Last evening Patrick Molloy was sworn in as the next Chief of Police of Abington Township by the Honorable Risa V. Ferman. Chief Molloy was selected by the Abington Township Board of Commissioners to replace retiring Chief, John A. Livingood . The selection of Chief Molloy was “whole heartedly supported by the men and women of the Abington Police Department”, said Deputy Chief Kelley Warner.
Chief Molloy began his career with the Abington Township Police Department in 1994, where he first served for six years as a patrol officer before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2000. During his time in the Patrol Division, he supervised the DARE Program, the Field Training Officer Program, and served on the Department’s Honor Guard Unit and SWAT Team. In 2010, he was assigned to the Community Policing Division where he became commander of the unit and where he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. In this position, Chief Molloy managed many of the programs designed to foster a better relationship with the community with special attention given to youth education and mentoring programs. In addition, he created the motto for the Division, “community first”a philosophy that has transpired throughout the department. In 2013, while he was the Commander of the Community Pol icing Division, the Abington Township Police Department received the prestigious s Community Policing Award given by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Molloy served on the Board of the Helping Hand Foundation and as Chair of the Abington Community Task Force and is a Board member of the Southeast Chiefs Association. In 2015, Chief Molloy was appointed Commander of the SWAT Team and was promoted to the position of Patrol Division Commander, where he was responsible for all of Patrol Operations, SWAT, K-9 Unit, and Training. Also, as Deputy Chief, Pat signed a historic document along with the President of the Willow Grove NAACP ensuring that the lines of communication and cooperation are open and effective and will continue to be.
Chief Molloy graduated from the FBI National Academy’s 250th Session and West Point Command and Leadership Program. He is also a graduate of the FBl ‘s Law Enforcement Executive Development Program. Pat has a B.A. in Political Science and an M.S. in Law Enforcement Management/Homeland Security, both from Saint Joseph’s University. Chief Molloy also serves as an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice Department at Penn State University, Abington.
He has been married for 26 years to his high school sweetheart, Carolyn, and has two sons, Nicholas and Edward.