My name is Chief of Police Douglas F. Kish. I have been serving as Chief of Police in the Borough of Catasauqua since June 2003. I began my professional career in law enforcement here in Catasauqua back in October 1977 as a part time officer with the department. I worked full time as a Communication Specialist with the County of Lehigh from 1975 until 1979. I began working full time as a police officer in the Borough of Coplay in 1979 and continued to work part time in Catasauqua and North Catasauqua. In April 1981, I was hired by the South Whitehall Township Police Department. I was a patrol officer and K-9 officer until being promoted to Corporal in February 1987. I was the Criminal Division Supervisor for a year and then transferred back to a Patrol Supervisor. In 1996, the South Whitehall Township Police Department received a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Alcohol Highway Safety Program to conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrol and coordinated operations with 5 departments in Lehigh County. I was assigned to coordinate these operations and appointed as grant coordinator for the program. Along with my regular shift supervisory duties, I was responsible for all sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and mobile awareness patrols conducted by police departments in Lehigh County. Shortly thereafter, all departments in Lehigh County were added to the grant program. In 2003, I applied for the position of Chief of Police in Catasauqua and was selected and sworn in on June 30, 2003. I subsequently retired from the South Whitehall Township Police Department upon taking this position.
I am a graduate of Catasauqua High School, Lehigh Carbon Community College, the 24th Class of the Allentown Police Academy, Philadelphia K-9 Academy, POSIT, POLEX, Advanced POLEX, MALEEDS, and numerous other classes in the law enforcement and management fields.
I am a former and current President of the Lehigh County Chiefs of Police Association and am on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania DUI Association, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association
I would like to thank all the professional officers under my command for the job they do and the citizens of the Borough of Catasauqua for entrusting myself and these officers to serve you to the best of our ability. Rest assured that with our training and skills the officers of this department are among the best in their profession.