Chief Timothy Rockenbach

I was born and raised in Clifton Heights as a third generation resident. Growing up in Clifton Heights I attended Sacred Heart Grade School and Monsignor Bonner High School. Prior to my appointment to the police department I volunteered for several years as a member of the Clifton Heights Fire Company as a firefighter, I was a board member of the Clifton Heights Lions Club, a service organization that served the visually impaired and also provided service to all residents of Clifton Heights, I volunteered for the Clifton Heights 4th of July Association and coached our youth sports teams with the Clifton Heights Police Athletic League and St. Eugene CYO baseball.

I have been a member of the Clifton Heights Police Department since 1989. After graduating college with a degree in Criminal Justice, I attended the Delaware County Police Academy as a sworn officer. I served the residents of Clifton Heights as a patrol officer and developed the department’s mountain bike patrol program and became the first mountain bike officer in 1995. I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1999. During this time I also was certified as a police firearms instructor and patrol rifle instructor.

In the rank of Sergeant I attended the 12th session of the PA Police Chief’s Command Institute for Police Executives, the 210th session of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Mid Atlantic Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. This education gave me the foundation for an executive position in law enforcement. In 2007 I was appointed to investigations until my promotion to Chief of Police in 2012. During my tenure as Chief of Police I also had the honor to be president of the Delaware County Chiefs of Police Association in 2018.

While serving the residents of Clifton Heights as Police Chief our department began the Clifton Heights one call system. This system gives the police department the ability to instantly notify the public in emergency situations as well as general messaging via home and cell phones. We also took our place on social media and regularly interact with our residents via facebook. Two years ago we implemented the department’s body worn camera program to increase transparency and foster public trust. The department is also embarking on the process of accreditation through the PA Chiefs of Police. This process will increase our professionalism and credibility through policy standardization, education and public transparency.

It has been my pleasure to serve the residents of Clifton Heights for thirty-five years. Our community has become diverse over these many years and our police department, through education and devotion to duty has evolved to meet the ever changing needs of law enforcement in the twenty-first century.

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Chief Timothy Rockenbach