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Non-Emergency Telephone Number 724-695-1300
Police Department Fax 724-695-3390

Findlay Township Police Department
1271 Route 30, PO Box W, Clinton, Pennsylvania 15026
For GPS directions to the building, enter "Findlay Township" for the city, not Clinton.

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In an effort to provide more reliable communications with residents in the Township, the Findlay Township Police Department has contracted with Swiftreach Networks, Inc. as our Emergency Notification service provider.

SWIFT911 is a high speed notification program with the capability of delivering recorded messages to the entire community via telephone, email, text or pager.  There are already over 1,300 phone numbers in the Township's database.  Emergency messages are able to reach TTY (teletypewriter) phone used by those who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Additionally, the system employs a "Do Not Call" component for those who do not wish to receive the alert.  

SWIFT911 in its simplest form is a system that makes phone calls to specific people or areas in the event of an emergency or for sharing important community information.

All the calls you receive will have the Caller ID of "Findlay Township Police Department."  If you are not receiving these calls or have a non-published telephone number, please fill out the form below to add or update your contact information.  You may also remove yourself from our lists with this form.



The Findlay Township Police Department was formed circa 1961 in order to provide police protection to what, at the time, was a very large rural area.  The township consisted of large open areas, coal mines and farmland in 32.8 square miles.  Today, the township contains the Pittsburgh International Airport, an RIDC Business Park, two (2) other business parks (Clinton Commerce Park and the Findlay Industrial Park), numerous housing plans and apartments, and four (4) state of the art hotels.
The first Chief of Police was Steve Krawchyk, who was hired in 1961.  In 1978 the police department consisted of three (3) full-time officers including the Chief of Police, several part-time officers, four (4) full-time dispatchers and three (3) part-time dispatchers.  As the township grew and after Chief Krawchyk retired in 1981, Paul C. Wilks was hired as the Chief of Police in 1982.  The police force grew from 3 to 10 officers between 1978 and 1989 to the current 17 officers and seven (7) civilian certified emergency medical dispatchers that it currently has.  In 2008 Chief Wilks retired and Captain Jesse J. Lesko, Jr. was appointed as the new Chief of Police, who currently serves in that position.  The department currently employs a K-9 officer and Axel, a trained narcotics and tracking dog, a Detective, a Crash Reconstructionist, a School Resource Officer, two (2) certified Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspectors, an officer certified to perform forensic computer analyses and an officer specifically assigned to work with the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Task Force Officer at the Pittsburgh International Airport.
The original police department was located at 250 Main Street in Imperial, PA.  In 1980 the police department moved into the building at 1271 State Route 30 in Clinton that currently houses it and the township administration offices.  In 1989 the police department outgrew their offices and it was relocated to its current location at the western end of the municipal building. 
The police department has seen tremendous growth and development over the years.   This transition involved propane powered police units with a police radio and siren to modern mobile offices with camera systems, digital radios, LED lighting and laptop computers.  Since the early 1980’s, the department’s transition included receiving National recognition in 1993 with its first CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) accreditation award.  Since then, the department has been recognized in the region as a progressive small police agency.  In 2003 the agency received the PLEAC (Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission) recognition and has since been active as a State of Pennsylvania accredited agency.

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Findlay Township is currently accepting applications for the position of Full-Time Police Dispatcher.  Along with dispatching duties the position requires filing, typing, word processing, computer entry and miscellaneous clerical duties.  Minimum requirements:  21 years old, High School diploma or GED, good moral character.  MUST word process 35-40 wpm and MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR VARYING SHIFTS, NIGHTS, WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS.    Applicant must have experience with Microsoft Office/Windows products, have experience and be capable of operating various computer programs.  A word processing test will be administered.  APPLICANTS MUST MEET MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS.  Applications may be obtained in person at the Findlay Township Police Department, Findlay Township Community Center, 1271 Route #30, Clinton, PA  15026.  COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY Tuesday, November 11, 2014.  The Township of Findlay evaluates all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, disability, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation or other legally protected status.    FINDLAY TOWNSHIP IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.



In an effort to continue educating those who live and work in Findlay Township, the Findlay Township Police Department is offering a link to this preparedness video that was provided by the Houston Police Department and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Entitled, "Run, Hide, Fight," this video offers suggestions on how to deal with an active shooter event.

Viewer Discretion is advised.




Officer Jeff O'Donnell visits Teddy Bear Village
to teach Halloween Safety.





