Chief Fruecht currently serves (June 1988 to present) as Chief of Police of Peters Township in Washington County, a Home Rule Charter community with a population of 20,556 and land size of 19.5 square miles. He has 42 years of experience in the law enforcement profession.
Chief Fruecht is a graduate of Penn State University and the FBI National Academy. He has served as a Police Consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Peer-to-Peer Program since 1992. Chief Fruecht has completed numerous management studies, regional police studies, and provided technical assistance. He is an instructor for the Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors, and has provided instruction on various police management issues across Pennsylvania. The Chief also consults with a private firm on disaster preparedness software. In 2005 Chief Fruecht was hired as a police consultant for RDM (Resource Development and Management) working on EIP (Emergency Intervention Projects) awarded by the State of Pennsylvania. He has completed four such projects on Police Departments ranging in size of fifteen officers to over 186 officers. In 2012 Chief Fruecht received training on implementing a crime analysis tool entitled “Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic” (DDACTS). In the first year 2013, crime dropped 24% in the targeted zone. He received further training in this area and is now a SME for this program.
Prior to obtaining the position at Peters Township he was the Deputy Chief of Police for the Upper St. Clair Police Department. He was hired by Upper St. Clair in August of 1974. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1980. In 1986 he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police.