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    Chief of Police

    Background: Penn State University, B.A. in Administration of Justice; California University of Pennsylvania, M.A. in Applied Criminology. Federal Bureau of Prisons, corrections officer. Connellsville Police Department, 1990-2010; retired as chief of police. Carnegie Mellon University, patrol sergeant, 2010-2013.
    Expertise: Adjunct professor of criminal justice at Community College of Allegheny County.At Cal U: Arrived in 2013. Chief of police and director of public safety.


    Assistant Chief of Police

    Background: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, B.A. in Criminal Justice, 1991. Graduate, Municipal Police Training Academy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, class valedictorian. Worked for Smith Township and Waynesburg police departments. Spearheaded the legislative campaign to provide firearms for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education police departments. Decorated for outstanding performance and service in the line of duty. Active in community organizations.
    Expertise: Emergency management; firearms instruction.
    At Cal U: Arrived in 1998; has been a patrol officer, corporal, lieutenant and interim chief of police, as well as assistant chief.



    Background: U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, Philadelphia, internship. U.S. Army, five years’ active duty in Military Police, with three overseas deployments; awarded Military Police Identifications identifier for service as covert member of Army CID drug team. Pennsylvania Police Academy graduate. Worked as a municipal police officer and a private detective specializing in surveillance/workmen’s compensation fraud.
    Expertise: Interview and interrogation; investigation. Glock armorer; firearms instructor; active shooter response instructor. FEMA emergency management and FBI negotiator school training.
    At Cal U: Arrived in 2001; promoted to lieutenant, 2010. Night shift supervisor.

    Background: Sixteen years’ municipal police experience including Fallowfield, West Pike Run, Donora and West Brownsville police departments; Ringgold School District. California Borough, part-time school resource/patrol officer.
    Expertise: Sexual assault response; Intoxilyzer.
    At Cal U: Arrived in 2000; sergeant/sexual assault officer; promoted to lieutenant, 2014.

    fhrthLT. STEVE ORBIN
    Background: Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate, 1993; police academy, 1994. Seven years’ municipal police experience in Hanover and East Bethlehem townships, Bentleyville and California boroughs.
    Expertise: Certified Glock armorer; certified field training officer. Expertise in camera, door locking and alarm systems; interviewing; criminal investigation; active shooter response.
    At Cal U: Arrived in 2002; evidence custodian; promoted to lieutenant, 2014.


    Background: Worked for Charleroi Police Department, 2003; also Redstone Township Police Department, sergeant/office in charge.
    Expertise: Investigative techniques; sexual assault crimes; crime scene processing; interview and interrogation; computer crimes; drug interdiction; criminal investigations. Detective, Narcotics Division, Greene County District Attorney’s Office. Firefighter/EMT, Uniontown Fire Department. Technician, Fayette County Hazardous Materials Team; water, ice, structure collapse and confined space rescue.
    At Cal U: Arrived in 2007; promoted to detective, 2013. Evidence custodian; Clery Act compliance officer; sexual assault officer; department software administrator; JTAC officer for JNET/CLEAN. 



    Background: Worked for St. Vincent College Public Safety, 2010-2012.
    Expertise: Active shooter response instructor (Louisiana State University); firearms instructor (Pennsylvania State Police); Taser instructor. K-9 handler: with canine partner Bas, a male Belgian Malinois, certified in narcotics identification, article search, tracking, area search, building search and apprehension.
    At Cal U: Arrived in 2012; promoted to sergeant and K-9 officer, 2014.

    Patrol Officers



    Background: Attended Westmoreland County Community College. Westmoreland County Municipal Police Academy graduate. Twelve years’ municipal police experience in West Newton and Edgewood boroughs, Westmoreland and Allegheny counties. Eighteen years as a volunteer firefighter, City of Greensburg.
    Expertise: Incident command; interviewing witnesses and victims; NIK field narcotics testing; building searches; SHACOG SERT basic/advanced active shooter response; certified TASER X26, X26P and X2 instructor; NCBRT active shooter emergency response instructor (Louisiana State University).
    At Cal U: Arrived in 2010. Campus patrol officer.

    Background: Graduate, Municipal Police Training Academy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Worked for West Elizabeth Police Department, 1982-1985; Lincoln Borough Police Department, 1985-1989; Allegheny County Police Department, 1989-2011, including mounted and motorcycle patrol divisions.
    Expertise: Firearms; ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training for active shooter response.
    At Cal U: Arrived in 2011. Campus patrol officer; firearms instructor.

    Background: U.S. Army, four years at Fort Bragg. Army National Guard, four years. Idaho Maximum Security Institution, three years; field training officer, correctional emergency response team squad leader, basic/advanced academy instructor, property officer. U.S. Border Patrol; border patrol agent, San Diego Sector special response team, field training officer, defensive tactics instructor. Allentown Police Academy graduate. Emmaus Police Department, defensive tactics instructor.
    Expertise: Washington County Regional SWAT; Taser instructor.
    At Cal U: Arrived in 2012. Campus patrol officer.

    Background: North Braddock Police Department. Served on the Allegheny District Attorney’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (DANET).
    Expertise: Washington County Regional SWAT. Expertise in firearms, active shooter response.
    About Cal U: Arrived in 2012. Campus patrol officer.

    Background: Nine years’ experience, including seven years with Braddock Police Department.
    Expertise: Field sobriety certification; first responder; campus policing.
    At Cal U: Arrive in 2013. Campus patrol officer.

    Background: Four years’ experience, beginning in Cumberland Township. Also works for California Borough Police Department.
    Expertise: International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) certification.
    At Cal U: Arrived in 2013. Campus patrol officer; bicycle patrol.

    Background: South Connellsville Police Department, 1997-2014; assistant police chief, 10 years, chief, two years. Everson Police Department, 2007-present, chief of police. Special duty U.S. Marshal, 2000-present. Fayette County detective, 2013-2014.
    Expertise: Certified sniper, Fayette County Drug Task Force SWAT. FBI High-Tech Internet Task Force, Innocent Images Unit, 2011-present. Expertise in sexual assault/domestic violence response.
    At Cal U: Arrived in 2014. Campus patrol officer.

    Background: University of Pittsburgh, B.A. in Administration of Justice. Four years’ municipal police experience. Attended Westmoreland County Community College for business, horticulture. Owned a construction company for 17 years.
    Expertise: Municipal and campus policing.
    At Cal U: Arrived in 2014. Campus patrol officer.

    Background: Pennsylvania National Guard, 2006-2012. Completed U.S. Army Basic Training, 2006, and Calvary Scout Advanced training; deployed to Iraq, 2008; completed Infantry School at Fort Indiantown Gap, with expert marksmanship and physical fitness awards. Municipal Police Training Academy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2011; received the Physical Conditioning Award. Worked for Donora and Washington Township police departments, Washington County Sheriff’s Department.
    Expertise: International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) certification; Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response certification.
    At Cal U: Arrived in 2014. Campus patrol officer; bicycle patrol. Seeking a Cal U degree in sociology.

    Background: Community College of Beaver County Police Academy, 1982. Smith Township Police Department; patrol officer, assistant chief, chief (1989-1994). Washington County Sheriff’s Office, chief deputy sheriff. District Attorney’s Drug Task Force. Fort Cherry and South Side Beaver school districts, school police officer. Washington & Jefferson College Police, sergeant.
    Expertise: Municipal, school and campus policing.
    At Cal U: Arrived in 2015. Campus patrol officer.

    Administrative Assistant

    Becky Kozemchak

    Dispatchers/Security Officers

    Ferne Markatan
    Bob Yeager
    Scott Hackinson