Francis L. “Bud” Carroll was sworn into the Lower Providence Police Department on March 26, 1984. The LPPD’s chief of police was recognized on Thursday night by the Lower Providence Township Board of Supervisors, his community and co-workers for his 30 years of dedicated service.
In May of 1984, he was made a detective with Lower Providence Police Department, moving to patrol sergeant by September 1991. By May of ’94, Carroll was a Lower Providence Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant by July 1998, and by September of 2000, he was named chief of the township’s police.
Carroll, with a bachelor’s degree from St. Joe’s and a Master’s in Criminal Justice from West Chester University, has attended countless development and command programs, furthering his education to the extent of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.
“That is a lot of good work there, Bud,” said Chairman of the Supervisors Board Colleen Eckman, who read his accolades while presenting Carroll with a hefty plaque.
Supervisor and Vice Chairman Jason Sorgini agreed.
“I’ve had the good fortune to come to know Chief Carroll for a good number of years as a friend of Lower Providence, and the chief’s dedication to the men and women on his staff and to the rest of Lower Providence knows no limits,” said Sorgini during the presentation recognizing Carroll’s 30 years in the township. “I’ve been able to see that to the point that he willingly puts his life on the line day after day, and he’ll do whatever needs to be done til it is right. He’s a good man.”
Sorgini said he’s pleased to be able to work alongside the chief.
“It is truly an honor to be a part of the same organization that you are, and on behalf of all of the board and the residents of Lower Providence, we thank you,” said Sorgini.
“Probably not a lot of people in the township are aware of Bud’s contribution to Montgomery County and the training that he does,” said Eckman. “His knowledge has been extended to so many people that his legacy will surely carry on.”
Carroll reflected on his time by considering himself a “pretty lucky guy.”
When you hit a milestone, any milestone, you have an opportunity to reflect,” said Carroll. “The conclusion I’ve reached is that I’m a pretty lucky guy.”
He said his luck started as a patrol man for a West Norriton day camp, when the day camp’s director Shelia O’Hara, only a year ahead of him in high school, happened by his patrol car. After striking up a conversation, the rest was history (making Shelia his wife).
“For the last 35 years, she’s been the love of my life,” said Carroll. “We’re pretty lucky in that we have the two most beautiful, talented, kind daughters that parents could ever want. I’m just so proud of them.”
Carroll said his luck did not stop there. Carroll thanked his staff, previous and current boards of supervisors, and said he had a good start under previous police chiefs in the township, including Tom Rogers and Ed McDade.
He also thanked his fellow officers for the support day in and day out offered to the long-standing chief.
“I work with great staff here in the township,” he said. “And, finally, I’ve been very lucky to work with, the privilege to work with, the police officers of the Lower Providence Police Department. I’m humbled every day that I get to work with people like that every day. I’m privileged to be the police chief of Lower Providence, and I assure you you’ll get 110 percent until Dec. 31, 2015.”
With more than a year-and-a-half remaining until retirement, Carroll said he continues to look forward to the LPPD future.
“I look forward to the future of the Lower Providence Township Police Department,” he said. “As I’ve said before, it is a very, very bright future. We have very, very talented, very, very committed … the work that they do on a day-to-day basis is tremendous.”
The attending crowd, which included much of the police force itself, gave the 30-year veteran to the force a standing ovation, thanking him for years of service.