Swatara Township police work to build community relations

Harrisburg

Swatara Township police Lt. Tom Stauffer has nearly 20 years with the department. He is part of an effort to engage the community, especially children.

“When we first started out, because I was here for that, I remember that and it seemed like kids
were afraid to talk to police officers,” Stauffer said. “Any chance that we have as a police department to engage with the community, we are going to take it.”

Stauffer says a recent township field day was a success. Police officers got a chance to connect with the younger population.

“Over the years, it has allowed kids to see that we are not robots,” Stauffer said.

Police officers take part in year-round activities to keep the connection intact.

“The interaction that we have had with the kids in the community, going into the schools and eating 
lunch with them, and basketball games and things like that,” said Stauffer.

The events also allow parents and adults in the community to interact with police on an informal basis.

“It does a police officer well to be doing things like that instead of constantly arresting people and 
dealing with the underbelly of society all the time,” said Stauffer.

Swatara Township police are hosting several events this summer including a pool party next month at the Rainbow Hill Swim Club.

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