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    Kipp Adcock: From Sergeant to Magistrate

    May 23, 2018

    This article originally appeared in The Dispatch, the University Police Department's newsletter.

    Kipp Adcock has always been a man of the community, but this is especially true now that he is serving in his role as North Pocono’s Magisterial District Judge. Magistrate Adcock was officially sworn in on January 1, 2018, after virtually assuring his win during the November primaries by winning both the Republican and Democratic party nominations. Prior to Kipp’s electoral bid, we were lucky to have him on staff serving as a University Police Sergeant for nearly 6 1/2 years. Although Kipp was posted to third shift (11 p.m. -7 a.m.) which is outside of normal business hours, many employees were familiar with him because he often volunteered to be part of committees, working groups and also served as a chaperone for an International Service trip to Belize.

    As a cum laude graduate of the University of Scranton, Kipp truly embodies the Jesuit mission and vision of The University. It is these ideals, coupled with over 25 years of law enforcement experience, that have helped Kipp get to the prestigious position he is in today. In fact, during his tenure with Roaring Brook Township, first as a patrolman and then as Chief, provided Kipp with extensive knowledge of the court system he now presides over. Now that Kipp is a Magisterial Judge within Lackawanna County he is responsible for hearing summary cases, preliminary arraignments, and hearings for criminal and non-criminal cases. He is also responsible for issuing arrest warrants, search warrants, and temporary Protection From Abuse orders. Kipp will also manage the “Junior Driver” program he introduced to NEPA during his time at Roaring Brook which replaced punishment (fines, costs and points on a junior driver’s license) with education in an effort to reduce tragic occurrences for young drivers.

    Most notably Kipp, in his short five-month tenure, has coordinated with the Director of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) to upgrade the Lackawanna 911 Training Center so that it could also serve as a Judicial Training Center. This move brings required trainings to Northeastern PA and allows employees of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania to attend training much closer to home, which has also saved the state thousands of dollars in the form of travel costs. It is programs and initiatives such as these that show Kipp’s dedication to law enforcement, impartial justice, and most importantly educational development.

    University Police was lucky to have him on staff, and although we miss his positive attitude and contributions to our program, we wish him all the best in the future!

    Read more from the University Police Department's newsletter, here.

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