Chief of Police
Hello and welcome to your resource page for the Indiana Borough Police Department. My family and I are honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve you. Indiana Borough is a welcoming, vibrant community - and place of significance. We are the seat of Indiana County, proud host of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, birthplace of Jimmy Stewart, and are known for our many wonderful special events throughout the year.
Indiana Borough is a diverse community and its diversity makes us special. Positive relationships are important here. We have a thriving downtown with a wide variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences for everyone. Although we are pedestrian and bicycle friendly, we have an excellent public transportation system, and many easily accessible parking options for your convenience.
There is a peace, safety, and high quality of life here in Indiana. This could only be achieved by the dedication of our community to having a professional police department. The men and women serving Indiana Borough are your neighbors and friends. They are highly trained, highly skilled, caring, compassionate, prideful people. Our responsibility to them is to ensure they have the resources necessary to safely and successfully handle any and every situation presented in today’s world – for the betterment of every person within Indiana Borough.
My name is Justin Schawl and I was born and raised in Indiana, Pennsylvania. I am a graduate of our public-school system and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. My wife, Krista, and I live and proudly raise our three wonderful children in Indiana - we invite you to do the same. I am your Chief of Police and welcome an opportunity to meet you personally.
A MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF OF POLICE:
The Indiana Borough Police Department exists to enhance the quality of life of our citizens.
We are committed to providing the highest levels of service while focusing on peace, safety, and comfort.
Our actions are guided by the core values of honor, integrity, and respect for all persons.
AppreciationIndiana Borough’s police officers generally handle between 9,000 and 11,000 calls for service each year 24/7/365. Notes of appreciation from community members are always welcome and will always reach our officers. Notes of support boost morale and increase officer wellness.
SuggestionWe strive to be forward moving, service oriented, and focused on positive community impacts. Suggestions for improvement from community members are always welcome and will reach our supervisors. Understanding how we may be able to better serve will increase our effectiveness.
MisconductWe are committed to the core values of honor, integrity, and respect for all persons. The Indiana Borough Police Department accepts and investigates all allegations of employee misconduct. A supervisor is available 24/7/365, in person or via phone, to immediately understand your report and to provide you with next steps.
Records and InformationDissemination of police department records are guided by the Criminal History Records Information Act and all other applicable laws. We ask that police record or information inquiry be made during normal business hours through the office of Administrative Assistant in writing. Although a Right to Know Request Form is available under the Open Government Section some information can be disseminated less formally and more expeditiously. Please contact 724-349-2121 and direct all initial requests to our Administrative Assistant. Should a formal Right to Know Request need filed, you will be advised at that time.
ENTRY LEVEL POLICE OFFICER VACANCY:
The Indiana Borough Police Department is accepting preliminary applications for entry-level police officer testing.
The testing process and eligibility requirements are in accordance with Indiana Borough Civil Service regulations apply to the testing process and eligibility requirements. Indiana Borough is an equal opportunity employer.
Indiana Borough Police Department
80 N. 8th Street, Indiana PA, 15701
Phone: (724) 349-2121
Dispatch Fax: (724) 463-4175
Records Fax: (724) 463-4190