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Officer Patrick Walsh recently retired from the Pennsylvania Capitol Police Department after serving over 22 years with ...
12/12/2022

Officer Patrick Walsh recently retired from the Pennsylvania Capitol Police Department after serving over 22 years with the agency!

Officer Walsh first served as a United States Army Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, having participated in two combat operations. Then in 2000, Officer Walsh was hired by the Pennsylvania Capitol Police and attended the Pennsylvania State Police Municipal Academy. In 2001 Officer Walsh transferred from the Harrisburg branch to the Scranton branch of the Capitol Police, there is where he served the majority of his career. During that time, Officer Walsh was a certified ASP/OC, Handcuffing and Taser Instructor for the agency. Additionally, Pat served on the Lackawanna County SWAT team for the past 6 years.

On behalf of Superintendent Jacob and the entire agency, please join us in congratulating Officer Patrick Walsh on his retirement after so many years of dedicated service!

🐶Levi couldn’t wait to meet Santa🎅, so his handler, Officer Corey Shoemaker took him during Governor Wolf’s Tree Lightin...
12/06/2022

🐶Levi couldn’t wait to meet Santa🎅, so his handler, Officer Corey Shoemaker took him during Governor Wolf’s Tree Lighting Ceremony in the capitol rotunda. We’re told this pup's wish list 📝consists of a new collar, a KONG ball, and for his handler to shave. 😏

Good Boy Levi…Good Boy.

The Pennsylvania Capitol Police are proud to announce the promotion of Justin Chortanoff to Administrative Lieutenant. H...
12/01/2022

The Pennsylvania Capitol Police are proud to announce the promotion of Justin Chortanoff to Administrative Lieutenant. He was sworn in on November 21, during a ceremony with his family and fellow officers.

Justin has been with the Capitol Police for 16 years, most recently serving as the Training Sergeant where he was responsible for the coordination and scheduling of all officer trainings, maintaining the department’s training records, and ensuring all CPD officers are up-to-date with their certifications. He also developed, planned, and held new and relevant trainings internally and for the public.

Prior to leading the training section, Justin was a patrol supervisor for 9 years on daylight shift. He also ran the Field Training Officer Program, and developed and ran the CPD Recruitment Unit.

In addition to his new role as Administrative Lieutenant, he is currently the Commander of the CPD Special Response Team, or SRT, after serving as Team Leader and was most recently placed as coordinator for our new Cadet/Intern Program.

Please join us in congratulating, Lieutenant Chortanoff!

Recently, abc27 News featured Pennsylvania Capitol Police officer Alec Arentz as part of their "We Salute You" series. C...
11/23/2022
We Salute You: Alec Arentz

Recently, abc27 News featured Pennsylvania Capitol Police officer Alec Arentz as part of their "We Salute You" series.
Check out this clip about the Cumberland Valley High School grad at: www.abc27.com/community/we-salute-you/we-salute-you-alec-arentz/

The Pennsylvania Capitol Police is an internationally and domestically accredited law enforcement agency with full arrest powers that investigates all reported crimes within its jurisdiction of state-owned buildings and properties in Harrisburg and Scranton. For more info on how you can join our team, visit https://www.dgs.pa.gov/police/employment

(WHTM)- — On Thursday, abc27 honors Alec Arentz. He is a Cumberland Valey High School grad, and served in the Army National Guard. He now serves as a P.A. capitol Police officer and lives in …

Here are just a few of the calls your Capitol Police Officers responded to recently:Officers assisted Harrisburg Bureau ...
11/15/2022

Here are just a few of the calls your Capitol Police Officers responded to recently:

Officers assisted Harrisburg Bureau of Police with an assault on State Street, the suspect fled, and the victim refused treatment.

Capitol Police was requested to assist HPD with a report of shots fired in the uptown plaza.

Officers witnessed a careless driver strike a median at a high rate of speed, the driver later crashed setting the vehicle on fire.

Officers used an extinguisher in their patrol vehicle to assist HPD with the scene.

