The Scranton Police Department employs four federally funded police officers from a grant obtained through the City of Scranton Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD) office. One officer is assigned to a specific area of the city which is broken down into four sections; West Beat, North Beat, Hill Beat and South Beat.
The officers embrace the philosophy of community policing in all its daily operations and functions. Officers work closely with neighborhood groups and community leaders and share the responsibility for identifying, reducing, eliminating and preventing problems that impact community safety and order. By working together, the police and community can reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods citywide. Each of the officers attend monthly neighborhood meetings and receive complaints and address any current issues the neighborhood group may present.
The officers also work with the License, Inspections and Permits department (LIPS) in an effort to combat blight issues that occur within their assigned areas. The officers identify any quality of life issues and will attempt to address the issue themselves or reach out to LIPS for assistance in the matter.
Each of the officers are assigned at least one weekly community program where they interact with juveniles, provide a mentor outside of family life and communicate with the youths on topics that affect their daily lives. Officers have fingerprinted and spoke to numerous children at various schools and Headstart programs throughout the city and continue to remain available for any community group that wishes for their presence at any community function.