The Board of Supervisors established the department in November 1946. The department then consisted of three members. In May 1947, an additional officer was hired to provide additional coverage for a growing community. Currently the department has grown to 34 full time and 3 part times officers.  Also, there are 2 full time and 1 part time civilian employees that handle administrative functions.


In addition to their normal day-to-day functions and patrols the department has formed a number of specialty units which include:


- Detective Unit - Four Detectives and one Detective Sergeant

- K-9 Unit - Two dual purpose patrol and narcotic detection dogs and one dual purpose patrol and explosive detection dog

- Community Police - Two officers to include bike patrol

- Student Resource Officer at Easton Area High School

- Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit





We are committed to working together as a progressive Police Department, in a problem-solving partnership with community organizations, government agencies, private groups, and individual citizens to fight crime and improve the quality of life for the people of Palmer Township.




The mission of the Palmer Township Police Department is to maintain a highly trained and motivated group of officers to serve both residents, of and guests to, Palmer Township; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, the peaceful against disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all men and women of liberty, equality and justice.




The Palmer Township Police Department received accreditation on July 16, 2014 from the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.  The department was re-accredited in 2017.  Click here for more information.


The Palmer Township Police Department actively participates in many programs provided through Local, State and Federal Funding. The Officer Phil, Bicycle Safety and Drug Awareness Programs are intended to educate our youth through awareness.  The Child Safety Seat and Buckle Up PA Programs provide information and assistance to our residents so that they can better protect themselves when at home or while traveling.


A student Resource Officer is also assigned to the Easton Area High School. The purpose of the SRO is to promote a better understanding of our laws, serve as a confidential source of counseling to students, protect the school environment and assist the school administration in maintaining an atmosphere where teachers feel safe to teach and students feel safe enough to learn.


The Palmer Police Department is proud to serve the citizens of Palmer Township and will continue to strive to provide the finest service possible.




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