Gettysburg Police Department
59 East High Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Phone

Emergencies: 911

 

Administrative:
717-334-1168/1169

To Request an Officer call
 Adams County Control:
717-334-8101

Fax: 717-334-3554

 

E-Mail

 

Crime Tips:
Adams County Crime Stoppers
 

 

Police Department

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The Heraldry of the Police Patch

Top: Sun setting behind the South Mountains; denotes the establishment of the area by James Gettys when the Nation was beginning to expand westward from the Susquehanna.

Shield:
Gettysburg Police Department

Keystone:
Represents the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Crossed Bayonets, Cannon Muzzle, and Three Stars:
Denotes the most important event of the Town's history, the 3 day Battle of Gettysburg; the lettering speaks for itself.

Lower Panel:
James Getty house (1780-1880), located 500 ft. northeast of the Square, in the area of Olinger's (formerly Codori's) parking lot. The Square with all roads leading into and out of, namely at that time, the York and Bonneautown roads, eastward, the Newtown (Carlisle) and Harrisburg roads north and northeast, the Shippensburg (Mummasburg) road northwest, the Chambersburg and Millerstown (Fairfield) roads west, the Emmitsburg Road southwest, the Taneytown and Baltimore roads south and southeast.

Trees, Shaft of Grain:
Denote the town's location in the center of the fruit and agriculture areas.


Gettysburg Police Department History
 
1800 – High Constable position established. William Kerr is elected first High Constable
1832, Jan – 2 night watchmen are approved, one for each ward, 10 pm to 4 am, in addition to High Constable
1909, Feb – George Gordon and Pank Noel listed as receiving police pay
1909, Mar – George Gordon elected Police Chief and Tom O’Reilly police officer
1918 – Chief of Police Wallace Emmons