An employee at the Utilities Commission received multiple harassing and threatening phone calls from an individual. An investigation has been started.

Scranton Officers responded to an irate male yelling at an employee, and a trespass notice was issued.

Assistance was provided to Harrisburg City Police with a fight at the Stallions nightclub.

Dauphin County Dispatch reported a disorderly male who may be suicidal at the Community Corrections Center. Officers assisted DOC staff in transporting the individual to Harrisburg Hospital for treatment.

Officers conducted a traffic stop for a summary traffic violation at 3rd Street and Market Street. An investigation during the stop led to an arrest for possible DUI.

Officers assisted Harrisburg City PD with a suicidal female at the Amtrak Station on Market Street. The female was calmed down and taken to the hospital for further treatment.

Officers assisted Harrisburg City Police in looking for a vehicle wanted in a child abduction.

Dauphin County Dispatch reported an unwanted person refusing to leave the Social Security Office in Forum Place. Officers were able to de-escalate the situation and get the person to leave the building without further incident.

Officers assisted Harrisburg City Police with 2 overdoses in a vehicle at N. 3rd Street and Herr Street, Narcan was administered.

Officers took a male into custody at N. 18th Street and Parkway Street for public drunkenness. The male was issued a non-traffic citation.

Dauphin County Dispatch requested officers to respond to the 2400 block of Market Street to assist Harrisburg City with a wanted person in a residence. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

State Parole reported a parolee drove to their office under the influence of alcohol. The individual was taken into custody for DUI and transported to the Dauphin County Booking Center for a blood draw to determine his BAC. Charges to be filed.

Dauphin County 911 reported a bomb threat at 1101 South Front Street, The Riverfront Office Building. Officers assisted in evacuating the building and the CPD Explosive K-9 Teams with the assistance of other County and State teams cleared the building for any explosive devices. An investigation was started into the person that made the threat.

Officers handled a serious crash on the State Street Bridge and N 7th Street (Fisher Plaza) involving 2 motorcycles. The Investigations Section and the Dauphin County Accident Reconstruction Team were called out to assist in the investigation.

While Officers were investigating a crash at Fisher Plaza, a vehicle drove past 2 marked patrol cars that were being used to block the street. The vehicle was eventually stopped, and the driver was taken into custody for DUI and assorted other charges. She was transported to Dauphin County Booking Center for a blood draw to determine her BAC. Charges to be filed.
Officers assigned to the Dauphin County Accident Reconstruction Team assisted Lower Paxton PD with a pedestrian accident on Allentown Blvd.

Farm Show Security reported a theft of an electric cart from their building. An investigation was started.

Officers took a report for harassment at the Labor and Industry Building. An investigation was started.

To all the veterans out there… we salute you! Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
11/11/2022

To all the veterans out there… we salute you! Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Starting on Monday, November 7, the Annual State Capitol Complex Crow Dispersal Program will begin. Please note that whi...
11/04/2022

Starting on Monday, November 7, the Annual State Capitol Complex Crow Dispersal Program will begin.

Please note that whistling and exploding shells will be heard during evening hours throughout the next few months daily between 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. until the crows have been effectively dispersed. The use of these methods is non-lethal and not harmful to people, crows, other animals, or the environment.

For more info on this program, visit dgs.pa.gov/police/Pages/crow-dispersal.aspx

On Monday, November 7, 2022, the Department of General Services will begin the 25th Annual State Capitol Complex Crow Dispersal Program.

Whistling and exploding shells will be heard during evening hours throughout the next few months daily between 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. until the crows have been effectively dispersed.

For more info, visit https://www.dgs.pa.gov/police/Pages/crow-dispersal.aspx

Recently, our team shared our  capabilities with Pennsylvania Department of General Services Acting Secretary Joe Lee. A...
10/20/2022

Recently, our team shared our capabilities with Pennsylvania Department of General Services Acting Secretary Joe Lee.

