New park in West Whiteland dedicated to retired Police Chief – Daily Local


WEST WHITELAND – West Whiteland Township officials have dedicated their new park to retired Police Chief Joseph Catov Jr.

Gratitude and respect were evident among the approximately 30 retired and current police and township employees, active and former township supervisors, as well as family and friends. Everyone admired the brand new baseball field and softball field, and Catov’s granddaughter appreciated the new playground equipment in what was previously called Boot Road Park North.

Catov devoted 42 years to West Whiteland Township, starting in 1978 as a patroller, then serving as a detective, detective sergeant and lieutenant before being appointed chief of police in 2013, where he served until his retirement in 2020. Ralph Burton, West Whiteland Police Chief from 1999-2010, spoke at the ceremony, stating that “Joe was the obvious choice, a no-brainer when he was promoted to detective. I had every confidence that Joe would solve a case, no matter how serious. Joe was absolutely relentless and an incredibly hard worker.

Township Director Mimi Gleason shared her thoughts on the six years she spent working with Catov: “It was an absolute pleasure working with Joe. He embodies professionalism, humility and cooperation. Joe is what every person in this country wants as a good cop. “

Burton noted that “the Township of West Whiteland Police Department has a long history of excellence.

“One of Chief Catov’s most ambitious goals was to get accreditation from the township police department,” Burton said. “More important than ever in this time of increased emphasis on police accountability, this goal came to fruition in 2018 when the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission granted accreditation after an assessment in which the department demonstrated compliance. with 139 professional standards. “

Burton said the accreditation is a significant achievement for the police service as well as a notable victory for the entire community protected by this esteemed service. Under Catov’s leadership, the police department also set up Crimewatch, an online system to provide transparency and keep citizens informed.

After officially renaming Boot Road Park to Joseph Catov Jr. Park, Catov stepped onto the podium. “It is a great honor that I did not expect,” he said. “Thank you to my family, without whose support I would not have been able to have the career I have made. Thank you to Bud Turner and Steve Soles who trusted me and appointed me chef. Turner and Soles were doing it. part of the supervisory board in 2013 and attended the consecration.

Current Township Supervisors Rajesh Kumbhardare, Theresa Santalucia and Joshua Anderson opened the new park to the community and in honor of Chief Catov. Santalucia raised her arms and made this invitation: “Look around you in this beautiful park. We have fields, toilets, a spacious pavilion and this sparkling playground. The whole community will benefit from it. What a wonderful place to bring our children and grandchildren.

Kumbhardare pointed out that residents of Whiteland Woods and Indian Kingcan appreciate the new walking trail connecting their neighborhoods to Catov Park, where they can also access more trails and recreation across the street at Boot Road Park. .

The township has a bicycle and pedestrian plan with a list of projects based on community feedback. Kumbhardare reminded the audience that “Even with the recent increase in development, more than a fifth of the township is permanently protected open space. It is gratifying to see our residents enjoying these spaces, as well as coming back to support our local businesses that have struggled during the pandemic. “

The Township of West Whiteland has owned the property at 71 W. Boot Road for over 15 years. This development project was initiated due to Exton Little League’s need for a temporary baseball and softball field when the organization was moved from Meadowbrook Manor in 2019 due to the construction of a pipeline. The fields were built and fully financed by Energy Transfer.

“We got two new community fields without paying a dime. It’s definitely something to celebrate, ”Anderson said.


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