Office hours at the Richland Township Police Department are Monday Through Friday from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
The department provides 24 hour service to the Richland area covering 20.8 square miles. The department is comprised of 3 divisions, Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Special Operations. The Patrol Unit is comprised of officers who respond on calls for service, conduct accident investigations, and investigate initial criminal offenses. Criminal Investigations is made up of 3 fulltime detectives who investigate crimes that occur within the boundaries of Richland Township.
Richland Township Police Department
The Richland Township Police Department exists to serve those who live, work or visit Richland Township with respect, fairness and compassion. We recognize our responsibility to maintain order and protect the residents and visitors to our community. We are a proactive police agency that is devoted to the prevention of crime, the protection of life and property, the preservation of peace, order and general safety, the enforcement of laws and ordinances and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.
With community service as our foundation, we strive to build community partnerships to improve the quality of life in our residential and business neighborhoods in Richland Township. We nurture public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics. The Richland Township Police Department is dedicated to professional development of its members through effective training and leadership.
The Patrol Division of the Richland Township Police Department is tasked with the responsibility of preserving the peace, protecting life and property twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. A few of their responsibilities include traffic enforcement, accident investigations, criminal investigation including follow ups, and calls for service. There are three evidence technicians assigned to different shifts, seven certified breath test operators and four certified breath test supervisors. There are four shifts with a sergeant in charge of each one. The patrol division is required to respond to all incidents and take whatever action they determine to be appropriate including making referrals to health care providers or social agencies. The Patrol Division is the front line and the back bone of the police department and the patrol officer is the first person a citizen comes in contact with when requesting assistance. Under all types of adverse conditions the patrol officer must always remain professional and considerate.
Richland Police Department S.E.R.T Team
The Richland Township Police Department is part of a multi-jurisdictional S.E.R.T. (Special Emergency Response Team) team that operates throughout Cambria County. The Richland Township Police partnered with the Johnstown Police Department in January 2001 to form one of the few certified, multi-jurisdictional SERT teams in Pennsylvania. The SERT team has responded to numerous emergency calls in the city of Johnstown and Richland Township as well as assisting other police agencies in the area. They are on call 24 hours a day seven days a week to respond to where ever they are needed.
The SERT Team is made up of three units, the entry team, the long rifle team and the hostage negotiators The SERT team consists of highly trained officers that deal with armed and violent criminals in high risk warrant service and barricaded suspects. They also deal with incidents ranging from disturbed or suicidal subjects to hostage situations. The SERT team trains twice a month for all types of situations that they may encounter. They also cross train with other SERT/SWAT teams throughout western Pennsylvania. The Johnstown/Richland SERT team played a vital role in securing the John Murtha/Cambria County Airport on 9/11 when flight 93 had entered the airspace over Johnstown. The SERT team has been actively involved with the protection of numerous dignitaries including the President, Vice-President of the United States, U.S. Attorney General and the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration to name a few.