Keystone Oaks School
Police Department

About Us

The Keystone Oaks School Police was established and became officially recognized as an independent agency by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States Department of Justice at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year. The School Police has been granted the authority to exercise the same powers as the local municipal police departments while in all school buildings, on school buses and on all school grounds in the Keystone Oaks School District. The district created the position to help maintain a safe, friendly environment at the middle school/high school campus.

Aaron Vanatta serves as the School Police Officer. Officer Vanatta has many roles. He is a guest speaker in many of the classrooms throughout the school year providing students with law related education topics, safety tips, and answering questions about the criminal justice system in an effort to reduce crime, drug abuse, violence and to provide a safe school environment. Officer Vanatta also acts as an informal counselor while lending an ear and providing information on community services and the law to students, parents and staff. He is also a law enforcement officer. Officer Vanatta can be seen daily in uniform throughout the middle school/high school buildings and is a visual deterrent to criminal activity and violations of the school rules. He works closely with School Security enforcing school rules. He also enforces state laws, investigates crimes and makes arrests when needed. Officer Vanatta is the liaison between the School District and the local police community. He works in conjunction with other law enforcement officers and agencies.

Officer Vanatta can be reached at (412)571-6248 or Feel free to contact Officer Vanatta with any questions or concerns. The Keystone Oaks School Police also has an anonymous tip line that can be accessed through the District website or by texting KOTIPS and your tip to 847411 (TIP411). See the Secure Tip Line link for more details.


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