Manheim was laid out by Henry William Stiegel in 1762 on a land tract in Rapho Township, Pennsylvania, though it wasn’t incorporated until 1838.

The first railroad train came into Manheim on January 1, 1862, with the completion of the first division of the Columbia and Reading Railroad. In 1884, another forward step was the laying of water pipes and the beginning of service by the Manheim Electric Company, which set up a plant in Bomberger’s Mill at the end of Mill Street.

Since it’s inception, MBPD began as a small watchman police department of a few officers continuing into the 1970’s and 1980’s with 4 or 5 Officers, and into the 1990’s with 6, then 7 full time officers. The Manheim Borough Police Department is now comprised of 17 highly specialized, trained full time police officers, and 1 office manager.

In 2012, the Manheim Borough Police Department began contracting services to Rapho Township.  Rapho Township previously relied on the Pennsylvania State Police for protection and law enforcement.  This contractual agreement with Rapho Township doubled the size of the Department from a manpower perspective and enhanced the enforcement model over a greater geographical area.  The agreement also enhanced the capabilities of the police department in multiple capacities including proactive enforcement of vehicle code violations  and criminal law investigations.

If there is an emergency, you should always dial 911. Non-emergency calls can be directed to the Lancaster County Wide Communications at 717-664-1180. You may also call the police department at 717-665-2481. The police station is located at 211 North Charlotte Street, Manheim, PA  17545. MBPD’s website are;  &  The agency also has a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.


The Manheim Borough Police Department serves the communities of Manheim Borough and Rapho Township by protecting citizens and property, preventing crime, enforcing laws, and maintaining order.  All Officers of the department are included in the rotation to patrol Manheim Borough and Rapho Township so they gain expertise in both communities.  Manheim Borough Police Department patrols the 47 square miles of Rapho and 1.5 square miles of Manheim Borough.

Rapho (Map)

Manheim Borough (Map)

Manheim Borough Police Remembers…


On November 9th, 1984 the Manheim Borough Police Department tragically lost Sergeant Delbert R. Flowers, Jr. in line of duty automobile accident.  Sergeant Flowers was a dedicated Police Officer that served the Manheim community with compassion, integrity and honor.

“When a police officer is killed, it’s not an agency that loses and officer, it’s an entire nation.”  Chris Cosgriff, ODMP Founder

Visit the Officer Down Memorial Page to share a reflection on Sergeant Flowers memorial page.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Manheim Borough Police Department is to provide the highest quality law enforcement services possible while maintaining safety and security to our citizens.  To accomplish our mission we will adhere to the values of professionalism, integrity, respect, responsiveness, and leadership.   We strive to deter crime while being proactive in our enforcement of State and Local laws impartially.  We have dedicated ourselves to working in partnership with the citizens of Manheim Borough / Rapho Township, the legislators, prosecutors, judges and other law enforcement agencies.    We do this with the highest standard of conduct while on duty and in our private lives. We are committed to preserving the quality of life, property and individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.  We will continue to be a knowledgeable and well-trained police force that evolves and grows through continuing education and our partnerships with the people we serve.

Value Statements


We are committed to providing a professional law enforcement agency by training our officers and personnel to be knowledgeable and educated to be accountable to our community.


We are committed to uphold the ethical and Constitutional values of our community within our agency and ourselves.


We are committed to honest, fair and impartial treatment of our citizens with professional and courteous service.


We are committed to responding to the communities needs for effective and quality police service and deliver that service without pause.


We are committed to empowering our department members and citizens to work together to resolve community problems and enabling them the authority and discretion to act for the welfare and safety of the community.

Service is our commitment…. Honor, duty and integrity is our mandate.