Pennsylvania Capitol Police Seek Public Feedback in Accreditation Process

Pennsylvania Capitol Police

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Capitol Police are inviting the public to voice their thoughts on the department’s service delivery and mission as part of its reaccreditation process through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

This public comment session is a critical component of the accreditation process, demonstrating the department’s commitment to transparency and community engagement. The public’s feedback will help shape the future operations of the Capitol Police, ensuring they continue to meet the needs and expectations of the communities they serve.

To make this process more accessible, the public can leave their comments directly on the CALEA’s Accreditation Public Comment Portal. Comments can range from recommendations for improvement and commendations for good performance, to evaluations and opinions of the Capitol Police’s operations. The portal will remain active until March 29, allowing ample time for public participation.

The Pennsylvania Capitol Police, established in 1895 under Governor Daniel Hartman Hastings, is an internationally and domestically accredited law enforcement agency. As the first Pennsylvania police agency under Commonwealth jurisdiction and the second oldest state police organization in the United States, it has a storied history of service.

The force is responsible for investigating all reported crimes within their jurisdiction, which encompasses state-owned buildings and properties in Harrisburg and Scranton. They maintain a 24/7 presence in Harrisburg and extend support to the city’s Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies.

Their headquarters, located at 70E Capitol East Wing in Harrisburg, serves as the hub for their operations, which include law enforcement, security, and parking enforcement services to the State Capitol Complex. They also provide services at state government office buildings in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Scranton.

This call for public feedback provides an opportunity for citizens to play an active role in shaping law enforcement operations in their state, reinforcing the democratic principle of policing by consent. The feedback received will not only help improve the Capitol Police’s operations but also strengthen their relationship with the community.

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