Falls Township Adds Five New Police Officers

Three of the new officers (front left) join Lt. Nelson Whitney (middle) and Chief William Wilcox (left), along with members of the Falls Township Board of Supervisors. Photo via Falls Township.

The Falls Township Police Department added five new officers at this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

Daniel Matkowski, Michael Collins, Matthew Shannon, Robert Goodwin, and Michael Mraw are all joining the department. Judge Jan Vislosky swore in Matkowski, Shannon, and Goodwin Tuesday night.

Chief William Wilcox welcomed the new members of his department. With 55 total officers in Falls, Wilcox said this is the most they’ve had since 1979.

“This certainly helps us, and it looks like we have a fine crop of candidates.”

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Several of the new officers have experience in various branches of the U.S. Military. Falls Township provided background on all five new officers.

Matkowski, a Philadelphia County native, graduated from Central High School in Brooksville, Fla. in 2009. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2010 and graduated from Temple University with a business degree in 2019. A cadet at Temple University Police Academy, he will graduate on March 13 and will begin a two-week processing with the police department for firearms and tactical training. From there, he will begin a 14-week field training officer program, according to Lt. Nelson Whitney.

Collins graduated from Abington High School in 2012. He graduated from Penn State Abington with a degree in Administration of Justice. He holds the rank of First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and is the executive officer at the U.S. Army recruiting station in Pittsburgh. He will attend Temple University Police Academy this spring and will begin his two-week processing and subsequent 14-week field training following his November graduation.

Shannon graduated from Upper Merion Area High School. He attended West Chester University and graduated from Montgomery County Community College Police Academy in 2015. He has worked as a police officer at the East Norriton Township Police Department since 2016. His work with the Falls Township Police Department will begin on Feb. 19 with the two-week processing and 14-week field training.

Goodwin graduated from Bensalem High School in 2014. He graduated from Penn State Abington with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy in 2019 and has been employed as a Philadelphia police officer since 2019. He will begin work with the Falls Township Police Department on Feb. 19 with the two-week processing and 14-week field training.

Mraw, a native of Hamilton, N.J., graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree and is enrolled in a master’s program. He served in the Army National Guard and rose to the rank of First Lieutenant. Mraw has worked for the last four and a half years as a police officer in Hollywood, Fla.