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Non-Emergency Police number: 610-377-4003
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Mayor: Tom Mase
Police Chief: Brian Biechy


Click to enlarge Since the inception of the Borough of Lehighton on 1866, there has been organized Police service in the Borough. Several records in the Lehighton Press indicated money being budgeted for Police Protection throughout the 1870’s and 1880’s. However, the first mention of a Chief of Police was in the March 9th, 1893 issue of the Lehighton Press in which William Weidaw was elected by Borough Council to the position of Chief of Police.

In the early years, the Lehighton Borough Police Officers provided night watchman services as well as being available during the daylight hours. A majority of the budget was used to fund additional police services during the Lehighton Fair. In those days, the Borough of Lehighton had a number of hotels, businesses as well as an active opera house which provided officers with several areas to protect.

Although there was a Lehighton Lockup listed on maps from 1875, the Lehighton Press reported that officers would take prisoners to the Weissport Lockup. From there, they would be transported to the Carbon County Jail, if they were unable to make bail.

In August 1892, three “tramps” were taken into custody for attempting to rob a clothing store owned by E.G. Zern on South First Street. These three had broken out of the Weissport Lockup previously and remained on the run. These criminals had been stopped and taken into custody by night watchman Michael Kressley of the Lehighton Police.

Tragedy struck the Lehighton Borough Police Department in April 1917, when Chief of Police William Swartz was shot and killed by a crazed man. While investigating threats made by the man to the local Justice of the Peace, Chief Swartz observed the man in the area of the Carbon Hotel (now the Bank of America). As Chief Swartz approached the man, he shot him in the chest. Chief Swartz left a widow and several children.

In 1937, then Chief of Police Harry “Jimmy” Yenser, reported to council the following annual police report from the year 1936: Major Investigations – 122, Minor Investigations – 356, Disorderly Conduct Arrests – 71, Auto Accidents Investigated – 50, Motor Violations – 16, Overnight Parking Warnings – 274, Larceny Arrests – 6, Petty Thievery – 15, Stolen Cars – 5, Gambling Places Padlocked – 3, Other Gambling Places Investigated – 17, Peddling Violations – 2, Assault and Battery – 1, Bad Check Passers – 2, Drunken Drivers – 4, Hit and Run – 2, Rape – 1, Malicious Mischief – 7, Immoral Case – 1, Desertion and Non-Support – 1, and Robbery – 5. (Source – The Lehighton Press, January 7th, 1937)

Tragedy struck the Lehighton Borough Police Department yet again when Chief Yenser died of a heart attack while working in 1947. He was found inside of his patrol car and was unable to be revived. Chief Yenser had been a 25 year veteran of the Lehighton Borough Police Department.

Click to enlargeThe Lehighton Borough Police Department had been housed in the Borough Building from 1936 until 2011. In 2011, the Lehighton Borough Police Department moved into the former Lehighton Fire Company building at 124 South Third Street. The building bears the name of former Lehighton Borough Mayor, William “Cap” Bauchspies.

The department currently has 9 full time Police Officers including a Criminal Investigator and a Chief of Police. The department also employs several part time officers, a police secretary and an administrative assistant.

In 2011, the Lehighton Borough Police Department handled 5,553 calls for service. The department handled 72 non injury traffic accidents, 16 traffic accidents with injury and 1 fatal traffic accident. The Lehighton Borough Police Department issued a total of 706 traffic citation for 2011. In addition, the department investigated 26 assaults (8 aggravated and 18 simple), 102 criminal mischief complaints, 28 DUI’s, 111 theft’s, 13 motor vehicle theft’s, among other offenses. The Lehighton Borough Police Department had a total of 276 criminal and non traffic arrests in 2011.



