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Position Announcements:

Transit Police Officer - Pittsburgh, PA
Sales Representative - United Public Safety
Chief of Police - City of Pittsburgh
Patrol Officer - Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Chief of Police - Borough of Punxsutawney
Chief of Police - Borough of Watsontown
Chief of Police - The Municipality of Bethel Park
Police Officer - Township of Newport Police Officer - The Stroud Area Regional Police Department
Patrol Officer - Carroll Valley Borough





Location – Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Description of the job:

Port Authority is seeking an experienced Transit Police Officer to provide internal and external security of the Port Authority, its facilities and equipment, including assisting in special investigations and protecting Port Authority employees, patrons, and property.



Job requirements include:    

·        High School Diploma or GED.

·        Valid PA Driver’s License.

·        Act 120 certification.

·        Basic clerical skills.

·        Ability to observe and analyze situations objectively and respond appropriately.

·        Ability to handle emotionally charged situations.

·        Ability to act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.

·        One (1) year experience as a Police Officer; or one (1) year as a Port Authority Security Guard; or a combination of the above.

·        Professional and effective communication skills to include:

·        Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner.

·        Ability to understand and execute oral and written instructions.

·        Successfully complete/maintain the following required training:

·        Yearly firearm qualifications with the standard departmentally authorized firearm.

·        Maintain Basic First Aid and CPR Certification.

·        Job specific training, as required.

·        Ability to work various shifts, pass days, weekends/holidays, as required.

·        Successful completion of administered written Police Officer exam.

·        Successful completion of administered fitness exam.



We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package. 

Contact Information:

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter (with salary requirements) and resume to:

Robyn Taylor

Employment Department

345 Sixth Avenue , 3rd Floor

Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2527



Posted: 6/19/2014      Removal Date:  Until Position is FIlled




Location – Horsham, Montgomery County

Description of the job:

We are seeking a local, highly motivated Sales Representative to effectively sell our Parking and e-Citation software products and services to state, county and municipal organizations. Our Sales Representative will employ a consultative sales process while seeking out new business, maintaining existing relationships to continue recurring revenue, and working directly with decision makers to determine and meet their needs.



Key Areas of Responsibility:

-      Drive the entire sales cycle including identifying potential clients, determining client needs, negotiating and closing

-      Generate new business by conducting market analysis, cold calling, and prospecting

-      Work with our existing clients on up-sell opportunities and contract renewals

-      Act as a “solutions expert" consultant by helping partners with their unique critical business issues and strategic initiatives

-      Work directly with the management team, software support, and project management throughout sales lifecycles

-      Become a Subject Matter Expert

-      Sales Experience desired, but not necessary



-      Bachelor’s Degree required

-      Outgoing, friendly personality

-      At least (3) years of experience

-      Ambitious, self-motivated and results-oriented

-      Must be available to travel overnight.

-      Prefer retired PA Police Chief, preferably

Western PA



Competitive salary, additional results-based compensation and benefits


Contact Information:

Please contact jyoung@upsafety.net or mail resume to United Public Safety,

419 Sargon Way , Horsham PA19044

Posted: 6/19/2014      Removal Date:  Until Position is Filled



Location – City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County


The Chief of Police, City of Pittsburgh, reports to the Public Safety Director and is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the Bureau of Police. 


There’s enthusiasm in the air around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This enthusiasm is caused by the hope brought about by new leadership, and the promise of new and innovative thinking that will be deployed to address civic issues. On January 6, 2014 William “Bill” Peduto was sworn in as the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, the second largest city in the state. A self-described “Reform Democrat”, while a member of Pittsburgh City Council Bill Peduto wrote the most comprehensive package of government reform legislation in the City’s history. He strengthened the Ethics Code, created the city’s first Campaign Finance Limits, established Lobbyist Disclosure and Lobbyist Registration and ended No-Bid Contracts. Mayor Peduto loves Pittsburgh and understands what makes our city unique. With a population of more than 300,000 that is growing younger and increasingly more diverse, Pittsburgh is a city on the move. Thanks to a relatively low crime rate, affordability, healthy economy, and vibrant restaurant and arts scenes, publications like Forbes and The Economist have labeled Pittsburgh America's "most livable city." With 90 diverse and distinct neighborhoods, Pittsburgh has something for everyone. We’re building an exciting, new administration and we’ve got some serious work to do. Come grow with us.

