Patrolmen Reynolds has been proudly serving the residents of Upper Providence Township for the past 18 years, since getting hired in July 2004. Prior to joining the department, Officer Reynolds was a Class II Police Officer in North Wildwood New Jersey during the summer months of 2002/2003, all while working for his BA in Criminal Justices from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania.
Officer Reynolds said that emergency personnel has always sparked an interest in his daily life while growing up, which ultimately made him join one out of the five Fire Companies within his hometown in the late 90’s. There, Reynolds said he found his calling early in the game to be part of the emergency personnel family, mainly due to the camaraderie between the members, but more specifically the mission to the serve residence during both good and challenging times. Towards the end of high school and throughout his college days, Reynolds knew the Police profession was for him.
Reynolds relayed that in the Police field, most of the service calls aren’t for residence who just want to say thank you for an Officer’s service. There are many times he said Police Officers have to where many hats to rectify a situation, which as one know’s, can be challenging at times. Reynolds says that the best part of being a Police Officer is having a positive result of any situation and seeing how thankful someone can be. On the flip side, there are many times people (offenders) don’t take a liking to the Police. In all, you got to take the good with the bad, as life moves on.
There is one particular incident that Reynolds recalls which occurred in Sept of 2013. He was dispatched for a “missing person report”, involving an autistic 5yr old child. After nearly an hour of searching for him, Ofc. Reynolds located him roughly one mile away from the residence he wondered away from. The moment he had been safely reunited with his father and family members was priceless, as one could only imagine, Reynolds stated.
When Ofc. Reynolds is not patrolling the streets of the Upper Providence Twp., he enjoys being down the Jersey Shore with his family, playing sports and living a healthy lifestyle.