Lancaster City - Police Officer

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Job Overview

Department Lancaster City Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitlePolice Officer
Location Lancaster, PA

Job Prerequisites

Job Announcement

  Lancaster City Police Department, PA Police Jobs

  Lancaster Bureau of Police


Lancaster City Police Department, PA Police Jobs

The Patrol Officer serves as the basic element of line force and service within any police agency.  The Patrol Officer represents the front line where agency policies and plans are translated into action. This includes the prevention, detection, and suppression of crime, preservation of law and order, and the protection of life and property. Patrol Officers professionally and efficiently deliver critical services to citizens who they serve. It is the purpose of this policy to outline the duties and expectations of the Patrol Division Patrol Officer.

Patrol Officers provide a full range of police service while assigned to specific geographic or contracted areas.  Patrol Officers are held directly responsible for handling law enforcement problems, calls for service, citizen requests, police-citizen relations, and Bureau customer service issues.  Patrol Officers shall be responsible for the effective and efficient performance of their duties in conformity with the policies and procedures of the department.


Based on Increments (See Attached Salary and Benefits form)


  • The Lancaster Bureau of Police is comprised of 145 full-time officers and many additional support staff.
  • The Lancaster Bureau of Police serves 60,000 residents of Lancaster City.
  • The Bureau consists of:
  • Patrol Division, which includes K-9, Mounted Unit and Selective Enforcement Unit
  • Criminal Investigative Division
  • Administrative Division
  • The Lancaster Bureau of Police also participates in the Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.)


  • 21 years of age (at time of appointment)
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must Possess a Valid H.S. Diploma or Equivalent
  • Applicant must possess a valid PA Driver’s License at time of appointment
  • Applicant must be able to pass a extensive background investigation, to include a criminal history check.
  • Applicant must be physically fit
  • Prior use of illegal drugs will factor into the applicants background investigation and could result in disqualification.
  • Applicant Must provide truthful and non-misleading information on every part of the employment application.


  • Must pass physical portion of the 2019 Lancaster County Police Consortium Test
  • Must pass the written portion of the 2019 Lancaster County Police Consortium Test, with a minimum score of 80%


  • Initial Lancaster City Application
  • Complete Comprehensive Background Questionnaire
  • Initial Applicant Interview
  • Thorough Background Investigation/Reference Check
  • Must consent to and pass Polygraph Examination
  • Staff Review
  • Physical Examination and Drug Screen
  • Psychological Examination
  • Staff Interview 

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

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