About Us

Lower Paxton Township is a township of the second class in Dauphin County.  Lower Paxton Township is the 13th largest municipality in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania home to 53,500 people of divers racial, ethnic, and socio-economic makeup and is located about six miles from Harrisburg.  Lower Paxton Township is now the most populous municipality in Dauphin County, exceeding that of Harrisburg, the state capital.

The Township is over 28 square miles, dissected by U.S. Route 22, a major business and shopping destination for metropolitan Harrisburg and beyond.  Two major north-south interstates, I-83, and I-81, intersect and have interchanges within the Township.

The Bureau of Police, which is accredited by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, has an authorized complement of 60 sworn officers headed by a Director of Public Safety. It is divided into two divisions, the Operation Services Division, and the Technical Services Division. The backbone of the Bureau, the Patrol Section, is made up of four Platoons, and the Special Operations Section.  The operation Services Division provides 24/7 coverage for our residents and visitors. The Technical Services Division is comprised of the Criminal Investigation Unit (Detectives), Evidence and Property, Warrants, Civilian Service Support Personnel, and the Administrative Section. The Administrative Section is responsible for training, Accreditation, Emergency Management, Staff Inspections and Records. On average, the Bureau handles over 32,000 calls for service, almost 800 traffic crashes and approximately 2,400 criminal offenses per year.