Officer Andrew Brown received his badge after being sworn in this morning.
- POLICE & FIRE
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Upper Southampton has a new man in blue. Andrew Brown, of Lansdale, is officially Upper Southampton Police Department's newest officer. He received his badge after being sworn in by Judge William Benz in his Northampton courtroom earlier this morning. Brown is now set to begin his field training with the department, which will last approximately 12 weeks. He is a recent graduate of the Montgomery County Police Academy and also holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Kings College. According to officials at a recent Upper Southampton Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Brown will begin the position with an annual salary of $45,962.
Officials said Officer Richard Lizzio was found in his patrol car Friday morning, following a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
Flags around the township are flying at half-staff in honor of an Upper Southampton police officer found dead early Friday morning. Just after 8:30 a.m., Officer Richard Lizzio, a 24-year veteran of the Upper Southampton police force was found in his patrol car, which was parked at the Jesus Focus Ministry. Upper Southampton Chief of Police Ron MacPherson said Ofc. Lizzio was a firearms instructor for the department as well as an officer in charge, a position that often required him to stand in for an off-duty sergeant. “He was a valuable member of our team,” said MacPherson. “He will be sorely missed.” Lizzio was on duty at the time of the incident, but was not answering a call at the church. MacPherson said Lizzio was found in his …