Learn about police activity in your neighborhood: GRADS
GRADS (Geospatial Real-time Awareness Decision Support and Tactical Deployment Monitoring System)
GRADS shows police related incidents that occur within East Hempfield Township. The mapped icons are based on reports taken by officers when responding to incidents in the Township. Incidents will not appear on the map if the address was unable to be geocoded (mapped) or if the report for the incident was created less than 24 hours ago.
Users are able to define a date range, agency, and offense type. When you zoom into a specific area, the results will show as text and icons on a map. Clusters of offenses are shown as a yellow circle with a number (the number of offenses in that close area). When you click on the icon, you will see very basic information about the incident : event number, offense type, location. Specific details are not provided because much of the private information is protected by the Criminal History Record Information Act and exempt under the Right to Know Law .
2012 Annual Report
To contact the Police Department, call 898-3103.
In an emergency, always dial 911.
Police Chief - Stephen A. Skiles
717-898-3103, ext. 251
The East Hempfield Township Police Department was formed in July 1963 with the hiring of Joseph Fliss as the first full time police officer. The first police car was purchased that month from the former Garden Spot Motors for $2,220. In January 1964, Officer Fliss was appointed as the Department’s first Chief of Police. The department operated out of a building on the northeast corner of Rohrerstown Rd and Oreville Rd before moving to its current location within the municipal building at 1700 Nissley Road in 1983.
Today, the Department has grown to over 33 police officers and 4 civilian support staff. The agency provides 24/7 service to the residents, businesses, and visitors of East Hempfield Township. The department is responsible for a jurisdiction covering 21 square miles with 140 miles of roadway and containing a population in excess of 23,000.
The police department is divided into three Divisions: the Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigation Division and the Staff Services Division.
The Patrol Division is responsible for primary service delivery through the Division’s four uniformed platoons. The platoons consist of five or six officers supervised by a Sergeant/OIC. The platoon personnel work a rotating twelve-hour shift. Officers work 2 to 3 twelve-hour days and then have two to three days off. Included in the uniformed platoons, are the K9 officer, bike patrol officers, motor carrier safety officer, the D.A.R.E. officer, SERT officers, and the School Resource Officer.
The Criminal Investigation Division is responsible for the follow-up investigation of crimes committed in East Hempfield Township. The Division is comprised of a Sergeant and two detectives. The primary function of the detective is to apprehend those offenders who escape arrest by the patrol division. Although our detectives are considered to be “generalists” and cases are assigned on an equitable basis, certain crimes are assigned to detectives who specialize in specific areas.
The Staff Services Division provides support services for the other functions of the police department. In addition to maintaining criminal history information, the staff records and maintains offense and accident reports, traffic citations, parking tickets and compiles the statistical information reported under the Uniform Crime Report. Staff also performs data entry and dispatching duties.
The mission of the East Hempfield Township Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our township by taking pride in our partnership with the community to provide a safe and secure environment. We hope that we continue to carry out our mission by enforcing the laws, deterring crime, preserving the peace, and reducing fear of crime and disorder.