Juvenile Officer Program
Since 1993, the Whitehall Borough Police Department has maintained a continuance presence in the school facilities located throughout the Baldwin – Whitehall School District. We are proud of being one of the first police departments in the South Hills to provide Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) to students in grades 3-12 and a provide a School Resource Officer (SRO).
In 2022, the DARE and SRO programs were combined into a full-time Juvenile Officer position. This officer works in conjunction with our criminal investigator on all matters pertaining to juveniles. The goal is to foster a positive relationship with children through community outreach programs and developing effective strategies to resolve issues that involve juveniles’ within in our community and school district. Some of our community outreach include:
- Internet Safety program developed by 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, a peer mentoring program that partners high school students with 8th grade students to act as positive role models.
- Cop Talk, an open discussion between 10th grade students and the police on important matters of pertaining to safety and current events.
- Survival 101, a presentation of the dynamics of a vehicle crash and traffic laws including seatbelt laws, distracted driving, and DUI to 11th Grade.
- Prom Promise Challenge, designed to educate teen drivers on the importance of never getting behind the wheel impaired and empowers them 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.”