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 of Police: Keith P. Henderson began his career as a Police Officer with Whitehall Borough in August of 1982. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1992, Deputy Chief of Police in 2015 and Chief of Police in 2017.
Deputy Chief Jason C. Gagorik has been a dedicated public safety professional for over 25 years. His training and experience include EMT-Paramedic, Police Officer, and Emergency Management.
Deputy Chief Gagorik joined the Whitehall Borough Police Department as a Patrol Officer in January 2002.
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
Special Needs Registry
Add yourself or another individual with physical, mental health and intellectual development disabilities to the special needs registry at the Department of Emergency Services.
The voluntary information you provide is shared with responders during police, fire, or medical emergencies.
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.