Swatara Township, PA

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Swatara Township is a community of approximately 23,000 residents, located in the suburbs of Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. In January 2010, the Swatara Township Police Department conducted a web sting to identify and arrest local sex buyers. Police posted a decoy advertisement to Backpage.com (a website targeted for its association with commercial sex sales), then used a female officer to arrange meetings with the men who replied. As a result, two sex buyers were apprehended, and their names and other identifying information released to local media outlets.

Key Partners

  • Swatara Township Police Department



State Pennsylvania
Type City
Population 22611
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