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The Bethlehem Police Department is a 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 four platoons and the Traffic Unit. Each platoon is supervised by a Lieutenant and three Sergeants. The platoons are tasked with the job of patrolling the streets of Bethlehem and answering all calls for service. Three of these platoons rotate between day shifts (7 a.m.- 3 p.m.) and middle shifts (3 p.m.- 11 p.m.). The fourth platoon is divided into three squads, and they work a steady night shift schedule (11 p.m. - 7 a.m.).
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. Patrolling on mountain bikes and on foot enables officers to have personal contact with the citizens and allows them to see and hear things they might not discern while in a vehicle.
The Criminal Investigations Division is comprised of two Bureaus, each led by a Lieutenant.
The Criminal Investigations Bureau is comprised of a Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) and the Forensic Services Unit (FSU).
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 these two Detective Sergeants. The CIU also includes a Court Liaison Officer, a Crime Prevention Officer, and other Detectives serving as members of county, federal, or other inter-agency task forces. CIU is also responsible for the Property and Evidence Room for the entire Police Department. The property and Evidence Room is run by a Police Officer whose primary duty is to secure, store and inventory all evidence needed for Court purposes and property found in the City.
The Professional Standards Division (PSD) is led by a Captain and reports to the Office of the Chief of Police. PSD is 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.