Oral History-Pete Buchan



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Pete Buchan Born September 11, 1936 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania Pete attended Latrobe area schools and entered the United States Air Force on July 13, 1954, serving in the U.S. and Europe. Upon being discharged from the Air Force on April 13, 1958, Pete worked at an aluminum plant until October.

Pete enlisted with the Pennsylvania State Police on October 28, 1958. After graduating from the State Police Training School on Cocoa Ave in Hershey, PA, Pete was assigned to the Plymouth Meeting substation on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. He remined at Plymouth Meeting until December of 1959 when he was transferred to the Everett station, also locateed on the Turnpike. In April 1963, Pete was transferred to Troop B-Washington where he began working Patrol, Crime, and Vice.

In December of 1966, Pete was transferred to the Troop A- Greensburg Vice Unit. Pete was promoted to Corporal in May of 1970 and was named Supervisor of the Greensburg Vice Unit. During the years 1968-1969 Pete was detached to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for undercover work in Organized Crime. In July of 1971 Pete started a western Pennsylvania Narcotics Detail and assumed command of the Region Five Strike Force. Pete was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in July 1972. In October of 1980, Pete left the Narcotics division to return to Greensburg where he assumed the roles of Traffic Sgt., Crime Sgt., Vice Sgt, and Commander of the Somerset station.

Pete retired from the Pennsylvania State Police July 5, 1989.


This is a transcript of a tape-recorded interview conducted for the Pennsylvania State Police Historical, Educational and Memorial Center. A draft of this transcript was edited, but only minor emendations were made; therefore, the reader should remember that this is essentially a transcript of the spoken, rather than the written word.

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