The History of the Washington Township Police Department
1953-Washington Township created a police department about this time with the appointment of the first Police Chief- Don Gardner. This was a one man department for the first year or so.
1954- The Supervisors appointed Art Coulter as the new
Police Chief. There were 2 other Officers hired about this same time- Harold
Bush and Harold Simpson. The department then consisted of 3 men, and continued
this way until 1959.
1959-The members of the Civil Defense Police Unit
were sworn in as Special Police by the Township.
1960- This was the time for major changes in the Washington
Twp. Police Dept., Bill Bush was appointed as Captain.
1982-George Clay was hired as Patrolman and Code
1986- George Clay resigned to take a position with the Palm Beach Garden Police Dept. in Florida, this and the retirements of the past year left the Department with only 2 Officers, Chief Coking and Charles Lott. August of this year Joseph Huth hired as a Patrolman.
1987- Scott Slagle hired as a Patrolman.
1990- The first full-time Officers were added : Chief Coking, Joseph Huth, Scott Slagle, and John Michelli. The Police Department moved to the "new" Municipal Building near Kunkle Park.
1996- Russ Coking retired as Police Chief and Scott Slagle was appointed to the position. Patrolman Dave Shero was hired. Washinton Township residents are served by a full time, 24/7 Police Department for the first time.
1997- Patrolman Steve Aulerich was hired
1998- Patrolman Tim Yesho was hired
1999- Patrolman Vince Surace was hired
2001- The Department currently consists of 6 full time Officers and 3 part time Officers, 4 Patrol cars and 1 Ford Explorer. The Police Department currently is housed in the 1st floor of the Municipal Complex at Kunkle Park.
2002- Patrolman Jason Montgomery and Robert Kirkland were hired as part-time patrolmen.
2003- Patrolman Ken Hollis and Mark Junod were hired. Bringing the department roster to 9 patrolman, 6 full time and 3 part-time. Jason Montgomery promoted to full time position, Robert Kirkland resigned to accept a full-time position with Vandergrift Police.
2004-Department creates a sergeant position- Dave Shero was appointed to this position. Patrolman Yesho resigned to accept a position as investigator with the State Attorney General. Patrol Officers Uniform was changed from Gray shirt and black trouser, to a black shirt and trouser with gold stripe.
2005- Patrolman Hollis was appointed to a full time position. Cole Speer was hired as part-time Patrolman. Westmoreland County switches over to 800 mhz. for dispatch frequencies, much to the dismay of scanner-land.
2006-Patrol Officers issued Tasers as a non-lethal alternative weapon. WTPD is the first department in the area to make this a standard issue to Patrol Officers. Tim Turner is hired as part-time Police Officer.
2007- Brandon Nedley and Dakota Drew are hired as part-time Patrolmen. Patrolman Junod resigned to accept an Officer position with the Allegheny Twp. Police. Patrolman Cole Speer resigned to accept a full time position with Upper Burrell Police.
2008-Phillip Huth hired as part-time Officers. Patrolman Joe Huth retires after 22 years with the department .