishes and donations that were received to help fund his cancer treatment.

SSPD hires new officer

The Silver Spring Township Police Department is pleased to annouce the hiring of a new police officer. This new hire will fill a postion that was vacated by a recently retired officer.

Officer Kevin Winter was officially sworn-in at the January 22nd Silver Spring Township Board of Supervisor's meeting.

Officer Winter graduated with the 104th cadet class at the HACC Municiple Police Academy in 2013. Officer Winter holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Marist College and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Penn State.

Officer Winter now begins an intensive 6 month field training program and a year long probationary period.

Sergeant Sadler Retires

After 28 years of service to the people of Silver Spring Township Sergeant James Sadler has announced his retirement.

Sgt. Sadler began his law enforcement career as a Patrolman with Dillsburg Borough Police Department in 1980 before coming to Silver Spring Township in 1985.  Sgt. Sadler has worked patrol, criminal investigations, and served as Chief of Police from 2006 to 2010. 

The officers and staff of SSPD wish Sgt. Sadler a happy retirement and thank him for his many years of leadership.

Silver Spring Twp swears in new police officer

On Wednesday, June 26th, 2013, the Silver Spring Township Board of Supervisors held a swearing-in ceremony for Joseph Bailey.  Officer Bailey earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University and graduated from 103rd Police Academy at HACC in May, 2013.

Officer Bailey will now enter a 6 month Field Training program with a certified training officer.

Officer Recognition

On June 7, 2013, at a meeting held at Penn DOT District 8 Headquarters in Harrisburg Officer Matthew Walters was presented with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his valuable contributions in the 2012 PA Aggressive Enforcement and Education Program. Officer Walters was also recognized by Senator Pat Vance for his achievements and work in this program.

Trespassing Enforcement

Businesses in Silver Spring Commons (Wal-Mart Plaza) and the Land Management Company for that property have asked the Silver Spring Township Police Department to begin enforcing Pennsylvania trespassing laws when large groups of people & vehicles congregate in any of the parking lots on the property. This is due to the large number of noise/reckless driving complaints that have been reported to the police in the past several months.

Effective immediately Silver Spring Police will begin to advise any people involved in these impromptu get-togethers of State trespassing laws. Anyone who returns to the area, after having been previously warned, will be arrested for trespassing.

If anyone who attends these meetings has any questions about this matter please feel free to contact us at 697-0607.

Law Enforcement Memorial groundbreaking ceremony

On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, officers from across Cumberland County gathered to observe the official groundbreaking of the Cumberland County Law Enforcement Memorial.  Construction on the memorial, which will serve to honor the 11 members of the Cumberland County law enforcement family who have fallen in the line of duty since 1893, is expected to begin soon.  Family and friends of the fallen officers were present for the ceremony and were presented with roses in remembrance of their loved one.

Silver Spring Township Police were present to represent Corporal Paul Walters who fell in the line of duty on January 19, 1975.

Officer Dows Retires after 27 years.

After 27 years of service to the citizens of Silver Spring Township, Officer Joseph Dows has announced his retirement. 

Officer Dows joined the Silver Spring Township Police Department in 1986 and celebrated his 25th year in 2011.  Officer Dows previously served with the Hampden Township Police Department.

Silver Spring Twp Police hires new officer

On Wednesday, 4/25/2013 the Silver Spring Township Board of Supervisors conducted a swearing-in ceremony for new police officer David Frascella.

Officer Frascella comes to the Silver Spring Police Department after serving a number of years as an officer with the Harrisburg Bureau of Police where he served in patrol and forensics.

Officer Frascella will now begin a 6 month Field Training program and a 12 month probationary period.

Silver Spring Twp swears in new police officer

Silver Spring Township swore-in its newest police officer on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, at the township’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting. Officer Cory Keen graduated from the 99th Municipal Police Academy at the Harrisburg Area Community College and comes to SSPD after serving as a part-time officer in Dauphin County.

Officer Keen will now enter a 6 month field training program and a 12 month probationary period.