Acting Chief of Police Sworn In

Posted on Thursday November 04, 2021
Cheltenham Township Announces the Retirement of the Chief of Police and the Appointment of Acting Chief of Police

Cheltenham Township would like to announce the retirement of Chief of Police John Frye after 26 years with the Cheltenham Township Police Department.  On behalf of Cheltenham Township, the Board of Commissioners thanks Chief Frye for his years of service and wishes him well in his future endeavors.

Slavin HeadshotTownship Manager Robert Zienkowski has appointed Lieutenant John Slavin as Acting Chief.  Slavin has been with Cheltenham Township since July 1989, holding various ranks and assignments, most notably spending 10 years as part of the Department’s Community Policing Unit, prior to being promoted to Lieutenant in 2015. Slavin is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and has served in every command position at the Lieutenant level – formerly for the Detective and Administrative Services Divisions, and currently for the Patrol Division.  He also spent 18 years as a K9 handler during his time on patrol, a role which he found very rewarding, and is still responsible for overseeing the K9 teams.

“I’m very proud to be a member of the Cheltenham Township Police Department.  I work with wonderful men and women who are doing a great job every day to safeguard the community,” Slavin said. “I’m also proud of the accomplishments the Department has achieved in recent years, especially attaining its third Re-Accreditation with the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association this October, which is an in-depth process making sure we are following the best standards and practices in the police profession.”

In his role as Acting Chief, Slavin hopes to build strong partnerships with the community based on the relationships started through community policing. Slavin stated, “I will work with the Board of Commissioners, Township Administration, the Officers, and community partners to identify community concerns and develop effective solutions, in order to build on and improve the quality of life in the community. I look forward to working in this role to move the Department forward!”

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