The focus of this role is on achieving results which are aligned with the larger picture of the organization and its strategic goals. Initiative, coupled with a sense of competitive drive, and the ability to stay focused on results despite changing conditions, is the key to achieving the performance objectives of this role. Because environmental and organizational conditions change rapidly, the work involves innovation and creativity in generating ideas for quick response. Decision-making is focused on implementing practical, timely solutions. The role requires getting things done quickly and handling a variety of activities. Self-assurance, and the confidence to purposely drive toward results while constantly problem-solving and engaging the commitment of others is essential. A leadership style that is firm and goal oriented, and yet motivates, trains, and engages others in an enthusiastic way is important. The emphasis on building rapport and relationships with individuals and groups requires an outgoing, poised and persuasive communication style.  Because the pace of the work is faster than average, the ability to learn quickly and thoroughly while continually recognizing and adapting to changing conditions is critical. The scope of the role requires effective delegation to proven people, especially routine and repetitive details, but with responsibility for follow up and accountability for timely results.  While the role requires the ability to act independently, a sense of urgency and the confidence to handle a variety of challenges, a full commitment to the success of the city and high standards of achievement are expected in this role. The emphasis is on results, and effective systems that achieve results through and with people.


The mission of the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is to protect and enhance the quality of life in the diverse neighborhoods of Pittsburgh by working in partnership with citizens, faith based organizations, and businesses, to prevent and solve problems while remaining sensitive to the authority with which it has been entrusted.  It is the challenge of the Bureau to provide quality service with accountability, integrity, and respect. 

The Bureau of Police provides law enforcement and public safety services.  It is organized into four units:  the Chief’s Office, which provides administrative oversight and is responsible for managing the vehicle fleet, the Administration Branch, which manages training, reporting, personnel and finance matters, planning, intelligence, and analysis functions, support services, and school crossing guards, the Operations Branch, which comprises the six police zones and the Special Deployment Division (motorcycle unit, SWAT, and collision), and the Investigations Branch, which is further divided into Major Crimes and Narcotics and Vice.

The Bureau of Police has an overall budget of $72,346,870. For more detail on the Bureau access the most recent Annual Reports at http://pittsburghpa.gov/police/annual-reports


The general administration and control of the Bureau of Police is vested in the Chief who is responsible for the government, efficiency, and good conduct of the Bureau.  The Chief of Police is supported by the Deputy Chief of Police, who also manages the vehicle fleet.  

The Police Chief’s primary responsibility will be to provide leadership for this Bureau to ensure that a high level of service and professionalism is maintained and improved upon.  Specific management goals include; improving the Police Bureau's community-oriented policing approach by partnering with other agencies (City, other governmental/non-profits and the private sector); advancing a multi-sector public health approach to violence prevention with specific strategies to address Pittsburgh’s most underserved neighborhoods; working collaboratively with other city departments and authorities to prepare Pittsburgh neighborhoods for growth and investment.

Other key issues include long term, broad scope planning and building greater diversity and employee involvement within the Bureau.


          Knowledge of organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs.

          Law enforcement theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs including investigation and identification, patrol, traffic control, records management, care and custody of persons and property, and crime prevention.

          General Operational characteristics of police apparatus and equipment.

          Court decisions and how they affect department operations. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

          Principles and practices of municipal organization, administration and personnel management.

          Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

          Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

          Firearms, self-defense and crowd control, motor vehicle code, crimes code, Manual of Procedural Orders, criminal justice procedures, and City geography.

          City and departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

          Relevant labor agreements and personnel policies and procedures.

