The AISOCC welcomes Michael J. Chitwood as new Consulting Committee member.
Michael J. Chitwood joined the Upper Darby Police Department as Superintendent of Police in August 2005. He has more than 49 years of law enforcement experience, including 28 years as the Chief of Police in both urban and suburban departments. In his current position, Superintendent Chitwood is responsible for managing a $25 million budget and for overseeing 133 sworn officers and 24 civilian staff. Collaboration between the police and the community is the hallmark of his policing style. Community initiatives in the Upper Darby Township include the Community Policing Center, a victim’s services program, the Citizen’s Police Academy and the 5th Grade Mentoring program. In 2013, the Upper Darby Police Department was awarded the International Association of Chiefs of Police Victim Services Award in recognition of the department’s victim’s services program, Breaking the Cycle.
Mike Chitwood started his career in 1964 with the Philadelphia Police Department where he served for 19 years in various positions including Highway Patrolman, Special Investigations Squad Member, Narcotics Investigator and Homicide Detective. During his tenure in Philadelphia, he was awarded over 70 commendations for valor, bravery, heroism and merit, earning him the distinction of the most honored and decorated police officer in the history of Philadelphia law enforcement. In 1988, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Police Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service in the law enforcement profession.
Following his notable career with the Philadelphia Police Department, Mike Chitwood served as Chief of Police of Middletown Township Police Department for 5 years and as the Chief of the Portland Maine Police Department for 17 years. In his leadership roles in Middletown, Portland and Upper Darby, he implemented various model programs in community policing, diversity and victims’ rights. Superintendent Chitwood has been a frequent speaker at local community events and has made many appearances on local and national television programs discussing issues ranging from gun control legislation and privacy rights to the role of social media in policing. In 2013, Mike became the subject of the book “Tough Cop”, authored by Hal Gullan, which chronicles his extraordinary career in law enforcement and offers his perspective on current issues facing law enforcement agencies.
Mike Chitwood earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and a Master of Arts in Administration from Antioch University. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy and the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy’s School of Government.
Superintendent Chitwood is a lifetime member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. An advocate of maintaining a strong connection to the community he serves, he can often be found serving meals to the homeless at the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County, in the Upper Darby Schools reading to students or participating in the Upper Darby Township Citizen’s Police Academy program. A proponent of the importance of physical fitness, Superintendent Chitwood is an avid cyclist and is frequently seen throughout the township riding with the Upper Darby Police Bike Unit.