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Upper Dublin Police Promote Lavenberg To Sergeant

The Penn State grad has been with the Upper Dublin Police Department since 2004

The Upper Dublin Police Department officially promoted Corporal Drew Lavenberg to the position of Sergeant on Tuesday night, following a unanimous approval by the township's board of commissioners.

"He's outstanding," said Chief Terrence Thompson, of the Upper Dublin Police Department. "He's a homegrown lad from Upper Dublin and we're really thrilled [to promote him]."

After graduating from Penn State with a degree in Parks and Recreation, Lavenberg applied for an internship with UDPD in 2004.  Chief Thompson said that he initially didn't know what to make of Lavenberg, and thought that he may have walked through the wrong door.

"I had this vision of [Drew] coming into work and finding him in ill-fitting shorts, a Penn State shirt, a lanyard with a whistle, a visor, a cap, a megaphone and a clipboard," said Thompson. "That was not the case. He jumped right into doing some of our community outreach programs, and from that point on it just got better."

Lavenberg was hired as a patrol officer later that year, and has since served the police department in a variety of capacities, including work as a D.A.R.E. officer and a negotiator for the SWAT team.

Deputy Chief Lee Benson and Patrol Commander Darren Nyce were on hand to present Lavenberg with badge-number 60, which both officers had previously worn.

"There's a lot of superstition about badge numbers with police officers," said Benson. "Darren and I both wore it, and we're very proud to be able to present it to Drew Tonight."

Steve Stone April 11, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Drew is a fine man, an outstanding Officer and a real asset to the community. Way-to-go! --Steve Stone
drew markley April 12, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Well deserved!
Kyle Bagenstose April 12, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Congratulations to Sergeant Lavenberg.
The Wiz April 12, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Congrats to the New Seargent. This is an outstanding surburban Police department. Professional and Courteous - even when you're on the wrong side of the Law. These guys would kill you with kindness before anything. I can't help but think that comes from the top. The Chief.
Marty Beilin April 13, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Congratulations, Drew. You were a great kid way back in 7th grade in my class, and it is wonderful to see you advance in your career. Mr. B., SRMS.

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