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2014 DARE Graduation St. Peter's

DARE is an exciting 9 Week program for school aged students grades K through 12 that helps students resist pressures that may influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants and other drugs.

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Somerset Borough Police promote two to sergeantSomerset police chief outlines need for new Somerset County 911 radio system

Cox was the guest on the January edition of “DA Live,” a monthly online feature on dailyamerican.com. The last time the Somerset County 911 radio system was updated was in the late ’90s, according to Somerset Borough Police Chief Randy Cox.

He said that although some Somerset County residents are upset about the approval of a new $8.2 million 911 radio system, it is essential for public safety. Read More >>

Somerset Borough Police promote two to sergeantWell Respected Retired Officer Passes

James Hahn, a deputy coroner and retired Somerset Borough police officer, was traveling to a funeral in Rockwood Wednesday morning when he was killed in a two-vehicle accident.

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Somerset Borough Police promote two to sergeant

Somerset Borough Police promote two to sergeant

The Somerset Borough Police Department promoted two officers to sergeants on Monday night.

Richard Appel and Stephen Borosky were appointed to the rank by Somerset Borough Council. 

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Somerset Borough police to purchase motorcycles with help of donations

Somerset's borough police force is updating its motorcycle corps thanks to the support of three Somerset veterans organizations. The department is replacing its 2007 Harley-Davidson with two 2-year-old Harley Electra Glide motorcycles.

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Somerset School, Police Prepare For The Worst Somerset Borough police welcomed in area schools

A police officer is now monitoring the halls of the Somerset Area School District. Somerset Borough police Chief Randy Cox told council members during Monday's meeting that the officer-in-school program is being implemented successfully. The program started Thursday.

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Police dogs are powerful, expensive weaponsPolice dogs are powerful, expensive weapons

A police dog is a powerful weapon to be handled with care, according to Somerset Borough K-9 Handler Brian Harbart.

K-9 Arny joined the Somerset Borough Police force in 2005. He is the only active fulltime police dog in Somerset County. Paint Township police also has a K-9 uni

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Jail board honors drug-sniffing dog and handlerSPD K9 Team participates in training

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium brought a world-renowned expert to the International Conversation Center Thursday to conduct a training seminar for guard dogs at the elephant breeding facility, located near Fairhope.

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Jail board honors drug-sniffing dog and handlerMost allegations of misconduct at the Somerset County Jail unfounded

Most of the allegations about employees of the Somerset County Jail were unsubstantiated, Somerset Borough police Chief Randy Cox told the prison board at a special meeting on Friday. Charges of indecent assault and harassment will be filed against one employee, he added. READ MORE >>

Jail board honors drug-sniffing dog and handlerJail board honors drug-sniffing dog,handler

Somerset Borough police Officer Brian Harbart and his K-9 partner, Arny, were recognized at Tuesday's Somerset County Prison Board meeting.

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2012 DARE Graduation National Night Out 2012

17th ANNUAL
SOMERSET NIGHT OUT COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY!

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2012 DARE Graduation Area Service Clubs Support SPD Training Effort

When presented with an opportunity for SPD officers to attend one of the premier police administration training programs available for law enforcement, there was only one obstacle… paying the tuition.

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2012 DARE Graduation Somerset School, Police Prepare For The Worst

Although there were no students at the Somerset middle and high school Monday, lessons were still being learned. The day before school was used for a drill involving local police, first responders and school personnel.

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2012 DARE Graduation Somerset Borough mayor will not seek re-election

Somerset Borough Mayor William Meyer's 16th year in office will be his last. "It's been a privilege to serve the people of Somerset Borough," he said. "The time has come to move on." Meyer, 81, said he will not run for re-election. His term ends at the end of the year.

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2012 DARE Graduation Telemarketers have been falsely representing the Somerset Borough Police Department

A company named Team Spirit Promotions has recently been engaging in a telemarketing campaign in the Somerset area to sell ad space on a refrigerator magnet they plan to distribute in Somerset. The telemarketers have been falsely representing that the Somerset Borough Police Department.

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2012 DARE Graduation 2012 DARE Graduation

St. Peter's 5th grade class.

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National Night Out 2009An Open Letter to the Somerset Community- September 6, 2012

On Friday, February 24, 2012, the Somerset Borough Police department was shocked and saddened to learn that one of its officers had been arrested on bribery charges. The officer had solicited a payment of $500.00 from a young man found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana. In return for the payment the officer had volunteered not to initiate a criminal prosecution of the man.