(April 3, 2013)

There are countless telephone scams that are used by criminals to obtain personal information or financial information, which they then utilize to access the victim's financial accounts.

Recently, Findlay Township Police received a report of a call made to a resident warning of a dangerous computer virus. Before the caller could obtain any information, the resident ended the call.

Findlay Township Police would like to remind all residents that they should never provide any identification or financial information to anyone who contacts them via telephone.




Police Department Contents:

• Description
• Mission Statement
• Vision Statement
• Values Statement
• Block Parent Program
• Crime Watch
• Business Watch



The Findlay Township Police Department has continued to maintain its elite status as one of our nation's premier accredited law enforcement agencies, which currently represents approximately twenty-five percent (25%) of America's police agencies comprising approximately five hundred sixty-two (562) law enforcement agencies in the United States. Findlay Township became nationally accredited in 1993 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and is one of only twenty-six (26) municipal law enforcement agencies in the United States with less than twenty-five (25) members that have achieved the elite status of full national accreditation. Additionally, Findlay Township became accredited in Pennsylvania by the PA Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC) immediately after the establishment of a statewide program in 2003 and has continued to maintain accreditation on both the national and state levels.

Our police department, consisting of one (1) part-time and sixteen (16) full-time sworn police officers supported by seven (7)full-time base operators is divided into three (3) components, completing twenty-one (21) separate functions. We are also proud to be offering the DARE program at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the West Allegheny School District, along with other programs in safety awareness, bullying and harassment education, tobacco education programs, student support team participation, video and fingerprinting programs, girls self defense at the high school in both the 11th and 12th grades and a number of other community service programs.

Additionally, the Findlay Township Police Department conducts business and neighborhood watch programs, a safe house program, vacation home checks, home security surveys, a child safety seat inspection program, scouting liaison activities, fingerprinting services for citizens and truck safety inspections. The department also maintains a special needs database to assist persons with special needs during power outages, weather emergencies or other emergency management situations. Residents of Findlay Township who are in need of emergency services should call 724 695-7777 or 9-1-1. If you would like additional information on any of our programs, please feel free to call 724-695-1300. Please browse the remainder of our site which includes applications for several programs that we offer. For more information contact Sgt. Donald Sedlacek or Officer Jeffrey O'Donnell.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Findlay Township Police Department is to fulfill all of our job duties and responsibilities while adhering to the philosophy of safeguarding the rights and liberties of both citizens and fellow coworkers, in recognition of human dignity and the constitutional rights bestowed on all persons. We shall always treat other persons as we would hope or expect to be treated or that we would want our loved ones to be treated under similar circumstances.

Vision Statement

We will continue to be a leader and an example, both professionally and personally, to all law enforcement agencies as we provide an effective service through partnerships built in the schools and the community with the ultimate goal of detecting and preventing crime, while preserving peace, integrity and public trust.

Values Statement (FTPD)







Block Parent Program

The primary purpose of the Block Parent Program is to protect children going to and from school. However, the program may also serve as a neighborhood service for distressed, frightened or injured children in the evening hours, or weekends and during the summer months. The home of the Block Parent is intended to serve as a safe refuge for children frightened, threatened or suffering from any type of emergency situation. The Block Parent provides a safe, convenient telephone station for all children in an EMERGENCY situation; a link between the child and his/her home.

Block Parents may assist in the following ways:
1. Being aware of suspected and known criminal activity within the neighborhood which may be directed at youth.
2. To report such activity to the police department and other Block Parents.
3. To provide their homes as a safe refuge to a child who has been threatened, attacked or in fear of being harmed.
4. To engender among parents and neighbors leadership and responsibility in making a safe and secure neighborhood for children.
4. To be ever alert for potential victimization situations within the neighborhood.
5. And to create responsible neighborhood action in assisting in crime prevention and detection.

Block Parent Definition
Block Parents are mothers, fathers and other concerned adults, residing within their respective school district, who have volunteered to be available, if required, to assist and protect children in need within their neighborhood.

Parent Qualifications
1. Good judgment
2. A telephone
3. Cleared by the police department (criminal history, background check)
4. A willingness to help children in distress

Duties of a Block Parent:
1. You are primarily a place of refuge and a telephone link in any emergency situation.
2. Your duties are not to act as a policeman, doctor, or nurse. You are a valuable link with these professional people.
3. Determine the nature of the incident and use your own judgment and common sense.
4. Do not let anyone else act as your substitute Block Parent.
5. Display Block Parent sign in a conspicuous window or door.