As an internationally and domestically accredited law enforcement agency, it is important we stay up to date with new technologies to ensure the safety and well-being of the thousands of individuals who work in, and visit state Government buildings and properties on a daily basis.

For more about the CPD and for info on how you can join our team, visit dgs.pa.gov/police/employment/

The Pennsylvania Capitol Police had 2 officers retire recently, Officer David McDermott and Officer James Zettlemoyer.  ...
10/13/2022

The Pennsylvania Capitol Police had 2 officers retire recently, Officer David McDermott and Officer James Zettlemoyer.

Officer David McDermott spent 20 years with the Capitol Police Department, working a variety of shifts and ultimately ending his career while on the night shift, where he enjoyed patrolling as part of the department bike team. Officer McDermott also worked as a part-time officer for the Royalton Borough Police Dept. for many years. David will enjoy retirement with his wife and daughter.

Officer James (JZ) Zettlemoyer will also retire after spending 20 years with the Capitol Police Department. Officer Zettlemoyer spent most of his tenure on the daylight shift, finally ending his career while assigned to the Office of the Capitol Police Administrative Section – where he was viewed as an asset, ensuring all the agency needs were handled smoothly and quickly. Officer Zettlemoyer was also a long-time Field Training Officer for the department, training many new hires over the years. JZ will enjoy retirement with his wife.

Please join us in wishing very well-deserved congratulations to these two officers!

Last week, the Pennsylvania Capitol Police hosted nearly 50 people for it’s first-ever “Coffee with a Cop” event. This g...
10/11/2022

Last week, the Pennsylvania Capitol Police hosted nearly 50 people for it’s first-ever “Coffee with a Cop” event.

This gathering was an opportunity for the public to interact with the men and women who make the Capitol Complex safe to work in and visit on a daily basis. More than 15 officers, including Superintendent Joe Jacob and Deputy Superintendent Kevin Brown, were available to answer questions, talk and meet people.

Special thanks to everyone who came out and we hope to see even more of you the next time!

Join us today thru 10:30 for Coffee with a Cop at Room 60E in the Capitol East Wing! ☕️The mission of Coffee with a Cop ...
10/05/2022

Join us today thru 10:30 for Coffee with a Cop at Room 60E in the Capitol East Wing! ☕️

The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.

Here are just a few of the calls your Capitol Police officers responded to recently:Officers assisted Harrisburg City Po...
09/28/2022

Here are just a few of the calls your Capitol Police officers responded to recently:

Officers assisted Harrisburg City Police Dept with a crash at Maclay Street and 5th Street that was related to a shooting in the city.

While on patrol in the area of 13th Street and State Street officers came upon a disorderly person in the middle of the road. It was believed that the person was suffering from a drug overdose and was transported to Harrisburg Hospital for treatment.

CPD Officers assigned to the Dauphin County Accident Reconstruction Team assisted Lower Swatara Twp Police Department with a motorcycle crash on 230 at 283.

Officers assigned to the Scranton State Office Building received a bolo for a missing female with dementia from County radio. Shortly after receiving the bolo the officers received a report of a female needing assistance on the second floor of the building. When officers arrived, they found that the female in need of assistance was the person from the earlier bolo. Officers worked with Scranton PD to return the woman back to her residence.

The Investigations Section took a report of forged documents submitted to the Department of Human Resources.

During a traffic stop, officers observed that the driver of the vehicle may have been under the influence of alcohol/drugs. The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and transported to the Dauphin County Booking Center for a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content.

Officers conducting a traffic stop learned that the vehicle was stolen out of Fairview Twp. The driver, who also had two warrants for his arrest was taken into custody after a brief foot chase. He was transported to the Dauphin County Booking Center to be arraigned on multiple charges.

Officers were flagged down by a female victim who claimed a male threatened her with a knife in the area of 3rd Street and South Street. The male was located nearby and taken into custody. He was transported to the Dauphin County Booking Center to be arraigned on multiple charges, including possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

A male reported being assaulted and robbed after being hit in the head with a brick. Officers are investigating and have good information on the suspects.

