Pennsylvania Capitol Police

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Pennsylvania State Capitol Police
Pennsylvania Capital Police.jpg
Pennsylvania State Capitol Police patch
Agency overview

1895 Joseph M. Jacob, Superintendent

Kevin J. Brown, Deputy Superintendent
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Legal jurisdiction Capitol Complex and state office buildings in Philadelphia, and Scranton Also any other state property.
General nature
Specialist jurisdiction Buildings and lands occupied or explicitly controlled by the institution and the institution's personnel, and public entering the buildings and precincts of the institution.
Operational structure

70E Capitol East Wing Harrisburg, PA 17125

717-787-3199 Phone

717-787-8637 Fax
PA Capitol Police Vehicle
PA Capitol Police Bike Patrol
PA Capitol Police K9 Unit
PA Capitol Police Cruiser
PA Capitol Police Fleet

The Pennsylvania State Capitol Police is a section of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services providing law enforcement, security and parking enforcement services to the State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, and at State government buildings in Philadelphia, and Scranton.[1][2][3] Their jurisdiction is primarily state owned buildings and property on the Capitol Complex. The Capitol Police jurisdiction will extend to several state owned buildings throughout the city of Harrisburg and local townships.

The Pennsylvania State Capitol Police Force was established in 1895 under Governor Daniel Hartman Hastings, the Commonwealth's 21st Governor. The enactment authorized the Capitol Police as the first Pennsylvania police agency under Commonwealth jurisdiction and the second oldest state police organization in the United States.

Since the Capitol Police was first established in 1895. The State Capitol Police patrol several outlying state office buildings in the city of Harrisburg, PA.

The Communication Center through it dispatchers provides support and response to emergencies.

Pennsylvania State Capitol Police Accreditation

The Capitol Police was initially Accredited on July 9, 2005 through the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC) and Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. On July 12, 2016 the Pennsylvania Capitol Police received their fourth reaccrediation at the annual Pennsylvania Chief of Police Conference in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The Capitol Police received International Accreditation on July 28, 2007, through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). On July 30, 2016 the Capitol Police was awarded their third reaccreditation at the summer CALEA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. CALEA recognized the Pennsylvania Capitol Police for their professional excellence and demonstrating a commitment to being a highly trained police department.

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  1. ^ Minnema, Lindsay (August 7, 2006). "Dog's job is to sniff out explosives". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 27, 2007. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Troy (September 23, 2013). "Pennsylvania State Capitol Police receive reaccreditation". Department of General Services. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Troy (August 9, 2016). "Pennsylvania Capitol Police Department Receives State, International Reaccreditation". Department of General Services. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 

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