          Community oriented policing philosophy.


The successful candidate will have broad experience in all areas in a municipal police department including law enforcement, police administration, safety and maintenance of motor vehicle codes, external relations and planning for future law enforcement needs and public safety concerns. He/she will have a successful track record of effectively managing the functions and activities of a police department of comparable or larger size and similar complexity of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

Significant Police Operations and Police Management experience preferably in departments serving populations of 300,000 or more and must include successful progressive levels of responsibility culminating in a role equivalent to Police Chief or a top Deputy/Assistant Chief. 

          An open, collaborative leader who can drive agreements on police cooperation. Experience with regional cooperation initiatives and a track record of managing effective working relationships with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Ability to successfully work in a highly unionized environment.

          Skills as a people-oriented manager with a history of high visibility and accessibility within the work setting.  A history of clear and concise communication with department staff, the Mayor’s office, elected officials and the public. The Chief should be an adept professional in media relations and interactions with print and electronic media.

          Principal centered leadership style that motivates rank-in-file officers as well as command staff.  Demonstrated experience in creating and maintaining effective cooperation/partnerships with neighborhoods, citizens, businesses, religious organizations, and civic organizations.

          Demonstrated ability to implement and effect change in a bureau of comparable size.

          Excellent fiscal and human resource management skills including the development and mentoring of internal human resource talent to include the creation and implementation of a succession plan.

          Innovation in service delivery, employee recruitment/selection, employee development and managing personnel matters.   


          A Champion of the Department with the highest integrity and ethical standards; leads by example. A proven record of consistency, fairness and accountability in application of policies and discipline of Department personnel.

          An innovative administrator capable of inspiring a vision and leading change for the enhancement of better policing methodology. Confident and willing to consider new methods, technology and training to better respond to the trends and cycles of crime and violence prevention

          A proactive and decisive leader capable of gaining respect from both internal and external constituents. A humble command presence aimed at reflecting the police department as a whole as capable, effective and one of the best in the country

          An excellent communicator who can effectively represent the Police Department and communicate issues regarding the needs, expectations and perception of the organization to the community at-large. A credible representative of the capabilities and function of the Department to the media

          A responsive, visible and respected member of the community who is accessible to City departments, citizens, schools, the business community and other law enforcement agencies

          A track record of developing effective and credible relationships with the leadership of a diverse constituency; the ability to value the differences and build on the similarities of need to accomplish a mutually inclusive goal of making Pittsburgh one of the safest areas in the region

          Problem-solver mentality accepts and leads new challenges, able to think strategically and to critically analyze a variety of issues. Well-honed political sense without being a politician


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with major course work in Criminal Justice, Police Service Administration, Public Administration, Public Policy, Management, Business Administration or related field preferred. Advanced or Master’s degree strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will have ten or more years of progressively responsible police enforcement work with at least 8 of those years in progressive leadership roles in management/command to include supervision, strategic planning, internal investigations, community relations, labor relations, training and budget administration. Generally be available for off-hour emergencies.

This position is at-will and non-union. Applicants must become residents of the City of Pittsburgh prior to employment and remain a resident throughout employment.

Equal Opportunity Employer.

The search is open until filled.

To apply, please visit us at http://talent-city.com/jobs. All inquiries will be held in the strictest confidence.

Posted: 7/22/2014      Removal Date: Until Position is filled





Location – Lock Haven, Clinton County


Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania is currently accepting applications from qualified candidates to fill the position of Patrol Officer. The link for applicants to obtain additional information regarding duties and qualifications and to apply for the position is http://jobs.lhup.edu/postings/2335  


Posted: 9/22/2014      Removal Date: Until Position is Filled



Location – The Borough of Punxsutawney, Jefferson County

Description of the job:

The Borough of Punxsutawney (population 5,904) is accepting applications for the position of police chief.    


Candidates must have extensive law enforcement experience, dynamic leadership and management qualities, and a commitment to progressive policing methods. 


