As we approach this truly American Holiday, I contemplate the year and all my blessings. 2020 started with great potential but we were quickly reminded that our expectations may need some adjustments. In March, the police were considered essential and received much praise along with health care, food services, and all that had to come to work during the shutdown. Nationally, the praise for police officers has dwindled, but not locally. So, I am thankful that I work for this community, in Buckingham. I am thankful for the support that allows my department to do their job. I am thankful for the constant reminders from our residents that they appreciate the job my officers do. I am thankful for the notes, the meals, and the smiles from business owners. I am thankful for my family and the families of every Buckingham Police Officer. Without your support we could not do this job effectively. I am thankful for Buckingham’s places of worship, and the support they give their congregations. I am thankful for their words and deeds. I am thankful for the Pastors, Priests, Ministers, and Monsignors that are stakeholders in this community. I am thankful for the support of business people, who have seen better days, but still offer their police exceptional services. I am thankful for Signature Cleaners who did everything they could to keep the officers neat and clean. The shops in Peddler's Village, the Pretzel Factory, Buckingham Green, and so many others for all you do. I am thankful for the cooperation we receive from our schools, elected officials, and county services. I am thankful for the words of encouragement in our neighborhoods and Township Parks. I am thankful that I work among some of the greatest people in this world. I work with Township employees who come to work with smiles on their faces, even though they worry about their family and friends. I am thankful for them. I am thankful for the officers, young and older. They are truly dedicated to our residents and our visitors. They chose a profession that takes them away from their families in the hard times of a pandemic and the good times of birthdays and holidays. I am truly blessed for knowing them. They have a calling that few can understand. Lastly, I am thankful for the year 2020 and reminding us all how fast our lives can change. Happy Thanksgiving!
Michael Gallagher, Chief of Police