Manager's Message

John M. Barrett
Township Manager

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Oct 14

South Fayette values community policing

Posted on October 14, 2020 at 9:31 AM by Andrea Iglar

Events such as the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have prompted questions and concerns across the country about training, transparency and accountability in police departments.

South Fayette Township believes in hiring and training law enforcement professionals who respect all citizens and uphold the values of community policing.

South Fayette police officers are very well trained, and Police Chief John Phoennik has worked very hard to create a culture of community-oriented, professional officers who are committed to maintaining integrity in public safety.

The South Fayette Township Police Department emphasizes its policy on the appropriate use of force and follows guidelines that protect the lives of both officers and citizens.

Perhaps more important than having a strong policy and procedure manual is the ongoing training that prepares officers to uphold policies when the time comes.

With this philosophy in mind, the township has invested heavily in training.

We recently purchased a virtual reality simulator to allow for officer training in a COVID-19 environment. The equipment helps officers learn to make appropriate decisions under stressful circumstances.

Chief Phoennik is working to launch a body-worn camera program, with assistance from a $25,000 grant. The cameras, worn by all officers, will record interactions with citizens, providing a tool to help determine areas for additional officer training.

The township also has partnered with Lexipol, a national leader in technology, policy and training solutions for public safety agencies. This partnership will help ensure the South Fayette police have up-to-date, comprehensive policies and procedures in place, plus provide a platform for online learning and training opportunities.

These training efforts are not a new concept to our police department. Rather, they are evidence of the township’s ongoing, long-term commitment to providing professional, responsible, community-based police services.

I hope all of you will join me in thanking the men and women of the South Fayette police who work hard every day to protect and serve our township.


John M. Barrett
South Fayette Township Manager


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