Public Safety - Police Department
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Whitehall Police Department
100 Borough Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Police Department headquarters are located in the lower level of the Municipal Building.
Under the direction of Chief Keith Henderson, the Whitehall Borough features one of the most highly trained, best equipped police departments in Allegheny County.
The Whitehall Borough Police Department employs 19 full time police officers, 5 full time, and 2 part time support personnel.
The Police Department maintains its own dispatch center 24 hours a day at 412.884.1100 for Police, Fire, and Medical emergencies. 9-1-1 calls are forwarded to us from the center. Non-emergency calls will also be accepted at 412.884.1100.
The dispatchers have equipment available to communicate with the hearing and speech impaired.
It is interesting to note that one of the reasons Whitehall Borough seceded from Baldwin Township in 1948 was due to resident dissatisfaction with the level of police protection. In fact, the first piece of equipment ever purchased by the new Whitehall Borough was a 1947 Chevrolet Stylemaster police vehicle equipped with snow tires, siren, two-way radio and a full tank of gas for $2,292.50. The department has been ever mindful of the community’s expectations in the years since. Residents cite community safety as one of the primary reasons that they choose to live in Whitehall.
The Police Department is an organization whose foundation is based on Service to the Community. The Principal mission of this Department is to serve and protect persons and property in Whitehall Borough. The responsibilities associated with this mission are many. They include enforcement of Federal, State, County and Borough Ordinances; maintaining the peace and order of the Borough; protecting property, personal safety, and generally assisting citizens in urgent situations.
The Police Services associated with criminal activity is only a part of our overall responsibility. A great percentage of our time and energy is expended on noncriminal service functions and in dealing with law-abiding citizens of the community. It is our duty, not only to protect our citizens from crime, but also to protect and defend the rights guaranteed under our structure of government.
Every officer, as a member of this Department, shall accept these responsibilities as their fundamental duty. Each officer is expected to carry out these responsibilities diligently and courteously and to take pride in the services they provide.
Police Administration is responsible for the general operation of the Department.
Planning, budget preparation, computer operations and development, scheduling, Internal Affairs, training and the overall operations of law enforcement functions, are under the control of Chief Keith P. Henderson and Deputy Chief Jason C. Gagorik.
Keith P. Henderson being sworn in as Chief of Police at the April 5, 2017 Council Meeting
Jason C. Gagorik (left) with Mayor Nowalk, after being sworn in as Deputy Chief of Police at the April 19, 2017 Council Meeting
The primary function of the Department lies with the Police Patrol Services Unit. They respond to all Calls for Service; Conduct Criminal Investigations; Traffic Enforcement and Borough Ordinance violations.
The Police Patrol Services Unit consists of four sergeants and thirteen patrol officers. This unit maintains three marked patrol cars and two four-wheel drive SUV’s and one unmarked vehicle.
The patrol vehicles contain equipment that enables the officers to respond to a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations in an efficient and effective manner. This includes vehicle-mounted video cameras, mobile data computers, LIFEPAK 500 automated external defibrillators (AED’s), first aid/oxygen equipment and breath testing equipment.
The Communications Unit is best described as the foundation of the Police Department. From the Dispatch Center, all Emergency and Non-Emergency calls for service are processed. The employees that work in this unit are a highly trained and caring group of people with great skills.
The men and women in the Communications Unit must be able to field an enormous amount of incoming calls each month, prioritizing each call into a proper category, and forward that call to the appropriate Emergency Service Unit.
Our Telecommunicators must be able to not only answer and disseminate these calls for assistance, but they do so as they also monitor multiple radio frequencies, broadcast calls, run records information, track officers activity in the field to monitor their safety, and maintain our computerized record information system. The dispatcher often encounters the irate, frustrated, and frightened citizens needing urgent help. During emergencies, these employees must remain calm and efficiently handle their duties.
Communications Unit Personnel
The D.A.R.E. Mission: “Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives”
The D.A.R.E. Vision: “A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.”
A Vital Mission… to Fulfill a Vision
- Founded in 1983 by Los Angeles Police Department, today more than 15,000 D.A.R.E. officers and deputies are in over 10,000 communities nationwide educating America’s youth and serving as the first line of defense in America’s schools.
