After more than four decades of serving in law enforcement, Aston resident William “Scott” Bireley – the Lieutenant and Bomb Squad Commander of the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division – has retired from the force.
Bireley began his career in law enforcement on Dec. 10, 1973 as a Police Officer for the Chester Police Department. For 15 years, he served the Chester Police Department as a Certified Fire Investigator and expert to the cause and origin in fire- and arson-related cases, and as member of the Chester Police Department Narcotics Unit.
Bireley joined the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division as a detective on July 10, 1989, and served for 29 years there while moving up the ranks. In May 2010, he was promoted to Sergeant and then promoted to Lieutenant in February 2013.
Bireley was named Policeman of the Year in 1981, and he is a 2016 honoree of the Philadelphia Crime Commission for his investigative work on a 2015 homicide in Yeadon. He’s well-known as a Certified Fire Investigator and bomb expert, and as a result, he has been called in to assist and provide expertise on cases in the Philadelphia region and across the country.
“On behalf of the District Attorney’s Office, we wish Lt. Bireley the best in his well-deserved retirement after more than four decades of dedicated service to the residents of Delaware County,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “As one of the best arson and explosives experts in the region, Lt. Bireley will be greatly missed, and there is no question that his years of dedicated service have made Delaware County a safer place to live, work, and raise a family for our residents.”