Administrative Services Division

The Administrative Services & Professional Standards Division is made up of a Lieutenant, two Sergeants, four Police Support Staff, one payroll /records clerk and our database administrator. In addition, a specially trained Community Service Officer, who specializes in animal control, is assigned to this Division.  

Administration Services & Professional Standards Division responsibilities also include receiving, processing, and investigating all citizen complaints, conducting all internal investigations, and serve as the Department’s liaison on all civil actions involving the Department.  All Department wide mandatory training and all specialized training for our Officers are coordinated through the Administration Services & Professional Standards Division.

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Detective Division

The Cheltenham Township Detective Division is staffed by: nine Detectives, one Detective Sergeant and one Detective Lt. Commander. The primary objective of the Detective Division is to work hand-in-hand with our Patrol Division to identify and apprehend criminal offenders, with special emphasis on the investigation of major crimes. Through this cooperation, both units operate efficiently to apprehend offenders and resolve cases. 

Our specially trained Detectives have the ability to process all major crime scenes in order to recover evidence and to assist in developing leads necessary to solve crimes.

This is made possible with the assistance of the most up to date state of the art equipment that has been made available to the detective division personnel.  Additionally, the detectives maintain close working relationships with other investigatory agencies from the local, County, State and Federal levels.

Two of the Units Detectives are dedicated to concentrate on juvenile crime and work closely with the community, the school district, and the Police Liaison Officer assigned to the Schools in the Township.

In addition to their investigative duties, detectives have the responsibility of prisoner processing which is fully automated within the Detective Division with AFIS and CPIN computers; as well as, the latest in video arraignment equipment.

In 2019, Cheltenham Township Police launch a security camera registration program with out partners at  By registering your cameras you are providing the Cheltenham Township Police Dept (CTPD) with a proactive approach to preventing crime. You will provide basic information and tell us where your cameras are located. There is no cost associated with registration and your information is confidential. You will only be contacted by the CTPD in the future if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of your security camera. Police personnel, if necessary, may request a copy of any video captured by your camera, which may assist in the investigation of a crime. (Note: your camera information will not be available to the public and only visible to the CTPD.) Register your camera

Patrol Division

Our Patrol Division is the backbone of the Police Department and they are usually the first point of contact the public encounters when dealing with the Police Department.

The Patrol Division is staffed by: one Lieutenant, eight Street Supervisors, and a Community Policing Unit Supervisor, who manage four platoons and two Special Units. The Officers assigned to this Division provide a wide array of Police services to the community.  Each Patrol Platoon has a highly trained Police K-9 team assigned and each Platoon has two Evidence Technicians. Evidence Technicians help alleviate demands on our Detective Division. Each Technician receives specialized crime scene training; they photograph the scene and are trained to lift fingerprints at crime scenes. In addition, the Patrol Division has two specialized units, Anti-Crime Teams and the Community Policing Unit.

The Officers assigned to our Anti Crime Teams proactively respond to such crimes as burglary, robbery, and thefts. These Officers are utilized in both plain clothes and uniform assignments as needed.

The Community Policing Unit offers the community a wide variety of specialized Police services. This Unit has many responsibilities including: crime prevention education to the public, teaching drug abuse and resistance education (DARE) in our schools, and shares information with the community through our “Neighborhood Alerts Program”. In addition, all of the Officers assigned to the Unit are trained to patrol on bicycles.

The Patrol Division is supplemented by, civilian volunteers who make up our Department’s Auxiliary Police Unit. Auxiliary Officers are used to help the Department with everything from fingerprinting job applicants, to crowd control at parades, to traffic control during emergencies.