Tangible benefits of the Block Parent Program:
1. Incidents towards children decrease or are eliminated.
2. "Friendly" fighting among children diminishes.
3. Community spirit of interest, cooperation increases.
4. Children feel safe and secure.
5. Respect for property (lawns, flowers) increases.
6. Police appreciate help of Block Parents.
7. Greater peace of mind for parents.

Additional information:
1. Block Parents do not have to be home at specific times. They can come and go as they please.
2. Block Parents do not administer first aid. Their first duty is to call for help and keep the child as comfortable as possible until parents or competent medical aid arrives. You MUST use common sense in this area. 
3. The Block Parent has no legal authority other than that invested in the private citizen. 

Rules For "Block Parents"
1. Do not transport children in your car. Call the right person to solve the child's particular problem.
2. If the child is lost, call the Police Department.
3. A slightly injured child should be sent to the school or back to his home.
4. For seriously injured school children, call the police and then all the parents.
5. For a critically injured child, call the Police Department for help at once. Tell the Police if the ambulance is needed.
6. If the child is injured, do not administer First Aid except to stop excessive bleeding or to ease restricted breathing, following the instructions for notification listed above.
7. Do not offer food or beverage to any youngster. Some children are allergic  to some foods. If the child should be diabetic, his diet is of critical importance.
8. If a child has been molested or frightened by a stranger or a child has witnessed an indecent exposure, notify the Police immediately. DO NOT QUESTION THE CHILD.
9. Always be on the alert for cars loitering near schools or playgrounds. Report any suspicious vehicles to the Police Department.
10. Avoid giving the child instructions which may conflict with his parents'  teaching. Your job is to solve the problem at hand.

Common Questions:
1. What if I take in a child and he/she becomes ill, or gets hurt in my home?
Some people are concerned initially about the civil liability they might incur because of having offered refuge to someone, but they must remember that the mere posting of a sign in their window does not change their responsibilities at all. If they would have taken in a frightened child before they joined the Block Parent Program, there is no reason why they should hesitate now. Experience shows there will be few incidents of any sort happening to any Block Parent volunteer, since Block Parent Programs tend to deter criminal or disorderly activity in a neighborhood.

2. Am I expected to open my door to anyone who claims to need help?
Of course not. There is no enforcement within the Block Parent plan, so the Block Parent may open, or refuse to open, his/her door to anyone he/she chooses.  It is expected that the volunteer will always provide refuge for the very young children, who are the primary objects of the program's protection. However, whether to offer haven to anyone else is entirely up to the conscience and courage of the person whose home it is. The sign in the window does not obligate the homeowner to open his/her door to anyone at all - it merely indicates that he/she is a member of the Block Parent Program and is probably at home.

3. Should I take the sign out of the window every time I leave the house?
No. The mere display of such signs throughout a neighborhood tends to discourage molesters and other undesirables. A Block Parent may go ten years or more without participating in a "dramatic rescue" of any kind. By keeping the sign posted, you are letting children in the area know that you are a participant in the Block Parent Program.

Joining the Block Parent Program:
In order to participate in the Block Parents program you must submit a Block Parent Application Form for each adult in your household. In order for the Police Department to perform the necessary background check, you must also submit a Waiver of Confidential Records and Waiver of Liability Form. Use the links below to view these forms online or download them to your computer from the "Forms" section of our web site:

Block Parent Application Form
Waiver of Confidential Records and Waiver of Liability Form 

Crime Watch
Housed in the Police Dept., Findlay Twp. Crime Watch is a nonprofit organization that has proven successful in lowering crime rates and improving quality of life. Its purpose is to develop a partnership between the police and citizens for community safety. Through neighborhood groups, citizens agree to watch each other's property and report suspicious behavior. Crime Watch provides public information concerning crime prevention measures and public safety to the Township's residential and business communities. Use the following link below to view the 
form online or download it to your computer from the "
Forms" section of our web site: 

Crime Watch Application Form

Business Watch
Business Watch is related to the residential neighborhood Crime Watch program. Through the assistance of the Police Dept., businesses agree to watch each other's property and report suspicious behavior. Business Watch provides public information concerning crime prevention measures and public safety to the Township's business communities. Use the following link below to view the form online or download it to your computer from the "Forms" section of our web site: 

Business Watch Application Form


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