- The D.A.R.E. program is taught in all 50 states, and 49 other countries. All curricula are science-based, age appropriate, and written by a national panel of curriculum and prevention experts. The D.A.R.E. curricula meets the core educational standards of health, language arts, and math.
- D.A.R.E. meets the needs of communities and schools as it relates to “bullying”.
- The basic 80 hour D.A.R.E. Officer Training (DOT) allows a police officer to teach both the elementary curriculum and the middle school curriculum.
- D.A.R.E. has new elementary and middle school curriculum, keepin’ it REAL (kiR). The D.A.R.E. kiR middle school curriculum is an evidence based program listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
- A D.A.R.E. Instructor must be a uniformed law enforcement officer, meeting the minimum training standards for peace officer status in his or her state of residence, and who has completed the equivalent of two years as a peace officer with full police powers.
The Whitehall Borough Police Department’s D.A.R.E. Program began in the fall of 1993 with classes at Whitehall Elementary School, Saint Gabriel School and Harrison Middle School. The program initially targeted 5th and 6th grades with two uniformed instructors.
The program has since grown to cover : Whitehall Elementary, Saint Gabriel’s School, Paynter Elementary, Saint Elizabeth’s School, Harrison Middle School and Baldwin High School. The Whitehall Borough Police Dept now reaches out to students in grades 3 through 12th in the Baldwin Whitehall School District, Saint Gabriel’s and Saint Elizabeth’s with over 4,000 students each year participating in the DARE Program.
The Program is based on:
- Equipping elementary school students with skills for resisting social and peer pressures to experiment with tobacco, drugs and alcohol.
- Utilizing teachers, parents and community leaders when assessing risky decision making at school and home.
- Assisting students with a working solution when they are confronted with violence, anger and bullying by other students.
The Whitehall Borough Police Department is continuing to lead the way with new initiatives that expand outside the usual D.A.R.E. programs:
The INTERNET SAFETY PRESENTATION (ICAC-NETSMARTZ: Sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, is presented to every student in the 6th grade program.
ROLE MODEL PROGRAM: 8Th Grade- High School Students also participate (volunteer) in this program delivered to the 8th graders.
COP TALK: 10TH Grade- A question and answer session with the Sophomore Class at Baldwin High School and the Police.
SURVIVAL 101: 11TH Grade program discussing the dynamics of a crash, traffic laws including seatbelt laws, distracted driving and DUI.
DO THE RIGHT THING: A program rewarding students for “Doing the Right Thing”. This is a cooperative effort between the Baldwin Whitehall School District, The Whitehall Borough Police DARE Program, Baldwin Whitehall PTA, PTO, Parents and Local Businesses.
If there are any questions or comments concerning the D.A.R.E. Program, you can direct your inquiries to:
Officer David. Artman
Whitehall Borough Police Department
In January 2016 the Whitehall Borough Police Department began a collaborative effort with the Baldwin Whitehall School District. Through this effort the Borough of Whitehall began providing a sworn police officer to be the first School Resource Officer (SRO) in the Baldwin Whitehall School District. The SRO is assigned to the schools full time during the school year and returns to patrol duties during the summer months.
In Whitehall, the emergency management program is the responsibility of the police department. The Chief and Deputy Chief of Police work closely with all Borough public safety agencies to ensure the necessary plans and programs are in place to lessen the impact of emergencies and disasters, both man-made and natural.
Depending on the size and scale of such events, it is important for you to know that first responders may not be able to immediately reach you. We strongly encourage each household to prepare for such events by creating a family emergency plan. Your plan should include enough supplies for each family member to be self-sufficient for at least three days. Download: The Pennsylvania Emergency Preparedness Guide
When a disaster or emergency strikes, important information will be sent out through the Borough’s Emergency Notification System – Swift Reach 911. Sign up to receive emergency alerts and messages at: Whitehallboro.org/swift911.html
Questions concerning the Borough’s Emergency Management Program, contact:
Chief Keith Henderson or Deputy Chief Jason Gagorik at: 412-884-1100
Here are some useful links:
American Red Cross | RedCross.org
Salvation Army | SalvationArmyUSA.org
Ready PA | Ready.PA.gov
Allegheny County Emergency Services | AlleghenyCounty.US/Emergency-Services/Index.aspx
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency | PEMA.PA.gov
Federal Emergency Management Agency | FEMA.gov
U.S. Homeland Security | DHS.gov
- Parking of vehicles is not permitted on the street between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
- Parking on the streets is prohibited when snowfall has accumulated three inches
- Shoveling snow onto the street is prohibited
- All dogs shall be licensed with Allegheny County. Dogs and cats are not permitted to run at large
- The indiscriminate spreading of birdseed, animal feed or bread crumbs on any property is prohibited
- All door-to-door peddlers or canvassers must be licensed by the Borough and may not canvas after dark
The Police Department conducts a "Citizen Police Academy" for residents on an annual basis with a minimum of 20 interested residents. The course consists of one night a week for three hours, for nine weeks.
