Build a career that makes an impact.

Help create a safer, stronger Lancaster City for all.

Choose a career with the Lancaster City Police and make your mark on the community.

Accepting applications this summer!
Contact a recruiter to learn more.

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Do you have what it takes?

We’re seeking diverse candidates whose life history, past decision making, and current standing in the community aligns with the City of Lancaster’s core values of Quality, Teamwork, Integrity, and Respect. These values are fundamental to our mission of serving and protecting our community.

Basic Qualifications

  • Must be at least 21 years of age by academy graduation.
  • Must hold a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must live within Lancaster County and any contiguous county (Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lebanon, and York) within Pennsylvania.
    A candidate who is living outside the area is required to establish residency no later than six (6) months after being hired.

Testing & Background Checks

Candidates must pass both physical fitness and written tests, along with extensive background checks and physical and mental health exams to demonstrate their readiness for the job.

Qualifications & Testing

Why choose a career with the Lancaster City Bureau of Police?

The City of Lancaster prioritizes work-life balance and offers great benefits, including a mentorship program and ongoing training. And, as a Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) qualifying employer, your outstanding federal student loans can be discharged after 120 payments.

Salary & Benefits

The City of Lancaster also offers a comprehensive benefits package including…


Time Off


Student Loan



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Lancaster City

  • Situated in a county long known for its agricultural traditions and Amish, Lancaster City is home to 60,000 residents who make up a rich, culturally diverse community – nearly 40 percent of residents are Latino, and 18 percent African American.
  • During the Revolutionary War, Lancaster City served as the nation’s capital for a day on September 27, 1777.
  • Lancaster City has a nationally recognized food scene, including a vibrant mix of world cuisines, farm-to-table fare, and some of Pennsylvania’s most awarded dining experiences.
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