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National Night Out 2009Department Response to Arrest of Officer

Jason Ponczek, an officer of the Somerset Borough Police Department was placed under arrest Friday evening, February 24th, 2012 for bribery related charges by the Pennsylvania State Police. The Somerset Borough Police Department greets this news with both shock and sadness.

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National Night Out 2009Stickers designed to ward off Somerset Borough peddlers

Somerset Borough Mayor William Meyer and Manager Benedict G. Vinzani Jr. announces that the borough is providing "No Solicitors or Peddlers" stickers for use on borough residents' doors.

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National Night Out 2011National Night Out 2009

WELCOME TO THE 28th ANNIVERSARY AND SOMERSET'S 16th ANNUAL SOMERSET NIGHT OUT COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY!

Coordinated by the Somerset Borough Police Department and the Village of Somerset.
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The Somerset Borough Police family mourns the line-of-duty death of East Washington Borough Police Officer John David Dryer;

EOW: Monday, December 19, 2011. More information may be found at the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Arny truly takes a 'bite out of crime'

Since joining the force six years ago, Somerset Borough’s four-legged officer has proved he is not your average “K-9.” This year alone Arny has been used in 10 building searches, four vehicle searches, one tracking and one aggression to bring down someone resisting arrest.

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Borough Police Launch Information Sharing Site

The public may now submit anonymous tips through the same website, where people and the news media will be able to read police activity reports.

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Child Safety SeatsOfficer Appointed to Help Domestic Violence Victims

Domestic violence calls are a perennial law enforcement issue and Somerset Borough has a new tool to help stop the abuse.

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Child Safety SeatsEight Trained To Inspect Child Safety Seats

There are now nine child passenger safety technicians in Somerset County to inspect car seats. “We’re thrilled to have a Safe Kids Chapter,” said Pam O’Kinsky, a local Citizens Advisory Board member for the Pennsylvania Department of Transpiration.

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The PLEAC SealAccreditation

The Somerset Borough Police Department have been pursuing accreditation by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC). On March 31, 2010, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the Team’s recommendation and the department became accredited for a term of three years. Read More >>

 

National Night Out 2010 National Night Out 2009

WELCOME TO THE 27th ANNIVERSARY AND SOMERSET'S 15th ANNUAL SOMERSET NIGHT OUT COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY!

Coordinated by the Somerset Borough Police Department and the Village of Somerset.
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Camp CadetTroopers plan motorcycle rally to benefit Somerset Camp Cadet

Bikers will take to the road Sunday  for Camp Cadet of Somerset County’s annual motorcycle run.

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Underage DrinkingSomerset Town Hall Meeting Combats Underage Drinking

Shade-Central City senior Jeremy Nicholas shared stories with the public Wednesday about his adolescent drug and alcohol use.

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PLEAC CERTIFICATESomerset Borough Police Earn Accreditation

Police in Somerset Borough are among a chosen few. The department recently was awarded accredited status by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.

It is the only police department in Somerset and Cambria counties to obtain accreditation, said Richard Hammon, accreditation project coordinator for the state Chiefs of Police Association in Harrisburg.
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Certificate of Commendation

Officer David Deist was recently awarded a certificate of commendation and a commendation bar from the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Program for his work in traffic safety. Read More >>

Posted 08-05-09

Somerset County Boys & Girls ClubSomerset County Boys & Girls Club

Members of the Torch Club of the Somerset County Boys & Girls Club recently presented OIC Steve Borosky (left) and OfficerEric Grus (right) with an appreciation poster they had made for the officers of the Somerset Borough Police Dept. The presentation was made during Police Memorial Week. Read More >>

Posted 05-26-09

National Night Out 2009

National Night Out 2009

WELCOME TO THE 26th ANNIVERSARY AND SOMERSET’S 14th ANNUAL SOMERSET NIGHT OUT COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY!

