Community Policing Unit
Although community policing is a concept that is practiced throughout the Department, the Community Policing Unit is charged with the responsibility of establishing strong positive communication and partnerships between the Lower Paxton Township community and the Police Department and creating avenues in which to accomplish this task. The Community Policing officer also serves as a part-time school resource officer for the three Central Dauphin School District middle schools located within our borders. The Unit is responsible for a vast array of community services that include but are not limited to:
- Citizens' Police Academy-every year, the Academy is held for Township residents, and residents from neighboring municipalities when space permits, who are interested in finding out more about the Police Department and its functions. (Application is available under the Programs tab of this site)
- Neighborhood Watch-A Community Policing Officer can assist your neighborhood in setting up an organized watch group. Call the Department for more information.
- Certified Child Safety Seat Installations-Schedule an appointment to have a certified technician check your child safety seat for proper installation or assist you in installing the seat. When coming to have your seat checked, you must bring with you the owner's manuals for both the seat and the vehicle it is being installed in. We request that you read the seat owner's manual in advance and have the seat installed upon arrival. We will discuss your installation and work together to make any necessary corrections.
- School Lunch Program-Officers visit students at the local schools during their lunch periods. This makes all officers accessible to students for questions in a relaxed and non-threatening environment.
- Crime Prevention Presentations- We will come to your business, church, local homeowner association meeting or neighborhood group meetings and give a presentation on a topic of interest to your group. Some examples of presentations are: Home and Vehicle Burglary, Keeping your Child Safe, Internet Safety and different types of scams.
- Police Department Tours-Tours of the Police Department are scheduled for local community groups (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, day cares, etc.) through the Community Policing Unit.