Upper Providence Police Department promotes two officers

Upper Providence Police Chief Mark Toomey, center, with two of his recently promoted officers: Sgt. Matthew Tobin and Cpl. Jason Gerhart. Photo by Leslie Lighton-Humpreys/21st Century Media News Service


21st Century Media News Service

UPPER PROVIDENCE — After promoting seven of his staff during the first half of 2014, Police Chief Mark Toomey promoted two additional officers during an oath ceremony at the July 7 township supervisors meeting.

Sixteen-year township veteran Cpl. Matthew Tobin was promoted to the rank sergeant. Tobin, who formerly worked for the Royersford Borough Police Department, has earned an associate’s degree from Montgomery County Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Albright College, and a master’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University. He is a department accident reconstructionist and the master CPR and first aid instructor. In addition to receiving the DUI Top Gun Award in 2011 and 2012, and five Congressional recognition awards, he has been recognized six times with MADD achievement awards for his DUI work. Sgt. Tobin and his wife Lori have two children.

Six years after joining the township’s police department, patrol officer Jason Gerhart was promoted to the rank of corporal. Gerhart graduated from Montgomery County Community College in 2008 with an associate’s degree and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Saint Joseph’s University. He is a department Taser instructor, a member of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Municipal Drug Task Force, and recently became a certified car seat technician. Cpl Gerhart and his wife Heather are expecting their first child.


In related news, Township Engineer William Dingman reported the Montgomery County Conservation District requested only minor plan changes when granting a permit for the new township police administration building. A ‘pre-con’ meeting will be held during the second week in July with township consultants and ABC Construction Co., who plans to start building site work by July 28. The Bensalem firm is currently finalizing bid and insurance paperwork. Dingman added, “we’re looking to have the pad done around Labor Day so we’re tight to the schedule.”