Our Department is organized around the principles of Total Quality Management

The Lower Burrell Police Department is located at 2800 Bethel Street, within the Municipal Building. The Police Department is dedicated to excellence. It is organized around the principles of Total Quality Management. It is committed to fair and impartial enforcement of all laws and ordinances, with a respect for fundamental human rights and the creation of a safe environment for all who live, work and play within the borders of our city. The department is constantly striving to improve itself, increase qualitative and quantitative productivity and remain responsive to the needs of an ever-growing community. 




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The Police Department consists of sixteen (16) full-time police officers, and a full-time secretary, Sharon Wilks, to serve the residents of Lower Burrell.  Chief John Marhefka manages the two divisions within the department, the Detective Division, and the Patrol/Traffic Division. The department also deploys a School Resource Officer (SRO) in cooperation with the Burrell School District and a K-9 Officer. The Detective Division consists of Detective Brandon Nedley, and Detective Sergeant Zach Beam. The Patrol/Traffic Division currently consists of one (1) lieutenant: Lieutenant Tim Weitzel; and three (3) shift sergeants: Sergeant Stephen Cernava (K-9), Sergeant Scott Miller, and Sergeant Brendon Noll. It also currently consists of nine (9) patrolmen; Patrolmen Smail, Aulerich, Sekanick, Ondo, Acquaviva, Wright, Ravotti, Rote and Rodgers. The K-9 Unit consists of Sergeant Cernava and his K-9 partner Dax.

The Police Department is involved in numerous programs to enhance the service to our community. The Patrol/Traffic Division is assigned to an Officer District Program, where each officer is assigned a geographical area of the City as their district. The officers spend extra time in their districts making contacts with the residents and business within the district and attending to concerns or complaints. 

The patrol officers patrol all areas of the city, responding to calls for service, investigating accidents, unusual incidents and violations of the law. The crime prevention programs such as the Citizen’s Police Academy are designed to enhance community security, heighten the citizens' power of observation and to encourage mutual assistance and concern among neighbors. The SRO will continue our long standing tradition of presenting K-12 school classes which includes D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the Charlie Checkfirst Program, Child I.D., the Student Police Academy and various other presentations dealing with Crime Prevention. Residents and business' are urged to look out for one another and to report any suspicious activity by calling the police at 911. 

The Detective Division investigates all cases both adult and juvenile. They also work with our Burrell Youth Commission, which is comprised of volunteers from the City of Lower Burrell and the Township of Upper Burrell. A Westmoreland County Judge appoints the members of the Youth Commission. The Youth Commission hears cases involving offenses such as theft, retail theft, underage drinking, curfew violations, simple assaults, incorrigible youths and other offenses. The Youth Commission places juveniles on probation, counsels the youth and monitors their progress toward becoming a model teen citizen. We hope these services improve our citizens’ standard of living and make our community a better and safer place to live. If you are in need of our services, please dial 911, or dial our office at 724-339-4287.

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