Public Safety

Police Department

  • Non-Emergency Contact: Molly Thoma
  • Phone: (570) 208-4200

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Mission Statement

The Wilkes-Barre City Police Department shall enter into a complete partnership with all residents and visitors of the City of Wilkes-Barre to effectively protect life and property, reduce crime, and foster an environment of harmony between business, industry, and recreation thereby enhancing the quality of life in the City.

Vision Statement

Department Motto: NISI NOBIS TUNC QUIBIS - If not us, then whom?

  • If not us, then whom?

  • WHO will defend the victims of crime?

  • WHO will stand for the abused children and elderly?

  • WHO will protect those who cannot protect themselves?

The Wilkes-Barre Police Department is the WHO, its members bound together by a common goal of preservation of order, commitment to duty and service to the people of Wilkes-Barre.


      The Wilkes-Barre City Police Department provides law enforcement and public safety services to a population of 43,000+ residents and visitors; covering an area of 7 square miles. The Department is staffed by 79 sworn personnel and 9 civilians.

Office of the Chief of Police
Robert Hughes, Chief of Police
Molly Thoma, Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police
Phone: (570) 208-4200

Chief Hughes started as a Patrolman with the City of Wilkes-Barre in 1989. He has worked as a Canine Handler, School Resource Officer, and as a member and leader of the Emergency Services Unit. He has held all ranks of the Department including Sergeant, Detective, Lieutenant, Captain, and Commander of both Investigations and Operations.

He was promoted to Chief of Police on October 16, 2014. Chief Hughes is dedicated to focusing on our highest mission - the unfailing public safety service to the citizens of Wilkes-Barre. He strongly believes that in order for us to succeed in keeping our community safe we, as the police, must work with, for and through the community.

Operations Division

John Curham, Commander of Operations
Phone:(570) 208-4236

      This Division is responsible for the day to day operations of the Police Department including responding to calls for service and general patrol duties. This Division consists of the Patrol Unit, the Emergency Services Unit (ESU), the Records Unit, Training Unit, Parking Enforcement Unit and Community Policing Unit.

Investigation Division

Joseph Coffay, Commander of Investigations

      The Investigations Division is responsible for all major crimes investigations and criminal investigations not handled in the Operations Division. This Division also includes our Tactical Patrol Unit, Evidence and Property Unit, and Task Force Operations.