Swatara Police Department

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The Swatara Township Police Department is committed to serving the community while protecting the rights of all persons. Consistent with this commitment, the Department’s Vision, Mission and Core Values, in concert with the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and the Department’s Management Principles, reflect the guiding philosophy of the Swatara Township Police Department. It is the vision of the Swatara Township Police Department to, as closely as possible; achieve a Township free from crime and public disorder. The Swatara Township Police Department provides protection to an area of about 14.6 square miles between Harrisburg and Hershey, Pennsylvania. Approximately 24,000 people call Swatara Township home. The Office of the Chief of Police is comprised of the Chief and his administrative assistant. At full complement, the Department has 45 full time police officers. The Patrol Services Division is commanded by a Lieutenant and is comprised of four Patrol Platoons, and the Community Services Division. Each of the Patrol Platoons has a Sergeant and/or Corporal and several Patrol Officers. The Field Services Division is commanded by a Lieutenant and is comprised of the Criminal Investigation Section and the Records/Clerical Section. The Criminal Investigation section has 6 detectives including a Juvenile Aid Officer, a Drug Task Force Investigator, and an Evidence Technician/Evidence Property Room Manager. The Records/Clerical section is comprised of a full-time Police Secretary and a part-time Police Receptionist.

Mission: The mission for every member of the Swatara Township Police Department is to affirmatively promote, within available resources and engaging in lawful police functions, a feeling of security and safety for every member of our community. The department endeavors to reduce the opportunities for the commission of crime through prevention strategies and the identification, apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders. This mission requires positive effort based on self-initiative The goal is for every member in every contact to seek ways to achieve this mission This mission is a commitment to quality performance from all members. It is critical that all members understand, accept and be aligned with the responsibilities established by this mission. It provides the foundation upon which all decisions and organizational directives will be based. Directives include rules, regulations, operating policies, procedures, customs and practices. This mission represents the commitment of this administration to the concepts of quality performance management. In other words, members are expected to work consistently in a quality manner in the daily performance of those duties, job responsibilities and work tasks associated with this mission. Quality manner means that performance outcomes comply with the performance standards established for the Swatara Township Police Department and for each associated member. Examples of performance standards include the oath of office, code of ethics rules, policies, procedures, directives, general and supervisory orders, work productivity and behavior. Members are required to accept the responsibility for the achievement of this mission and publicly register their commitment to it and to the concept of quality service.

Operating as usual

NEWS POST: Limited Access at Police Department
11/16/2020
NEWS POST: Limited Access at Police Department

NEWS POST: Limited Access at Police Department

Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in our area, the Swatara Township Police Department will only be accessible to essential personnel starting on November 17th, 2020, at 8:00 AM. Citizens who need to speak with an officer in person should...

CASE: Shooting Investigation
11/14/2020
CASE: Shooting Investigation

CASE: Shooting Investigation

On Friday, November 13, 2020 at approximately 9:08 p.m. Swatara Police units were dispatched to the Derry Smoke Shop at 5530 Derry Street for a shooting. Upon arrival officers found that a 26 year old male victim had been shot in the chest...

CASE: Theft By Deception / Power Tools
11/11/2020
CASE: Theft By Deception / Power Tools

CASE: Theft By Deception / Power Tools

The Swatara Township Police are investigating several instances of theft involving expensive plumbing tools.

NEWS POST: EIGHT SECONDS: ONE FATAL DISTRACTION
11/10/2020
NEWS POST: EIGHT SECONDS: ONE FATAL DISTRACTION

NEWS POST: EIGHT SECONDS: ONE FATAL DISTRACTION

Whether it's answering a text, reading an email, putting on makeup, reaching for the radio or eating and drinking, the fact is that many people become distracted while driving.

NEWS POST: STEEL-HIGH STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL
11/06/2020
NEWS POST: STEEL-HIGH STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL

NEWS POST: STEEL-HIGH STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL

The Steelton-Highspire School District started a hybrid learning model this week, which has half of the students coming in for in person learning and the other half remaining online. Students were split into two groups, Group A and Group B.

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE WELCOME BACK STEEL-HIGH STUDENTS
11/02/2020
NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE WELCOME BACK STEEL-HIGH STUDENTS

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE WELCOME BACK STEEL-HIGH STUDENTS

Swatara Township Police Department was welcoming back students of the Steelton-Highspire School District today. Up until today the entire school district had all students learning from home.

CASE: missing person: we need your help!
11/01/2020
CASE: missing person: we need your help!

CASE: missing person: we need your help!

Mr. Robert McGill has been missing since 10:00 AM on October 31st, 2020. He walked away from his home at 1460 Pieffers Lane (Harrisburg, PA) and was expected to return but never did. Friends and family have been searching the area for him but...

