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Sharon Hill Borough Council Appoints Kelley Hodge as Special Counsel to Administratively Investigate Police Policies and Procedures Surrounding the Academy Park High School Football Game Shooting

September 17, 2021

Last evening at its regularly scheduled Borough Council meeting Kelley Hodge and the Law Firm of Fox-Rothschild LLP was appointed by a unanimous vote as special counsel to investigate policies and procedures surrounding the Academy Park High School Football Game Shooting.

A legal trailblazer on multiple fronts, Ms. Hodge was the first African American woman to lead the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office in its 167-year history and spearheaded key initiatives addressing juvenile justice and school violence in roles with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Ms. Hodge’s experience as both the District Attorney of Philadelphia and as a public defender provides her a unique perspective to this administrative investigation which enables her to see all sides and appreciate all perspectives and make an unbiased fact-based determination.

The administrative investigation is meant to provide accountability for any possible policy violations related to the incident. In addition to accountability, the investigation will examine Sharon Hill Police Department policies and procedures at the time of the tragic shooting and the use of force training requirements to assess and advise on their content and application. This will the ensure that going forward, the Borough’s Police Department adopts and implements the best community policing policies and procedures.

Last modified: October 6, 2021

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