Public Safety

Police Department

Operations Division

Captain Thomas Unvarsky, Commanding Officer
Sergeant Marcella Lendacky, Operations Officer

The Wilkes-Barre City Police Department's Operations Division is the communications link between the Police Officer on the street and the executive level command. The Police Department's officers must be given up-to-date and vital information about what type of criminal activity is happening in the City of Wilkes-Barre. The Operations Division is the hub of incoming information about criminal activity in the City of Wilkes-Barre. This Division reports directly to the Chief of Police.

The Operations Division consists of several units that interact together, resulting in the smooth flow of day to day operations. The Division consists of the following sub-units:

COMPSTAT, short for "computer statistics" was created to provide the Department with snapshots of preliminary crime statistics which allows for tactical planning and deployment of resources to fight crime. The CompStat Unit provides critical information to the Chief of Police for compiling and analyzing preliminary crime, and homicide statistics. The CompStat Unit generates maps of crime locations citywide; analyzes geographical locations of shootings, homicides, and other major crimes; monitors pattern crimes; develops advanced computerized crime tracking methods; and provides briefing/presentation materials for the Chief of Police. In addition the CompStat Unit gauges the crime-fighting effectiveness of field commands by monitoring: arrest activity, responses to pattern of crime, bias crimes, and the implementation of crime strategies.

CENTRAL RECORDS UNIT: The Central Records Unit receives, collates and files criminal and other informational records required by the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department. Additionally, the Central Records Unit disseminates information to members of the WBPD, authorized agencies and the public as authorized and required by rule of law.

The Central Records Unit is also comprised of the following sections:

  • IDENTIFICATION SECTION-Provides Criminal History information that is released ONLY to authorized law enforcement officers on official business.

  • STOLEN PROPERTY INQUIRY SECTION-Maintains records of property reported stolen to the WBPD that is released ONLY to authorized law enforcement officers on official business.

  • CRIMINAL RECORDS SECTION-Is the central repository of all complaint (crime) reports for the WBPD. The Section is open to the General Public Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays; between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:15 pm. Requests for copies of reports can be obtained with a payment of $10.00 for Offense and Incident Reports. Payment can be made by check or money order only at the Police Departments Records Section, payable to the "City of Wilkes-Barre, Police Department", or by going to City Hall Finance Office on the 1st floor and paying by cash.

  • PUBLIC INQUIRY & REQUEST SECTION-Processes applications for WBC Criminal History Searches and processes Non-Criminal fingerprints requests at a fee of $15.00 for processing services.

  • ACCIDENT REPORT SECTION-Police Accident Reports are retained at the Central Repository at the City Police Department. Motorists may request a copy of their accident report at this location. There is a fifteen dollar ($15.00) non-refundable fee for this request (check or money order only) payable to the "City of Wilkes-Barre, Police Department".

PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE CONTROL SECTION: The Property and Evidence Control Section of the Operations Division, provides for the security and control of seized, recovered and evidentiary property as well as abandoned, lost or found property in the custody of the Department. Security and control of property is critically important in supporting investigations, in helping to guarantee successful prosecution at criminal/civil trials, in facilitating the timely return of property to its rightful owner, and in ensuring the Department's reputation as an honest, reputable Department worthy of the public's confidence and trust.

POLICE HEADQUARTERS: The Operations Division is also responsible for Police Headquarters and all property assigned to the Department, with the exception of the automotive fleet. An annual inventory of all property will be conducted and a log will be maintained listing all property and its location. The Operations Division is also responsible for the security of the building which is monitored and evaluated for efficiency and possible improvement. Any necessary changes will be documented and submitted to the Chief of Police of the Department.