Lower Paxton Township, the 17th largest municipality in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is home to approximately 50,000 people of diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic makeup and is located about six miles from Harrisburg. 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. Both are significant routes between the Baltimore/Washington area and New York and New England. There are four high schools, Central Dauphin East, Dauphin County Technical School, Bishop McDevitt and Harrisburg Christian School, three Junior High Schools and numerous elementary schools and a Catholic elementary/junior high, Holy Name of Jesus, located within our borders.
Lower Paxton Township is conveniently located within day-trip distance from Baltimore (via I-83), Philadelphia and Pittsburgh (via the PA Turnpike), and New York City (via I-81 and I-78). New Jersey and Maryland Shore points are easily accessible, also.
The Police Department, which is accredited by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, has an authorized complement of 57 sworn officers headed by a Director of Public Safety. It is divided into three divisions, the Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigation Division and the Administrative Division. The backbone of the Department, the Patrol Division, is made up of four Platoons and the Traffic Safety Unit, each with a Sergeant and a Corporal. K-9 and the Community Service Officer program are also within the Division. The Patrol Division provides 24/7 coverage for our residents and visitors. The Criminal Investigation Division is comprised of the Criminal Investigation Unit (Detectives), Drug Task Force Detective, Evidence and Property, Warrants, a School Resource Officer and Community Policing. The Administrative Division is made up of Professional Responsibility and Development, Training, Internal Affairs, Accreditation, Emergency Management, Staff Inspections and Records.
On average, the Department handles over 22,000 calls for service, almost 400 reportable traffic crashes and approximately 2,400 criminal offenses per year.