Lower Merion Township, PA — On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the promotion of two officers. Justin Judge was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and John String was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
John String joined the Police Department on January 14, 2005. He was a K9 handler from 2010 to 2015. On July 29, 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, working in patrol. In August of 2016, he was assigned to the Staff and Inspections Unit as a supervisor. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is married with 2 children.
Sergeant String’s last five annual evaluations rated him as “exceeds expectations” which is not easily attained in the police department. He is the recipient of three commendations and 18 letters of appreciation from the community.
String was assigned as a Field Training Officer while an officer in patrol. During his assignment in the Staff and Inspections Unit, he has overseen all our internal training programs with an emphasis on the K9 teams and the Field Training Officer Program. He has also been integral in the department’s accreditation program, helping to successfully navigate the department through two accreditation reviews in the last year.
Specialized training programs that Sergeant String has received include the Penn State POSIT program, Civil Service Procedures, Police Liability Claim Prevention and Case law and Supervisor Leadership Institute for Law Enforcement Executives. Sergeant String has a very strong work ethic, is detail oriented and extremely reliable and has consistently demonstrated the skills and abilities to handle difficult situations with minimal supervision and makes sound decisions.
Officer Justin Judge joined the Police Department on August 16, 2007. In April of 2015, he was assigned to the Auxiliary Services Unit as a Report Review Officer. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management of IT from DeSales University. He is married with two children.
Officer Judge is a reliable and highly effective member of the Auxiliary Services Unit. He has been rated “exceeds expectations” in the last three years of annual evaluations by two different commanders. He has received two commendations, seven letters of appreciation from the community and was awarded the 2009 Highway Safety Award when he was in patrol. Notable training programs that he has attending include Traffic Patrol and Drug Interdiction, Risk Management, Vehicle Search and Seizure, the Penn State Municipal Leadership Program and numerous interview and deceptive behavior detection programs. Officer Judge has the diverse training needed to be an effective supervisor.
Like Sergeant String, Officer Judge has demonstrated a very strong work ethic, is well versed in our standard operating procedures and is very reliable. He has demonstrated that he has the skills and abilities to handle the most difficult situations with minimal supervision and makes sound decisions. He has been integral in the conversion of the department's in-car video recording system and the implementation of the new body-worn camera system.