• About Officer Naviglia...

    A 1980 Highlands graduate, Officer Joseph T. Naviglia, Jr. received his Act 120 Police Training through Indiana University of PA and earned credits at Penn State toward a Parks and Recreation degree.

    Naviglia had 26 years of service, with 17 of them as Chief of Police, with the Springdale Borough Police Department before retiring in May 2013. He spent three years as a school police officer between Community Day School in Squirrel Hill (2015-2017) and Gateway School District (2017-2018) prior to returning to his alma mater. He also maintains part-time employment with the East Deer Township Police Department.

    Officer Naviglia had the honor of being the Security Detail during former Vice President Al Gore’s visit to the Rachel Carson Homestead during Gore’s presidential campaign.

    Born and raised in the A-K Valley, Naviglia is happy to return “home”. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the Highlands family again - R4L (Rams for Life),” he said.

    Naviglia’s family includes his wife Michele and son JT, who resides in Brackenridge and is a full-time police officer with the Allegheny Health Network (Allegheny Valley Hospital). He is one of the first sets of recruits to be assigned to hospitals. The Naviglias also have two dogs – Kia, 4 year old Pitbull/Rottweiler rescue, and a 4.5 year old German Shepherd named Mya.