"United to serve our communities with excellence"
Chief Gerald R. Simpson’s law enforcement career began on September 12, 1983 when he entered the Delaware County Municipal Police Academy. After graduating in December of 1983 he was hired by the West Grove Borough Police Department. In October of 1986, he was promoted to Chief of Police, where he served until February of 1988.
In February of 1988, Chief Simpson accepted a position with the City of Newark (Delaware) police department. While working for the City of Newark he served in various positions and attended numerous professional trainings throughout his career; to include the following: Criminal Investigations Detective, Field Training Officer, Field Evidence Technician, handgun/shotgun firearms instructor, a Delaware certified police instructor, director of the Citizens’ Police Academy, founder and director of the Youth Police Academy, Regional Task-Force supervisor and Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division.
Chief Simpson attended the 234th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and graduated on September 12, 2008, exactly 25 years after beginning the police academy. After a meritorious 23-year career with the Newark Police Department, Chief Simpson retired as a Lieutenant on December 10, 2010.
On December 13, 2010, Chief Simpson took his Oath of Office as the Police Chief for the New Garden Township Police Department. During his introductory speech, Chief Simpson identified his goals of establishing a professional policing culture along with modernizing the police department’s equipment, training and policy and procedures manual. Additionally, Chief Simpson expressed his dedication to working with community and regional stakeholders to build alliances to seek solutions in an environment of communication and collaboration.
In November of 2012, Chief Simpson received a commendation from the Chester County District Attorney, Mr. Tom Hogan, for his leadership and innovation for advocating for the Pennsylvania Gang Law.
In the fall of 2014, under Chief Simpson’s guidance, the New Garden Township Police Department was recognized for its efforts to address Domestic Violence by adopting and creating a model policy for the Lethality Assessment Protocols.
In January of 2015, Chief Simpson was awarded the 2014 Chester County’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year from the Chester County District Attorney’s Office for his guidance and work on the Active Threat Response training and policy.
Of the many noteworthy endeavors, Chief Simpson counts the dissolution of the New Garden Township Police Department as his most skilled and proudest professional accomplishment. From January of 2014 until December 31, 2016, Chief Simpson served as the driving force to create a regional police department. After three-years of tireless work with the Elected Officials, the New Garden Township Police Department and West Grove Borough Police Department consolidated to form the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department!
Chief Simpson resides in Chester County Pennsylvania; he has three adult children all serving their Nation either in the US military or law enforcement. Chief Simpson has five grandchildren. Chief Simpson is a dedicated supporter of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the co-founder of the Chief William F. Nefosky, Jr. 5K Run/Walk, which supports pancreatic cancer awareness, research and law enforcement charities. In his spare time, Chief Simpson is an avid outdoor enthusiast; he has summited the second highest mountain (Mt. Elbert, 14,433’) in the continental United States; he enjoys mountain biking, motorcycling and is faithful (and suffering) fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles.