Chief of Police


Chief of Police

Lancaster Bureau of Police

Lancaster City, Pennsylvania 

The Honorable J. Richard Gray, Mayor of Lancaster swore in Keith Sadler as Chief of Police, on April 23, 2008. The Lancaster Bureau of police is a full service police department providing service to the City of Lancaster. The Bureau is the largest and only urban law enforcement agency in Lancaster County, serving a population of 60,000 residents. The bureau consists of approximately 205 sworn and civilian employees.

Chief Sadler is responsible for the protection of lives and property in the City through the organization and directing of all police functions.  His duties involve the planning, directing and coordinating of patrol, traffic, juvenile, criminal investigation and related services and activities, and overseeing the training, assignment and discipline of all Bureau members.

Chief Sadler was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on October 16, 2012, to be a commissioner of the Municipal Police Officer’s Education and Training Commission (MPOETC).  The Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission was established in 1974 to set certification and training standards for police officers employed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Regulations published from the Act 120 statute guide the process for determining eligibility for certification and standardize the basic academy and annual in-service training curriculum provided to all certified police officers.

Chief Sadler began his career in law enforcement with the Philadelphia Police Department in 1981.   While in Philadelphia he was assigned to many areas of the department, including Patrol, Detectives, SWAT and Narcotics.  Sadler held the following ranks in Philadelphia, Police Officer in 1981, Sergeant in 1986, Lieutenant in 1989, Captain in 1994, Inspector in 1997 and Chief Inspector in 2002.  As a Chief Inspector he was the Chief of Patrol, Chief of Narcotics, Chief of Forensic Science Bureau and the Chief of the Detective Bureau. 

Chief Sadler is strongly committed to training and education.  He holds an A.A.S. in Justice from Community College of Philadelphia, a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Alvernia College, where he graduated summa cum laude, and a M.Ed. (Master’s in Urban Education) from Alvernia College.   He has been an adjunct professor at Alvernia University and Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster Campus and Community College of Philadelphia.  Sadler is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society.  In 2016, Chief Sadler was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Harrisburg Area Community College.  His term runs until 2022. 

Chief Sadler has built strong relationships with the diverse communities throughout Lancaster, Philadelphia and many communities in Pennsylvania. He works closely with several local, state and federal law enforcement agencies including the FBI, DEA, ATF, Pennsylvania State Police and many police departments in the Susquehanna Valley.

He was born and raised in West Philadelphia. Currently, he resides with his wife and children in Lancaster.