History

The Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department was founded on January 1, 2012, with the merger of the existing police departments from Clay Township, Penn Township, and Warwick Township. We serve a community of over 35,000 citizens residing in an area encompassing 92 square miles located in the north central portion of Lancaster County. The agency currently employs over 26 full time sworn officers and three unsworn civilian staff members. The agency has emerged as a leader in the application of technology, leading edge equipment, and delivery of professional police services.

During 2011 after a comprehensive study was completed, three charter municipalities joined to establish and form a new primary law enforcement agency for the townships of Warwick, Clay, and Penn.

Act 180, as passed by the General Assembly in 1972, served as the founding document for this new police entity. This act has come to be known as the “Intergovernmental Cooperation Act.” It empowered these municipalities to delegate police powers to a new and separate quasi-governmental unit, THE NORTHERN LANCASTER COUNTY REGIONAL POLICE DEPARTMENT.

To govern this new police department, each municipality designates one elected member of its respective Township to represent their political subdivision on the Board of Commissioners and one Commission member to be either an elected official or a citizen appointee as designated by the member municipality. Each municipality has two (2) such Commissioners.

Charter member municipalities are identified as follows:

•Warwick Township

•Clay Township

•Penn Township

The agency is housed in a modern full service police headquarters located at 860 Durlach Road, Stevens, PA.