Detective Beaghley’s Retirement

Congratulations Detective Rick Beaghley on your retirement!

On behalf of the men and women of the Abington Township Police Department, I would like to congratulate Detective Rick Beaghley on his retirement appointment as the newest Montgomery County Detective.

Rick began his career of public service back in 1992 when he joined the United States Marine Corps, were he proudly defended our Nation for four years. After he was Honorably Discharged from the USMC, Rick was appointed to APD in August of 1996. Over the course of his 26 years, Detective Beaghley served honorably in both the Patrol and Detective Divisions. While in the Patrol Division, Rick was served as a Field Training Officer, Bike Unit Officer, and a member of the Montgomery County Narcotics Enforcement Team. During these years, Rick received numerous commendations for his officer-initiated investigations and his ability to coordinate resources that helped identify those responsible for organized crime and complex narcotics distribution rings. Because of this outstanding work as a Patrol Officer and his unique skills, Rick was appointed to the Special Investigations Unit within the Detective Division in 2007. During his time in SIU, Rick was responsible for the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of many high-profile career criminals. Many of these cases spanned across multiple jurisdictions and involved law enforcement officers at the local, state, and federal levels. In 2012 Rick was appointed as an affiliate law enforcement investigator with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. In this capacity, Rick quickly took the lead on many child predator investigations across the County and quickly was regarded as a regional expert in forensic analysis and internet crimes. Because he was in demand throughout the region, Detective Beaghley frequently coordinated complex investigations with our regional partners. He and members of his task force were responsible for removing countless child sex offenders and other dangerous felons from our streets.

In Patrol and Detectives, Rick was the recipient of numerous official departmental commendations for his outstanding police work and investigations over the years. Many of these commendations were among the highest level awarded by our Commendation Review Board. Among these awards, was the Montgomery County Chief’s Heroism Award which was given back in 2002 when Rick kicked a door down Abington Township Police Department and helped save the life of a 12-year-old girl who was suffering from multiple stab wounds. He and other members of his team not only saved this young girl, but they were able to apprehend the offender. Although Rick will officially retire on Friday October 23rd, it is likely that we will still work closely with him as he begins his new career on the 24th with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office.

On behalf of all the men and women of the Abington Township Police Department, I want to wish Rick, his wife, Christine, and the rest of the Beaghley family health and prosperity in the future. May God protect Detective Beaghley as he continues to protect and serve the citizens of Montgomery County.