Posted to Chief's Corner by Andrea Iglar
As the community of South Fayette grows, traffic volume inevitably increases, resulting in more emergency and service calls.
Citizen complaints regarding speeding and aggressive driving have increased substantially over the past year. As hard as we try, police officers cannot be everywhere all the time to monitor these traffic issues, so we try to prioritize.
One way we prioritize complaint areas is by using the electronic speed signs that you have seen throughout the township. The equipment gathers data about vehicle speeds and the volume of traffic per hour, and then we use a formula to find the speed-limit compliance rate for that particular area. Based on the compliance rate, we prioritize the areas that have the lowest compliance rate—in other words, officers focus on monitoring the areas with the most frequent or severe problems.
To further address traffic needs, I am planning to dedicate one or two police officers to dealing with traffic in our problem areas. They will handle traffic complaints and associated enforcement issues seven days a week. This will allow our department to address traffic complaints more efficiently and thoroughly, providing better service and protection to our residents and visitors.
In communities such as South Fayette Township, which has been voted multiple times as one of the safest communities in Pennsylvania, traffic issues can become the main focus for residents. Our job as officers is to make sure we provide the best possible service and protection in all areas, traffic-related and otherwise. Our officers respond to everything—domestic disputes, arrests, accidents and many other types of calls—24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
As always, every decision I make as the chief of police is made with the intention of providing the best possible service to the South Fayette community.
John R. PhoennikChief of PoliceSouth Fayette Township
Posted to Manager's Message by Andrea Iglar
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Joe Horowitz to reflect on the changes South Fayette Township has experienced over his 10 years with the South Fayette Township Board of Commissioners.
Commissioner Horowitz shared stories and personal accounts of the growth and advancement of township operations, including the police department.
Hearing him reflect on the significant changes in the community inspired me to think about the next 10 years and what events will define our progress.
What comes to mind for me is the construction of our new, 36,000-square-foot municipal center, including a police station. This building will be a major milestone for South Fayette and a testament to the hard work of our past and present community leaders.
The facility will provide township offices, public meeting facilities and a modern police station that will support the police department’s status as a professional law enforcement agency.
Projected to be completed next summer, the 18,000-square foot police station will include space for in-house training, evidence storage, much-needed office space and, of course, a proper kennel for Ellie Faye, our police bloodhound.
Additionally, the new building will house our administrative offices, commissioners chamber and public meeting room. The larger, more modern facility will provide staff with sufficient space and equipment to carry out operations and grow along with the community.
As you can imagine, I am excited to see this project unfold. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of former boards, township employees and other community leaders who have paved the way for progress.
We will continue to pay it forward and work hard to ensure future generations also are set up for success.
John M. BarrettTownship Manager