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Chief's Message

The men and women of the West Whiteland Township Police Department are honored and privileged to serve and protect this great community. As an organization, we remain committed to the philosophy of community-oriented policing, knowing that we cannot perform our duties effectively without the trust of our citizens. Sir Robert Peel, who is known as “The Father of Modern Policing,” outlined the foundation of policing with his nine Policing Principles back in 1829. While all of Peel’s Principles serve us well today, we can look to one in particular to help guide our officers daily. 

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To recognize always that the power of the police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions, and behavior, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect. 

The West Whiteland Township Police Department also abides by the principles of 21st Century Policing. These policing principles guide the members of our department and our profession today as we strive to meet the values and expectations of our community. We also strive to always put the needs of the community first as we work together to build a relationship based upon mutual respect and trust. Our officers work every day to improve the quality of life for all our citizens, while faithfully performing their duties in accordance with the United States Constitution, the Pennsylvania Constitution, and all federal, state, and local laws. I am proud of the work that all members of this department do daily. As the Chief of Police for the West Whiteland Township, I am committed to providing the best training for all of our staff so that we may better serve you by abiding by best practices and accepted procedures. Being an Accredited Police Department also shows our commitment to professionalism and pride. 

An Accredited Law Enforcement Agency

The West Whiteland Township Police Department is a fully accredited Pennsylvania law enforcement agency. The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC) awarded the accreditation on November 15, 2018 after an assessment in which the department demonstrated its compliance with 139 professional standards. The department underwent a follow-up review in 2021 and was granted reaccreditation.

Re-Accreditation from PLEAC in 2021

Reaccred PLEAC plaque presentation 10-26-21

Being an accredited law enforcement agency is advantageous for both the police department operations and the community it serves: 

  • Financial benefits. Accredited agencies can see a decrease in liability insurance as well as reducing risk and exposure to lawsuits.
  • Internal benefits. Accreditation encourages problem-solving activities within the agency and increasing employee input.
  • Improved community relations. Being an accredited agency extends agency accountability to the public as well as helping to develop methods for providing services to the community.

For more information about accreditation, visit the PA Chiefs of Police website.

Fingerprinting Services

West Whiteland Police Department fingerprints persons arrested for criminal offenses.  For non-criminal fingerprinting, please contact the Chester County Sheriff’s Office at 610-344-6984. The charge is $10.00 per card. Fingerprinting is done at the Sheriff's office on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis for Chester County residents only. The Sheriff's Office is located at 201 W Market Street, Suite 1201, West Chester, PA 19382. Click here for more information.