Coordinated by the Somerset Borough Police Department and the Village of Somerset.
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Posted 09-29-09

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New Equipment Reduces Police Procedure Workload

Municipal police departments in Somerset County will now have a central booking station thanks to a $70,000 grant received by the Somerset Borough Police Department. Read More >>

Posted 09-29-08

Renovations Enhance Police Safety

Renovations Enhance Police Safety

Anyone who has previously been inside the Somerset Borough Police Department may not recognize it now. But the knocked-out walls and new construction are signs that the new state-of-the-art police department is well on its way to being finished. Read More >>

Posted 7-24-08

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Police Targeting Speedy Drivers

The Somerset Borough Police Department is participating in a nationwide Smooth Operator program, which gives departments state funds to patrol for speeding and aggressive driving. Read More >>

Posted 09-29-08

Officers Receive Training on Motorcycles

Officers Receive Training on Motorcycles

A basic police motorcycle training class was held in Murrysville. The two week class enables officers to meet the annual recertification requirements. Read More >>

Posted 04-21-08

Night Out 200813th year proves lucky for Somerset Night Out 2008

Looming rain clouds and storm forecasts weren’t enough to dampen what event coordinator Charlie Santa said was the usual good turnout for Tuesday’s 13th annual borough event, which was held again at the Somerset Community Park. Read More >>

Posted 08-08-08

Vietnam Veterans Pays Motor Officer TuitionVietnam Veterans Pays Motor Officer Tuition

The Somerset County Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. presented a $500.00 donation to the Borough to be used as payment of tuition for one of the Department’s motor officers to attend a Police Motorcycle Operator Certification Course.  Read More >>

Posted 03-27-08

Local schools welcome Resource Officer

Local schools welcome Resource Officer

“Good morning,” Somerset Borough Police Officer Charlie Santa greeted students arriving at Maple Ridge elementary Wednesday morning.

“Give me five!” Children bumped fists with him. “Do you have a smile for me?” he said. “Get in there are learn something!” Read More >>

Posted 10-15-07

Crisis Intervention TrainingCrisis Intervention Training

As more local police officers prepare to participate in crisis intervention training, police and members of the mental health community said those trained are benefiting the region.
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Posted 10-11-07

Why don't abuse witnesses speak up?

It's unusual that there were so many witnesses to the alleged abuse, but no one told police or child protection services about it, Somerset Police Chief Randy Cox said. Read More >>

Posted 12-24-07

Why don't abuse witnesses speak up?

It's unusual that there were so many witnesses to the alleged abuse, but no one told police or child protection services about it, Somerset Police Chief Randy Cox said. Read More >>

Posted 12-24-07

Reason to Work Together

We recently had two examples of good policing and how the public can help authorities. Read More>

Posted 11-28-07

Criminal cases decline in Somerset BoroughCrisis Intervention Training

Driving through the borough – day or night – the police officers are hard to miss.
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Posted 11-27-07

2007 Night Out Draws Crowd2007 Night Out Draws Crowd

Somerset's Night Out drew a nice crowd, even though a late afternoon rain threatened to derail the event Tuesday.

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Somerset police ready for motorcycle patrolRead More.

Somerset Borough is joining a growing number of area municipalities instituting motorcycle patrols. And in Somerset’s case, taxpayers are getting a free ride for the first several months

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Posted 08-31-06

County's new DUI task force unveiledCounty's new DUI task force unveiled

At a media event Friday in the Somerset County Office Building's rotunda, Somerset Borough police Chief Randy Cox explained that Somerset County DUI Task Force members will operate checkpoints regionally, using more than a dozen local officers to work the checkpoints.
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Posted 08-31-06

Somerset Volunteers drink to help train policeSomerset Volunteers drink to help train police

Six people helped local police by having a few drinks Wednesday.

The volunteers consumed alcohol so the Somerset County DUI Task Force could practice administering field sobriety tests at the borough building. Read More>>

Posted 04-26-07

Respected Officer DiesCliff Pile

Clifford Pile, a veteran Somerset Borough police officer, died Saturday morning of cancer.
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Posted 02-13-07

Police helped rescue tenantsOfficers

Beckner and Snyder heard the frantic screams of three people trapped on a rear balcony, grabbed a ladder from a nearby construction area and whisked the occupants and a cat to safety, police Chief Randy Cox said. Read More >>

Posted 12-21-06

Officers Receive CommendationsOfficers

Somerset could have suffered a grotesque tragedy on October 8th,  2006, had it not been for the calm, collected and effective reaction of three Somerset Borough Police Officers.
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Posted 11-13-06

Harold D. “Hoagie” Hoggard

77, Friedens, died Aug. 28, 2006, at Somerset Hospital.He was employed by Somerset Borough Police from 1959 through 1984 and was a patrol officer, motor officer and criminal investigator. Read More >>

