Police Department

Police Department

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The West Hills Regional Police Department is located at the rear of the Westmont Borough Building at 1000 Luzerne Street. The Department currently operates under the direction of Chief Michael W. Lose. He is assisted by Capt./Criminal Investigator George Musulin, III and Sgt. Ed Fisher Judith A. Fetcko is the Administrative Assistant. The Department is also staffed by an additional eight full-time officers and eight part-time officers, who provide 24/7 coverage of the municipalities that comprise the West Hills Regional Police Commission. The police office is open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents are strongly encouraged to contact the Police if they are in need of Police Assistance or to report any suspicious activities. The office telephone number is 255-4145, but callers are advised to dial 9-1-1 if there is an emergency. Callers should not leave a message for the Police on the Westmont Borough answering machine as those messages will go unanswered until the Borough Office is open.

The West Hills Regional Police Department began operating in 1978 when Westmont and Brownstown Boroughs formed the West Hills Regional Police Commission. Since that time, the Department has expanded, with Southmont and Lower Yoder Township becoming members of the Commission. The Police Commission meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Westmont Borough Council Chambers. The meetings are open to the public and residents from all four member municipalities are encouraged to attend.

All West Hills police officers receive annual, mandatory in-service training. Certain Officers have also received training in specific fields, including crisis intervention, violence against women, truck inspections, crime prevention specialties, DUI detection and weaponry.Three full-time Officers are members of the Cambria County Specialized Emergency Response Team (SERT) and participate in training exercises at least two days each month. The Department has a radar trailer that is set up in high-speed areas periodically, during summer months, in the various member municipalities to identify and deter speeders.

West Hills Officers are available to give presentations at schools, churches and to any group that would request that service. Please call the Police Office to schedule an Officer. The Crime Prevention Officer is also available to come to a resident’s home, upon request, to check the property and make recommendations about how the residence can be made more secure.

The West Hills Police Officers all proudly serve the residents of Westmont Borough and the residents of the other member municipalities. They take great pride in the number of cases that have been solved as a result of the diligent and superior investigative work done by the Criminal Investigator and the Officers and are grateful for the confidence and support provided by the municipal representatives. The Police Commission has mainly grown and prospered because of the cooperation and support of the participating municipalities.

West Hills Regional Police Chief Andrew T. Havas, Jr. retired on June 30, 2014, after a 45-year career as a police officer. He served as Chief for 32 of those years. Chief Havas was hired in 1970 by the Westmont Borough Police Department. Havas was with the department when the West Hills Regional Police Commission was formed in 1978 by Westmont Borough and Brownstown Borough. Today, the Commission also includes Southmont Borough and Lower Yoder Township. Havas rose through the ranks, promoted to sergeant in 1978, and acting chief in 1981. He was appointed chief at the end of 1981. We wish him good health and happiness in his retirement years, and we will miss him!

The West Hills Regional Police Commission appointed West Hills Police Cpl. Michael W. Lose to fill the Chief of Police position, effective July 1, 2014. Chief Lose has been with the Department since 1979. Det/Sgt. George Musulin, III was promoted to Capt./Criminal Investigator. He has been with the Department since May 1979.

The West Hills Regional Police Commission appointed Officer Ed Fisher to fill the Sergeant position on January 20, 2015. Sgt. Fisher has been with the Department since August 25, 1996.