Chief Buchowski grew up in rural area of Volant/New Wilmington, PA. He is a graduate of Wilmington Area High School (Class of 1977) and Westminster College (Class of 1981). He is the oldest child of 6 boys and 2 girls. Working on his family farm instilled a hard work ethic and has carried that throughout his life. He began is 30 year law enforcement career with the New Castle Police Dept. and in June 1985 he entered the Pa State Police Academy. In November 1985, he was assigned to PSP Findlay barracks in Allegheny County and spent 12 years working patrol on the parkways and interstates around Pittsburgh. He then transferred to PSP Butler and worked 3 years patrol and 1 year there as a Vehicle Fraud Investigator. His last 9 years of his PSP career was spent in Beaver County in the same capacity as in Butler County. His 25 year PSP career ended in July 2010 when he retired from that agency. Prior to coming to FCSD, he spent a year as a Hospital Police Officer at St. Clair Hospital.
He is married to Lori since 1993, has one adult daughter, Angela. His wife, a retired RN, and his daughter, a Safety Associate, makes safety and security of others a family affair.
He serves as the Chairman of the Fort Cherry School District Safety Committee. The committee meets monthly to discuss any safety and security issues within the district and takes corrective measures if needed. He is also a member of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO).
Fort Cherry School District Police Department:
Fort Cherry School District Police Department is one of the oldest school police departments in the area. It is a fully sanctioned law enforcement agency with arrest powers. Chief Buchowski is the only full time officer but utilizes 6-8 part time officers that ensure the safety at after school activities such as sporting events, dances, proms, the alternative education program, and school board and community meetings. The department also is assisted by both the Mt. Pleasant Twp. Police and McDonald Police Departments. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is also in place with Cecil Twp., Smith Twp., and the Pa State Police departments in an event such as natural and man-made disasters, active shooter incident, and etc. occurs.
In 2014, FCSD underwent a massive security update to ensure the safety of its students, staff, and visitors. The number of cameras on campus quadrupled and has given the police department greater visibility of live events going on inside and outside both buildings and around campus. They can also caption and record events to be used as evidence in future legal action. Mt. Pleasant Twp. PD, McDonald PD, Pa State Police, and the Washington Co. 911 Center also have access to live feed of all cameras so they are aware of what their responding officers are getting into prior to arriving on campus. Both buildings are now using the key swipe entry system to gain access to various parts of the buildings. All district employees are issued ID cards with a security strip embedded within them that gives them permission to enter at certain times and days of the week and particular building. Chief Buchowski is the only person responsible for issuance of these cards. Through a Safe Schools grant, both buildings now use the Raptor system for visitors. This system runs the visitor’s name and date of birth through NCIC and CLEAN law enforcement reporting systems for any active warrants and/or Megan’s Law registrant. If a hit occurs in this system, it sends text messages to designated district personnel who respond accordingly. Also through this grant, the district updated its two way radios. Previous VHF radios left a few areas on campus with dead zones. The new UHF radios use a repeater system to help boost the radio signals and thus eliminating those dead zones. The radios are being utilized by the school police, all building principals, office staff, and several maintenance members to communicate necessary information amongst them.