The students learn Pennsylvania criminal law and vehicle code, search and seizure and evidence handling. On the eighth week the students apply their skills in a practical exercise. Students receive a certificate upon completion.
All applicants must pass a screening before admission. Applications for the Academy will be published in the Borough Bulletin.
In order to provide the best service to the public and safe guard the responding Police, Fire and Medical units, dispatchers are trained to first determine whether the caller is reporting an Emergency or Non-Emergency type of situation.
To accomplish this, dispatchers will ask a series of questions and obtain certain essential information. These questions are important. The answers to these questions will greatly assist the police officers in the performance of their duties and do not delay response time.
The following information is needed for each call for service:
- 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?
You may be asked to stay on the phone with the dispatcher so they can relay any additional information to the officers responding to the incident location. The most important thing is that you have to try to remain calm.
Hosted by the Whitehall Police Department
The Whitehall Borough Police Department will be conducting its Annual Hunter Safety Course. This is a Free Course.
The 2018 Class:
- Class will be held on: September 8, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
- Class is held at: The Whitehall Borough Community Room.
Login to the PA Game Commission Website at: www.pgc.state.pa.us and Click: Education Link or call the Whitehall Police Department: 412.884.1100
Whitehall Borough has entered into an agreement with the Municipality of Mt. Lebanon to provide animal control service. Also in the agreement are the communities of Upper St. Clair, Scott Township, Dormont Borough, Greentree Borough and Castle Shannon Borough.
Each community pays their proportionate share for services provided each month.
Stray dogs and cats that are picked up are placed in a kennel located in Upper St. Clair.
If you require the services of Animal Control:
Contact the Police Dispatcher: 412.884.1100
Animal Control Update - Littering and Wildlife:
For some, you may find this one a little disturbing. I urge caution when viewing the photos below.
Recently in Upper St Clair we received calls regarding a young deer walking along Painters Run Road with a clear plastic bucket on its head. After several attempts we were able to locate this animal but no matter how hard we tried we could not get him cornered to where we could try to remove this devise.
We contacted the Pennsylvania Game Commission and WCO Bergman came out with a tranquilizer gun but again, could not get close enough.
So for two weeks we watched when time permitted and we tried to figure where he would be next. Then this past Monday we received to call we knew would be coming, "Bucket Head" had died. We found him curled in a ball in the backyard of one of our residents with the bucket still attached.
I answered the call to remove him and while picking him up his torture device simply fell off. He was a young buck. A yearling with two small buttons where his antlers would have grown from, but in this case held the device in place and in the end being the cause of his demise.
Every year Animal Control responds to about 3 thousand nuisance wildlife calls. In most cases we find the persons calling for help are actually the ones creating the problem, from simple bird feeders to putting out their house hold garbage to early the day before.
In this case a simple plastic bucket used for pretzels became a torture device and the cause of a long and agonizing demise. By simply re attaching the lid or crushing the bucket this would have avoided this entire event. We urge residents to keep their recyclables and garbage in a secured area (such as a garage) so that wildlife does not have access to it. This also happens regularly to the smaller animals such as raccoons and even the neighbor's cat.
Sincerely, Roy Hayward, ACO
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced the launch of an on-line Special Needs Registry that allows residents with physical, mental health and intellectual disabilities to provide information to the Department of Emergency Services.
The voluntary information may then be shared with those responding to a home for a police, fire, or medical emergency.
The registry may be found on the county's website at: www.alleghenycounty.us/specialneedsregistry