South Whitehall Twp. Patrolman Daryl L. Hendricks directs traffic for the most precious of life’s people , our children. Photo 1977.
Daryl Hendricks, Allentown Police Captain and veteran police officer for over 37 years, has announced today that he is a Democratic candidate to fill one of four Allentown City Council positions. Since his appointment to the Allentown Police Department in 1978, he has been involved in the arrest and prosecution of hundreds of suspects for various charges including homicides, burglaries and drug offenses. He has received commendations for bravery, merit and valor. Hendricks is familiar with every area of the City and has served with the City’s Neighborhood Crime Watch groups throughout his career. He has served as Commander of the Vice/Intelligence Unit and the Youth Division. Currently, he oversees the City’s Southside Police Service Area and the City’s Traffic Unit. He has also been a designated media spokesperson for the Department. He serves as the Chair of the Allentown Traffic Advisory Committee, Police liaison to the Allentown Human Relations Committee, and is a member of the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force. He was a founding member and former Team Leader of the City’s first Emergency Response Team.
Prior to his tenure with Allentown, he served for over two years with the South Whitehall Township Police Department. In 1972 he was appointed as one of the first Police Cadets to serve with the Allentown Police Department.
Hendricks, a native and life-long resident of the City of Allentown, attended Allentown public schools. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Lehigh Carbon Community College where he was admitted to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In addition he completed numerous degree courses from Muhlenberg College’s Wescoe School.
He currently serves as 1st Vice President on the Board of Directors for “Dream Come True”, a local organization that grants dreams for seriously, chronically and terminally ill children in the Lehigh Valley. He formerly served as a member of the Lehigh County Children and Youth Advisory Board and was a founding member of the Lehigh County Child Advocacy Center. He was elected into the Union Terrace Hall of Fame as a former youth baseball/basketball coach, where he served for over ten years.
Hendricks will be retiring from the Department at the end of the year. His strong desire to continue his service to the community and his commitment to Allentown’s public safety has led him to seek this office.
Former Councilman Martin Velazquez, Hendricks’ Campaign Chair said “Daryl’s many years of experience as a Police Officer serving the citizens of Allentown in addition to his commitment to our community through many volunteer capacities makes him an excellent candidate for City Council. He will bring a unique and balanced perspective to the Council. I’m proud to show my support for Daryl as his Campaign Chair and urge voters to elect him to City Council.”
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