The Jackson Township Police Department currently employs 9 full-time officers. The department provides police protection 24 hours a day, covering an area of approximately 23 square miles, and a population consisting of 4,000 residents, as well as the campus of the Seneca Valley High School, Intermediate School and Middle School, (part of the Seneca Valley School District), which almost doubles the daily population of the township when school is in session.
All officers have met the minimum requirements mandated by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission, at the time of hire. All officers have continued with further training, each in their own specialties.
The department is equipped with 7 marked units and 2 unmarked units. The patrol cars are equipped with first aid supplies, fire extinguishers, laptop computers and VASCAR units, as well as the seven main patrol vehicles being equipped with Mobile Video Recording devices. All officers are assigned their own vehicles to enhance the life of the vehicles, reduce maintenance costs, and to encourage accountability of the fleet.
In addition to providing police coverage to the community, the department also deploys a School Resource Officer to the Seneca Valley High School secondary campus on a full-time basis.
In May of 2007, Jackson Township Police Department completed the process in becoming an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency.
Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance. The cornerstone of this strategy lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating administrators then conduct a thorough analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of independent professionals is assigned to verify that all applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by an authoritative body that the institution is worthy of accreditation.