Police Department

100 S. Washington Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503
Phone: (570) 348-4134
Fax: (570) 207-0415

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Leonard Namiotka – Police Chief


The mission of the Scranton Police Department is to protect and preserve life and property; to understand and serve the needs of the Scranton Neighborhoods and to improve the quality of life by maintaining order, recognizing and resolving community problems, and apprehending criminals.


The Scranton Police Department will strive to excel through innovative leadership, accountability, and a commitment to a high level of service. We are and will continue to be committed to providing the highest level of service and protection to the City of Scranton. We will continue to succeed at our obligations, due to the professionalism of dedicated officers and civilian personnel, modern proactive policing practices, and enthusiastic community involvement. The Department will remain dedicated to identifying existing and emerging needs and to developing problem-solving solutions to address them.

Department Leadership

Animal Control: Extension 8217

Staff NamePosition
Leonard NamiotkaSuperintendent (Chief)
Dennis LukasewiczCaptain
Robert BrenzelDetective Lieutenant
Michael PerryLieutenant (Patrol)
James Weaver Lieutenant (Patrol)
Joseph ArbieLieutenant (Patrol)
James PappasLieutenant (Admin)

Department Administrative Support.


Staff NamePosition
Todd GarveyPatrolman – Body Camera Coordinator
Christopher HallockPatrolman – Accreditation Manager

Animal Control

CALL 570-348-4134
Animal Control: Extension 8217

Staff NamePosition
Katie GulloneAnimal Control Officer
TBDAnimal Control Officer

Department Structure

Citizen Police Academy

The Citizen’s Police Academy is a tuition free, ten-week program designed to introduce members of the community to the Scranton Police Department. The Academy is designed to teach citizens about the philosophy, policies, and guiding principles of law enforcement and ethical conduct governing police services in our community. Students will receive classroom instruction by personnel from many police department divisions including presentations and demonstrations from Patrol, Detective, Crime Scene, Narcotics, K-9, Bomb Unit, Special Operations and the Court System.

Once training is completed, students are given the opportunity to complete a ride along with a police officer. This ride-along is usually an eye-opening experience for many students as they get to see the real day-to-day activities of the police.

Summer Camp

The Scranton Police Department has an annual summer camp for children who are in the sixth grade going into the seventh grade. The camp is held at Scranton High School. Some of the activities that the children take part in are team building activities, swimming, and a community service project. In addition, there are demonstrations from the numerous agencies such as the Scranton Police Departments K-9 unit, Special Operations Group (SOG), Bomb unit, the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s office and the Scranton Fire Department. There are also two field trips. One trip will be to Nay Aug Park and the other one is to Dorney Park. Breakfast and lunch will be provided every day from Aramark food service. The cost to attend this camp is $35. There are a limited amount of scholarships available to those who qualify.

Community Policing

The Scranton Police Department employs four federally funded police officers from a grant obtained through the City of Scranton Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD) office. One officer is assigned to a specific area of the city which is broken down into four sections; West Beat, North Beat, Hill Beat and South Beat.

The officers embrace the philosophy of community policing in all its daily operations and functions. Officers work closely with neighborhood groups and community leaders and share the responsibility for identifying, reducing, eliminating and preventing problems that impact community safety and order. By working together, the police and community can reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods citywide. Each of the officers attend monthly neighborhood meetings and receive complaints and address any current issues the neighborhood group may present.

The officers also work with the License, Inspections and Permits department (LIPS) in an effort to combat blight issues that occur within their assigned areas. The officers identify any quality of life issues and will attempt to address the issue themselves or reach out to LIPS for assistance in the matter.

Each of the officers are assigned at least one weekly community program where they interact with juveniles, provide a mentor outside of family life and communicate with the youths on topics that affect their daily lives. Officers have fingerprinted and spoke to numerous children at various schools and Headstart programs throughout the city and continue to remain available for any community group that wishes for their presence at any community function.

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