After serving 22 years as a trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police, long-time Perkiomen Township resident David Buckley has joined the as a Class-A officer.
"When you have an opportunity to get somebody that has his vast amount of experience, education and ability, it's like hiring a seasoned veteran to basically take over what is considered more of an entry-level spot," said Chief Paul Maxey, of the Lower Frederick Police Department. "It's a huge win for us."
Buckley, who retired from the state police in March, began his life of public service in 1985, when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a Morse code intercept operator. Upon being honorably discharged, Buckley enrolled at Montgomery County Community College, where he would receive a degree in criminal justice.
In 1990, Buckley began his 22-year career with the Pennsylvania State Police, where he would work his way to the rank of lieutenant and serve in various capacities, including station commander, criminal investigation section commander and regional training commander. He also graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.
"He most certainly had a distinguished career as a state trooper," said Maxey, who added that he had prior experience working with Buckley while he was stationed at the . "When David was the barracks commander of the Skippack station, we worked closely on multiple different levels. I had some really good first-hand experience to see him in action in a professional capacity."
Buckley, who still resides in Perkiomen Township with his 17-year-old son, Derek, fills the vacancy left by an Upper Frederick officer who left the department in January to pursue a non-law enforcement career.