The Patrol Division currently consists of one captain, eight lieutenants and twenty-eight patrol officers.
Officers in the Patrol Division are responsible for answering service calls, enforcing traffic laws and investigating motor vehicle accidents. Patrol officers are also responsible for warrant service, primary tactical response and maintaining order in the community. The men and women of the Patrol Division provide around the clock protection and services to the citizens of Lancaster.
Traffic & Accident Investigation Unit – headed by a Patrol Lieutenant, this unit addresses traffic complaints and is responsible for the investigation of all motor vehicle accidents that involve serious injuries or fatalities.
Police Bike Patrol – In 2012 the Lancaster Police established a Bike Patrol Unit. The main areas of concentration are the Village Business District, Town Parks and the Heritage Trail. The Bike Patrol Unit will patrol through the fall as weather permits.
The Detective Bureau currently consists of one captain, one detective lieutenant and seven detectives. The Detective Bureau is responsible for investigating crimes of a serious nature (robbery, burglary, arson, etc.), including narcotics investigations. Detectives also conduct follow up investigations on crimes that are referred to them by the Patrol division. The Detective Bureau is responsible for the handling, processing and secure storage of all evidence. All of our detectives receive specialized training in crime scene management, crime scene photography, and interview and interrogation skills.
TO CONTACT THE DETECTIVE BUREAU, PLEASE CALL (716) 683-3120.
Our Department currently has two police officers assigned to work full-time in our schools during the school year. These officers are based at Lancaster High School and Aurora Middle School, but respond to the other schools in town, as needed.
A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a law enforcement officer who is assigned to either an elementary, middle, or high school. The main goal of the SRO is to prevent juvenile delinquency by promoting positive relations between youth and law enforcement. The SRO position encompasses three major components which allow the SRO to achieve this goal: law enforcement, education, and counseling. These three components allow the SRO to take a proactive approach to law enforcement. SRO’s are not just “cops on campus”. SRO’s provide all law enforcement duties on their campus. They educate the students by teaching law related classes and other related subjects in the classrooms and counsel both students and parents on various topics. The SRO becomes involved in the students’ lives as a positive role model. The intent is that the positive experiences students have with the SRO will bridge the gap between juveniles and law enforcement, and in doing so, help prevent juvenile crime.
The contact information for our SROs is listed below:
S.R.O. Patrick O’Brien – Lancaster High School
Phone: (716) 686-3301
S.R.O. James Formato – Aurora Middle School