The Upper Allen Police Department proudly and professionally protects Upper Allen Township including the villages of Shepherdstown, Bowmansdale and Grantham in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Upper Allen Township is located in central Pennsylvania, in eastern Cumberland County on the west shore of the Susquehanna River. We are a part of The Greater Harrisburg Metropolitan Area. Two main transportation routes, US Route 15 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) bisect the Township, making us home for the offices of a number of national businesses, such as American Suzuki, Delta Dental, Tyco, Reckitt Benckiser and Yes Solutions. Upper Allen Township is also the home of Messiah College and Messiah Village.
Upper Allen Police Officers are equipped to do the job of 21st century police. We currently have ten vehicles; six marked and four unmarked. Our patrol vehicles are equipped with STOP sticks for use during pursuits, Tracker units for speed enforcement, mobile video recording equipment that allow the officer to record what he or she is seeing, cellular telephones and a mobile data terminal that allows officers to access our records management system and county, state and national law enforcement databases from the patrol vehicle.
The Upper Allen Police Department is highly computerized. Our records management system is a shared platform known as the Crime Network, or cNET. cNET is developed and maintained by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. cNET is a web-based application and provides a common platform through which all law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania can exchange information.
The Upper Allen Police are equipped with automated external defibrillators (AED). This device does not require medical personnel for deployment. When attached to the chest of a person in heart failure, the AED will analyze the heart rhythm and deliver an electrical shock only when necessary. Seconds and minutes are critical in a cardiac emergency. Our Officers are usually the first emergency responder on the scene of a medical emergency call and they are equipped to save a life through the use of this device. We currently have two of these devices which are on the street at all times. They were donated to us by the American Heart Association, Upper Allen Women’s Club and the Eureka Lodge 302 of Mechanicsburg.
Our annual budget of almost $2 million allows us to keep our equipment up to date and in good working order. It also allows us to train our Officers in all areas of law enforcement. Many of our Officers have highly specialized training, several are certified police instructors and hold college and graduate level degrees.