NEWS POST: TRICK OR TREAT RECOMMENDATIONS
10/30/2020
NEWS POST: TRICK OR TREAT RECOMMENDATIONS

NEWS POST: TRICK OR TREAT RECOMMENDATIONS

Swatara Township is asking families that are trick or treating tomorrow night to follow CDC guidelines including social distancing. If someone has a young person to take out trick or treating it is your choice to do what is safe for your family.

NEWS POST: TRICK OR TREAT DRIVE THRU THIS SATURDAY!
10/27/2020
NEWS POST: TRICK OR TREAT DRIVE THRU THIS SATURDAY!

NEWS POST: TRICK OR TREAT DRIVE THRU THIS SATURDAY!

Swatara Township will be hosting a Trick or Treat Drive Thru event this Saturday (10/31/20) from 3pm to 4:30pm in the parking lot of the Rainbow Hills Swim Club (located at 4075 Swatara Drive, behind the township building).

NEWS POST: GIANT DONATES MONEY TO EMERGENCY SERVICES
10/23/2020
NEWS POST: GIANT DONATES MONEY TO EMERGENCY SERVICES

NEWS POST: GIANT DONATES MONEY TO EMERGENCY SERVICES

Today marks the Grand Opening for the new GIANT food store located in Swatara Township off of Grayson Road. GIANT made a giant impression to the community by donating $5000, which will aid in emergency services in both Swatara Township and...

NEWS POST: COVID-19 TESTING
10/21/2020
NEWS POST: COVID-19 TESTING

NEWS POST: COVID-19 TESTING

The PA Department of Health has partnered with local churches in Swatara Township (Harrisburg) to provide COVID-19 testing on October 27th and October 30th at the below listed times & locations:October 27th from 10 AM until 2 PM: Shiloh Church...

CASE: We need your help!
10/18/2020
CASE: We need your help!

CASE: We need your help!

On 10/17/2020 at approximately 11:13 p.m. a motorist observed a male lying down on Orchard Drive at the intersection with North Harrisburg Street. When the motorist stopped to help, the male stood up and stated that he had sustained some...

NEWS POST: K-9 SANTI SWORN IN AT SWATARA TWP. PD
10/15/2020
NEWS POST: K-9 SANTI SWORN IN AT SWATARA TWP. PD

NEWS POST: K-9 SANTI SWORN IN AT SWATARA TWP. PD

On October 14th, 2020, K-9 Officer Santi was sworn in by the Honorable Magisterial District Judge Michael Smith at the Swatara Township Board of Commissioner's meeting! Santi will be handled by Ofc. Chris Smith, and becomes the third K-9 added...

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE GO PINK FOR OCTOBER
10/09/2020
NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE GO PINK FOR OCTOBER

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE GO PINK FOR OCTOBER

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. As a way to show our support for those who have been affected by breast cancer our officers will be sporting our Pink Police Patch on their uniforms throughout the entire month of October.

NEWS POST: Additional Traffic Safety Patrols
10/08/2020
NEWS POST: Additional Traffic Safety Patrols

NEWS POST: Additional Traffic Safety Patrols

On October 08, 2020 the Swatara Township Police Department received the following notification from the Central Dauphin School District. This notification was sent out to Parents and Guardians of students in the district.

NEWS POST: Lost / Found Dog
10/08/2020
NEWS POST: Lost / Found Dog

NEWS POST: Lost / Found Dog

The Swatara Township Police are attempting to locate the owner(s) of the black and white German Shepherd / Siberian Husky pictured in the above photo. He is currently being cared for by the Humane Society of Harrisburg at 7790 Grayson Road.

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN FAITH & BLUE EVENT
10/06/2020
NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN FAITH & BLUE EVENT

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN FAITH & BLUE EVENT

On Sunday, October 11, 2020 from 1pm to 3pm the Swatara Township Police Department will be teaming up with the Living Water Community Church, located at 206 Oakleigh Avenue Harrisburg, for our first Faith & Blue event.

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE BECOME PART OF PUPPY SURPRISE!
09/21/2020
NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE BECOME PART OF PUPPY SURPRISE!

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE BECOME PART OF PUPPY SURPRISE!

A seven year old boy named Atticus received quite the surprise over the weekend. With a love for German Shepherds and a dream of one day becoming a police officer, he received a surprise visit from Officer Scott Gibson and K-9 Kix on Sunday.

EVENT: Trick or Treat Scheduled
09/16/2020
EVENT: Trick or Treat Scheduled

EVENT: Trick or Treat Scheduled

Based on the current COVID-19 guidelines from the Governor's office, Swatara Township has scheduled "Trick or Treat" for October 31st, 2020, from 6 p.m.

