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Hours of Operation:

Police: 24hr/ 7 days a week

Police Receptionists: 24hr/7 days a week

Phone: (610) 384-2300

Fax: (610) 384-4659

Admin Office Hours: M-F / 9-5pm

Phone: (610) 384-2300

Fax: (610) 384-1921


It is the mission of the City of Coatesville Police Department to serve and protect the persons and

property within the City of Coatesville and to provide professional service to all who come within

our care and jurisdiction.

We hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and ethics and commit to enhancing the

community’s quality of life through crime control and public safety while serving all people with

fairness and respect. We will enforce all state and local laws in a professional and courteous

manner, and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.

We believe our responsibility is to provide exceptional service, leadership, guidance and

protection to our citizens, who in partnership with us, strive to make our community a safer and

happier place to live. Our mission is to strengthen the trust and collaboration between community

residents, businesses, and police officers for the preservation of peace, order, and safety.

The City of Coatesville Police Department’s motto:

“To protect our community with courage and to serve the people with compassion. ”


Anonymous Tips and City Alerts

  • Anonymous Tips via Phone App:

As of 2013, the City of Coatesville Police Department offers a FREE smart phone app, “CoatesvillePD Tips” providing citizens the ability to submit anonymous tips to the police department. This app can be downloaded free from your phone app store and used with Android and iPhone devices.

  • Anonymous Text:

Citizens can text anonymous tips to the police department by texting “Coatesville” + your anonymous tip to 847411

Citizens can also submit anonymous tips online by clicking the following link:


  • City Alerts:

Citizens can register for FREE to receive alerts regarding road closures, community events, emergencies, safety concerns, etc. either by text or email. Click below to register.

Sign Up For Alerts:



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 ext 4617 jrivera@coatesville.org


Department History and Organization Overview


The Detective division is comprised of one Detective Sergeant, five detectives, and one patrol officer that serves a four month apprenticeship under the detective rotation program. This division is a specialized unit with the responsibility of handling those investigations that require special expertise. Members of this division are promoted from the ranks of the patrol division and receive extensive training in criminal investigations, evidence recovery, interviews and interrogations. Detectives are subject to be called in for duty 24 hours a day and required to perform after hours, on call duty on a seven day rotating schedule.

Detectives are utilized for the following types of criminal activity, but not limited to:

• Death of a violent or suspicious nature

• Aggravated assaults

• Armed and simple robberies

• Burglaries and thefts

• Kidnapping and extortion

• Rapes and sexual assaults

• Bombings

• Missing persons

• Child abuse

• Juvenile crimes

Detectives also handle all high profile cases and partner with outside agencies and task forces such as the Chester County Municipal Drug Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigations Violent Crimes Task Force, United States Marshalls Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, and other local, state

and federal agencies, to successfully apprehend criminals and prosecute cases.


Narcotics Enforcement

Narcotic enforcement involves the efforts of all police officers on a regular basis, including several highly trained detectives who specialize in narcotics investigations, who work diligently with local, state and federal agencies to control and cease any drug activity within the City.

The main focus is on individuals involved in the sale, distribution, and use of illegal narcotics and to prevent the illegal use and distribution within the community through proactive enforcement and public awareness.

Through collaborations with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Chester County District Attorney’s office, our Detectives work closely with these agencies to disrupt and defuse drug activity, prosecute drug dealers, and to gather crime related intelligence across Chester County.



The patrol division is supervised by the Patrol Sergeant and is comprised of five corporals, and nineteen police officers who serve as the first line of defense. Officers are assigned to one of three patrol sectors, during their tour of duty, that divide the City, and are responsible for proactive intervention and enforcement as well as community policing. In addition, several officers serve on other specialized units such as the Chester County Municipal Drug Task Force, Major Incident Response Team, and the Western Chester County Emergency Response Team.



We, at the City of Coatesville Police, always strive to raise standards, and we’re committed to continually raising our standards to serve and protect our community and the citizens. Accreditation is an ongoing process of improvement and development through which we strive for

excellence. It is a process of recognizing and assessing rules and procedures against accepted standards of performance, integrity, and quality. We are committed to striving for excellence through accreditation and agreeing to a process of ongoing review to strengthen and improve

effectiveness and the quality of instruction for the population it serves.

The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was designed and developed by professional law enforcement executives to provide a plan for the professionalization of law enforcement agencies within the Commonwealth. Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance. The cornerstone of this strategy lies in the decree of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating administrators then 0bjectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of independent professionals are assigned to verify that all applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by an authoritative body that the institution is worthy of accreditation.

Some benefits of accreditation for our Police Department:

• Established a credible framework for evaluating agency practices and procedures.

• Reduces agency risk and exposure to lawsuits.

• Decreases some liability insurance expenditures.

• Improves law enforcement-community relations.

• Increases employee input, interaction and confidence in the agency.

• Enlarges the outlook and viewpoints of managers, officers and employees.

• Identifies and highlights the capabilities and competence of the agency.

• Furnishes a solid foundation for the agency to build upon for further progress.

• Provides reliable methods to improve essential management procedures.

• Extends agency accountability to the public and elected officials.

• Enhances planning and innovation activities by all agency personnel.

• Develops improved methods for providing services to the community.

• Encourages problem-solving activities within the agency.


