West Lampeter Township Police Department

  • Agency: West Lampeter Township Police Department
  • Address: 852 Village Road, Lampeter, 17537 PA
  • Chief: James G Walsh (Chief of Police)
Phone: 717-464-2421
Fax: 717-464-7271

West Lampeter Township Police Department is located at 852 Village Road, Lampeter, 17537 PA. The Chief of Police of the department is James G Walsh. The West Lampeter Township Police Department phone number is 717-464-2421.

West Lampeter Township Police Department News

Today Pam Hargraves and friendly neighbor, Amy Soper stopped by the police station with some lunch and amazing treats! We apprecaiate the generosity and support!!! Thank you Pam and Amy!!! P.S. we LOVED the apple dip!!!

30th Anniversary of Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers: The Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers program is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, but they are in need of new funding sources to continue to provide monetary rewards for people with information about crimes in Lancaster County. We are asking you to consider supporting this important program in the upcoming ExtraOrdinary Give fundraising campaign, which will be held on Friday Nov. 17th. The link to the donation page is: https://extragive.org/designee/lancaster-city-county-crime-stoppers. Anything you can do to support of this extremely important program would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. A brief history of the Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers can be found here: http://www.lancastercrimestoppers.org/30th-anniversary.html

Once again, West Lampeter Township Police will be participating in No Shave November with the 4th Annual Beards for Brothers campaign. This year, all proceeds will go to A Week Away, which is a non-profit organization that “coordinates and funds respite weeks for families who are battling a life-threatening illness, with the goal of providing them the hope they need to continue their fight.” The West Lampeter Township Police Department has a grooming policy, but we do waive that policy for No Shave November. Several West Lampeter Township officers have chosen to donate money for the honor of wearing a beard for the month of November. Others have chosen to donate and not grow the beard!! This year we are participating in memory of Detective (Retired) Jere ‘Bip’ Schuler, who passed away this September after a lengthy battle with cancer. Please help us raise money for such a worthy cause by going to www.gofundme.com/beardsforbrothers2017.

Pennsylvania Residents, The attached Community Awareness Bulletin is provided to the public as part of an increased effort by the Pennsylvania State Police to share important information concerning the safety and security of the citizens we serve. These bulletins will be disseminated as necessary, and will contain information regarding emerging crime trends and safety issues that could impact our communities. The Pennsylvania State Police remains committed to working hand-in-hand with the public to reduce crime and improve the overall quality of life in our communities. Please consider visiting our public website at www.psp.pa.gov for additional information you might find useful. Sincerely, Captain Maurice A. Tomlinson Pennsylvania State Police Commanding Officer Troop J - Lancaster Serving Chester and Lancaster Counties Marijuana Candy There have been multiple recent reports of candy and other edible forms of marijuana in New Jersey and nearby states. These edible forms of marijuana pose a great risk to users, especially children who could accidentally receive them during the Halloween season. Marijuana candy contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main active ingredient that causes a high. The THC levels in marijuana candy can be as high as 90 percent compared to 10-20 percent found in marijuana vegetation. Marijuana candy products can come in many forms, including but not limited to, cookies, brownies, lollipops, gummies, chocolates, and other hard candies. Symptoms of ingested marijuana candy include dizziness, shallow breathing, red eyes and dilated pupils, dry mouth, increased appetite, and slow reaction time. Other effects include distorted sense of time, random thinking, paranoia, anxiety, depression, and short-term forgetfulness. • In May 2017, a ten-year-old boy from Ramapo, New York was sent to the emergency room after ingesting a marijuana-infused sour gummy candy. The boy experienced symptoms of nervousness and nausea. Recommendations for Halloween Candy • Adults should check for unusual candy packaging, such as homemade, plastic bag packages. • Adults should also check for an odor that is similar to the smell of a marijuana plant. • Read the packaging of name brand candy, as it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the difference based on appearance alone. • Wear vinyl or non-latex gloves when checking the candy. • Immediately contact your local police department if you believe that your child has received marijuana candy. • Immediately seek medical assistance if you believe that you or your child has ingested marijuana candy.

