Community Services Unit (CSU)
The Community Services Unit (CSU) of the Lancaster Police Department is staffed by 5 full-time police officers.
Officer Chris Caton # 236 and Officer Jim Marshall # 199 are D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) certified trainers and are responsible for the presentation of the D.A.R.E. program in the Lancaster City School system, St. Mary Catholic School and Fairfield Christian Academy.
In cooperation with the Fairfield County Municipal Court, the CSU has developed a court security unit which employs two police officers who handle prisoner transports to and from the court and other holding facilities. This unit also provides security for court personnel.
The Community Services Unit may be contacted by telephone at 740-687-6680 and following the prompts. Sergeant Mike Peters supervises the unit and he may be reached at 740-687-6680, ext. 519 or by email.
Sgt. Peters started his law enforcement career in 1990 as a patrol officer and transferred to the detective bureau in 1995 where he worked as a detective and detective sergeant. Sgt. Peters transferred to the Community Services Unit in 2012 where he currently supervises the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program, Fairfield County Municipal Court security & prisoner transport officers, Citizen Police Academy and various public and special events.
Sgt. Peters is a certified ALICE (active shooter program) and Civilian Response Active Shooter Event (CRASE) instructor for local businesses and schools. He also works with the local high school criminal science and criminal justice programs in Fairfield County as well as local colleges. Sgt. Peters is an advisory board member for the Lancaster High School Criminal Science Program and the Fairfield Career Center Criminal Justice Program.
Sgt. Peters is married and attends Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lancaster, Ohio.
The CSU is responsible for planning special events and representing the department at community related events and functions. Members of the unit also participate in advisory positions on many community boards. The following are examples of the programs with which the CSU presents or is associated with:
|Citizen Police Academy (CPA)
|Lancaster Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association ()|
|- Active Shooter Training|
|- Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events|
|Awareness and Education|
|Neighborhood Block Watch|
|Bicycle Patrol Unit|
|Community Oriented Problem Solving|
|"Smart Trailer" mobile speed monitoring unit