Community Relations

The residents of South Whitehall Township play an essential role in modern policing because they are the eyes and ears of the police force.  They have the ability to observe and report things that happen in their communities.  Therefore, active citizen cooperation and involvement with police are the fundamental characteristics of crime prevention.  Citizens can also implement security measures and improve the removal of crime risks.  The South Whitehall Township Police Department’s strives to provide its residents with advice and assistance on how they can minimize crime risks to their personal safety and property.

The officers assigned to Community Relations are trained Crime Prevention Practitioners.  In addition to their regular duties, they attend events such Get Prepared Parkland, Heroes and Helpers, LV Autism Safety Day, and other community related events upon request.  Moreover these officers coordinate meetings for the two crime watch groups in the Township.

South Whitehall Township Police Community Relations Officers:

Sergeant Stephen G. Brown- Coordinator (sgb@swtpd.org)

Officer Jason V. Grozier – Assistant Coordinator (jvg@swtpd.org)

**Please be advised that these emails are for contacting officers regarding Community Relations services.  To report an incident or suspicious activities please call 911 or the Lehigh County Communications Center Non-Emergency (610) 437-5252.**

 

Current Programs


Che√Mate

In 1983, a community program called Chec√Mate was developed and put in place.  The program enabled residents to report suspicious activity or crimes without providing their personal information.  Upon joining a crime watch group residents receive an identification card with a unique Chec√Mate number.  This number can be used to report a non-emergency incident.  When the resident calls the Lehigh County Communications Center non-emergency phone number, (610) 437-5252, they simply provide the dispatcher with their Chec√Mate number.

The Che√Mate program remains in existence today and continues to provide residents with a way to report suspicious activity anonymously.


Crime Watch

Retired Officers Richard Altemos and Jeffrey Natysyn, began organizing community watch groups in 1986.  These groups have served and continue to serve many purposes including:

  • Gathering residents together creating an open line of communication to discussing issues within their neighborhoods.
  • Enabling residents to learn about crime trends in their area as well as the rest of the Township.
  • Learning how to protect themselves against crime by being informed and making themselves a hard target.

Several groups were formed throughout the years including Kratzer Neighbors Against Crime and Country Crossing Crime Watch that later merged to become Neighbors Are Reporting Crime.  N.A.R.C. now encompasses all residents north of Tilghman Street.

N.A.R.C.- (Neighbors Are Reporting Crime)

Meetings are the third (3rd) Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm.

All residents north of Tilghman St. meet at:

Greenawalds Fire Company
2500 Focht Ave
Allentown, PA 18104

N.A.R.C. covers the northern area of the Township. Meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month at the Greenawalds Fire Company

Member contact is John Oplinger (rjmao629@aol.com)


In May of 1997, after a string of local home burglaries, a group was organized to encompass the residents south of Tilghman Street. Residents Around Dorney Are Reporting as it came to be known was also started by Patrol Officers Altemos and Natysyn.

R.A.D.A.R.- (Residents Around Dorney Are Reporting)

Meetings are the third (3rd) Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm.

All residents south of Tilghman St. meet at:

Cetronia Ambulance Corps
4300 Broadway
Allentown, PA 18104

R.A.D.A.R. covers the southern area of the Township. Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month at Cetronia Fire Company.


Attend one of our meetings and learn what is happening in your community. When you join Crime Watch you will receive an ID card with a Chec-Mate number. This number can be used when reporting Non-emergency incidents to Lehigh County dispatchers. By giving your Chec-Mate number you may remain anonymous.

For additional information on Crime Watch or Che√Mate, contact one of our Crime Watch officers at 610-398-0337 or via e-mail.

Sergeant Stephen Brown – sgb@swtpd.org
Officer Jason Grozier- jvg@swtpd.org


Crime Prevention Tips

  • Do not leave valuables visible at night. The sight of a wallet, purse, or jewelry near a door or window can be irresistible to a thief. Note that cell phones are also attractive targets.
  • All entry doors to your home should be equipped with deadbolt locks, and if your door has a window in it, the lock should be keyed on both sides.
  • Equip your home with security lights.
  • Do not leave your doors unlocked, or your house unattended, even for a short time. The thieves we are encountering are opportunists who in at least one instance have victimized our neighbors in situations where the opportunity presented was quite brief, during the day.
  • Lock all ground floor level windows at night.
  • Keep a cell phone nearby to be certain you can contact law enforcement in the event of an emergency.
  • Be alert. If you see something suspicious, REPORT IT to police

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LINKS

Crimemapping PA Amber Alert
Megan’s Law Premise Alert
Missing and Exploited Children National Sex Offender Public Site
PA State Police Federal Trade Commission