NEWS POST: Support our Police yard signs with photos of our K9 partners
09/15/2020
NEWS POST: Support our Police yard signs with photos of our K9 partners

NEWS POST: Support our Police yard signs with photos of our K9 partners

Swatara Township Police continue to receive an outpouring of support from our community. In a way to assist our residents with showing their support for our Officers we created a "We Support Our Police" yard signs.

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE AND OTHERS REMEMBER 9/11
09/11/2020
NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE AND OTHERS REMEMBER 9/11

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE AND OTHERS REMEMBER 9/11

The Swatara Police and dozens of other local first responders and community members gathered at Mission BBQ at noon today to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Officer Tyler Margeson from Swatara Police sang the National

NEWS POST: CHICKEN BBQ FUNDRAISER FOR POLICE K-9 TOMORROW!
09/11/2020
NEWS POST: CHICKEN BBQ FUNDRAISER FOR POLICE K-9 TOMORROW!

NEWS POST: CHICKEN BBQ FUNDRAISER FOR POLICE K-9 TOMORROW!

There is a Chicken BBQ sale taking place tomorrow starting at 12:00 P.M. at the Swatara Township Municipal building as part of a fundraising effort for the Swatara Police K-9 unit. The lunch includes 1/2 chicken, applesauce, macaroni and cheese,

NEWS POST: Support our Police signs
09/08/2020
NEWS POST: Support our Police signs

NEWS POST: Support our Police signs

Swatara Township Police continue to receive an outpouring of support from our community. In a way to assist our residents with showing their support for our Officers we created a "We Support Our Police" yard signs. These signs can be picked up...

NEWS POST: COFFEE WITH A COP THIS THURSDAY!
09/08/2020
NEWS POST: COFFEE WITH A COP THIS THURSDAY!

NEWS POST: COFFEE WITH A COP THIS THURSDAY!

Coffee with a Cop will be held this Thursday, 9/10/20 at 9:00 A.M. at the City Line Diner, which is located at 3302 Derry Street Harrisburg, PA.

CASE: Theft from Vehicle - Access Device Fraud
09/03/2020
CASE: Theft from Vehicle - Access Device Fraud

CASE: Theft from Vehicle - Access Device Fraud

The Swatara Township Police is asking the public's assistance with identifying the individuals in the attached photos. These individuals used stolen credit cards at Target and Best Buy on Jonestown Road, which were stolen from vehicles in...

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE K-9 FUNDRAISER SET FOR TOMORROW
09/02/2020
NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE K-9 FUNDRAISER SET FOR TOMORROW

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE K-9 FUNDRAISER SET FOR TOMORROW

The Swatara Police Department is teaming up with Texas Roadhouse again for a fundraising event involving our K-9 Unit. This fundraising event is taking place tomorrow (9/3/20) from 3pm to 8pm at the Texas Roadhouse off of Union Deposit Road.

CASE: Missing Juvenile - UPDATE LOCATED
08/28/2020
CASE: Missing Juvenile - UPDATE LOCATED

CASE: Missing Juvenile - UPDATE LOCATED

The Swatara Township Police are attempting to locate 15 year old A.D. who was last seen in her residence in the 200 block of North 67th Street on the evening of August 25, 2020 around 10 PM.

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE WELCOME STUDENTS BACK TO SCHOOL!
08/24/2020
NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE WELCOME STUDENTS BACK TO SCHOOL!

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE WELCOME STUDENTS BACK TO SCHOOL!

The Swatara Township Police Department as well as Swatara Township Commissioners Connolly and Ellis welcomed back students of the Central Dauphin School District today. The CDSD is bringing back students at 50% capacity as part of a hybrid...

CASE: Access Device Fraud - Requesting help with identification
08/21/2020
CASE: Access Device Fraud - Requesting help with identification

CASE: Access Device Fraud - Requesting help with identification

The Swatara Township Police is asking the public's assistance with identifying 3 individuals involved in using stolen credit cards at the Main Street Markette (in Bressler) on August 15th.

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE SWATTY FLOAT IS A GO FOR TOMORROW!
08/21/2020
NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE SWATTY FLOAT IS A GO FOR TOMORROW!

NEWS POST: SWATARA POLICE SWATTY FLOAT IS A GO FOR TOMORROW!

The weather looks great, the water is clear and the parks have been prepped! The first Swatara Police SWATTY FLOAT is a go for tomorrow (8/22/20) at 10am. This event is being held at Schiavoni Park in Swatara Township (behind Hoss's Steak House...

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