The Bethel Park Police Department was established on April 1, 1941, with the appointment of a single officer, John Miskunas, to serve the growing number of residents of the then Bethel Township.  On May 26, 1941, Miskunas was named the first Chief of Police, a position he held until his death on February 16, 1967.  Captain Walter Dabney then became the Chief of Police on August 12, 1968 and served until his passing on May 18, 1981.  Following Chief Dabney, Joseph Kletch became the Chief of Police on August 1, 1981, a position he held until his retirement on May 31, 1996.  Lieutenant Edward Felicetti succeeded Chief Kletch becoming the fourth Chief of Police on November 6, 1996 and served until his retirement on April 30, 1999.  On January 3, 2000, John W. Mackey was hired as the Chief of Police for the Municipality of Bethel Park and is serving in that capacity to this day.  

 The Bethel Park Police Department has grown from a single officer in 1941 to currently being staffed by 35 Officers, 4 Communications Officers, 2 civilians: 1 Records Clerk and 1 Secretary, 1 Animal Control Officer and 26 School Crossing Guards.  The 35 Officers include the Chief of Police, 1 Lieutenant, 7 Sergeants, and 26 Patrol Officers.  The police department is comprised of 10 divisions: Administration, Patrol, Investigations including Juvenile, Sex Crimes and Financial Crimes, Traffic, Crime Prevention and Community Resources, School Resource Officer, Bicycle Patrol, Communications and Records.

The Bethel Park Police Department is an agency that is justifiably proud of its heritage and service to the people of our community.  To date, 2 officers, Patrolman Joseph Chmelynski (March 9, 1948) and Detective Lynn Sutter (March 28, 1987) have made the ultimate sacrifice to their community.  In 1987, their sacrifice was forever memorialized in the form of a permanent granite monument, which was erected at the front of the Police Department.  The men and women of this Department believe that there is no substitute for professionalism in terms of their relationship with the residents of Bethel Park.  The Department strives to deliver the very best service to the Bethel Park residents and the Community it serves.

Tribute to the Bethel Park Police
Fallen Heroes

Joseph Chmelynski
Patrolman
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, P.D.
Bethel Park, PA
Date of Death: 03/09/1948

Panel 50, W -13 (Location on National Monument)



Lynn Russell Sutter 
Detective
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, P.D.
Bethel Park, PA
Date of Death: 03/28/1987

Panel 30, W -15 (Location on National Monument)

 

 

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