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Police Operations Department

The Wilkes-Barre Area School District and the Police recognize the need for intervention and prevention in an effort to reduce crime among juveniles in school-based settings. To meet this need the District and the Police have placed eight full-time school police officers (SPO) into the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.

The issue of creating safe schools is a concern shared by the community. Children find it difficult to learn and teachers cannot teach if violence is present in their schools. Our children and our teachers have a right to expect their school to be safe and to be a place where individuals are not threatened, intimidated or victimized.

Police Operations Department Contacts

To contact personnel, please call 570-826-7111 and enter the appropriate extension.
 
Director of Police Operations 

Officer Brian Lavan, Administration Building (Ext. 1124)
 
School Police Officers

Supervisor/Officer Carl Gembitski, Wilkes-Barre Area High School (Ext. 8211)
Officer Tom Kupetz, Wilkes-Barre Area High School
Officer Carol Davenport,  Wilkes-Barre Area High School 

Officer Barry Jacob, Solomon/Plains Complex (Ext. 3625)

Officer Ed Mishanski, G.A.R. Middle School (Ext. 5107)

Officer Jim Sheridan, Dodson at Mackin & Kistler Elementary (Ext. 7124)

Officer Robert Simonetti, Heights & Flood Elementary (Ext. 6108)