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The Mt. Lebanon Police Department has a rich history that includes highly trained professional police officers who maintain public safety through community policing and aggressive law enforcement.
Historical accounts differ regarding the actual establishment of the department. It appears that constables provided the only police protection in the community from its founding in 1912 until sometime around 1920.
The agency grew in size from three officers in 1922 to a high of 47 officers in 1969. Over the years a number of specialty units, new types of vehicles, equipment and advanced technology have been introduced into the department based on crime trends and community needs.
Today the MLPD has 46 officers. The issues of homeland security, drug related crime, violent crime, identity theft, computer crimes and more than 21,000 annual calls for service associated with 34,000 people in a professional, densely populated community pose a continuing challenge to the department.
Strategic, flexible and established planning based on citizen needs, crime and statistics allow for a proactive, effective approach to law enforcement.
College educated, highly trained professional officers provide a full spectrum of community policing services that include basic patrol services, education and prevention programs, specialized service and enforcement programs as well as advanced investigative and tactical capability.
In 2022, the department became accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, and is one of only 150 departments to achieve that status. Read more on what that means, here.
Twelve chiefs of police have served the community since the founding of the MLPD.
1920-1931 Charles Baldwin
1931-1932 Charles Senn
1932-1940 W. J. Kane
1940-1954 Charles Senn
1954-1969 Walter Kunkle
1969-1972 George Geissinger
1972-1990 David Varrelman
1990-1998 Frank Brown
1998-2008 Thomas Ogden, Jr.
2009-2015 Coleman McDonough
2015-2022 Aaron Lauth
2023-Present Jason Haberman
The Mt. Lebanon Police Association does one large mail (only) solicitation each year to benefit its benevolent programs, such as scholarships and the distribution of glow sticks to school children at Halloween. We do not do phone solicitations. To donate, go to our police association website.
We’ve compiled a list of questions we hear most often:
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How do I get assistance installing a child safety seat?
How do I get fingerprinted for my job application?
How do I get a copy of a police report?
How do I get permission to park a vehicle on the street overnight?
How do I obtain a permit to have amusement devices in my establishment?
How do I obtain a permit to solicit for my business?
How do I find out about the Megan’s Law website?
How do I fill out a vacation card so the police know where I will be?
How do I get a tour of the police department for my group?
How do I request a hearing or pay a parking ticket?
How do I request a hearing or pay a traffic citation?
How do I report a crime?
What number do I call to see or speak to a police officer?
What if a resident cannot access their garage because of street repair and or have an extenuating circumstance such as a dumpster in the driveway during a construction project?
What will happen if a car without permission or a permit parks on the street overnight?