Community Service Division

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DIVISION CONTACT: Deputy Erin Joyce   -   E-Mail

The Community Services Division offers various safety programs to the general public. There is no fee for these programs. If you are interested in any of the following programs, please contact us at the following numbers: (570)825-1727 or (570)830-5104.

Fingerprinting Service is available by appointment only – Fee $ 25.00 

The Community Services Division was added to the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department in 1998.

The Junior Deputy Program:

 This program is offered to the elementary schools of Luzerne County. We are currently teaching in ten of the eleven school districts. This includes public, private and parochial schools. The program is taught to fourth grade students. Our goal is to provide sound guidance and meaningful learning opportunities that will aid them in becoming responsible, productive citizens of the future.

The Junior Deputy Program is taught for a total of five weeks. We meet with the children for approximately one hour each week. The students are taught the dangers of strangers, alcohol, drugs, tobacco and guns. They are also taught the consequences of shoplifting and vandalism. After completing the program, the students are honored at a graduation ceremony in which their parents are invited to attend. At the graduation the students are presented with certificates and pledges.

McGruff Presentations:
This program is designed for audiences between kindergarten and third grade. McGruff, the robotic crime prevention dog, teaches several safety topics. Dangerous Strangers, Internet Safety, Bicycle Safety, and Halloween Safety are some of the topics that he teaches. McGruff is also available for day cares, pre-schools and organizations such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.

Senior Citizen Presentations:
This program is available to any community senior centers, senior homes, etc. This involves a presentation on one topic or a combination of the following topics; home security, personal safety, telemarketing fraud, any AARP programs, etc. Whatever topic/topics that are requested are included in the program.


Family Watchdog Link:

The goal at Family Watchdog is to provide you with the information you need to protect your loved ones. Their service allows you to view known registered offenders and predators in your area. Knowing who these people are and what they’ve done provides you with your best defense to protect your family – awareness.

They invite you to use their free service to locate registered sex offenders in your area. Just enter an address and they’ll show a map. You can click on the squares that appear and see photos (where available) addresses, convictions and other information about the offender.

Their notification service is very simple. You specify up to three addresses that you want to watch and the distance around those addresses. They do the rest. They update their data daily from multiple state sex offender registries. As soon as a convicted sex offender registers an address in your area, they will alert you. It’s that easy.

 Please click below icon for the Family Watchdog Website.

Last Updated: 07/05/13 10:36:33
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