Category Archives: Bethlehem Police Department

Bethlehem Police Department is hiring…fill the empty boots, seat, or saddle.

The City of Bethlehem Police Department is currently looking for qualified men and women to apply for the position of Police Officer. Click here (police-civil-service-entrance-ad-2014) for information or download the application instructions, application, and vouchers below. We hope to be seeing you in the finest police department in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.




Junior Police Academy

Puppy Photos with Santa at Chaar to benefit Raven, Pharaoh, and George



Mark your calendar, Santa Clause is coming to Chaar!
Get a memorable portrait of your dog with Santa and help support the Bethlehem Mounted Police. 

When: Saturday, December 7th, 11am – 2pm

Cost: Cash donation to the Bethlehem Mounted Police collected at time of portrait.

No registration necessary. All dogs must be on leashes. Portraits will be delivered by email.

Chaar Santa Photo Event

Your donation helps support the care and maintenance of the Bethlehem Mounted Police horses; Pharaoh, George and Raven.

Happy Thanksgiving!


From all our families to yours, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Remember wear those seat belts when traveling to and from your destination.  If you see a police vehicle or officer on the side of the roadway on a motor vehicle stop, please move over and provide at least one full lane of travel between your car and the police officer. It is a law in Pennsylvania and helps the officer get home safely at the end of his or her shift.

Also, if you are starting your holiday shopping and want to avoid the lines and hassle of going out to make your purchases, why not stop by the Bethlehem Police Mounted Unit’s online store, We have a full lineup of fun clothing and merchandise. All the proceeds of the sales from the online store go to the care of Raven, Pharaoh, and George.

Thanks for the support and Happy Thanksgiving!

The Bethlehem Mounted Patrol Unit

Thank you!

Members of the City of Bethlehem Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit, along with members of our Non-Profit, the Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police, would like to send out a sincere “Thank You” to everyone who was involved with the Budweiser Clydesdales’ visit to the Lehigh Valley. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers for helping staff the events. Thank you to the Allentown Beverage Company for bringing the wonderful Clydesdales Team to the Lehigh Valley. Thank you to the Budweiser Clydesdales’ Hitch Team for their preparation and presentation of those beautiful horses. A great big final thank you to everyone who donated and bought the paper horse shoes in an effort to help us with the successful fundraiser!

Fahy Bridge Clydes 'n RPG

Budweiser Clydesdales’ Schedule of Public Events

Clydesdale Schedule

During the Budweiser Clydesdales’ stay in the Lehigh Valley, they will be stabled in the City of Bethlehem Ice Rink located on Illicks Mill Road. The schedule for the their public appearances are as follows…

Tuesday, September 10th – Stables open to the public from 10am to 5pm.

Thursday, September 12th – Procession/Parade of the Budweiser Clydesdales throughout Bethlehem for retail deliveries (See procession route below). Stables open to the public from 5pm to 7pm.

Friday, September 13th – Retail deliveries in Easton, PA from 1pm to 3pm. Contact Allentown Beverage for details.

Saturday, September 14th – Appearance at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center for a Wheels of Hope benefit from 12pm to 3pm. Contact Allentown Beverage for details.

Sunday, September 15th – Home delivery for winner of the Horseshoe drawing. Stables open to the public from 3pm to 6pm. Drawing and winner home delivery will be announced September 7th.

Monday, September 16th – Retail deliveries in Allentown, PA from 1pm to 3pm. Contact Allentown Beverage for details.

Tuesday, September 17th – Gildan AAA Championship Game at Coca-Cola Park. Tailgate party starts at 5pm. The AAA Championship game starts at 6:30pm.

The procession route for the Bethlehem retail deliveries is as follows. The procession will begin in the area of the Steel Ice Center on E. 1st St. in south Bethlehem. It will continue on Polk St., E. 3rd St., Adams St., W. 4th St., S. New St. over the Fahy Bridge, around City Hall, north on N. New St., W. Broad St., and south on Main St. The procession will end at the Wooden Match at the corner of Main and W. Lehigh Sts. Stops will be made on the way at various retail establishments. The procession route is subject to change.

Thanks for the support and see everyone at one of the events!

Thank you Moravian College Alumni Office!

The Bethlehem Police Mounted Patrol Unit would like to thank Moravian College, and the Moravian College Alumni Office staff, for arraigning a quiet place to stay for our colleagues from the Lancaster City Police Mounted Unit during Musikfest the last three years. The Lancaster City Police Mounted Unit assists us during the festival providing additional horse mounted patrol as a high visibility presence. During their time here, Moravian College generously donates a quiet place for the Lancaster officers while their horses spend their off time at our barn.

