The Swatara Township Police Department is committed to serving the community while protecting the rights of all persons. Consistent with this commitment, the Department’s Vision, Mission and Core Values, in concert with the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and the Department’s Management Principles, reflect the guiding philosophy of the Swatara Township Police Department.
It is the vision of the Swatara Township Police Department to, as closely as possible, achieve a Township free from crime and public disorder.
The Swatara Township Police Department provides protection to an area of about 14.6 square miles between Harrisburg and Hershey, Pennsylvania. Approximately 24,000 people call Swatara Township home.
At full complement, the Department has 46 full time police officers. The Patrol Division is comprised of four platoons having a Sergeant and/or Corporal and Patrol Officers. There are eight full time detectives, including a Sergeant, a Juvenile Officer, a Forensics Technician, and a drug task force investigator.
Swatara Police Officers participate in several county and regional teams. To find out more click here.
To view an organizational chart of the Department click here.
The mission for every member of the Swatara Township Police Department is to affirmatively promote, within available resources and engaging in lawful police functions, a feeling of security and safety for every member of our community. The department endeavors to reduce the opportunities for the commission of crime through prevention strategies and the identification, apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders.
- This mission requires positive effort based on self-initiative
- The goal is for every member in every contact to seek ways to achieve this mission
This mission is a commitment to quality performance from all members. It is critical that all members understand, accept and be aligned with the responsibilities established by this mission. It provides the foundation upon which all decisions and organizational directives will be based. Directives include rules, regulations, operating policies, procedures, customs and practices.
This mission represents the commitment of this administration to the concepts of quality performance management. In other words, members are expected to work consistently in a quality manner in the daily performance of those duties, job responsibilities and work tasks associated with this mission. Quality manner means that performance outcomes comply with the performance standards established for the Swatara Township Police Department and for each associated member. Examples of performance standards include the oath of office, code of ethics rules, policies, procedures, directives, general and supervisory orders, work productivity and behavior.
Members are required to accept the responsibility for the achievement of this mission and publicly register their commitment to it and to the concept of quality service.
Duty and Honor: Enhancing our professionalism by continuously improving our service through teamwork, loyalty, and a positive and approachable attitude.
Professionalism: We owe to ourselves a positive work atmosphere by promoting teamwork, training, and safety while encouraging personal and professional development.
Integrity: Soundness, the firm adherence to a code of moral values, incorruptibility, and completeness. We demonstrate personal integrity and the courage of our convictions. We will not sacrifice principle for expediency, be hypocritical or act in an unscrupulous manner.
Trust: Is a result of honest behavior between each other and acceptance of others’ judgments and abilities. To be a fair and respectful partner in solving the problems and issues that affects our community.
Caring: To be sensitive to the needs of others and demonstrate compassion for all people.
Respect: To consider ALL people worthy of high regard. We demonstrate respect for human dignity and appreciation for the privacy rights of all. We manifest commitment to justice, equal treatment of individuals tolerance for and acceptance of diversity.
Loyalty: Proactively supporting the organization, its membership and its goals, and being held accountable for our conduct as well as for the conduct of our peers and /or subordinates.
CODE OF ETHICS
As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental obligation is to serve the public’s needs. While I consider the way I choose to conduct my private affairs, a personal freedom, I accept the responsibilities for my actions, as well as inactions, while on or off duty, when those actions bring disrepute on the public image of the Swatara Township Police Department, my fellow workers and the law enforcement profession.
I vow to perform all my duties in a professional and competent manner. I consider the abilities to be courageous in the face of danger and to exercise restraint in the use of my powers and authority to be the ultimate public trust. I accept that I must consistently strive to achieve excellence in learning the necessary knowledge and skills associated with my duties. I will keep myself physically fit and mentally alert so that I am capable of performing my duties according to the standards of quality expected of my position.
I vow to be fully truthful and honest in my dealings with others. I deplore lies and half-truths that mislead or do not fully inform those who must depend on my honesty. I will obey the very laws that members of my police department are sworn to uphold. I will seek affirmative ways to comply with the standards of my agency and the lawful directions of my superiors.
I vow to treat others with courtesy at all times. I consider it a professional weakness to allow another’s behavior to dictate my response. I will not allow others’ actions or failings to be my excuse for not performing my duties in a responsible, professional and expected manner.
I vow to empathize with the problems of people with whom I come into daily contact. However, I cannot allow my personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence the discretionary authorities entrusted to my job. I will affirmatively seek ways to avoid conflicts and potential conflicts of interest that could compromise my official authority or public image.
I hold the authority inherent in my position to be affirmative of the public’s trust in me as a public servant. I do not take this trust lightly. As long as I remain in this position, I will dedicate myself to maintaining this trust and upholding all the ideals of my profession.