The Coatesville Area School District Police Department was established in 1997. The Department is certified and recognized by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). The Coatesville Area School District Police Department is currently operating between the hours of 6:30AM and 3:00PM Monday through Friday. School Police Officers remain “On Call” 24/7 for all school related incidents or emergencies. School Police Officers work closely with all school administrative staff and leadership to provide high quality service at all times.
The Coatesville Area School Police Department is a Law Enforcement agency which receives it's authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) via Article XIII-C Section 1303(b) of Act 44 of 2018. The Coatesville Area School District Police Department works closely with our local, State and Federal law enforcement partners. The Coatesville Area School District Police Department shares a Cooperative Police Services Agreement ("CPSA") with each of the local Police Departments within the Coatesville Area School District.
The officers of the Coatesville Area School District Police Department are sworn and certified School Resource Officers (SRO) possessing and exercising all the same powers and duties of a Municipal Police Officer and shall enforce good order in school buildings, on school buses and on school grounds.
- Each officer is required to attend and complete the Pennsylvania Munucipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) Police Acadamy.
- Each officer attends the National Association of School Resource Officer (NASRO) Basic School Resource Officer Course. This course is a forty-hour (40) training designed for law enforcement officers and school safety professionals working in an educational environment and with school administrators. The course provides tools for officers to build positive relationships with both students and staff.
- Our officers also receive Adolescent Mental Health Training for School Resource Officers and Educators (AMHT) which is designed to help school resource officers and school personnel to better identify and respond to students who are suspected of having a mental health needs.
- Our Chief of Police has complted the National Association of School Resource Officer CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) training. This training and skill uses design, management, and activity strategies to reduce opportunities for crime to occur, to reduce fear, and to improve the overall safety of schools. The CPTED concept emphasizes the relationship of the physical environment, the productive use of space, and the behavior of people.
- Our Officers have received extensive training (40+ Hours) in Crisis Intervention and have graduated from The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program. This program is a community partnership of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, individuals who live with mental illness and/or addiction disorders, their families and other advocates. It is an innovative first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention training to help persons with mental disorders and/or addictions access medical treatment rather than place them in the criminal justice system due to illness related behaviors. It also promotes officer safety and the safety of the individual in crisis. Our Department is the first Police agency in the State of Pennsylvania to be recognized on completing the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) "One Mind Challenge Campaign". You can read about this achivement in the annoucement section of our website!