Posted 08-28-06

Police monitor drivers for sobrietyPolice monitor drivers for sobriety

SOMERSET -The state police and Somerset Borough Police Department, in an effort to curve drinking and driving, set up a DUI checkpoint Friday evening. Read More>>

Posted 01-17-06

Ride-along with Somerset police Ride Along

It’s a night in Somerset Borough, with Officers Michael Gray and David Deist on the job.
A report comes in about a possible assault on East Patriot Street. Gray, a five-year veteran, and Deist, a 22-year veteran, respond to the house, where one man was reported to have assaulted another.
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Posted 6-25-06

Police discuss meth awareness Meth Awareness

Illegal methamphetamine production is devastating communities in the southwestern part of the United States, Somerset Borough Police Chief Randy Cox said. Read More >>

Posted 01-16-06

Somerset mayor swears in canine unitSomerset mayor swears in canine unit

The new members of the Somerset Borough Police Department both came to Monday's borough council meeting with their families. The mayor introduced them to the council, and the police chief gave their families certificates to honor the service they were about to begin providing Somerset.Read More >>

Posted 03-31-06

Arny makes first official drug bustSomerset mayor swears in canine unit

On his first official day on patrol, the Somerset Borough Police Department's drug dog was instrumental in a drug bust Wednesday afternoon. Read More >>

Posted 03-28-06

Lotto ScamSomerset Trust Logo

Counterfeit Somerset Trust Co. checks have been sent out to people with a letter saying they won the lottery. “There have not been any victims in the Somerset area or in the area of a Somerset Trust branch right now,” said Somerset Borough Police Officer Tony Novak. Read More >>

Posted 01-06-06

NEW ADDITIONS WILL HELP DEPARTMENTPolice patch

With an expanded police force, borough police Chief Randy Cox said the department is sharpening its focus on traffic patrol and halting drug trafficking. “When you’re stretched too thin, you don’t have time to do the basics,” Cox said.

The numbers show the need for more officers: Year to date, the borough’s crime rate has increased 33 percent from 2004 figures through November. Read More >>

POLICE HELP KATRINA VICTIMS Katrina

Officer Tony Novak and the Somerset Borough Police Department collected water for the victims of Hurricane Katrina on Sept 17.
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K-9 Unit K9 Patch

"The new staffing, including the K-9 unit, will help us get back to basics with more patrol and more officer presence,” said Somerset Borough Police Chief Randy Cox. “We're hoping this will free up officers and give them more time to engage in routine duties.” Officer Brian Harbart will be the handler of the K-9 unit. Read More >>

Posted 11-28-05

DUI checkpoint sends message to motorists DUI

Four borough officers and four state troopers stopped all vehicles traveling northbound out of town, asking drivers for their license, registration and whether they had been drinking.Read More >>

Posted 11-28-05

After 41 years in law enforcement, officer James Hahn has become a guiding force. Jim Hahn

Hahn began his career as a Somerset police officer on May 1, 1970, and has served as an officer in charge for many years where he coordinated all operational aspects of the department. Read More >>

After 26 years with Somerset Borough Police DepartmentCliff Pile
Clifford Pile, officer in charge, retired June 21.

"Cliff wore so many hats," Police Chief Randy Cox said. "I could go on and on with everything he did and I am probably forgetting things because he did so much." Read More >>

National Night Out 2005 National Night Out 2005

We would like to thank all the people that helped to make this a great success!

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Bears find interest in the BoroughBear in Borough

Somerset Police have responded to a number of calls about a black bear (or bears) coming into town in the past few weeks. September 4, 2005. Read More>>

Chief Concerns Chief Cox

He asked for it, and he got it. Even-keel borough police Chief Randy Cox said he was looking for a post to jolt him out of his comfort zone when he accepted his job a year ago. "I do my best work when I'm challenged," he said. Read More>>

Citation of Valor Citation of Valor

Beckner and Santa will each be awarded a citation for valor. In announcing the citations, Chief Randy Cox noted that, “Both officers risked their safety and their lives in attempting to rescue the child. They were not simply doing their jobs, they were going above and beyond the call of duty. Read More >>

Police Hold Fraud Seminar Police Hold Fraud Seminar

Somerset County resident recently lost $40,000 in a lottery scam, Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. John P. Rock said Friday at a seminar “Fraud and the Somerset Business” state police and Somerset Borough Police presented. Somerset area banking institutions sponsored the seminar hosted by Ruby Tuesday. Read More>>