Joe Hanna says "Safety and security still a top priority."
Hanna, now in his 44th consecutive year in law enforcement expresses his passion to continue serving the residents of Lehigh County. He had a distinguished 34 year career with the Allentown Police Department rising to the rank of Chief of Police and then transitioned to the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office as a County Detective prior to running for Sheriff.
Hanna has brought many professional accomplishments to the Sheriff’s Office since being elected Sheriff in 2015. Hanna is most proud of the Sheriff’s Office attaining Pennsylvania State Accreditation on April 8, 2021, following a long arduous process that began in the year 2017. This landmark established the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office among the less than 10% of law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth who have achieved this distinction.
During his first two terms, Sheriff Hanna managed a number of upgrades including computer and software additions and a Records Management System that monitors daily accounting and the high volume of legal and civil process in the Sheriff’s Office. He practices a checks and balances system for the Sheriff’s Office and works in conjunction with the County Controller and Fiscal Offices in completing internal audits.
Sheriff Hanna has enhanced the security and safety in both Courthouses and the Lehigh County Government Center. These improvements include updated security camera and monitoring systems that assist in screening all those who occupy and enter County facilities.
He secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding to offset these equipment purchases. Hanna established professional uniforms and modernized safety and equipment for Sheriff’s Deputies.
Sheriff Hanna has instituted an ongoing training program for all Sheriff’s Office personnel including Deputies, Security personnel and administrative staff, which includes a structured Field Training Program for Deputies. Training for the entire staff includes the most up to date best practices and standards in law enforcement. During the year 2017, he instituted a K-9 program which includes a scent detection dog certified in explosives and other odors and is used for safety and security in County facilities and properties. The K-9 program has proven to be widely popular with residents and employees of the County.
Hanna and personnel throughout the Sheriff’s Office are active throughout Lehigh County offering outreach programs and events to neighborhood and crime watch groups, schools, churches and Sheriff’s personnel are routinely present at other public and social events.
Sheriff Hanna extends his appreciation and gratefulness for the ongoing support of the County residents, Lehigh County Administration, and his staff. Sheriff Hanna affirms that “there is more work to be done” and he is enthusiastic about continuing that work with the residents and County government in continuing the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office.