Brookhaven was incorporated as a Borough in April 1945. Prior to incorporation the Borough had a constable for 38 years by the name of Robert Platt, and the Pennsylvania State Police patrolled the Borough. The Brookhaven Police Department was founded in the 1950’s from a group of Fire Police Officers. When the department began the officers patrolled in their own vehicles and did not have radio communication. If the police had a call, the Delaware County Radio room dispatcher would leave a telephone message at the officer’s residence and their wives would leave the porch light on. So, the officers would frequently pass their residence. The first official police car was a 1959 Studebaker.
The first Police Chief was Walter Conley. The department was reorganized in 1962 and Gerald Newcomb, a retired Pennsylvania State Police Officer, was appointed the Chief of Police. Approximately eight years later he was replaced by Harry Herrick, who was then replaced by Clarence “Fusty” Kennedy. John M. Eller was appointed as Chief of Police in 1981. He served as Chief until December 2012, when he retired. Randolph McGoldrick was appointed Chief of Police in January 2013 and retired in December, 2018.
The Police Chief oversees a department that currently consists of six full-time patrolmen, one full-time officer assigned to investigations, up to 10 part-time patrolmen and one civilian administrative assistant. The police department has a vehicle fleet of six marked patrol vehicles and one unmarked vehicle. The department also utilizes many pieces of technology to assist with traffic enforcement, and calming throughout the Borough.
Brookhaven also participates in the Pennsylvania’s “Click it or Ticket” and “Aggressive Driving” campaigns. These details are coordinated by Officer Martin under the direction of the Chief of Police.
Officer Wetten volunteers as a member of the Central Delaware County Emergency Response Team, a.k.a. SWAT. He trains with the team often and is an expert marksman. Officer Wetten has been awarded “Top Shooter” at past SWAT competitions.
Brookhaven is one of several municipalities in the county to have a Youth Aid Panel. The Youth Aid Panel is a group of concerned citizens who hear minor juvenile offenses and provide a form of education in lieu of having the child enter the Juvenile Justice System. The Brookhaven Youth Aid Panel is the longest running youth aid panel in the Delaware County (1977). We are grateful to have the Youth Aid Panel as an alternative rehabilitative option for first time juvenile offenders.
The department also works closely with Brookhaven Town Watch, which was formed in 1995. Town Watch members have been of great assistance to the department over the years.
Any citizens needing to speak with an officer should dial 911. Once connected the 911 center their staff can dispatch an officer to call you. In Delaware County 911 is for ALL police calls including non-emergency calls. Our office is not staffed at all hours so please do NOT leave a message if you need and officer or are reporting suspicious activity. DIAL 911!
Accident reports can be obtained by contacting the secretary during business hours, 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday. 610-876-6142 ext: 111.
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The department consists of the following officers:
#2701 Chief Matt Kurten (2019)
#2724 Officer Gregory Martin (2000)
#2751 Detective Timothy Habich (2007)
#2728 Officer Benjamin Kyler (2012)
#2725 Officer Robert Barth (1995)
#2726 Officer David Wetten (2012)
#2729 Officer Richard Subers (2006)
#2721 Officer Jonathan Zebley (2009)
#2732 Officer Richard Clymer (2009)
#2772 Officer Matthew Jenkins (2012)
#2739 Officer Matthew Hughes (2014)
#2736 Officer Amanda VanHorn (2017)
#2771 Officer Mitchel August (2018)
#2731 Officer Ryan Eastman (2018)
#2737 Officer Austin Gallagher (2018)
#2735 Officer Malcolm Duff (2018)