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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.

Story by DelcoTimes Correspondent Barbara Ormsby

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Comment by Michael on April 26, 2013 at 11:45pm
Not criticizing the new Chief and his grammar, Joan makes good point about the funding...
Comment by RidleyParkOnline on April 15, 2013 at 10:48am

RPPD added a new thumbnail-size photo of our new chief to their website. I think it looks better then the only other one I could find. Unfortunately the thumbnail is too small (118 pixels) to use except as a thumbnail sized image.

Comment by Joan Herm on April 10, 2013 at 9:11am

A typo "gringe" versus cringe is very different from the inability to write a sentence.

Comment by Parker Maven on April 10, 2013 at 9:02am

Any one can make a grammatical error "gringing"????  Is this a word?  He's a cop not an English Major.  Who edits the content on the website?  ....this is who should be held accountable. 

Comment by Joan Herm on April 10, 2013 at 8:56am

I have a question for the people of Ridley Park.  Do you believe it is wise, appropriate and safe to have your top officials of the community involved in a personal relationship?  The borough manager is in charge of the budget and the largest part of the budget is for the police department.  Doesn't that bring some concern to you folks?  The possibilities for impropriety are endless.  What was your borough council thinking when they allowed this to happen?  Glad I moved from Ridley Park before the bottom falls out.

Comment by Joan Herm on April 10, 2013 at 8:40am

Perhaps the borough could pay for an English comprehension course for the new chief so he would know how to write a sentence.  My English background gringes when I see an adult begin a sentence with the word "And". 

Comment by RidleyParkOnline on April 10, 2013 at 7:43am

Ridley Park's Police Chief's Message

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Ridley Park Police Department to tell you it is an honor and privilege to serve the Ridley Park community.

It has always been my goal to provide the citizens and visitors of Ridley Park with the highest quality police services. As Police Chief I am committed to assuring the Ridley Park community that we will continue to provide the highest quality police service and will explore ways to improve. The Ridley Park Police Officers are responsible for carrying out the mission of the Police Department. And will provide professional service that reflects the needs of our community and provides protection of life and property. We will remain dedicated to service and committed to excellence.

I welcome and encourage the citizens of Ridley Park to view our website and become involved with your police department. We cannot operate effectively without your support. Please feel free to participate in any of our up coming community policing concepts. There will be many programs that will begin soon, so please continue to monitor our website and listen for announcements at our Borough Council meetings as well as our local cable channel.

Again, let me say it is my honor to serve the community of Ridley Park. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact myself or any of the Police Officers by either the website or directly at the Police Station.

Please take care and stay safe.

Chief Mark F. Bascelli

Comment by Parker Maven on April 6, 2013 at 10:11am

I've known Mark since he was a little kid.  We were neighbors in Folsom!  Congrats, Mark, may you stay true to your Oath of Honor. 

On my honor,
I will never betray my badge1,
my integrity, my character,
or the public trust.
I will always have
the courage to hold myself
and others accountable for our actions.
I will always uphold the constitution2
my community3 and the agency I serve.

I'm sure you will.  Kudo's for staying with it may God bless you as you take on this awesome responsibility.

Comment by RidleyParkOnline on March 28, 2013 at 9:42am

Our new police chief has been a full-time cop in our borough since 1989. He said he is a strong believer in community policing. He heads a department of 14 officers, including four part-timers.

A graduate of Ridley High School, Bascelli, 50, is the father of 21-year-old twins, Amanda, a student at Delaware County Community College, and Nicholas, who attends Millersville University. Son Mark Jr., 24, is serving in the U.S. Air Force. All three children were present at the swearing in ceremony, led by borough Mayor Hank Eberle.

Bascelli’s career in law enforcement began in 1983 when he was a part-time police officer in Upland and in Eddystone. He was also a Delaware County deputy sheriff for six years.

Story by DelCoTimes

Comment by Kenneth Harper on March 23, 2013 at 10:03am

Congratulations Chief Bascelli.

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