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.
Meet our Force
The Police Department employs 20 full-time police officers and seven support personnel.
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.
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…
How to Obtain Copies of Police Reports
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
- Motor Vehicle Accident report copies are only available to involved parties. There is a $15 fee
for each report copy. You can obtain a copy of your accident report online at
www.crashdocs.org. We will NOT give out information from the report over the phone. We will
NOT release a full copy of the report if criminal charges are pending.
- 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.
- Motor Vehicle Accident report copies are only available to involved parties. There is a $15 fee
Download and complete the Right to Know 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
(412) 884-0505 extension 321
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
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.”
- Group tours of the police station
- Crime prevention meetings
- Hunter/trapper education program
- K9 officer visits
- Special Olympics Polar Plunge team
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
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
Residents can deposit outdated or unwanted:
- Prescription patches
- Prescription medications
- Prescription ointments
- Over the counter medications
- Medication samples
- Medications for pets
The unit will not accept:
- hydrogen peroxide
- aerosol cans
- over the counter ointments/lotions or liquids
- medications from businesses or clinics
- needles (sharps)
- any bloody or infectious waste
The unit was made possible by CVS/pharmacy, the Partnership for Drug Free Kids and the Medicine Abuse Project.