The Newville Borough Police Department is located at 27 West Big Spring Avenue Newville, PA 17241.
The origins of the Borough of Newville clearly date back to the year of 1790. The origin of the police department is less certain. The police department was certainly began by the appointment of a constable like our predecessors in England.
The first policeman in recent record was Bill Grove back in the year of 1935 or perhaps earlier He was on call 24 hours a day, and patrolled in his personal vehicle. Grove was always remembered for directing traffic at the local drug store. Through the years, there were several other policemen and police chiefs that served the Borough of Newville. Elmer Ritner Hollenbaugh, “Porgy”, drove his coupe as the police car. Hollenbaugh died on duty in 1944 from a heart attack after chasing a thief into the Newville Theatre. Rufus Hillbush, was then appointed chief and when not on duty, he operated at pool room on South High Street. He also died while on duty.
John Feeser also worked on call 24 hours a day. During his tenure, the first Newville Borough police car was purchased, a black Chevrolet. Charles L. Bear followed as police chief, and during his time, council agreed to the first 8 hour shift for the policemen. Following Bear was Greg Hershey, who was the youngest officer ever hired, he then became police chief for a total of 25 years. Vaughn Smith followed Hershey for a short period of time. Smith was replaced by Chief Randy Finkey in 2003 and worked until his retirement in April 2015. The current chief is Todd Koser.
History also tells us, that the police department was located on West Street for many, many years, sharing the building in the early years with the local fire department, and later with the borough office. It was very small in size and included a cell area. The police department then moved to 21 West Big Spring Avenue in the year of 2008. In 2012, the department outgrew its facility and moved next door to 27 West Big Spring Avenue, its current location.
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.
The police department has become increasingly busy. It has grown from an average of 125 to now approximately 325 calls per month in the last five years.
The police department holds a National Night Out the first Tuesday in August every year.
It’s currently staffed by a Police Chief, one full time officer, three part-time officers, a police clerk, and a parking enforcement officer and a school crossing guard.
The current staff includes:
Chief Todd Koser
Officer Jarreau Dodson
Officer John Szczypta
Officer Keith Seibert
Officer Richard Grove
Clerk Vickie Negley
Parking Enforcement Officer Don Kail
School Crossing Guard Jeanette Lehman
The police department is additionally administers the International Property Maintenance Code as it relates to residential and commercial properties in the borough. The department focuses on nuisance code violations. (Unkempt properties, Junk Vehicles etc.) Additionally, rental code enforcement to include annual inspection of rental properties and investigations of tenant complaints.
The department also provides a full time School Resource Officer to the Big Spring School District
The operations of the police department are under the direction of the Mayor William A. Toth.
You may contact the police department at 717-776-5513, 717-243-4121, or 911 if you have an emergency.
Newville Borough Police Department
27 W. Big Spring Avenue
Newville, Pa. 17241