Marple Newtown Patch wants you to get to know your first responders. They do dangerous work and Patch would like to recognize them. Meet first responder David Wilding who is an officer with the .
Name: David Wilding
How long have you been with the Newtown Police Department?
Just a little over a year now. I was hired . Before coming here I worked part-time for Yeadon Police Department, Aston Police Department, and briefly with the Nether Providence Police Department. Each department I worked for prior to here taught me something important and I feel it’s helped me succeed so far in this department.
What do you like about your job?
I like the fact I get to meet and assist someone new everyday. I also like that I encounter something different on every call and I usually have the freedom to make the final decision to resolve the problem on each of those calls. Also there’s a great group of officers working in this department and working with them makes it easy to come to work everyday.
What do you dislike about your job?
All of the common misconceptions that some of the general public has about police officers and why we do things the way we do. Despite what some people may think, our ultimate goal is to help the community we work for and make it a safer place for our residents and visitors.
What inspired you to become a police officer?
Ever since I was a little kid I always thought about being a police officer. However, I guess my real motivation came when I was a teenager from my uncle Mark, who is a Pennsylvania State Trooper and my uncle Chris, who flies the Delaware State Police helicopter. Hearing all their stories about the job and how much they have enjoyed it over the years, really sold me on it.
What do you like about the Marple Newtown area?
It’s generally a nice area with good people who care about their community. It’s also nice that the community is so cooperative and willing to help by providing us with tips or information when we need it for investigations. In some other departments I worked in, the community was very reluctant to provide police information, which only makes it more difficult to accomplish the task of making the community safer.
What do you want the general public to know about the Newtown Police Department?
It takes a community and a police department working together to solve crime and make the community a better and safer place to live. So don’t ever hesitate to call 911. Never think your problem or issue is too small to get the police involved. When your gut feeling tells you something isn’t right, trust that feeling and let us know about your issue so we can assist it whatever way we can.