Whitehall Police Department
Safety and Programming for the Borough

The Whitehall Borough Police Department was established in 1948.  It is interesting to note that one of the reasons residents chose to succeed from a larger township was dissatisfaction with the level of police protection.  Our agency has been ever mindful of the community’s expectations and diligently works to maintain professional police services for our residents, businesses and visitors.

Today, our Department employs (20) full-time police officers and (5) full time civilian support staff.  Each member is highly trained with opportunities to specialize in a wide variety of law enforcement functions.  Examples include K9 Unit and School Resource Officer Program as well as participation in several South Hills Regional Response Teams – Accident Reconstruction Team, Critical Incident Response Team, Cooperative Criminal Investigation Team, and Mobile Field Force. 

In addition to basic law enforcement services, our Department maintains the Borough’s 24-hour Public Safety Communication Center for Police, Fire, EMS and Public Works.   This service allows residents to report incidents and speak directly to a police department employee; provides a safe haven for those in need; and allows officers to dedicate more time to patrol and investigative activities.



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Meet our Force

The Police Department employs 20 full-time police officers and seven support personnel.

Jason Gagorik

Jason Gagorik


Chief Jason Gagorik has been a dedicated public safety professional for 30 years.  His experience includes progressive responsibilities and assignments in law enforcement, emergency medical services, and emergency management.

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Kurt Gaebel

Kurt Gaebel

Deputy Chief

Deputy Chief Kurt Gaebel joined the Whitehall Borough Police Department in 2000.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 2015 and Deputy Chief of Police in 2021.  In his current role, he serves as second in command of the police department and oversees criminal investigations, information technology systems…

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Joseph Budd
Korey Hinkle
Daniel Bowman


Terry Bradford
Scott Brown
Joseph Lacko
Mark Stephenson
Brett Newbould
Robert Smith
Christopher Mayburn
Carl Morosetti
Braden Seese
James Lostetter
Joseph Persichetti
Nathan Meyer
Giuseppe Valenti
Ryan Griffin
Andrew Haburjak


Debra Kukan
Marie Schwartzmeier
Matthew Mabon
Jessica Morgan
Jaclyn Polky
Tracy Murrello                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

How to Obtain Copies of Police Reports


It is the policy of Whitehall Borough Police Department to conform to the mandates of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S. §§ 101 et seq., the Criminal History Record Information Act, 18 Pa. C.S.A. § 9101 et seq. (CHRIA), the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law, 65 P.S. §§ 67.101, et seq (RTKL), and Act 22 of 2017, 42 Pa.C.S. §§ 67A01 et seq. (Act 22).   Depending on the type of record and your relationship to the case, copies of police reports and other police records may or may not be available under certain circumstances:

  • Motor Vehicle Accident report copies are only available to involved parties. There is a $15 fee for each report copy and you must include a copy of your photo ID.  We will NOT release a full copy of the report if criminal charges are pending.  Click to download and complete the  Police Accident Report Request Form.   The form can be submitted in person, mailed, faxed, or email to:

Whitehall Borough Police Department

100 Borough Park Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Fax: 412-884-4401


  • Police Incident Reports must be requested under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law (RTKL). Police incident reports containing criminal investigatory material will not be released in accordance with CHRIA and Section 708(b)(16) of the RTKL.  Criminal police incident reports can only be released to criminal justice agencies like criminal courts and other police departments and are generally not available pursuant to a civil subpoena under CHRIA.  However, “police blotter” information is a public record and will be released.


Police incident reports containing noncriminal investigatory material (e.g., child custody and civil disputes) are not public records under Section 708(b)(17) of the RTKL and will not be released unless the release is not prohibited by law or court order and the Department determines that it is in the public interest to release the record.  Noncriminal police incident reports are generally available pursuant to a civil subpoena.

Click to download and complete the Right to Know Request Form.  The form can be submitted in person, mailed, faxed, or emailed to the Open Records Officer for the Borough of Whitehall:

Courtney Wertz, Borough Manager

100 Borough Park Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Fax:  412-884-1160


Everyday Ordinances You Should Know

  • Parking of vehicles is not permitted on the street between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. (Chapter 171; Schedule XVII: Restricted Parking) 
  • Parking on the streets is prohibited when snowfall has accumulated three inches (Chapter 171; Article VIII: Parking During Snow Removal) 
  • Shoveling snow onto the street is prohibited (Chapter 154; Article I; Ordinance Nos. 103 & 1114)
  • All dogs shall be licensed with Allegheny County per State law. Dogs and cats are not permitted to run at large (Chapter 71; Ordinance No. 12) 
  • The indiscriminate spreading of birdseed, animal feed or bread crumbs on any property is prohibited (Ordinance No 498) 
  • All door-to-door peddlers or canvassers must be licensed by the Borough and may not canvas after dark (Chapter 131: Peddling and Soliciting) 

Recreational Fires may be no larger than 3 feet in diameter and are not permitted within 25 feet of a structure or lot line.  Permitted Fires are prohibited between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7 a.m. (Chapter 101; Ordinance No. 1055)

What to Know When You Contact The Police Department

  • What type of incident are you reporting?
  • When did the incident occur?
  • Where did the incident occur?
  • Who is reporting the incident?
  • Description of the person(s) involved
  • Description of any vehicles involved
  • Are there any weapons involved?

