Since 2008, the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office, under Sheriff George J. David, has undergone a complete restructuring in terms of its efficiency and operation, with the goal of reducing costs and saving taxpayer money, while still providing a high level of service to the residents Beaver County.
- Reducing wasteful spending by defraying uniform costs for new hires by instituting a quartermaster system;
- Obtained an additional $120,000 in grant funding to upgrade and expand the communications abilities of the Sheriff’s Office and the security of the Beaver County Courthouse;
- Obtained $9,000 in grant funding from the federal government to purchase new body armor for members of the Sheriff’s Office;
- Received $10,000 state grant to upgrade and expand the License to Carry system;
- Updated and streamlined evidence procedures;
- Updated the Courthouse security equipment by obtaining $25,000 from federal and state grants;
- Obtained funding to upgrade and improve the Sheriff’s Office reporting and administrative software, as well as an evidence bar coding system;
- Revamped the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office website, making it more user-friendly;
- Added two K-9 Service Dogs for use in Beaver County and the surrounding Region 13 jurisdiction;
- Developed a successful partnership with Comcast Cable to inform the viewers of wanted persons, at no cost to the public;
- Instituted a transportation system for juveniles upon closure of the Allencrest Detention Center;
- Began utilizing GPS equipment in vehicles to reduce response time and to save money by limiting mileage, reducing fuel consumption, and reducing unnecessary man hours;
- Implemented a Bar Code Evidence System to track evidence, thereby increasing the efficiency of inventorying evidence;
It should be noted that all of these changes occurred with minimum, and in some cases, no cost to the taxpayers of Beaver County.
The Sheriff’s Office has also expanded the assistance it provides to other agencies, including: Local and State Police, Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Marshal’s Office and the FBI. The Beaver County Sheriff’s Office was also instrumental in assisting the U.S. Secret Service with the protection of Presidential Candidate Obama and Vice Presidential candidate Biden during the 2008 election. The Office also assisted that same year when former President Bill Clinton and Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin campaigned in Beaver County.
In September 2009, the Sheriff’s Office was also called upon to assist the City of Pittsburgh Police Department with security at the G-20 International Summit.