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Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Howard Burton Chief of Police

Howard Burton  Chief of Police  
Municipality of Penn Hills


Education and Experience:
Chief Burton began his law enforcement career with the Penn Hills Police Department in March 1969 as a uniformed patrol officer. He was assigned to the Investigative Division in 1975, and then was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 1980. He was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant in 1981, and then filled the Investigative Lieutenant position in 1991. Chief Burton became the Officer in Charge of the police department in 1995 and was promoted to Chief of Police in 1999. Chief Burton graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Municipal Police Officers program in 1971. He graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy in 1994, 176th session, and completed the Pennsylvania Command Institute for Police Executives in 1997. In 1998 Chief Burton was invited to attend the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Management Training seminar in Buffalo New York. Chief Burton has a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Licenses/Certifications:
Certified N.R.A. Firearms Instructor, Certified Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer Instructor, Certified Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer.

Organizations/Awards:
1997 Western Pennsylvania Crime Prevention Award,
1999 U.S. Department of the Treasury Certificate of Appreciation, 2000 William P. Fralic Community Recognition Award,
2002 Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Crime Prevention Chief of the Year,
2005 F.B.I. Exceptional Service in the Public Interest Award,
2000 to Present-Chairman of the Administrative Committee of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission,
2003 to Present-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police,
2003 & 2004 President of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the F.B.I. National Academy Associates.


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