Chief Robert A. Gerrity
Chief Gerrity began his career in law enforcement in May 1973, when he was hired as a part-time police officer with the Archbald Borough Police Department. In May 1978, Chief Gerrity accepted a full-time position with the South Abington Township Police Department, serving as a patrolman until 1991. In June, 1991, he was promoted to the position of Chief of Police, and continues to serve in that capacity today.
Chief Gerrity is a graduate of Valley View High School, and a 1976 graduate of the University of Scranton, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. In 1978, Chief Gerrity completed the Municipal Police Officer's Training and Education Commission ACT 120 program at Lackawanna Jr. College, and was recipient of the High Academic Award. Chief Gerrity completed the Penn State University Police Executive Institute in 1993, and has attended numerous advanced training classes and seminars throughout his law enforcement career.
Chief Gerrity is a founding member of the Lackawanna County Chief's of Police Association, and is a past-president of the Association. In preceding years, he has also held the offices of vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. In July 2004, Chief Gerrity was elected to a three year term on the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Chiefs' of Police Association. He serves on the Legislative Committee of the Pennsylvania Chiefs' of Police, and had previously served on the statewide Education and Training Committee. Additionally, Chief Gerrity is a member of the Executive Committee of the Northeast Pennsylvania Chiefs' of Police Association, is on the Board of Directors of EMS of Northeast Pennsylvania, is a past-chairman of the Lackawanna County Drug Task Force Board of Chiefs', and served as Administrative Commander of the Lackawanna County DTF SWAT team. He is also an active member of the Blue Knights International Police Motorcycle Club, Pa. Chapter VI.