Community Policing and Partnerships

Community policing is a philosophy that promotes police department strategies. Though constructive interaction with 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 promotes positive change in an effort to address areas of concern by reaching out to the citizens of the community and providing positive interactions with police. By promoting safety, educating the community, and listening to concerns, the police department and the community can work together to resolve issues and make the City a better

and safer place to visit, live, work and play.


Quality of Life Issues


Curfew is defined as an order or law that requires individuals to be indoors after a certain time at night or period of time when such an order or law is in effect.

Pursuant to §92-4 of the Code of the City of Coatesville PA, it shall be unlawful for any person under the age of eighteen (18) years to remain in or upon any street, public place or establishment in the City during the following times, except when curfew hours established here under are temporarily suspended or modified by proclamation of the City Council of the City of Coatesville:

  • Sunday through Saturday -9:00 p.m prevailing time and 6:00 a.m. prevailing time.
  • Friday and Saturday-10:00 p.m. prevailing time and 6:00 a.m. prevailing time.

In addition, children under the age of twelve (12), the foregoing prohibition against remaining in or upon any street, public place or establishment in the City, shall be as follows:

Sunday through Saturday-9:00 p.m. prevailing time and 6:00 a.m. prevailing time.



Our parking enforcement team is responsible for patrolling an assigned area of the City to observe automobiles, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and other vehicles for parking violations and enforcing related local regulations and ordinances and State vehicle code laws. In addition, they issue citations for expired meters, improper use of specially designated or timed zones or lots, improper parking such as parking in crosswalks or other sidewalks, expired registration, improperly licensed vehicles, improperly parked motorcycles, parking in preferential areas, and other related violations.

For more information on parking regulations, please refer to the Code of the City of Coatesville, chapter 218: Vehicles and Traffic.

To contest your parking ticket, complete the Parking Ticket Review Request under the forms section and follow the instructions accordingly .



Alarms refer to the Code of the City of Coatesville, chapter 69: Alarm Devices and Automatic Protection Device Ordinance.

No automatic protection device shall be installed in the City of Coatesville without obtaining a permit from the Coatesville Police Department.

No person shall conduct any tests or demonstrations of an automatic protection device without prior notice and approval of the Coatesville Police Department and the Chester County police radio network.

All persons shall be deemed to have consented to pay to the City twenty five dollars ($25.00) for each false alarm after the first such alarm originating from said automatic protection device in any six (6) month period.



Noise is defined as any sound which annoys or disturbs humans or which causes or tends to cause an adverse psychological or physiological effect on humans.

Noise refers to the Code of the City of Coatesville, chapter 161: Coatesville Noise Control Ordinance.

No person shall make, continue or cause to be made or continued any noise disturbance, nor shall any person suffer, allow or permit any noise disturbance to be made or continued from or at any property, whether real or personal, that is subject to such person’s right to control.


  • At any time in such a manner as to cause a noise disturbance across a property line or between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. so as to be plainly audible across a property line.

Any person(s) violating the prov1s1ons of this chapter shall, upon conviction, in summary proceedings, pay a fine of not more than six hundred dollars ($600.00) or a period of imprisonment not exceeding ninety (90) days, or both such fine and imprisonment, for each offense, to be collected as other fines and costs are by law collectible.

Please refer to the Ordinance for more specific details relating to construction, power tools, motor vehicles, loading/unloading, animals/birds, street sales, and instruments.



Littering is defined as any discarded trash, garbage, or rubbish, as defined in this section, and all other waste materials, which, if thrown or scattered about in a careless manner or lying about in

disorder as prohibited, is determined to be a nuisance to the safety, health, cleanliness and comfort of the inhabitants of the City.

Littering refers to the Code of the City of Coatesville, chapter 190: Solid Waste Ordinance.

Please refer to the Ordinance for more specific details relating to recycling, collection and disposal, burning, bulk containers, collection, hardship approvals and payments, and littering. Refer to §190- 10 Violations and penalties, for fines and imprisonment sanctions.


Pursuant to §218.72 Handicapped Parking Spaces of the Code of the City of Coatesville, it shall be unlawful to park in specially designated spaces to be marked by signs identifying such spaces as for ”Handicapped Parking” or “Handicapped Zone” without a vehicle legally displaying a handicapped plate or placard or a severely disabled veteran plate or placard operated by or for transportation of the person with disability or seriously disabled veteran.

Under our forms section, for your convenience, we have provided links to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for you to obtain the proper forms to apply for a placard: Person with Disability Parking Placard Application and Application for Disabled Veteran, Severely Disabled Veteran Registration Plate or Severely Disabled Veteran Motorcycle Plate Decal. Please note, these forms must be completed and signed in front of a notary public to be officially notarized and mailed to the appropriate office for processing.

For more information on Person with Disability Parking Placards and Plates, visit the following link:

http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/regi stration/pwd plate.shtml#original1




1. mv-145a

2. mv-145v

3. Handicapped Parking Sign Application Form

4. Citizen Complaint Form

5. Parking Ticket Review Request

*For more information on this form, click here.

Report Fee Structure

Item Fee
Crash report: $15 (please contact your attorney or insurance carrier to obtain report)
Fingerprinting of private citizen SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION
Police presence at special events involving paid attendance Please call 610-384-2300 ext 3127 for current rate.

Effective immediately, we will no longer be offering fingerprinting to the general public per new regulations set forth by PSP CLEAN. Please refer to this address: http://www.pa.cogentid.com for fingerprinting locations.