General William Montgomery, who relocated his family here from Chester County, founded Danville in 1792. Danville was named in honor of General Montgomery's son Daniel. General Montgomery built a stone residence on the corner of Mill and Bloom Streets. The "Montgomery House" is still standing today. It houses the Montour County Historical Society, which contains a wonderful museum. This residence also the focal point of our current department patch.
Danville was once a thriving iron community with iron ore mines, a limestone quarry, blast furnaces, puddling mills, and large rolling mills. On October 8, 1845, the first railroad "T-rail" rolled with iron ore in America was produced. Hence giving our school its icon the "Danville Ironmen" and the midget football team the "T-railers".
According to local historian, Sis Hause, as early as 1849, "High Constables" took to the streets. These men were given the "power of assistant policemen" with a salary of $3.00 (three dollars) for two nights and one day of work per week! Among the duties assumed by constables were issuing of dog licenses and fining perpetrators of fraud at the puppet shows, juggling acts or sleight of hand tricks.
It was not until November 21st, 1960, one hundred and eleven years after the incorporation of Danville Borough, the council organized and recognized the Danville Police as a Police Department.
Chief Robert Burke Installed 1960
Today, the Danville Police Department consists of one full-time
police assistant, 7 full-time sworn officers and three part-time sworn
officers and one meter attendant. They include the Chief, Sergeant,
corporal and seven patrol officers. Our fleet presently is outfitted
with 3 cruisers, one SUV, and two bikes
We are a full service department serving the needs of residents in our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Department handles all law enforcement duties within Danville Borough and is headed by Mayor Bernice Swank.
WE BURN THIS FLAME IN MEMORY OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO HAVE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Remembering our iron heritage:
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Danville students are also served by the Columbia-Montour Vocational Technical School. Click the logo below to go to their website.