The Bethlehem Police Department is a progressive modern police department with 154 sworn officers and more than 40 civilian employees.
The Bethlehem Police Department is structured using the community policing philosophy and is committed to community and police partnership. The department structure has three divisions: Operations, Criminal Investigations and Professional Standards. We also operate our own 9-1-1 Command Center.
The Patrol Division is led by a Captain and is comprised of five platoons. Four platoons are tasked with the job of patrolling the streets of Bethlehem and answering all calls for service. Three of these platoons work day shifts (7 a.m.- 3 p.m.) and middle shifts (3 p.m.- 11 p.m.). A fourth platoon is divided into three squads, and they work a steady night shift schedule (11 p.m. - 7 a.m.).
The patrol officers are responsible for the protection of life and property, preservation of the peace, enforcement of laws and suppression of crime. They provide residents and businesses with a highly visible and proactive police presence by routine preventive patrolling on foot, bicycle or motor vehicle. Bethlehem officers patrolling on police mountain bikes allows them to be in closer contact with the citizens, and also allows them to see and hear things they otherwise might not be able to sense while in a cruiser.
The Criminal Investigations Unit is supervised by two Detective Sergeants who report directly to and are supervised by the Criminal Investigations Bureau Lieutenant. The CIU has a contingent of Detectives who report to and are supervised by a single Detective Sergeant. The CIU also includes School Resource Officers, a Court Liaison Officer, a Crime Prevention Officer, and other officers serving as members of a country, federal, or other inter-agency task force.
Our School Resource Officers are assigned to Liberty High School (2), Nitschmann Middle School, North East Middle School, and Broughal Elementary School. These officers are responsible for maintaining order, investigating offenses, and providing counseling to students.
The Professional Standards Division (PSD) is led by a Lieutenant and reports directly to the Office of the Chief of Police. The PSD is also staffed by two sergeants and two officers. These officers are responsible for the department’s efforts in Training, Accreditation, Internal Affairs, Policy Development and purchase/issue of Uniforms and Equipment.
The unit is constantly working on our dual accreditations with CALEA and PLEAC while reviewing and developing departmental policy and training. The unit is also tasked with analysis of our department’s policies and training when any disciplinary issue arises to determine if there is a need to change policy or train our officers on existing policies.