D.A.R.E and School Resource Officer Programs

Since 1993, the Whitehall Borough Police Department has provided Drug and Alcohol Resource Education (D.A.R.E.) to local students. The program targets students in grades 3 through 12 in Baldwin Whitehall School District and Saint Gabriel’s Catholic School. The goal of the D.A.R.E. Program is to equip school students with skills for resisting social and peer pressures to experiment with tobacco, drugs, and alcohol.

In January 2016, the Department expanded on the success of the D.A.R.E by providing the first School Resource Officer (SRO) in the Baldwin Whitehall School District. This collaborative effort between the Borough and school district ensures that a sworn municipal police officer is assigned to the schools full time during the school year. The program provides services to McAnnulty Elementary, Paynter Elementary, Whitehall Elementary, Harrison Middle School, and Baldwin High School.        

The goal of the SRO program is to provide a safe learning environment in our district schools, provide valuable resources to school staff, foster a positive relationship with and develop strategies to resolve problems affecting our youth.

Some of the programs incorporated into D.A.R.E. and SRO include:

  • Internet safety presentations (ICAC-NETSMARTZ) – Interactive educational program from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that offers age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on and offline (6th grade)
  • Role Models – High school students are partnered with students to act as positive role models (8th Grade)
  • Cop Talk – A question and answer session between high school students and the police (10th grade)
  • Survival 101 – Discussing the dynamics of a vehicle crash, traffic laws including seatbelt laws, distracted driving, and DUI (11th Grade)
  • Prom Promise Challenge – Asks teens to make the responsible decision to never get behind the wheel impaired and to make sure their friends do the same (12th Grade)
  • Do the Right Thing – A cooperative effort between the school district, Whitehall Police Department, Baldwin Whitehall PTA, PTO, and local businesses that recognizes students for “Doing the Right Thing.”


For more information on D.A.R.E. and School Resource Officer Programs, please email Officer Robert Smith or call 412.884.1100 (station) or 412.885.7835 (school office).

Community Programs

The Whitehall Borough Police Department is an organization whose foundation is based on service to the community.  Every member of the department accepts this responsibility and strives to be an active member of the community we serve.  Here are just a few of our community activities and programs:   

  • Group tours of the police station
  • Crime prevention meetings
  • Hunter/trapper education program
  • K9  officer visits
  • Special Olympics Polar Plunge team

To schedule a community program, please email administration@whitehallboropd.org or call 412.884.1100.

Deer Management Program

In 2022, our elected officials partnered with Suburban Wildlife Management Solutions to develop and implement its community-based public archery program.  They will oversee the public archery hunt, which takes place during the statewide hunting season(s) established by the Pa Game Commission.  The program’s success requires collaboration with Borough residents to utilize proven deer management strategies in areas with the highest rates of deer-human conflicts.

Archers:  Whitehall residents interested in participating as archers are encouraged to apply.   It is important to note, the number of participants permitted into the archery program is limited to the number of available hunting locations in the program.  Interested archers are asked to download and complete the Archer Application.

Email the application, along with photocopies of NBEF or PGC bow hunter education card, driver’s license, and any additional hunting related certifications and safety courses to Suburban Wildlife at WildlifeManagementSolutions@gmail.com.  You can also drop off the completed application and documents at the Whitehall Borough Police Department.

Property Owners:   Whitehall property owners interested in allowing authorized hunters to access their property for archery hunting are asked to download and complete the Property Owner Authorization

Email the application to Suburban Wildlife at WildlifeManagementSolutions@gmail.com.  Please include your property address, description of property, and your contact information in the email.

Associated Documents and Links

Deer Management FAQs

Proposed Deer Management Program

Whitehall Resident Survey

Human Wildlife Conflict Management

Community Based Deer Management 

Managing White-tailed Deer in the Suburbs

Special Needs Registry

The Whitehall Borough Police Department maintains a registry of information to be able able to assist persons with special needs who live within our community.  This information is kept confidential and only made available to responding public safety personnel during an emergency situation.  Download the Special Needs Registry From. 

Drug Collection Unit

The Whitehall Borough Police Department currently has a drug collection unit in the lobby of the Police Department.

Residents can deposit outdated or unwanted:

  • Prescriptions
  • Prescription patches
  • Prescription medications
  • Prescription ointments
  • Over the counter medications
  • Vitamins
  • Medication samples
  • Medications for pets

The unit will not accept:

  • hydrogen peroxide
  • inhalers
  • aerosol cans
  • over the counter ointments/lotions or liquids
  • medications from businesses or clinics
  • needles (sharps)
  • thermometers
  • any bloody or infectious waste

The unit was made possible by CVS/pharmacy, the Partnership for Drug Free Kids and the Medicine Abuse Project.