Chief Pete Wayda graduated the 29th class of the Allentown Police Academy. He joined the department in 1982 as a part-time police officer and was then hired full-time in 1984. In 1990 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and then named Chief of Police in April 2013.
Chief Wayda attended the Criminal Investigators School and the Identification School at the Allentown Police Academy. He received extensive training in the use of firearms and is an NRA and PA State Police Certified Firearms Instructor. He is an Active Shooter Instructor and Patrol Rifle Instructor through the NTOA and is certified as a less Lethal Munitions Instructor and Oleoresin Capsicum Instructor. Chief Wayda is an original member of the department’s bicycle patrol and is a IPMBA Certified Police Cyclist. During his time with the department Chief Wayda has received 4 commendations and an award from the American Police Hall of Game for his exceptional arrest of a burglary suspect. He has received a commendation from the State Attorney Generals office for outstanding work as a member of the Northampton County Drug Task Force.
Sergeant Jason Nothstein graduated from Lehighton High School and the Lackawanna Junior College Police Academy. He joined the department in 2000. He is certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as a Child Seat Technician. He is one of the departments certified Field Training Officers. He has been selected as a Top Gun in Driving Under The Influence of Alcohol arrests by a municipal officer for five years. He has also received several Certificates of Appreciation from the Lehigh Valley Regional DUI Task Force for his work in DUI arrests. Officer Nothstein is also an IPMBA certified Police Cyclist. Officer Nothstein is also one of only a handful of municipal police officers certified as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).
Patrol Officer Scott Ledo graduated from Palmerton High School and the Allentown Police Academy. He joined the department in 2001. He is certified as an instructor in firearms, patrol rifle, and shotgun. Officer Ledo is also certified as a Glock Armorer. During his time with the department he has received one Police Commendation and was awarded 2008 Top Gun in Driving Under The Influence of Alcohol arrests by a municipal officer.
Patrol Officer Nicholas T. Hartman, Nick graduated from Northern Lehigh High School and the Allentown Police Academy. Nick joined our department in June of 2015 as a part time officer, in December of 2019 Nick was elevated to a full- time position after successfully taking a competitive Civil Service Examination. Nick is certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. Nick continues to further his education in law enforcement to better serve the residents of the Borough every day.
Patrol Officer Tyler D. Smith, Tyler graduated from the Quakertown High School and the Lackawanna College Police Academy. Tyler is also currently serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard as and Infantryman. Tyler joined our department in January of 2020, Tyler continues to further his education in law enforcement to better serve the residents of the Borough every day.
Patrol Officer Michael Eckman, Mike graduated from the Southern Lehigh High School and the Allentown Police Academy. Mike joined our department in 2013, Mike continues to further his education in law enforcement to better serve the residents of the Borough every day.
Patrol Officer Richard Compton, Rich graduated from the Northampton High School and the Allentown Police Academy. Rich joined our department in 2016, Rich continues to further his education in law enforcement to better serve the residents of the Borough every day.
Patrol Officer Joseph Coddington, Joe graduated from Pocono Mountain High School and the Montgomery County Community College Police Academy. Joe joined our department in 2018, Joe has received training in Arson investigation and narcotics investigations. He is also a certified NRA firearms instructor for handgun and shotgun.
Patrol Officer Kyle Kromer, Kyle graduated from the Northern Lehigh High School and the Lackawanna College Police Academy. Kyle joined our department in 2018, Kyle is also a member of the Diamond Fire Company starting his career there is a Junior Firefighter. Kyle has received training in Search and Seizure as well as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.
Patrol Officer Christopher Warning, Chris is a graduate of Gateway Senior High School and Slippery Rock University and the Allentown Police Academy. Chris joined our department in 2019, Chris is a certified Defensive Tactics instructor.