Lancaster Police Department is commanded by Chief Scott Grant. He has been in law enforcement for 34 years, working 22 of those at LPD. Grant was named chief in 2017.
Under his leadership, the department remains active in the community, partnering with the Lancaster Youth Leadership and Development Program and implementing the Take Five Program. By “taking five,” the officers spend a little time each day getting to know someone in their district. This allows those officers to connect with the neighborhoods they serve.
A message from our chief:
As the Chief of Police for the City of Lancaster, I have great expectations for Lancaster Police Department and its members. I truly believe that we have some of the finest and most dedicated law enforcement officers. Their attention to duty and professionalism is the leading force behind gaining trust and cooperation from our citizens.
I hold the philosophy of community oriented policing and problem solving dear to my heart. It is the adherence to the beliefs, objectives and strategies of this philosophy that will help drive our organization to excellence.
Chief of Police
Officers in the Patrol Division are responsible for answering service calls, enforcing traffic laws and investigating collisions, warrant service, primary tactical response and order maintenance. The Patrol Division is divided up into four watches/shifts, each consisting of a lieutenant, sergeant, corporal and three officers.
Capt. Phillip L. Hall
Patrol Division Commander
The Support Services Division consists of the 911 Communications Center, Training and Safety, the Records Division, a Victims’ Advocate, school resource officers, crime prevention, dealing with evidence and community policing. This division is also responsible for organizing special events and providing security for city and school events.
Capt. Dwayne Davis
Support Services Division Commander
Lancaster Police Department’s Public Information Officer answers all media inquiries into cases, investigations, department affairs and activities and responds to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
Public Information Officer
The Special Operations Unit is responsible for the criminal investigations, including murder, robberies, rape, burglary, forgery and arson. It also investigates crimes associated with gang activity and those associated with illegal drugs.
Each of the detectives has received specialized training in many different areas, including investigations, crime scene management and photography and interview and interrogation skills.