RIP Detective Jere “Bip” Schuler As many of you know, we lost a friend, colleague and brother when Detective Jere Schuler passed away Saturday 30 September after a lengthy battle with cancer. Jere was hired by West Lampeter Township in 1986, was promoted to detective in 1992 and officially retired on Friday 29 September 2017. He received numerous commendations from the Department, as well as letters of appreciation from residents and law enforcement personnel. Honoring his wishes, there will be no services. Please visit Jere's Memorial Page at www.TheGroffs.com. Those wishing to make a memorial remembrance may donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org/give/memorials-and-dedications.html. Please keep Jere’s family in your thoughts and prayers. Detective Schuler was posthumously recognized at the October Board of Supervisors meeting with the below commendation. October 2017 Recognition of Detective Jere J. Schuler 1986 – September 2017 Jere Schuler was hired as a West Lampeter Township Police Officer in 1986, and was appointed to the position of Detective in 1992. Detective Schuler received the “Officer of the year” award in 2009 when he was recognized for his work over the years on many cases including murder convictions and a check scam that ended when Detective Schuler caught the perpetrator in a Willow Street Bank. Ultimately the individual was charged by the FBI with numerous federal charges. Jere was a member of the Lancaster County major crime unit where he assisted with several high-profile Lancaster County cases including the Laurie Show, Christie Mirack and Troy Martin murder cases. Detective Schuler did not use any sick days during his entire first 20 years of service to West Lampeter Township, and until he became very ill, would respond whenever called and work cases to the end. While on patrol, Jere was a very aggressive patrol officer, making DUI arrests and staying actively involved in traffic enforcement. During his last 15 years on the force, Detective Schuler was on call 24/7 nearly every day of the year. He attended various investigator trainings, and was considered to be an expert interviewer. When there was a need for special details or assignments, Detective Schuler was always there for the citizens of the Township, and for many years the Department came first in his life. He was always willing to help others and was committed to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. Detective Schuler was a recipient of the Lancaster County Human Relations Commission Award for his work in the community. Jere was a valued member of the West Lampeter Township Police Department, and we commend him for 31 years of dedicated service to the residents of West Lampeter Township.

SEAT CHECK SATURDAY: Next Saturday September 23 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM there will be 4 locations around Lancaster County that will be Car Seat Check Points. If you are interested in having your car seat(s) checked, West Lampeter Township Police Department will have certified child passenger safety technicians on hand to assist. For more information please refer to the flyer.

Project Lifesaver Fall Festival 5th Anniversary! Please see the information below regarding this great community event! Any questions please contact Cathy Cieslinski @ cathyc1981@comcast.net

Shout out to the Olive Garden The West Lampeter Township Police would like to give a big shout out to everyone at Olive Garden in Rockvale Outlets (store 1742). Yesterday they provided a tremendous amount of food to our officers as a way to thank us for what we do. Thanks to Service Professional Marika Vargas for taking the time to deliver the goods; and thanks to General Manager Kelly Gomez, Manager Bryana Mandato, Manager Timothy Pepo, Manager Javier Perez and to all of the employees who took the time to sign their name and/or write a thank you note in support of us. We truly appreciate the food, and more importantly, the support!! Pictured: Cpl. Jeremy Schroeder, Marika Vargas, Chief Brian Wiczkowski

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 29, 2017 How to Help Survivors of Hurricane Harvey While Making Smart Choices Harrisburg, PA – As a tremendous number of people, businesses, and service organizations throughout the country begin collecting and donating goods and services to assist storm survivors in Texas, the Pennsylvania Department of State, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro want Pennsylvanians to know how they can best help and not hinder rescue and recovery efforts while also protecting themselves. While donations of goods such as food and clothing are well-intentioned, unsolicited materials can overwhelm organizations that are tasked with helping survivors but are unprepared to store, sort and distribute large quantities of donated goods. “This storm’s impact will be felt for years to come along the Gulf Coast,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn, Jr. “Many people feel compelled to help those impacted by the storm, but please do so in a way that will truly help storm survivors, while also protecting yourself financially from those who might try to take advantage of your generosity.” The most useful form of assistance is donations of money. Make check and credit card donations to well-established, charitable organizations that are assisting the flood relief effort. Monetary donations allow charitable organizations the flexibility to purchase items that are needed most, and, unlike material donations, entail no transportation costs. All three agencies offered the following tips: • Do not give to a charity you know nothing about. Call the charity or do some research on your own. Search the name online — with the word “complaints” or “scams.” Check with the Better Business Bureau. • Do not donate over the phone unless you are familiar with the organization. • For door-to-door solicitors, ask to see the person’s identification and consider avoiding them altogether. Do not feel pressured into giving and allowing someone into your house. • Do not give credit card numbers, bank account numbers or other personal financial information over the phone. Never wire money to someone claiming to be a charity. • Whenever possible, write a check payable to the charity so you have a record of your donation. Or make a donation directly through a legitimate organization’s secure website, rather than a third-party website. • Don't click links in unsolicited emails or on social media. Unless you previously donated to an organization, assume that an unsolicited donation request by email is a scam. Plus, links in emails or social media can unleash malware. “It is a terrible thing to see the devastation that is occurring in Texas and throughout the Gulf region,” Secretary of State Pedro Cortés said. “As in any time of great need, generous Pennsylvanians are looking for ways they can help. We want to ensure their donations go to reputable organizations with a proven record of good service.” Charitable organizations that solicit contributions in Pennsylvania must register with the department’s Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations if their gross annual contributions are more than $25,000. There are some statutory exclusions and exemptions to the registration requirement, for groups such as religious institutions, hospitals, and police, firefighter or veteran organizations. To determine if a charitable group is properly registered, the public can search the Charities Online Database. The website also provides a list of organizations that have been subject to corrective actions taken by the Bureau. The public may also call 1-800-732-0999. The Annual Charities Report online contains detailed information about charitable organizations registered in Pennsylvania and professional solicitors and fundraising counsels. For instance, the report outlines what percentage of every donated dollar goes to the charity and how much is charged by the solicitors or counsels for their services. Attorney General Josh Shapiro noted the importance of protecting yourself while helping others. “We care deeply about the victims from this terrible storm and want to help any way we can,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “We also want Pennsylvanians to be careful as they donate, and want to help them avoid the scam artists who always surface after natural disasters like this one. Our office is here to help you avoid being scammed.” More helpful tips about informed giving can be found at the Charities section of the Department of State’s website. To file a complaint about any charity soliciting donations in the commonwealth, contact the Division of Investigations/Audits at 717-787-0700, by email at ra-stbeiciu@pa.gov, or by mail at 401 North St., Room 212, Harrisburg, PA, 17120, If you believe you’ve been scammed, call the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. 1-800-441-2555 or email at scams@attorneygeneral.gov. MEDIA CONTACTS: Ruth A. Miller, PEMA, ruthmiller@pa.gov Wanda Murren, State, 717-783-1621 Joe Grace, OAG, 717-574-9095

