Welcome to the homepage of the Manheim Township Police Department. We provide 24/7 police protection to the communities of Manheim Township and Lancaster Township. Our goal is to improve the quality of life and reduce crime by partnering with members of the community.
I am proud of the relationships we have with our community and the steps we have taken to be inclusive of all people. The Manheim Township Community Life Task Force meets monthly at the police station and all are invited to attend. Local businesses frequently host “Coffee With a Cop” where the public is invited to come and ask questions. We have Police Officers who work in our schools and help to make a difference in the lives of the students. Our Community Outreach Officer takes great pride in providing food to the homeless, identifying and reaching out to those in need, reading books to children, and providing summer programs to our community. You will find our officers volunteering as boy scout leaders, coaches, chaperones, and church leaders.
Recent events have changed the lives of all of us and have resulted in calls for changes in the way the police operate. Before the current unrest, the Manheim Township Police Department had been proactively addressing the issues we now face.
- We train on use of force policies at least twice a year and have been working on an update for the past several months.
- We do not train on or permit our personnel to engage in neck restraints of any kind.
- Every use of force is reviewed by my command staff and myself.
- We do not condone bias of any kind and train on our policy regarding bias annually.
- We review all complaints of bias, and my annual review can be found on this site.
- In February of this year, all personnel attended an all-day class on De-Escalation.
- We routinely review footage from our in-car cameras.
- We had already planned to purchase body cameras in the next fiscal year.
Since 2008, we have been accredited by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. To achieve that distinction, we must adhere to the best practices in law enforcement. Our policies and procedures are independently reviewed by outside assessors every three years, and our last review was this past January. Our employees work hard to achieve and maintain this status of excellence.
As a resident of Manheim Township for 33 years, I also have a stake in what happens in our community. As Chief of Police, I will not tolerate unprofessional conduct or bias. This agency is committed to working with all of our community partners to allow for the open flow of communication. I ask my officers to treat people they encounter as if they were their own family. I invite you to come to meetings and to our public events which you can find announced on this website and on our Facebook page. I truly believe that by working together, we will continue to make our community safer!