Superintendent Michael Chitwood

Superintendent Mike Chitwood joined the Upper Darby Police Department as Superintendent of Police in August 2005. He has more than 50 years of law enforcement experience, including 32 years as the Chief of Police in both urban and suburban departments. In his current position, Superintendent Chitwood is responsible for managing the $27 million budget and for overseeing 133 sworn officers and 24 civilian staff in the Department.  

Collaboration between the police and the community is the hallmark of his policing style. Community initiatives in the Upper Darby Township include the Community Policing Center, a victim’s services program, the Citizen’s Police Academy and the 5th Grade Mentoring program.  

Superintendent Chitwood has been a frequent speaker at local community events and has made numerous appearances on local and national television programs discussing issues ranging from gun control legislation and privacy rights to the role of social media in policing.  In 2013, Mike became the subject of the book “Tough Cop, authored by Hal Gullan, which chronicles his extraordinary career in law enforcement and offers his perspective on current issues facing law enforcement agencies.  

Mike Chitwood earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and a Master of Arts in Administration from Antioch University. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy and the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy’s School of Government.