Pennsylvania State Police (PSP)

The PSP’s enlisted and civilian personnel are committed to providing world class service to our police partners and the citizens of the Commonwealth. PSP will accomplish this while remaining focused on our Core Purpose: To seek justice, preserve peace, and improve the quality of life for all.

Since their inception in 1905, the Pennsylvania State Police has been dedicated to serving the public. It is their desire to improve our ability to reach citizens by using technology to increase the speed, accuracy and availability of police and safety related information.

The Pennsylvania State Police was created by an act of the legislation which was signed into law by Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker on May 2, 1905. It was the first uniformed police organization of its kind in the United States.

Today, the authorized complement of the Pennsylvania State Police is 4,719 sworn members. In addition, over 1,850 civilians serve in a variety of roles throughout the Department.

The Pennsylvania State Police has jurisdiction in all political subdivisions in the Commonwealth. Criminal Investigation and support services occupy approximately one-third of the total on-duty time of the State Police while the remaining time is devoted to traffic enforcement and other public safety services.


The Pennsylvania State Police Core Values

  • HONOR:  We are committed to upholding the Honor of the Force by providing honest and faithful police service to all who may be in danger or distress.
  • SERVICE:  We recognize that customer service is our highest priority. We are committed to providing caring, competent, and professional police service.
  • INTEGRITY: We believe Integrity is character in action. We are morally and ethically aware, resolute, and above reproach at all times regardless of our duty status.
  • RESPECT: We must respect ourselves, our peers, those we serve, and the sanctity of the law and the institution that is the Pennsylvania State Police.
  • TRUST: We must solemnly value the trust that has been placed in us by those we are sworn to serve, and we are committed to holding ourselves to a higher standard of accountability to continually earn their respect each and every day.
  • COURAGE: We recognize that “courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.” We stand firm in the face of danger, and will confront all threats to the safety and security of our communities with intelligence and vigor.
  • DUTY: We do not swerve from the path of our obligations, nor do we depart from standards of professional conduct. We obey the law and enforce it without any consideration of class, color, creed, or condition.

For more information about the PSP, visit: www.psp.pa.gov