Department Structure


The Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department (NLCRPD) is a full service police agency as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). This means that the law enforcement agency (LEA) has incorporated within the agency the following elements: Administration and Command, Patrol, Criminal Investigation, Records and Support, Educational Services, and Animal Control.

Administrative and Command Function – This function includes the management and direction of the agency from a command and executive function level. This means there is a requirement for the fiscal planning, budget administration, policy development, planning on both the strategic and tactical level and administration of the human resource function of the agency.

Patrol Function – Performing seamless coverage for police patrol services/ field services on a twenty four hour basis, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days a year.

Criminal Investigations Function – A dedicated criminal investigations function with agency members designated as being responsible for the follow up function of the investigation of crimes and offenses.

Records and Support Services Function – This is the records and information management and data services component of the agency. This function is responsible for information request fulfillment and encompasses functions of the ESA and Animal Control.

Educational Services Agency - The NLCRPD currently employs six educationally defined seasonal civilian staff members who are responsible for the administration of the school crossing function of the organization. The NLCRPD provided suitable warning attire and training to these members hired by the agency to attend to the demands of the school crossing function.

Animal Control Services - The NLCRPD currently employs a sub-contracted private service provider who is responsible for the animal control function of the organization. The NLCRPD provided a licensed temporary holding kennel at the NLCRPD headquarters facility, and has contracts in place with shelters for the final disposition of unidentified animals. The NLCRPD has a scanner device to identify those animals with micro-chip licenses in place. The NLCRPD tracks and reports on the animal control efforts for each of the municipal entities and bills each of the municipalities accordingly based upon the use requirements for animal control. This is situational, and has proven to be a cost effective method to handle animal related complaints.