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Flanked by children Nicholas, and Amanda, 21-year old twins, and Mark Jr., 24, and with borough manager Dawn Marie Human holding the Bible, Bascelli took the oath of office from Mayor Hank Eberle. Bascelli had been acting chief since the retirement last December of former chief Tom Byrne. Bascelli and Byrne were sworn in as borough police officers on the same day in 1988.
“It's an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of Ridley Park,” Bascelli said. “I just want to provide the borough with the best police department anywhere.”
Bascelli's career in law enforcement began in 1983 when he served as a part-time police officer in Upland and Eddystone boroughs. Bascelli, 50, was also a Delaware County Deputy Sheriff for six years.
The new police chief said he is a strong believer in the community policing concept of law enforcement. He heads a department of 10 full-time officers and four part-time officers. Among the part-time officers is Jay Volpone of Ridley Township, who was sworn in by Eberle right after the Bascelli ceremony to become the borough's newest officer. He also served as a part-time officer in Lower Chichester and Marcus Hook.
In a related police matter, it was announced by council that the police department will host a luncheon for senior citizens on April 18, with a speaker to be announced who will talk on subjects relevant to seniors.
“It will be the first of many,” said council woman Holly O'Mahoney, who heads council's public safety committee.
On May 18 there will be a Family Day at the police station with a number of activities planned to get children involved in the community.