The Kingston Police Department is comprised of 19 sworn members. It is the Third Largest Police Department in Luzerne County. The Department is made up of the following Divisions. Criminal Investigation Division, Special Investigations Division (SID), Juvenile Division, K-9 Unit and Patrol Division. The Kingston Police Department also is a participant in the D.A.R.E.Program.
Kingston Emergency Services which include; Police, Fire, Ambulance, and EMS are all dispatched from our Communications Center which is located in the Kingston Municipal Building. Maintaining the communications center enables the public to have 24 hour access to speak directly to Police and to have direct access to information such as Police Reports.
The Kingston Police maintains a current Civil Service List which is updated through competitive written and physical agility testing.
The Kingston Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.
IN LOVING MEMORY
CHIEF JAMES S. KEIPER
The Kingston Municipal Police Department lost a dedicated and long-standing member, Chief James S. Keiper, on June 2, 2002. Chief Keiper was a selfless leader who gave 27 years of service to the police force. He was respected and loved by all who came in contact with him.
Born October 19, 1949 in Kingston, James S. Keiper was a life resident of Kingston and a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School. He joined the Kingston Municipal Police Department in 1975. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1983, Assistant Chief in 1989 and Chief in 1997, and also served as the Municipal Administrator for the Municipality from 1993 to 1997.
Among his many community activities and interests were: member of the Forty-Fort/Kingston Kiwanis club, West Side Jaycees, advisory board of the Volunteers of America, Youth Services Commission of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 36, Pennsylvania Law-Enforcement Association, International Juvenile Officers Association, Kingston Volunteer Fire Department and Kingston Firemen’s Community Ambulance; voting member and CPR instructor for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Heart Association, and first-aid instructor for American Red Cross.
Chief Keiper was named “Outstanding Young Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Jaycees, and as “Police Officer of the Year” by the Assumpta Council of the Knights of Columbus in 1984. In 1988, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association chose him as “Pennsylvania Police Officer of the Year.” He was instrumental in developing the cooperative police service agreement between the Municipality of Kingston and the Borough of Luzerne. His leadership helped the two communities achieve a major milestone in local public service.
Chief Keiper was actively involved with our area’s youth and participated heavily in Bishop O’Reilly High School by serving as ski club moderator, junior high boys basketball coach, assistant varsity baseball coach as well as assisting with schools plays, dances, trips and concerts. He served as member of the Athletic Committee and Moderator of Athletics. School officials showed their appreciation of Chief Keiper’s contributions by twice naming him the recipient of the community service award, and later naming the school’s new weight room in his honor.
Chief Keiper was a community-minded individual whose contributions to our community both professionally and personally are immeasurable. For his allegiance to his hometown, and for being a man of good will and great character, James S. Keiper will be mourned and remembered always.