Chief James C. Childs III has been employed by the Southern Regional Police Department for five years.
Chief Childs has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Davis Elkins College, and has attended Delaware County Police Academy, Pennsylvania Chief Command Institute, and Penn State Posit, Polex, and Advanced Polex.
Chief Childs experience includes Delaware City Park Police as a criminal Investigator, a patrol officer with Darby Police, Dillsburg Police and was a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, & Chief of Lower Windsor Township Police Department.
Chief Childs has received a number of law enforcement awards and citations, including the American Federation Of Police Silver Star For Bravery , a Commendation from the Darby Borough Police, a Commendation from the Delaware County Police, a Commendation from the Lower Windsor Township Police, PA Chiefs of Police Juvenile Officer of the Year, South Central Officer of the Year, and Dillsburg Jaycees Officer of the Year.
In addition to his duties as Chief with the Southern Regional Police Department, Chief Childs works as a K-9 officer, D.A.R.E. officer, and works with the York County Drug Task Force. Chief Childs is a member of the Rose Fire Co. # 1 of New Freedom, the New Freedom Lions Club, the Free & Accepted Masons Lodge 423, and St. John The Baptist Catholic Church.
Chief Childs is a very progressive chief, who is constantly making an effort to improve the quality of the police department and the community it serves. He spends many hours, both on and off duty, helping with community projects and public safety issues. Jim is very active in the New Freedom Fire Department, having been the Fire Chief for many years. He works with Emergency Management groups and helps to coordinate efforts between local organizations.
Chief Childs is equally involved with youth in his community, by setting up programs that may help keep the young people out of trouble, by getting them involved in sports and other alternative activities. He coaches basketball for the school's ninth grade team, and teaches the D.A.R.E. program to both elementary and middle school students.
Chief Childs handles the daily administrative functions of the department, as well as answering calls for service or filling a manpower shortage on a shift. Jim has his own police dog he trains and works on explosive detection skills, and supervises the two additional officers and their dogs.
Nominated by: James S. Boddington, Lieutenant, Southern Regional Police Department
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