ⓘ Erie Police Department


ⓘ Erie Police Department

The idea of the department was conceived with the City Charter of 1851. By 1856, the department consisted of a Chief of police and three patrolmen. By the late 1880s, the department had grown to 25 officers. These officers primarily walked the beat, however some did use bicycles to patrol, and the force also maintained a horse-drawn wagon, primarily used in prisoner transport.

In the early 1900s, the Department moved to more modern methods of transportation and started using motorcycles for patrol in the city. On 7 June 1910, the first officer of the motorcycle began to patrol the city. In 2016, eight motorcycle officers to patrol the streets. By the middle of 1920-ies, the car was introduced as a new method of patrolling for employees. New standards put forward by the FBI called cities have a ratio of two officers per 1.000 residents. Police Department Erie tried to meet this standard by increasing their employees to 136 officers in 1941, thus creating the need for patrol units. These units consisted of car patrol, motorcycle patrol, traffic enforcement and foot patrol.

The 1960s saw the creation of the Academy of the Erie policy, which will require candidates to participate in several training sessions and exercises. And technology took the main stage in the 1970-ies and 80-ies, the Department began electronic record system, and in 1985 made its first computer system, is considered. Federal grants allowed the Department to add desktops and devices dictation of office space in the Department.

Currently, the Department maintains a staff of 173 police officers, and strong outreach programs within the community.

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