Found male dog along the 100 block of Peach Bottom Road last night. He has been taken to the SPCA.

Today Jenn Campbell and her mom stopped in at the station and dropped off some cookies. In return they got a tour of the department. We appreciate the kindness and the generosity. They were very delicious!!!

Heavy build black lab with a green harness was found at 1817 Lyndon Ave. Any information please contact our department 464-2421.

On behalf of the West Lampeter Township Police Department, we would just like to take a moment to thank the neighbors who stopped out at our National Night Out and to those who donated their time, money and resources to make last night's National Night Out a HUGE SUCCESS!! We, as a department, enjoy organizing this event each year because of this great community. This event allows the community to come together to meet fellow neighbors, to understand what different agencies around the county do to support our community and to show that police officers like to have just as much fun as you do. None of this would be possible without our fellow first responders and our awesome residents and neighbors. So thank you to all who came out to support us! We enjoyed meeting new people, seeing familiar faces and showing off some smooth dance moves (OK, maybe showing off some ‘not so smooth’ dance moves)!!

Alright Lampeter: preparations have already started for the 10th annual National Night Out!! We are so excited to see you all out here tonight for free food, games, prizes, demonstrations and fireworks. 6-9 p.m. See you all there!!!

Thank You to the public for bringing attention to these TOP Dauphin County Fugitives. Your information helped secure the first fugitive: Milton Taylor was apprehended earlier this evening. Please continue to share with you contacts and friends. It's going to be rainy and wet, these people will be lying low somewhere in or around Central PA. Check out the Most Wanted listings and submit tips by following this link.

CRIMEWATCH and Dauphin County Law Enforcement are launching a special effort to find some of the areas Most Wanted. We need the public's help in finding these people. There have been reports that they are all throughout Central PA Region. Please share with your friends, let's cast a huge net and get these people off the street. http://ow.ly/rM0J30dZyW4

Come one, come all to this year's National Night Out event hosted by West Lampeter Township Police Department. On Tuesday August 1, 2017 our National Night Out will be held once again at the Lampeter Fairgrounds from 6-9 p.m. Officers from West Lampeter, Strasburg Borough, Southern Regional and possibly Quarryville will be present. Also present will be members of Lampeter and Willow Street Fire Departments, Lancaster County Park Rangers, Lancaster County S.E.R.T. and more. There will be free food, music, games and more thanks to our sponsors and partnership with Target! Emceeing the event will be DJ Chuck Colson, who will also be spinning some tunes. Back again this year is the riding bull, train barrel rides and sport acitivites for the kids. We have a handful of returning vendors and some new vendors as well. From 6:30-7 p.m. the Friends of the West Lampeter Township Police Force will be holding an auction on a painting done by Roy Peters, a local artist. Then, from 7-7:30 p.m. the Sheriff Department's K-9 Demonstration will be held at the arena. Following that will be the dunk tank attraction, where neighbors will have the chance to dunk our own West Lampeter Township Police Chief Wiczkowski, Strasburg Borough Police Chief Echternach and JOE DARRENKAMP of Darrkenkamp Markets. To end the night, Pyrotechnics will shoot off fireworks for all of Lampeter to see! We are thrilled that this is our 10th year hosting an amazing event for our wonderful community and we hope to see you all there!