Borough Hall
1 Constitution Avenue
Lehighton, PA 18235

(610) 377.4002

Monday thru Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

Police Number
(610) 377-4003


Holiday Events
       Around Lehighton

    Friday, December 1, 2017
    Lehighton Park Tree Decorating
    10:00 A.M - 6:00 P.M.
    Saturday, December 2, 2017
    Breakfast with Santa Claus
    10:00 A.M.
    Lehighton Park Tree Decorating
    10:00 A.M - 6:00 P.M.
    Sunday, December 3, 2017
    Lehighton Park Tree Decorating
    10:00 A.M - 6:00 P.M.    
    Lehighton Park Tree Lighting
    6:00 P.M.
    Zion UCC Ecumenical Cantata
    7:30 P.M.
    Friday, December 8, 2017
    Dylan & Gavin's Rainbow
    Ministry Basket Raffle
    at Zion UCC
    6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
    Saturday, December 9, 2017
    Dylan & Gavin's Rainbow
    Ministry Basket Raffle
    at Zion UCC
    8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
    Dylan & Gavin's Snowflake
    5K - 1 M Walk
    at Zion UCC
    9:00 A.M.
    St. Peter's Music
    and Craft Fair
    Weissport, PA
    9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Sunday, December 10, 2017
    Homemade Holiday Craft Fair
    Mahoning Ambulance
    10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
    Lehighton Band Concert
    7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
    Friday, December 15, 2017
    LDI presents
    Christmas with Santa
    Pic. Houser Bld.
    6:30 P.M.
    Sunday, December 17, 2017
    Lehighton Borough Caroling
    6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Crossing Guards

    Lehighton Borough Police
    Department is currently
    looking for individuals
    who want to help as
    school crossing gaurds.

    For more information,
    please contact the police secretary
    at 610-377-4003.

Request for Proposals

Traffic Engineering Services

     The Borough of Lehighton
     invites interested engineering
     firms and individuals with
     municipal engineering experience
     to submit written proposals
     for services to study traffic flow,
     complete analysis and make
     recommendations for traffic,
     safety, and pedestrian
     improvements on Sergeant
     Stanly Hoffman Boulevard,
     Lehigh Drive and Main Lane.


Online Utility Billing

     Effective July 17th, the
     Utility Billing Office will
     be accepting online payments.
     Please click here for
     for more information.

2018 Lehighton Fireworks

     Lehighton, PA has held a
     Fireworks Display the past
     two years over the 4th of
     July weekends. The displays
     have received amazing reviews,
     and it is the hope of the
     Lehighton Borough Parks &
     Recreation Board to present
     a 3rd Annual Lehighton
     Fireworks Display in 2018.
     Donate Now!

Notable Events
     Happening in Lehighton

     Adopt a Lehighton Park
     Holiday Tree

     We are looking for local,
     businesses, organizations, groups
     or families to adopt a holiday
     tree in the Lehighton Park.
     During the weekend, the
     adopting groups will be
     and decorate their trees.
     and drink vendors along with
     Christmas music played through
     speakers, the spirit of the
     season will be stronger than
     ever in the center of town.
     A tree lighting ceremony
     will take place at the end
     of the weekend, and then all
     trees will be illuminated
     throughout the month
     of December.

     Download the flyer

     Famers Market

     Saturdays from 9:00 A.M. to
     1:00 P.M. thru October 7th
     Lower Park - Sponsored by LDI


     Free Movie Night
     In the park at Amphitheater
     - Friday, August 18, 2017
     - Friday, September 15, 2017
     All movies start at dusk

Yard Waste Program
     Temporary Stopped

     The Yard Waste Recycle Program
     is temporarily stopped due to an
     insect causing problems. When
     the recycling center we use
     reopens we will update the
     website to let you know we
     are again accepting yard waste.
     Until then you can follow the
     garbage ordinance as to how
     you can put yard waste our
     for pick up.

    Dropping off Used COOKING
    \ MOTOR OIL is No longer
    accepted at the Public Works

    NEVER drop off containers of
    cannot dispose of them.

2018 Pool Flyer
The 2018 pool flyer is available
    on the Recreation page

Download the 2017
      Garbage Calendar:      (2017GarbageCalendar.pdf)

Download the 2016
      Garbage Ordinance:      (2016GarbageCalendar.pdf)

Vacant Seats
    There is a vacant seat on
    the Parks an Recreation Board,
    and Lehigh Canal Commission.

    To be considered for these
    vacancies, you MUST be a
    resident of Lehighton Borough

    Letters of interest can be
    submitted in the Borough
    Secretary's office.

Local Tax / EIT Forms
    These forms can be found on
    Berkheimer Tax Administrator .

    Lehighton Borough Residents:
    PSD Code is 130203.

    Berheimer EIT Form (.pdf)