21-year veteran named new police chief

By on February 7, 2018
East Cocalico’s new police chief  police chief’s Darrick Keppley with his wife, Lisa, on Feb. 1. Photo by Alice Hummer

East Cocalico’s new police chief police chief’s Darrick Keppley with his wife, Lisa, on Feb. 1. Photo by Alice Hummer

Sergeant Darrick Keppley, who joined East Cocalico Police Department in 1997 as a rookie officer, was named to the department’s top post Feb. 1.

“I’m honored to be able to serve this excellent force,” said Keppley after being named.

He served his fellow officers as their representative during police contract negotiations and the attempt to form a regional police force with the four municipalities in the Cocalico School District.

A graduate of Eastern Lebanon School District (ELCO) and Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, he majored in criminal justice and minored in sociology. “Even before graduating from high school, I thought about pursuing police work. My cousin was a police officer in Washington, D.C.,” said Keppley.

Asked if he had a special interest in any particular aspect of police work, Keppley said, “Community policing. It’s a way to get to know the residents and business people of the community and let the community get to know you as a person through services to them.”

When asked about the most immediate challenge facing the department, Keppley said, “We need to continue to operate the best department possible within the fiduciary obligations of our department and the public, municipal budget.”

Keppley, when asked if he had any hobbies, said, “Family time is precious. Having kids involved in extracurricular activities and being able to watch them is a joy.”

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