The Bethlehem Police Department is the primary law
enforcement agency for the City of Bethlehem, which
is nearly 20 square miles in size with approximately
75,000 residents. Geographically, the City is divided
into three major patrol precincts, North, West and South.
Each precinct is further divided into districts with
a total number of eight districts within the City.
There are six different ranks within the Bethlehem
Police Department in the following order:
- Police Officer
- Deputy Chief of Police
- Chief of Police
The Department has three Divisions and a 9-1-1 Command
Center. Each Division is headed by a Captain, or by
the Office of the Chief of Police. The Operations Division
and the Criminal Investigations Division are led by
Captains, while the Professional Standards Division
is supervised by a Lieutenant who reports directly to
the Office of Chief of Police. The 9-1-1 Center is supervised
by a Director who also reports to the Chief of Police.
The Operations Division is comprised of five Platoons.
Platoons One, Two and Three are led by a Lieutenant
and three Sergeants. These platoons work a rotation
of dayshift and middle shift. The Fourth Platoon is
also led by a Lieutenant and has five sergeants to cover
the steady night shift. The Special Services Platoon
is led by a Lieutenant and Sergeant and is comprised
of our Highway Patrol Officers, our Mounted Officers
and our school resource officer.
The Criminal Investigations Division is handled by
two Lieutenants who supervise the Criminal Investigative
Bureau and the Special Operations Bureau. Criminal Investigations
Bureau is comprised of the Forensic Services Unit, Detective
Sergeant and Detectives. The Special Operations Bureau
consists of three units; the Vice Unit, the Street Crimes
Unit and the Bethlehem Housing Authority Unit. Each
unit is led by a sergeant.
The 9-1-1 Command Center handles all emergency and
non-emergency calls within the City of Bethlehem. They
also monitor and operate the City’s approximately
fifty surveillance cameras and this resource is used
to gather real time information during ongoing incidents
and relay that information to officers on the street.
This instant communication between callers, dispatchers
and officers has proven very successful in aiding police
to solve many serious crimes.
View the Police
Department's Organizational Chart