History of The Westtown-East Goshen Police Department

The Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department was formed in December of 1981. It is a full-service law enforcement agency that provides police service to Westtown, East Goshen and Thornbury (Chester County) Townships.  The area of coverage extends over 22 square miles with a population in excess of 32,000 residents. The Department is one of Pennsylvania's 34 regional police departments. The Department consists of 30 full-time and 11 part-time Police Officers.   

The Department staffing is divided among the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division and Traffic Safety Unit and Police Administration. The Police Department is also a member of the West Chester Regional Emergency Response Team (E.R.T.) which consists of officers from Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department, West Goshen Township Police Department, West Chester Borough Police Department, West Whiteland Township Police Department, Willistown Township Police Department, West Chester University Police Department and Uwchlan Township Police Department. These officers receive special training in weapons and tactics and can be deployed rapidly to emergency situations or critical incidents. 

The Police Department is committed to its community policing philosophy and stresses, through its Mission Statement, its commitment to providing the optimum in service, performance and dedication to the community through proper, responsive community based police service.

Chiefs of Police:

Dr. Brenda M. Bernot (March 2013 - Present) 

Prior to joining the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department, Chief Brenda M. Bernot served for over 28 years as a member of the Pennsylvania State Police.  She began her career in 1984 as a Patrol Unit Trooper and retired at the rank of Captain in 2012. As Captain, Chief Bernot was the Commander of Troop J, which was comprised of 260 enlisted and civilian personnel across four stations in Chester and Lancaster Counties. After retiring from the State Police, Chief Bernot served as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Valley Forge Military College.

Chief Bernot holds a Doctorate in Criminal Justice from the California University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph’s University, and a B.S. in Administration of Justice from the Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, Chief Bernot is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and the Leadership Development Institute in Harrisburg.

Chief Bernot, a resident of Chester County since 1999, currently resides in West Whiteland Township with her family.

Eugene Dooley (Interim)  (July 2012 - March 2013)

John M. Dumond (1996-2012)

Charles W. MacIntyre (1981-1996)