On October 14th, 2020, K-9 Officer Santi was sworn in by the Honorable Magisterial District Judge Michael Smith at the Swatara Township Board of Commissioner's meeting! Santi will be handled by Ofc. Chris Smith, and becomes the third K-9 added to the Departments K-9 Division. The word "Santi" means "Peace" in Nepalese. He and his handler just completed a five week training academy and have been assigned to a Patrol Platoon within the Department.
Due to COVID-19 we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 5K Hero Run. There also will not be a virtual run. We do apologize as this is one of our favorite events each year and a major fundraiser for our K-9 Unit, however we believe it is in the best interest of public safety. We look forward to bringing back this event in November of 2021.
Based on the current COVID-19 guidelines from the Governor's office, Swatara Township has scheduled "Trick or Treat" for October 31st, 2020, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., rain or shine.
When planning for your evening, please remember to wear something reflective on your costume, carry a flashlight, or do both! Your safety and the safety of your children is paramount during this event. When possible, kids should walk with their parents, guardians, or another responsible person.
Swatara Township Police continue to receive an outpouring of support from our community. In a way to assist our residents with showing their support for our Officers we created a "We Support Our Police" yard signs.
In the past week we have seen a lot in interest from the public in purchasing these signs. We have updated the signs to include pictures of our K-9 partners and K-9 logo.
In the interest of public health and safety the Swatara Township Police Department has decided to cancel National Night Out this year due to COVID-19. National Night Out was originally scheduled to take place in August but was postponed several weeks ago to October due to COVID-19. At the time, we had hoped that COVID-19 cases would have subsided and statewide restrictions would have been lifted. With the uncertainty of future COVID-19 cases we felt that cancelling Nati
Swatara Township Police Department was planning to implement enhanced visibility patrols from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day to add additional protection for the increase in tourism and bicycle and pedestrian traffic in the Township. With the current emergency declaration and stay at home order we have decided to initiate the plan earlier.
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