Competitive starting salary plus excellent benefits.

Contact Information:

Resumes and cover letters must be returned to Borough Manager Ben White, 301 E. Mahoning Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767 before 4:00p.m. October 24, 2014. 



Posted: 9/26/2014      Removal Date:  10/24/14



Location – The Borough of Watsontown, Northumberland County

Description of the job:

The Borough of Watsontown is conducting a search to fill the position of Chief of Police. Watsontown is located in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, on the West Branch Susquehanna River, approximately 75 miles north of Harrisburg. The Chief of Police is responsible for supervising all police personnel, and plans, schedules, coordinates, and directs their activity while providing for the protection of lives and property, prevention of crime and enforcement of laws and ordinances within the Borough’s boundaries.

Watsontown has a population of approximately 2,300 residents and includes a total area of .9 square miles. The Police Department currently employs four full time officers and four part-time officers.



Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the position include:


Knowledge regarding law enforcement agency management, community policing strategies and initiatives, budgets, grant preparation, planning, hiring, policy development, information technology and leadership. Command level municipal police experience is a plus.

Requirements for this position include:

Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration or related field from an accredited college or university or an equivalent combination of education and experience; at least ten years of policing experience which includes a minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience in law enforcement; and current Pennsylvania Act 120 certification.

A Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration or related field; successful completion of advanced training such as the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command or equivalent is a plus.

A comprehensive medical examination, psychological examination and extensive background investigation will be required prior to appointment.

The successful applicant must be a United States Citizen and must live within a 15 minute normal driving time of the Borough of Watsontown within 6 months of employment.



Salary for the position will be based on experience and qualifications, and is currently budgeted at $60,000 for the 2014 budget year. The Chief of Police position also includes a very generous benefits package.


Contact Information:

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume that includes positions held, education, experience, history of policing responsibilities and accomplishments. Resume and cover letter should be marked “Watsontown Borough Police Chief Search.”

Resume must be received by November 10, 2014.

Send via email to: pachiefsconsulting@pachiefs.org

Via USPS to:     Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association

                        Consulting Division

                        3905 North Front Street

                        Harrisburg, PA 17110


The Borough of Watsontown is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, race, color, ancestry, national origin, political affiliation, religion, disability, genetic history or information, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.


Posted: 10/15/2014      Removal Date:  11/10/14


Location – The Municipality of Bethel Park, Allegheny County

Description of the job:

The Municipality of Bethel Park, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (population 32,313) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Chief of Police for its Department consisting of 32 officers, 7 civilian support personnel and 29 school guards, which provides services to 13,659 households, as well as commercial areas.  Bethel Park is a Home Rule Municipality with a Council – Manager government.  Salary:  negotiable with fringe benefit package.  Equal Opportunity Employer.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  budgeting, administration of discipline, public relations, evaluation of officers and civilian employees, preparation and maintenance of department policies and procedures, ability to use information technology employed by the police department, monthly reporting to Council, compliance with Civil Service Rules, cooperation with the Civil Service Commission and oversight of the Municipality’s emergency communication dispatch center.  A more detailed job description is available at bethelpark.net or upon request to Municipal Manager. 

Bethel Park’s Home Rule Charter requires the Chief to report directly to Municipal Council and become a resident within one (1) year of appointment. 



Minimum Requirements - Ten years of practical police experience, with five years serving in a police supervisory or command position, demonstrating proven management and/or leadership ability in a similar public safety environment. 

Applicants must have or be able to obtain at the request of Municipal Council MPOETC Certification.  Also Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and/or Penn State Police Executive Development Training Program (POLEX) preferred.  Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in criminal justice, police sciences or a similar course of study.

Candidates will be required to undergo a thorough background investigation, medical and psychological clearance and to comply with all other requirements of state law.


