The Bethel Park School District employs four 10-month, full-time School Police Officers and one School Resource Officer, who is a member of the Bethel Park Police Department.
Our School Police Force helps to keep our schools safe by coordinating and enforcing school security and law enforcement issues. Additionally, the School Police Officers help to educate students throughout the year on a variety of age appropriate topics, such as underage drinking, retail theft, safe driving education and substance abuse.
School Police Officers are not in our schools solely to react to situations, but they are equally there to be proactive, diminishing the need to be reactive. The officers are present in all BPSD schools, working with students to build positive relationships, and helping to identify and stem problems before they can escalate. School Police Officers help to keep the lines of communication open between students, families, administration and law enforcement.
School Police Officers also assist the District with refining and enhancing its safety procedures.
Our Pennsylvania-certified School Police Officers have over 110 years of combined experience in local law enforcement and as school police officers in other school districts. They have the authority to exercise the same powers granted under authority of law, including but not limited to: the issuance of summary citations, as well as the power to arrest.
MEET OUR SCHOOL POLICE FORCE
Officer Michael Banaszak
Officer Chris Gawlas
Officer Tim Kirsch
Officer John Remark
School Resource Officer Joelle Dixon