Courts & Criminal Justice
Inmate Work Crew
The mission of the Criminal Response Unit Inmate Work Crew is to perform projects to greatly improve the appearance of the community, remove eyesores, and take away any places where criminal activity occurs.
The Criminal Response Unit also provides multiple work crews. This includes utilizing inmates from the York County Prison and putting them to work cleaning up roads, clearing brush, painting public areas, and other needs of the community. These services are provided free of charge, upon request, to any government agency or any non profit organization who provides a service to the citizens of York County.
All municipalities in York County can request an inmate work crew to assist in a project or need for their community.
From December 2008 until April 2012, 28,423 hours of labor were provided by the inmates to the community. During that time, they collected 10,221 bags of trash & 1519 truck loads of large items and rubbish.
Request Process for Municipalities:
- Agency / Official will submit an Inmate Work Crew Request Form to the Sheriff’s Office CRU/ Work Crew Supervisor. (Municipality Work Request Form)
- Criminal Response Unit Commander or his designee will review the Inmate Work Crew Request Form with agency representative.
- Work crew sergeant will make initial determination if the request meets criteria.
- Work crew sergeant will assess and schedule the proposed project.
- Work crew sergeant will sign the Inmate Work Crew Request Form.
- Work crew sergeant will then forward the completed Inmate Work Crew Request Form to the CRU/Work Crew OIC for final approval.
- CRU / Work Crew OIC, will review, approve or decline the request based on the above criteria.
- CRU / Work Crew OIC will then forward the signed Inmate Work Crew Request Form back to the work crew sergeant.
- Work crew sergeant will schedule project to begin or notify site representative of denial
- Requesting agency is required to provide all equipment needed for requested job (Lawnmowers, Shovels, Rakes, Trash Bags, Etc.)
- Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the operation of the job site.
- Agency may request to visit job site via the Inmate Work Crew Sergeant only
- Security and integrity of the job site is required for all involved parties
- Agency requesting assistance is required to appoint a point of contact for the C.R.U.
- Agency point of contact is required to meet at the job site twice daily to ensure the job is done at the proper location and that the job is performed as expected.
- The O.I.C. of the C.R.U. or his designee will have a direct phone number to contact the Agency point of contact.
All Inmate Work Crew Request Forms may be submitted to:
York County Sheriff’s Office
Crime Response Unit / Inmate Work Crew O.I.C
45 North George St.
York, Pa 17401
Prior to any job being performed and during each requested work order, the following will be considered when approving inmate work request forms:
- Hazards to life, health, and property
- Hazards that may develop during said work request
- Hazards that may develop if work request isn't started immediately
Completed Work Crew Assignments
Several other job sties are being conducted and will be posted upon completion
York County Pennsylvania Sheriff's Office Criminal Response Unit press releases, news, and information.
News & Information:
March 19 2010
The York County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Response Unit has strengthened its assisting role to deter crime with the new administration of York City.......
The primary goal of the Criminal Response Unit is to deter & reduce crime in York County. The Criminal Response Unit will provide various services to reduce recidivism rates and work in partnership with local police agencies to make our communities safer.
For more information about the Criminal Response Unit or the Criminal Response Unit Work Crews, Contact:
Lt. David Allison at 717-771-9945 or by email at
Sgt. Shawn Brady at 717-771-9987, or by email at SMBrady@yorkcountypa.gov