Superintendent Timothy M. Bernhardt
Superintendent Timothy M. Bernhardt is a highly decorated and accomplished police commander with 22 years of law enforcement experience, proudly serving with the Upper Darby Township Police Department for the past 17 years. With highly skilled service as an officer and investigator in numerous assignments, he quickly rose through the ranks and earned a command as Lieutenant of the Narcotics Division and Mountain Bicycle and Traffic Unit.
Superintendent Bernhardt is a proud graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School, the Delaware County Municipal Police Academy, the Williamson College of the Trades, and Neumann University. He has outstanding leadership competencies with judicious decision-making, interpersonal and critical-thinking skills, and an unyielding passion to develop, inspire, and lead others. He has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades during his tenure, but he is most proud of being the Recipient of the prestigious Dennis McNamara Police Officer of the Year Memorial Award.
Superintendent Bernhardt has formed strong working relationships with numerous outside agencies. He played key roles with the Delaware County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and the FBI’s Violent Gang Task Force, where he conducted hundreds of undercover operations throughout the county, and at times across state lines. He is a well-regarded professional, often called upon to provide valuable expert testimony in various courts of law.
Superintendent Bernhardt is a champion of change and innovation. He spearheaded the department’s Racial Intelligence Program, which provided thorough training and certification for 131 officers, empowering them with improved communication, while building department morale and community trust.
Most recently, Superintendent Bernhardt was featured on national television in the A&E Series Intervention – Season #20. He also worked closely with the NFL Network, presenting a series of player social justice features in partnership with the NFL's newly launched Let's Listen Together initiative, starring Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins, highlighting his work with the Upper Darby Township Police Department.
Superintendent Bernhardt was born and raised in Upper Darby Township. He has strong ties to the community, and a true passion for representing its fine citizens.