Kennett Twp. police promotes two

The Kennett Township Police Department recently promoted two officers.

During a ceremony in late July, Cpl. Amanda Wenrich and Detective Miguel Juarez were sworn into their new positions. Supervisors’ Chairman Richard Leff said at the ceremony that the police department, including Wenrich and Juarez, “take community policing to heart.”

According to Kennett Chief Matt Gordon, Wenrich is in charge of the detectives and two patrol platoons. She joined Kennett in 2015.

“It was readily apparent to me that Amanda was a hardworking, dedicated police officer who had a thirst for knowledge and had great attention to detail,” Gordon said about Wenrich after she first began as a police officer. “Shortly after, Amanda was assigned as a detective as criminal cases and investigations started to increase. Cpl. Wenrich showed an immediate talent for criminal investigations.”

She is a forensic interviewer, the department supervisor with the Municipal Drug Task Force, and a field training officer for the department. According to Gordon, “The responsibility of the FTO is extremely important in the success of any new officer, and Amanda’s efforts in this regard cannot be overlooked.”

Gordon said that Juarez joined the police department in 2017 and has often assisted Wenrich with investigations.

“Detective Juarez has always taken on whatever tasks were asked of him, and when the pandemic arrived, we not only had this to deal with … but we were down two police officers and without our administrative assistant Liz for an extended time due to a challenging pregnancy,” Gordon said. “Detective Juarez, along with others, took up that slack, but because he was working primarily day shift, he picked up much of her work responsibilities.”

Juarez is also responsible for fleet maintenance, the record management system, and body cameras, among other things, Gordon said.

“Detective Juarez has shown his dedication to duty, and with his hard work, he continues to improve in his role as detective,” Gordon said. “Miguel started in the full-time role as a detective when Cpl. Wenrich was reassigned to the patrol division.”

Juarez is also a member of the Chester County Emergency Response Team and a member of the Municipal Drug Task Force, according to Gordon.

About Monica Fragale

Monica Thompson Fragale is a freelance reporter who spent her life dreaming of being in the newspaper business. That dream came true after college when she started working at The Kennett Paper and, years later The Reporter newspaper in Lansdale and other dailies. She turned to non-profit work after her first daughter was born and spent the next 13 years in that field. But while you can take the girl out of journalism, you can’t take journalism out of the girl. Offers to freelance sparked the writing bug again started her fingers happily tapping away on the keyboard. Monica lives with her husband and two children in Kennett Square.

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