Jonathan C. Hess, Chief County Detective
Lebanon County Detective Bureau
In Pennsylvania, County Detectives are considered “general police officers” by the courts and as defined by statute. As such, County Detectives are empowered to enforce all of the criminal and traffic laws of Pennsylvania.
County Detectives provide District Attorneys in Pennsylvania the resources with which to conduct independent criminal investigations and to provide other law enforcement agencies with investigative assistance. County Detectives have full police powers and must meet the same training requirements as municipal police officers in Pennsylvania, including certification by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC). Most County Detectives come to their positions with extensive experience in law enforcement usually having served with other law enforcement agencies where they specialized in criminal investigations.
County Detectives conduct independent investigations at the direction of the District Attorney and provide investigative assistance to other law enforcement agencies when requested. County Detectives coordinate the activities of the Lebanon County Drug Task Force.
In conjunction with enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth, County Detectives also perform other duties as dictated by the District Attorney. These duties often include assisting the District Attorney and Assistant District Attorneys with the preparation of cases for trial, assisting municipal police departments with the investigation of serious crimes, and acting as the primary investigator for specific types of crime, such as Child Abuse, as outlined by the District Attorney.