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The Community Police Working Group is made up of representatives from the City of Lancaster government, the Lancaster City Police Department, the Lancaster branch of the NAACP, representatives from community benefit organizations, clergy, and city residents.

Since its formation in the summer of 2018, the group has made strides towards improving trust and cooperation between the Lancaster City Police Department and the public it serves.

In addition to hosting a community meeting in August 2018, the group has addressed issues such as recruitment and hiring, use of force, the civilian complaint form and a body camera policy.

The group has begun working with Intersekt Alliance, a consulting firm out of Philadelphia, to create a strategic plan. The strategic plan will address the organizational structure of the group, finalize a vision and mission, and define the work of the group.

Contact Info

Jarrad Berkihiser

Chief of Police



Lancaster Bureau of Police
39 West Chestnut Street
Lancaster, PA 17603-3510



(717) 735-3300



Committee Members

Chief Jarrad Berkihiser – Lancaster City Police

Reverend Roland P. Forbes Jr. – Ebenezer Baptist Church

Xavier Garcia-Molina – City Council Member

Sergeant Donald Morant – Lancaster City Police

Vanessa Philbert – Community Action Partnership

Daisy Plaza – City Resident

Honorable Jodie Richardson – Magisterial District Courts

Delia Sanchez – Domestic Violence

Patricia Hopson Shelton – Lancaster Branch NAACP

Ismail Smith-Wade-El – City Council President

Mayor Danene Sorace – City of Lancaster

Sergeant Dorsey Sumrall – Lancaster City Police

Community & Police Working Group – Session 1

Masonic Lodge No. 43
213 W. Chestnut Street

Session 1 Community Responses Word Cloud

Community & Police Working Group – Session 2

Crispus Attucks Community Center
407 Howard Ave.

Session 2 Community Responses Word Cloud

Community & Police Working Group – Session 3

Bright Side Opportunities Center
515 Hershey Ave.

Session 3 Community Responses Word Cloud

Session 1 Community Responses
Session 2 Community Responses
Session 3 Community Responses