The Newville Borough Police Department is located at 27 W. Big Spring Avenue.
The police department was established back in the early days of history, when a constable was appointed by the town’s people to keep order and peace.
The first policeman was Bill Grove back in the year of 1935 or perhaps earlier and was on call 24 hours a day, and drove his own car. Grove was always remembered for directing traffic at the local drug store. Through the years, there were many several other policemen and police chiefs that served the Borough of Newville. Elmer Ritner Hollenbaugh, nickname of “Porgy”, drove a coupe as the police car. He died while on duty in 1944. The story was that someone or somebody stole something in the area, and Elmer chased the thief into the Newville Theater and collapsed of a heart attack. Rufus Hillbush, was to be a police chief and when not doing his duties, he operated at pool room on S. High Street. He also died while on duty. John Feeser, another police chief, also worked 24 hours a day as on call. During his time, the first Newville Borough police car was purchased, which was a black Chevrolet. Charles L. Bear followed as a police chief, and during his time, council agreed to the first 8 hour shift for the policemen. Dean Hoover, worked as a part-time officer for Bear and the council members. Following Bear was Greg Hershey, who was the youngest officer ever hired, then became police chief for a total of 25 years. He was followed by Vaughn Smith, and the current police chief Randy Finkey.
History also tell us, that the police department was located on West Street for many, many years, sharing the building in the early years with local fire department, and later in time with the borough office. It was very small in size and included a cell area. The police department then moved to its current location on Big Spring Avenue in the year of 2008.
The department provides coverage to the residents of the Borough of Newville, Big Spring School District, Saylor’s Market, Green Ridge Village, and the Newville Fairgrounds. It will also provide mutual assistance to other law enforcement agencies when requested.
It’s currently staffed by a Police Chief, two full time officers, three part-time officers , a police clerk, and a parking enforcement person and school crossing guard.
Over the past few years, the call incidents have been increasing, keeping the small department very busy. During the year of 2010, the department answered over 1,000 calls. The police department is responsible for the safety of the citizens of the Borough of Newville, providing patrol coverage for the protection against crimes, and protecting the welfare of the citizens.
The police department held its first ever “National Night Out” on the first Tuesday of August in 2010.
The current staff includes:
Police Chief Randy Finkey
Officer Todd Koser
Officer Charles Pyatt
Officer John Szczypta
Officer James Borza
Officer Jareau Dodson
Officer Pat Bowers
Clerk Vickie Negley
Parking Enforcement Officer Don Kail.
School Crossing Guard Jeanette Lehman
Officer Todd Koser serves as borough code enforcement officer. In this capacity, he is responsible for administering the International Property Maintenance Code as it relates to owner occupied and commercial properties of the borough. Officer Charles Pyatt serves as the rental code enforcement officer. He conducts the annual inspection of rental properties, and administers the International Property Maintenance Code as it relates to rental properties within the Borough of Newville.
The operations of the police department are under the direction of the Mayor. William A. Toth serves as the current Mayor.
You can contact the police department at 717-776-5513 or 717-243-4121, or 911 if you have an emergency.
Officer Keith Seibert of the Newville Borough Police Department receives a 10 year recognition plaque for his services to the police department, resigning for personal reasons.
L to R Chief Randy Finkey, Officer Seibert, President Bill Toth, and Mayor Becky Barrick.
Newville Borough Police Department
27 W. Big Spring Avenue
Newville, Pa. 17241