Contact Information:

All candidates must submit resume (including prior employment), salary history, and references to: Mr. William J. Spagnol, Manager, Municipality of Bethel Park, 5100 West Library Avenue, Bethel Park, PA 15102, by November 10, 2014.  Applicants are also encouraged to submit a letter/narrative explaining why they believe they are able to perform the duties of the position.  Resumes may also be submitted electronically to Cathy Lordi:  clordi@bethelpark.net, but the applicant must verify receipt by the Municipality of the e-mailed information by telephone call to Cathy Lordi (412-831-6800 ext. 202). 


Posted: 10/20/2014      Removal Date:  11/10/14



Location – Township of Newport, Luzerne County


The Newport Township Civil Service Commission will be accepting resumes for a full time police officer for Newport Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania until November 10, 2014.



All applicants must be a citizen of the United States; be at least 21 years of age; be Act 120 Certified; have at least 5 years of experience; possess a valid Pennsylvania operator’s license; and be able to pass a written and physical test.



Salary for 2015 will be $29,120.

Benefits: For employee only include hospitalization, dental and vision care.  Family coverage is available at the employee’s expense.


Contact Information:

Please request an application, or obtain it from our website, Newporttownship.org and complete it and return it, along with check, in the amount of $45.00, payable to Newport Township, to cover the cost for written test administration, at a date and place to be determined to:  Richard V. Zika, Township Manager, 1002 Center Street, Nanticoke, Pa. 18634.  No phone calls please.


Posted: 10/20/2014      Removal Date: 11/10/2014



Location – East Stroudsburg, Monroe County


The Stroud Area Regional Police Department is accepting Pre-Test Applications for the positions of full-time and part-time Municipal Police Officer. Pre-Test Applications can be found on the departments website at www.sarpd.com or can be picked up at the Stroud Area regional Police Department Headquarters at 100 Day Street East Stroudsburg, Pa 18301.


Applicants must have their Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission's Act 120 certification by January 31st, 2015 and must possess the minimum requirements of a high school diploma or equivalent, a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license, be no less than 21 years of age at the time of appointment, have a primary residence with in a fifty (50) mile radius of Headquarters, and meet all MPOETC required background, physical and psychological standards.

Contact Information:

All Pre-Test applications are to be submitted along with a $75.00 non-refundable processing fee (check or money order only NO CASH) made payable to the Stroud Area Regional Police Department and no application will be considered if submitted after 5:00 PM on November 5, 2014.

The Stroud Area Regional Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.


Posted: 10/21/2014      Removal Date: 11/5/2014


Patrol Officer – Carroll Valley Borough
Location – Carroll Valley Borough, Adams County


The Carroll Valley Borough Civil Service Commission will be accepting applications for the full time police officer until October 30th, 2014 at 1200 hrs.  Appointment will be made based on Civil Service testing including written, oral and physical testing.



         Must have Act 120 certification by time of appointment. (Academy students completing
            training this year may apply!)

         Must have high school diploma or equivalent, a valid driver’s license, be no less than 21
            years of age at the time of appointment.

         Must meet 5 mile of jurisdiction residency requirement within 6 months.

         Must meet all MPOETC required background, physical and psychological standards.



         Starting salary as of January 1, 2015 is $43,500.

         Comprehensive Blue Cross medical with family coverage provided at no cost and with
            deductible reimbursement.

         Dental and vision coverage.

         PMRS retirement with post retirement COLAs included.

         Deferred compensation (457) plan.

         Schedule is typically 4 – 10 hour days.

         Take home car program.

         Great community, home to Liberty Mountain Resort a premier ski and golf resort with
            250,000 visitors per year.

         All new police facilities expected in 2015.

         Small department where you will be a valued member of the team!

Contact Information:


To obtain a copy of the required Civil Service application packet or to ask questions, email Police Secretary Jo Ann Myers at pdadmin@carrollvalley.org or call (717) 642-8269 Ext. 25 or visit in person at 5685 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, PA 17320.  DEADLINE for submitting the application is Thursday, October 30th at 1200 hrs.  Written testing begins November 8 at 1000 hrs.

Posted: 10/23/2014      Removal Date: 10/30/2014





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