********CHANGE IN TRAFFIC PATTERN-South Park Road and Park Ave. Area********
The following changes in traffic control are CURRENTLY in place. They were mandated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (PennDOT) and are PERMANENT.
- When traveling on Park Ave. (North) at the intersection of Park Ave. and Steding St. (heading towards South Park Rd.)-ALL traffic must turn right or left on Steding. Park Ave. -North of Steding (headed to South Park Rd.) is now ONE WAY-DO NOT ENTER.
- When traveling on Park Ave. (South) ( from the Community Center towards South Park Rd.) at the intersection of Park and South Park Rd.-ALL traffic must TURN RIGHT onto South Park Rd. (You CANNOT cross South Park Rd. to access the other side of Park Ave. You CANNOT turn left on South Park Rd. towards Library Rd.
- When travelling on South Park Rd. (West) ( from Library Rd. towards Brightwood Rd.) you CANNOT turn left onto Park Ave. (towards Steding St.). You can continue on South Park Rd.- or turn right onto Park Ave. (towards the Community Center)
- When traveling on South Park Rd (East) (from Brightwood Rd. towards Library Rd.) you CAN turn right onto Park Ave. (headed towards Steding St.). This route is the ONLY route to access the portion of Park Ave. between South Park Rd. and Steding St. You may also turn left onto Park Ave. towards the Community Center. Or, you can continue of South Park Rd. towards Library Rd.
The BPPD realize that these changes from the previous traffic patterns, that had existed for years, and are ingrained into our minds as “driving habit” can be confusing. And, we will make every reasonable effort to educate motorists to the new patterns and be as patient as possible until the new patterns are also ingrained as “driving habit”. Additional signage to the area has been put in place, more is contemplated. We welcome any additional ideas or suggestions on how to better accomplish this task.
In the near future BPPD will be posting officers in these areas to address violations they may observe. This first round of enforcement is for educational and informational purposes, where warnings will be given except where the most serious violations are observed.
In subsequent weeks, standard enforcement details will be conducted to resolve any lingering issues. However, the goal is education and voluntary compliance to these traffic control regulations, and the issuance of traffic citations will occur only where that goal falls short.
The Police Department consists of 33 full time police officers, 4 emergency dispatchers, a secretary and a records clerk. The Police Department is responsible for 24-hour community wide law enforcement and responds to all requests for emergency services. The Police Department responds to an estimated (16,000) calls for service per year.
The 33 sworn officers include the Chief of Police, 5 patrol sergeants, 18 patrol officers, 1 traffic sergeant, 2 traffic officers, 4 Investigators,1 School Resorce Officer and 1 Crime Prevention /Community Resource officer.
The Department has the following divisions for more effective and specialized Law Enforcement in the Community: Patrol Division, Traffic Division, Investigations, Crime Prevention/Community Resource Division, Bike Patrol, and School Resource Officer Division.
I believe the men and women of the Bethel Park Police Department are its most valuable asset and the essential ingredient to effectively and efficiently accomplish the police mission.
Bethel Park Police Department
The Bethel Park Police Department is dedicated to ensuring public safety and enhancing the quality of life in the community by enforcing the law in a manner consistent with the rights of all. We are committed to integrity and fairness in our dealings with both the community and the department members who serve within. We will strive to provide the highest quality service to the citizens and the community through honor, professionalism, commitment, compassion and accountability. We will respond to the changing needs of the community and its law enforcement officers, by maintaining a progressive approach to our work and continuing to develop innovative programs aimed at achieving excellence in law enforcement.
Please direct all inquiries to the Police Chief Timothy O'Connor at email@example.com or 412 831-6800 x. 101