A customer at PENNDOT became irate and made threats toward an employee, charges are to be filed.

An investigation into harassing emails sent to the Lt. Governor’s Office has been started.

Capitol Police Unit assisted Lower Allen Township PD with a shooting scene.

Dauphin County Dispatch requested Capitol Police Officers respond to the 1000 block of S 18th Street to assist HPD with a shooting.

Capitol Police came across a male passed out on the roadway; he was heavily intoxicated with a laceration to the forehead. EMS was called and transported to the hospital.

During a traffic stop, the officer believed the driver to be intoxicated and was arrested for possible DUI.

There was a Pro-Life rally that brought approximately 5000 people to the Capitol steps – no issues or arrests.

Officers assisted a male with mental health issues at the Main Rotunda, who wanted to visit with Legislators.

Officers assisted EMS with an assault at the Alva Hotel, the victim refused to cooperate or be transported to the hospital with obvious signs of injury.

Capitol Police assisted Harrisburg Police with a crime scene involving 5 people having been shot on Elder Street.

A woman was observed publicly intoxicated and screaming in front of the Capitol Building, EMS arrived on scene and transported her to the hospital.

The theft of a maintenance vehicle from the Farm Show Complex is being investigated.

Earlier this week the men and women of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police worked tirelessly to maintain a safe environment ...
09/22/2022

Earlier this week the men and women of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police worked tirelessly to maintain a safe environment for the gathering of over 5,000 demonstrators on the Main Capitol steps.

Although this was one of the largest planned rallies ever held, the Capitol Police were prepared and kept peace and order throughout the event. Regardless of the size or reason behind any rally, the Pennsylvania Capitol Police will provide a nonpartisan and professional service to those demonstrating their rights in a cooperative and peaceful manner.

A special thank you to the PA State Police and Harrisburg City Police Dept for their assistance in managing such a tremendous crowd.

Photo courtesy Dan Gleiter / Pennlive.com

It is another beautiful day in Pennsylvania. Thank you, veterans, for the precious gift of freedom you have given to the...
09/14/2022

It is another beautiful day in Pennsylvania. Thank you, veterans, for the precious gift of freedom you have given to the citizens of our nation and commonwealth.

Officer James Godfrey was officially sworn in on August 16, Congratulations! James “Jim” Godfrey is originally from the ...
09/06/2022

Officer James Godfrey was officially sworn in on August 16, Congratulations!

James “Jim” Godfrey is originally from the Bucks County area and attended Temple University where he received his bachelor’s degree in business management. After college, he attended the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, where he received his Act 120 Certification and began to work for Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) as a Ranger.

After working there for 9 years, he moved to Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System as a Retirement Representative, eventually going to the PA Department of State a Regulatory Inspector, and finally back to DCNR as a Ranger.

Officer Godfrey is excited to a part of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police and looks forward to one day becoming a handler – like his stepfather.

 The Capitol Police will provide state employees at the capitol complex an es**rt to their vehicle after normal work hou...
09/01/2022

The Capitol Police will provide state employees at the capitol complex an es**rt to their vehicle after normal work hours by calling them at 717-787-3199 (voice/TDD) at least one-half hour before they are ready to depart their work site?

More info at: https://www.dgs.pa.gov/police/Pages/Crime-Prevention-Tips.aspx

Here are just a few of the calls your Pennsylvania Capitol Police officers responded to recently:The CPD  Unit assisted ...
08/17/2022

Here are just a few of the calls your Pennsylvania Capitol Police officers responded to recently:

The CPD Unit assisted Camp Hill Borough Police with a suspicious package in their jurisdiction, and the item was cleared.

Harrisburg Police Department requested use of the mobile fingerprint ID system for a cardiac victim.

A large amount of Ma*****na was turned over to Capitol Police after being found in a Salvation Army donation bin.

Officers assisted Harrisburg City Police with a domestic at 4th Street and Chestnut Street.

