News Release – Home Invasion-type Burglary

On January 15, 2019 at approximately 12:09 am, the Derry Township Police Department was advised of an active home invasion-type burglary occurring at a townhouse apartment in the Briarcrest Gardens apartment complex off of West Chocolate Avenue.

A female resident from the apartment advised the dispatch center there was a unknown male in the apartment and she believed he was attempting to rob her female roommate at knifepoint in an adjacent bedroom. Officers arrived quickly and made entry into the apartment. The male was able to escape through the front door after the first officer made entry but was confronted by officers who had secured a perimeter around the apartment. The male suspect refused to comply with orders and was tackled to the ground by one of the officers. The male suspect continued to resist arrest, even after one officer deployed his Taser in an attempt to subdue the suspect. Officers were able to gain control of the suspect and handcuff him.

The male suspect initially refused to provide identification and then provided false identification to investigating officers. He was eventually identified as 53-year-old Richard Bernard Washington of 804 North 16th Street, Harrisburg. Washington was charged with Burglary, Robbery w/ threat of serious injury, Aggravated Assault w/ deadly weapon, Unlawful Restraint w/ risk of serious injury, Possession of Instruments of Crime, Simple Assault, Resisting Arrest, False ID to Law Enforcement, and Loitering and Prowling at Night Time.

The two residents of the apartment were physically uninjured, and the suspect sustained minor abrasions from resisting arrest at the scene. He was transported to Dauphin County Judicial Center to appear before the Night Court MDJ.

Derry Township Police Department Joins Forces with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region for “Bigs in Blue” 

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) launched a new “Bigs in Blue” partnership with the Derry Township Police Department and Derry Township School District. Police officers participating in the “Bigs in Blue” program spend quality time as mentors to students at Hershey Intermediate Elementary School.

The program is a national initiative which was launched locally in 2016. Today’s kick-off marks the 10th “Bigs in Blue” partnership in BBBSCR’s service area. The kick-off was held at Hershey Intermediate Elementary School and dignitaries from all partners spoke on the benefits of this program.

“Our local program has grown substantially in just two short years, not only because it provides one-to-one mentoring for kids who need them but also because it supports our local police departments,” remarks BBBSCR President & CEO Maddie Young. “The officers participating in Bigs in Blue support these students as they face various transitions and become not just a friend but a vital role model,” says Young. “Recently, two students in the Bigs in Blue program were asked what career they wanted to pursue and both responded to say they wanted to be police officers to help protect people. This program improves perceptions of police officers in our schools and communities.”

For the Derry Township Chief of Police Garth Warner, the department’s participation “is a natural extension of what our Officers do, day-in and day-out for their community. It allows our Officers to act as mentors to those Littles who are in need, hopefully changing their outlook on their world, as well as their perception of what police officers stand for, work for, and represent. It also allows our Officers to get to know the youth in our community on a different level and, hopefully, breaking down barriers between us.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are evidence-based; students in the programs develop strong relationships with adults, reduce risky behavior and maintain or develop positive attitudes towards education including improved academics and pursuit of college education.

“This partnership embodies the district’s mission of being a community cultivating an extraordinary learning environment,” states Derry Township School District Superintendent Joseph McFarland. “Learning can occur in many places and teaching is not limited to the classroom. I’m fond of saying ‘It all begins with relationships.’ Here, we all benefit from the relationships we are building here – both those between the community partners who have joined together to make this possible and those who will serve as mentors or participants in the Bigs in Blue program.”

Derry Township’s “Bigs in Blue” program is made possible by funding from The Hershey Company and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. The program is also generously supported by the Walmart Foundation.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more than 35 years, BBBSCR has kept its promise by expertly crafting and maintaining compatible mentoring matches between Littles (at-risk youth) and Bigs (mature volunteers) in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and Perry counties. Our commitment includes using evidence-based best practices to achieve personalized outcomes and support matches throughout their life (one to ten years). Contributions in all forms are vital to fulfilling the agency’s mission. BBBSCR is a 501(c)(3) charity, registered with the PA Bureau of Charities, and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. For more information, visit the BBBSCR website at



Derry Township Police Department’s K9 Heli to get donation of body armor

Derry Township Police Department’s K9 Heli will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Heli’s vest is sponsored by Renee Thomas of Chandler, AZ and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed ”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,100 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

The Derry Township Police Department, Friends of Derry Township Police K9 Foundation, and Heli’s partner, Officer Andrew Condran are very grateful for Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and the work they do to provide protection for our trusted and valued canine partners.