William J. Karn, Jr.
|For Emergencies, Dial 9-1-1
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Welcome to the Lancaster Police Department’s web page. The Lancaster Police Department proudly serves the Town of Lancaster, a community of 45,106 residents (as of the 2020 census). This includes the Village of Lancaster. Lancaster is a suburb of the city of Buffalo, NY. The Department currently has 52 sworn officers and 16 civilian employees. In addition to our uniformed Patrol division, we have several specialized units, including a Detective Bureau, Emergency Response Team, Accident Investigation Unit and three full-time School Resource Officers.
The current Chief of Police is William J. Karn, Jr.
The Lancaster Police Department is a New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services Accredited law enforcement agency. We have been an accredited agency since 2017.
The Lancaster Police Department endeavors to provide the community with a safe and thriving environment by deterring and effectively responding to disorder, problematic conditions and crime.
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The Lancaster Police Department maintains a contact list for businesses in our jurisdiction. This allows us to quickly reach business owners or their designated key holders in the event of an emergency. If you have a business located in the Town of Lancaster, please click on the link below and fill out all of the information requested. At the bottom of the form under “remarks” please include any other pertinent information that you feel will assist us in an emergency response to your business.
In order to maintain a current listing of contacts please send us your updated information whenever there is a change.EMERGENCY BUSINESS CONTACT FORM
Our Department’s success in keeping our community safe is often dependent on the public’s willingness to become involved. We need your help. If you have information on a crime that has occurred, or is currently ongoing, we ask you to report it. You can call our main Department phone number, or use one of our tip lines listed below.
General Tip Line: (716)683-3120 ext. 113
Narcotics/Illicit Drugs Tip Line: (716) 683-3120 ext. 138
Or you can email us:
General Tips: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please tell us as much information as you can about the problem, so we can better address your concern.
On June 12, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 203, requiring each local government in the state to adopt a community-specific policing reform plan by April 1, 2021. A committee of Lancaster Police Department members, local government officials, and community members was created to develop a plan consistent with the requirements of Executive Order 203. After being adopted by the committee, this plan was unanimously approved by the Lancaster Town Board in March, 2021.
Click Here to view The Lancaster Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Plan
In accordance with the New York State Executive Law section 840(4), The Lancaster Police Department Use of Force policy is available for public examination.
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|William Gummo||Patrol Captain||(716) firstname.lastname@example.org|
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Accident reports are available at the Police Station and online (Accident Police Report Request)
Be sure to sign the form and provide ID. The form may be submitted by fax to: (716) 681-2352, emailed to: Records@police.lancasterny.gov or mailed to: Lancaster Police Department
525 Pavement Road
Lancaster, NY 14086
Come in person to the Police Station and fill out a Freedom Of Information Law request (FOIL). Bring with you a government issued ID, and if appropriate, a Business Card showing the Business name on the report. The Records Clerk will respond within 5 days indicating if the request was denied or if the report is ready to be picked up.
The Police station is open 24 hrs a day. If you have an emergency please dial 911. For non-emergencies dial (716) 683-2800. Administration, Records Clerk and other staff are generally available Monday through Friday 8 AM until 4 PM.
The Police Station is located at the 525 Pavement Rd, Lancaster, NY 14086. We are approximately
4 miles east of Transit Rd between Walden Ave and Genesee St.
SRO stands for School Resource Officer.
The Police Station does not collect fines for parking tickets. Parking tickets are payable at the Court in the Jurisdiction where you received the ticket. Detailed instructions are on the back of the parking tickets.
Lancaster Town Court is located next to the Police Station:
525 Pavement Road
Lancaster, NY 14086
Phone: (716) 683-1814
Lancaster Village Court is located on the second floor of the Village Municipal Building
Lancaster, NY 14086
Phone: (716) 683-6780
911 is an emergency line. The non-emergency number for the Police Department is (716) 683-2800.
Information is available through the Detective Bureau regarding registered sex offenders residing in the Village of Lancaster or the Town of Lancaster outside of the Village of Depew.
For further information on Sex Offenders please refer to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Website.
The winter overnight parking ban is in effect November 15th through March 15th. Parking on all Town roads is prohibited from 1:00 AM until 7:00 AM. Parking on all Village streets is prohibited from 2:00 AM until 7:00 AM. Please help our plow drivers to keep the streets clear.