Officers assisted Susquehanna Twp. PD with an individual with mental health issues in the area of Front Street and Cumberland Street. The individual was transported to the hospital by EMS.
Officers assisted Harrisburg City PD in the area of 2nd Street and Spring Street for a report of a male with a knife threatening a female.

Officers assisted Harrisburg City Police with a fatal crash at 17th Street and Regina Street.

While on patrol officers came upon a crash on the 1400 block of Arsenal Blvd. The driver of one of the vehicles appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was transported to Harrisburg Hospital for treatment of her injuries and a blood draw to determine her BAC. Charges for DUI pending results of the blood draw.

While on patrol officers noticed a male lying in the street at Market Street and Dewberry Street. The male was under the influence of alcohol and had a warrant for his arrest from Lebanon County. As per Lebanon County, the warrant was not served, and the male was transported to Harrisburg Hospital for evaluation.

Officers assisted Harrisburg City Police with a male attempting to break into cars in the area of Dewberry Street and Market Street. The male was taken into custody without incident.

Officers observed a male near the construction on the East wing Plaza covered in blood. The male fled when approached by officers but was later stopped. The male was under the influence of alcohol and had been in a fight. EMS transported the male to Holy Spirit Hospital.

The CPD Explosive K-9 Units assisted with sweeps at the York State Fair.

Officers responded to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)'s River Front Office Building for a suspicious male breaking into cars. The male was gone when the officers arrived. An investigation was started.

Strawberry Square Security reported a male was assaulted by their Market Street entrance and an ambulance was called. An investigation was started.

While on patrol officers heard an audible alarm coming from 1000 N 6th Street. The building was checked, and it was found to be a faulty smoke alarm.

Officers conducted a traffic stop for a summary traffic violation at 7th street and Forster Street. The driver was taken into custody for possible DUI and transported to the Dauphin County Booking center for a blood test to determine his BAC.

Officers assisted Harrisburg City Police with a domestic involving a knife at Front Street and Walnut Street. The suspect with the knife was taken into custody after a brief foot chase.

While on patrol an officer came upon a traffic accident at 2nd Street and Forster Street with injuries.

Officers attempted to stop a vehicle for a summary traffic violation at 3rd Street and Forster Street. The vehicle fled from officers who did not pursue and notified Dauphin County Dispatch to alert surrounding departments. A short time later the vehicle had been stopped by Susquehanna Twp. PD. The driver is going to be charged by Susquehanna Twp. PD with DUI as well as the feeling and eluding.

Capitol Police were requested to assist Harrisburg City Police with an active shots fired call downtown. Officers assisted as needed, while HPD investigated.

A Commonwealth employee received a harassing phone call from an irate person, an investigation has been started.

Harrisburg City Police requested assistance with crowd control at a domestic situation.

The driver of a traffic stop fled on foot, he was later identified and will be charged with multiple violations.

Capitol Police administered Narcan to an overdose victim at 2nd & Market Streets – the male had recovered and was transported to the hospital.

A Commonwealth employee received unwanted emails and images; an investigation has been initiated.

An officer came upon a female having a medical emergency at 3rd & Walnut Street – EMS was requested and transported her to the hospital.

CPD member of the Dauphin County Forensics Team assisted Swatara PD with a shooting scene.

Assistance was given to Harrisburg City PD with a shots fired call in the area of 3rd & Herr.

An investigation was started on the theft of a catalytic converter from a vehicle at the Career Link Building.

CPD member of the Dauphin County Forensics Team assisted Steelton PD with a suspicious death investigation.

Officers assisted State Parole with a warrant service at Concept 90 on the State Hospital grounds.

Officers assisted Harrisburg City Police in searching for a vehicle from a shots fired call in the area of 18th Street and Walnut Street.

Officers checked on a male down in the roadway of the Commonwealth Parking Garage. The male was under the influence of alcohol and was transported by EMS to Harrisburg Hospital.

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