The Community Services Unit (CSU) of the Lancaster Police Department is staffed by 5 full-time police officers.
Officer Chuck Sims # 913 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.
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 (LCPAAA)
D.A.R.E. Hemi Charger
In 2008, a Dodge Hemi Charger was customized and placed into service for the D.A.R.E. program. The vehicle was funded with drug seizures and through donations by local businesses. The vehicle is used to represent the police department at a wide variety of community events.