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Police Department

Office Hours: Monday–Friday 8:00 – 4:30

Dispatcher: (610) 384-2300

Fax: (610) 384-4659

Overview

It is the mission of the City of Coatesville Police Department to serve and protect the persons and property within the corporate limits of the City of Coatesville and to enforce all state and local laws in a professional and courteous manner. We are active in community awareness to ensure every resident, business, and business owner are less likely to be victimized. Our police officers are determined to protect and support individual rights while providing for the security of persons and property. We will continue to do everything we can to minimize criminal activity, eradicate drug activity and provide a safer community. Remember to save a life and don’t drink and drive—and always wear your seatbelt!!

 

The City of Coatesville Police Department announces the smart phone app, CoatesvillePD Tips.  The app can be downloaded for free and used with Android and iPhone devices.  Anonymous tips can be generated by using the app or by texting the keyword of Coatesville and your message to 847411.

 

Citizens can also register to receive alerts by text or e-mail.  By registering to receive alerts, the police department can share information regarding road closures, community events, emergencies, safety concerns, etc.

Web tip form:

http://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/webTipForm.html?id=10297

Sign Up For Alerts:

http://www.citizenobserver.com/registration.jsp

- See more at: http://www.coatesville.org/police-department/tip-line#sthash.KvAH4mPA.dpuf

 

 

Contacts

Name Title or Role Phone Email
Jack Laufer, III Chief of Police 610-384-2300 ext 3139 jlaufer@coatesville.org
James Audette Lieutenant 610-384-2300 ext 3127 audjam@coatesville.org
Rodger Ollis Administrative Sergeant 610-384-2300 ext 3243 rollis@coatesville.org
Steven Smith Patrol Sergeant 610-384-2300 ext 3224 smiste@coatesville.org
Brandon Harris Detective Sergeant 610-384-2300 ext 3212 harbra@coatesville.org
Sandy Steen Administrative Secretary 610-384-2300 ext 3148 stesan@coatesville.org
Dan Kuhn Records Clerk 610-384-2300 ext 3140 kuhdan@coatesville.org
Juan Rivera Parking Enforcement 610-384-2300

Department History and Organization Overview

Detectives

The Detective division is comprised of one Sergeant and five Detectives. These Detectives are all seasoned investigators with specialized training in a variety of areas relating to criminal investigations. The Detective Division is responsible for all criminal investigations that take place within the City of Coatesville. These investigations include, but are not limited to crimes against persons, crimes against property and juvenile crimes. The Division handles all high profile cases and works in conjunction with many outside agencies to successfully close and prosecute cases.Members of the Detective Division are assigned to specialized Task Forces such as the Chester County Municipal Drug Task Force, The Federal Bureau of Investigations Violent Crimes Task Force, and the United States Marshalls Fugitive Apprehension Task Force. These specialized units allow the Division to work hand in hand with local, State and Federal agencies bringing an abundance of resources to the City of Coatesville’s Police Department.

Narcotics Enforcement

Narcotics enforcement within the City of Coatesville requires the efforts of all police personnel on a regular basis. There are however several highly trained detectives who specialize in narcotics investigations and fall within the Detective division. These Detectives utilize specialized equipment in conjunction with their training to work in a variety of ways to investigate narcotics activity. These Detectives work with local, State and Federal agencies to bring additional resources into the City that has allowed the department to gain firm ground in the daily war on drugs. Members of the narcotics division are assigned to work with outside agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Chester County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force (HIDTA).

Patrol

The Patrol Division is overseen by the Patrol Lieutenant and is comprised of 4 Sergeants, 4 Corporals, 12 Patrol Officers and a Community Policing Officer. The Patrol Officers are the first line of defense.  They are assigned to work one of three patrol sectors that divide the City. Besides answering calls for service from our Citizens, Police Officers within this division are responsible for proactive intervention and enforcement as well as Community Policing. A large percentage of our officers also work in other specialized units such as Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT), the Chester County Municipal Drug Task Force, Major Incident Response Team (MIRT), and/or the Western Chester County Emergency Response Team (WCCERT). All the Police Officers regardless of their function attend continuing education and instruction through the year.

 

Community Policing

Community policing is a philosophy that promotes police department strategies. Through constructive interaction with members of the community, the partnerships and problem-solving techniques utilized can proactively address the concerns and conditions that give rise to public safety, crime, social disorder, quality of life issues and the fear of crime.

Community Policing Mission Statement:

The mission of the community policing division of the City of Coatesville Police Department is to promote positive change by serving as a partner with members of the community, businesses and organizations in an effort to address areas of concern.

The Community Partnerships and Collaboration:

The main areas of focus are Neighborhood Watch and Community Beautification. However, community policing doesn’t stop there. Much time is spent at schools, organizations, community events and residential areas. The objective is to reach as many people as possible while providing a positive interaction with police. By promoting safety, educating the public and listening to concerns, the police department and community work together to resolve issues and work toward making Coatesville a better place to visit, live, work and play.

 

Quality of Life Issues

Curfew

It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of 18 to remain in or upon any street, public place or establishment in the city between 9:00 p.m. prevailing time and 6:00 a.m. prevailing time, Sunday through Thursday and between 10:00 pm prevailing time and 6:00 am prevailing time, Friday and Saturday except when curfew hours established hereunder are temporarily suspended or modified by proclamation of the City Council of the City of Coatesville. In addition, for those children under the age of twelve (12), the foregoing prohibition against remaining in or upon any street, public place or established in the city, shall be effective between 9:00 pm prevailing time and 6:00 am prevailing time Sunday through Saturday.

Parking

It is the responsibility of the Parking Enforcement Officer to enforce the parking regulations within the City limits.For specific information of parking regulations please refer to Chapter 218 – Vehicles and Traffic in the City of Coatesville Ordinance.

Alarms

The owner or lessee of any automatic protection device, by the installation thereof or by the continuance of the installation thereof as to any such device installed at the effective date of this chapter, shall be deemed to have consented to pay to the city twenty-five dollars ($25) for each false alarm after the first such alarm originating from said automatic protection device in any six-month period.

Noise

No person shall make or cause to be made or continued any noise disturbance between the hours of 9:00 pm and 8:00 am. Such violations will be subject to pay a fine of not more than $600 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. For more specific information please refer to chapter 161 -Noise of the City of Coatesville Ordinance.

Littering

Controlling litter on the streets of Coatesville is everyone’s responsibility. Maintaining our streets and keeping them free of litter increases community pride and contributes to a safer and more orderly environment.  The Coatesville Police Department takes a zero tolerance approach to littering. Anyone caught littering in the City of  Coatesville will be charged in accordance with local ordinance and State law. For more specific information please refer to Chapter 190-Solid Waste of the City of Coatesville Ordinance.

Forms

*For more information on this form, click here.

Report Fee Structure

The following table shows the commonly request reports or documentation from the Police Department and their associated fees as established by City Code.

Item Fee
Crash report: $15
Fingerprinting of private citizen $20
Jail cell rental $100 per prisoner per day
Police presence at special events involving paid attendance $155.48 (minimum of four hours presence
for any event with up to 100 attendees)*
Impound fee: $30 per day, not to exceed $300

*This amount will increase for every multiple of 100 attendees (or portion thereof) and will also be increased after the minimum four hours of presence at the applicable rate of $38.87 per man-hour per every multiple of 100 attendees (or portion thereof).

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