Seneca Valley grad hired as newest police officer in Shaler

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:34 p.m.

The Shaler board of commissioners approved the employment of Scott Carney, 26, of Cranberry Township, to the position of police officer. He was hired from a list of three applicants approved and certified by the township Civil Service Commission.

Carney, a Seneca Valley graduate, received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a minor in accounting from Westminster College. Following graduation, he enrolled in the Allegheny County Police Academy.

Carney served the past three years as an officer for the University of Pittsburgh Police Department and previously worked as a part-time officer for the Edgeworth and Economy police departments.

“It feels really good,” Carney said after the board's approval. “I've been looking for a good job like this in a good township for a while.”

Carney will bring the Shaler Police Department to a total of 26 officers.

“It helps with the scheduling,” said Police Chief Bryan Kelly.

“Because of the number of officers we have assigned during any shift, the more we have available certainly makes it easier.”

At the end of November, the township board of commissioners approved a new contract with the police department through 2017 which allowed for township officials to budget for an additional police officer.

After Carney submits to routine physical and psychological testing, he will complete a one-year probationary period as a patrolman in the Shaler Township Police Department and then will be required to obtain residence in the township within six months to continue employment.

Carney said he gained an appreciation for hunting and an interest in law enforcement from his father, Douglas, who was the game warden for Beaver County.

He also is close to his family including his mother Diane, brother Steven, 28, and sister Stephanie, 18, all of Cranberry.

Carney's anticipated start date with the Shaler department is Monday, Jan. 28.

“We're welcoming him aboard,” Kelly said. “I'm sure he's a nice young man who will fit in well.”

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or

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