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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
Officer Tom Kupetz, Coughlin High School (Ext. 2107)
Officer Carl Gembitski, Coughlin (Mackin Site) (Ext. 2307)  
Officer Ed Mishanski, G.A.R. High School (Ext. 5107)
Officer Carol Davenport,  Meyers High School (Ext. 8132)
Officer Barry Jacob, Solomon/Plains Complex (Ext. 3625)
Officer Jim Sheridan, Kistler & Dodson Elementary (Ext. 7124)
Officer Robert Simonetti, Heights/Flood Elementary (Ext. 6108)