Lancaster and BPD Mounted

Lancaster and Bethlehem’s Mounted Patrols at Musikfest: [from left] Officer Scott McDonald and Ozzie; Officer Wayne McVey and Charlie; Officer Eric Lukacs and Liam; Officer Michael Leaser and George; Officer Timothy Brooks and Raven; Officer Jon Buskirk and Pharaoh.

New Mounted Unit truck purchased through donations!

It is with great pleasure and sincere gratitude that the members of the Bethlehem Police Mounted Patrol Unit announce the purchase of a new truck to be used as the primary hauler for the Unit’s trailer. The new truck, a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD crew cab, allows for increased towing capacity, heavy duty brakes, and increased occupancy while replacing the Unit’s thirteen year old existing hauler. It allows for safer towing of the Unit’s three horse trailer and eliminates the need for using an additional police vehicle when going to public events with the horses by increasing from a two to a six passenger truck.  The truck  was purchased entirely through organization and corporate donations by the following donors.

Without the help of these businesses and organizations, the Unit would have been unlikely to add a new truck anytime in the near future. We look forward to working with all the donors in the future and again thank them for their commitment to the Bethlehem community. Their donations help keep Bethlehem safe one hoof at a time.

The new truck, see below photos, is painted and decal’d in the retro black and white paint scheme matching several existing and all new police fleet vehicles. The following photos are before and after.

Truck Assembly

truck complete

The unveiling of the new truck will take place Monday, April 8th at 11:30 am in front of Bethlehem City Hall, 10 E. Church St. Please join Mayor John Callahan, Police Chief Jason Schiffer, Raven, Pharaoh, and George in thanking our wonderful sponsors and supporters.

Mounted Police and Mounted Trooper Support.

The members of the Bethlehem Police Mounted Patrol Unit would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the Lancaster City Police Mounted Unit and the Pennsylvania State Police Tactical Mounted Unit’s team of fourteen Troopers and horses who assisted us during Musikfest 2012. Your commitment to the citizens’ safety is greatly appreciated.

Bethlehem Mounted Unit aids in capture of “Sorry” Thief

George and Pharaoh helped catch a thief yesterday at Historic Bethlehem Partnership’s Moravian Blacksmith Shop on the south end of Main St. with the assistance of several Bethlehem Police Department Officers. The members of the Mounted Unit would like to thank the Patrol Officers, Mountain Bike Officers,  Detectives, and the Command Staff who helped corral the thief. This once again proves that you can’t beat teamwork. Click on the link below to view the Bethlehem Police Department’s Blog post on the crime, foot chase, and subsequent arrest.

Bethlehem Mounted Unit aids in capture of “Sorry” Thief.

Movie in the Meadow: Seabiscuit

Thanks to Movies in the Park and support from the Downtown Bethlehem Association (DBA), we are able to host a family fun night, featuring the movie Seabiscuit, in an outdoor screening in the upper field at Burnside Plantation.

We’ve selected the popular horse-themed movie to show on Friday, May 20th  Saturday, May 21st. (Please note that the event has been changed from Friday the 20th.) Burnside Plantation, where the horses are stabled, provides the perfect location for this event, and we’re grateful to the Historic Bethlehem Preservation Society for the venue. Beginning at 7 pm, we will host a meet-and-greet for attendees. People can pet horses Raven, George, and Pharaoh and have their pictures taken with them, as well as take a little barn tour.

“Our horses love events like this,” says Officer Jon Buskirk, whose partner is Pharaoh, an eight-year-old American Quarterhorse. “Pharaoh will actually follow children around, begging for attention!” he says.

Movie night at Burnside Plantation will feature free popcorn and parking for attendees, and food, Mounted Unit t-shirts, hats, and other items available for purchase. “We’re working very hard right now to raise funds so we can keep this program going,” says Buskirk.

We rely on our “Wish Fund” for monies to purchase gear, attend special events like extra training seminars and conferences, and provide care for the horses. Additionally, we are in the process of soliciting sponsorships that may enable us to purchase a horse trailer so we can transport Raven, George and Pharaoh to events not within riding distance.

What: Movies in the Park screening of Seabiscuit
Where: Burnside Plantation, Bethlehem PA
When: Saturday, May 21, 2011. Meet-and-Greet beginning at 7:00pm. Movie beginning around dusk.
Other Details: Parking for free at Burnside Plantation, movie screening free, popcorn free, other food available for purchase, Bethlehem Mounted Unit items for sale, donations for Mounted Unit program accepted.

We hope to see you there! You can share this post with friends or our Facebook Events post here.

Here’s the trailer if you’re unfamiliar with the movie.