Police Department

From the Chief's Desk

Welcome to the Lower Swatara Township Police Department. I am honored to be the Chief of Police and lead a team of officers that are committed to professionalism and service to the public. I hope you enjoy your visit and find it informative. Our website and social media posts are a few of the many ways that we will communicate with our community members. The Lower Swatara Township Police Department has a long history of positive interaction and support from the community and we want to continue to promote that positive partnership into the future.

We are dedicated to the protection of lives and preventing crime within the community. The information contained in this website will contribute towards those goals with positive information sharing. We will be using this site to communicate various initiatives taking place within the department, as well as to advise citizens of any issues occurring in the township. It is my hope that your visit will provide you with the information you need and will contribute to a greater understanding of the Lower Swatara Township Police Department.

Thank you for your visit and I invite you to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Jeffrey M. Vargo
Chief of Police

Department Mission

The mission of the Lower Swatara Township Police Department is to create a safer community by reducing crime, ensuring the safety of our citizens, and to build trust through transparent actions and positive community engagement.

Core Values

  • Excellence: Performing at the highest standard.
  • Integrity: Always doing what is right and having strong moral principles.
  • Service: Working to meet the community's needs
  • Professionalism: We will be above reproach and exhibit a professional demeanor in dealing with those we serve.

Police Department - 939-0463

Jeffrey Vargo, Chief
Lisa Backus, Administrative Assistant
David E. Frantz, Sergeant
Daniel Tingle, Sergeant
Scott Young, Sergeant
Robert H. Appleby, Detective
Antonio Gonzalez, Jr., Detective
Jason Heckendorn
Ryan A. Lesko
Joshua A. Malott
Jonathan Miller
Patrick Ribec
Randall T. Richards
Spencer Rios
Timothy Shea
Jordan Thomas
Derek Weinoldt

Police Pension Advisory Board:

Daniel Tingle
Tim Noll
Michael J. Davies
Chris DeHart
Antonio Gonzalez

Community Policing Advisory Committee

James Kazakavage
Darlene Stoudt
Donald Bailes