On September 16, 2021, Sharon Hill Borough Council (“Council”) unanimously appointed Kelley Hodge and the Law Firm of Fox-Rothschild LLP as special counsel to investigate policies and procedures surrounding the Academy Park High School Football Game Shooting.
In June 2022, Ms. Hodge and her team concluded its nine-month-long investigation. Ms. Hodge’s investigation examined the Sharon Hill Police Department’s (“SHPD”) policies and
procedures and the use of force training requirements to assess and advise on their content and application. Ms. Hodge’s investigation also included “best practices” regarding community policing. At the conclusion of the investigation, Ms. Hodge provided a written report to Council.
Today, ahead of its deadline of July 31, 2022, Council has released a redacted Investigation report. The goal of the report is to “provide measurable information that can guide future
planning, training, and resource allocation” with the ultimate goal to “ensure that the events of August 27, 2021, do not happen again.”
This investigative report is an important step on the path to improve the practices of the SHPD while providing transparency to the greatest extent possible in light of pending litigation.
Last modified: July 29, 2022