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To All LTCF and gun owners,

Attached please find some valuable information regarding TSA security requirements when traveling.  It is important to note even as a valid LTCF permit holder, you are prohibited from ingress to a TSA checkpoint if armed.  Firearms may only be transported, unloaded, in a locked hard-sided container in your checked baggage.  You must also declare your firearm in your checked baggage, to airline personnel.

Violations can result in criminal as well as substantial civil penalties.

As Sheriff of Lehigh County, any violation of the above by a Lehigh County LTCF permit holder will be reviewed by me, independent of any other investigative agency, and a determination will be rendered solely by me.

(TSA Requirements for Transporting Firearms)

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455 West Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA. 18101-1614
Phone: 610-782-3175
Fax: 610-820-3368

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Joseph N. Hanna

Sheriff HannaLehigh County Sheriff Joe Hanna was born and raised in Allentown PA. and has been a lifelong resident of Lehigh County. Educated in the Allentown Public School System, he continued his higher education at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice in 1978.
In 1979 it was with great pride that he joined the ranks of the Allentown Police Department. Over the next thirty-four years he worked his way through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Allentown’s top cop, Chief of Police.
With a desire to continue in the law enforcement sector of public service, upon retirement Sheriff Hanna transitioned to the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office as a County Detective. There he headed a wide array of investigations.

Committed to advanced law enforcement training and education, Sheriff Hanna himself is a graduate of the premier Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the U.S. Department of Justice FBI National Academy. He served as Director of Training at the Allentown Police Academy where he continues to be a part time adjunct instructor for police recruits. During his law enforcement career, Sheriff Hanna has earned recognition as a top law enforcement professional and has received numerous awards including the Allentown Crime Watch Police Officer of the Year and the prestigious Pennsylvania State Police Colonel John K. Schafer award for professional excellence.

Sheriff Hanna prides the title of “Public Servant” and in his spare time serves on the boards of various non-profit Community and faith based organizations in Lehigh County.  He is a 2019 recipient of the Casa Guadalupe Outstanding Service Award.  In 2019 he was inducted into the Dieruff High School "Wall of Distinction". He and his wife Randy Anne have been married for forty years and have two children, Jared, an Assistant District Attorney in Lehigh County, and Michelle, who is pursuing her PhD. in Psychology.


Office of the Sheriff

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The Office of the Sheriff serves all original civil, criminal and protection from abuse documents issued by the Court of Common Pleas. The office also provides security for the County's courtrooms, judges and buildings. The Sheriff's Office transports prisoners, holds sales to collect debts on both real and personal property, investigates and apprehends fugitives and bail jumpers and preserves the peace at riots and civil strike injunctions.

In addition, the Sheriff's Office issues permits to carry a concealed weapon within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These permits are issued only after an appropriate background investigation is completed.

Part-time Sheriff's Deputy position opportunities are available to candidates who are Police Act 120 trained or certified. Lehigh County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Ramadan Iftar Dinner

On Wednesday, April 19th, Sheriff Hanna attended the Ramadan Iftar dinner at the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley.  The over 400 attendees were honored by the presence of Governor Shapiro.







Allentown Police Swearing-In Ceremony

On Wednesday, December 29, 2021, Sheriff Joseph N. Hanna attended the swearing-in ceremony for the Allentown Police Department.  Police Chief Charles Roca and Assistant Chiefs Michael Becker and James Gress officially took their Oaths of Office.  Mayor Ray O'Connell presided over the event at Allentown City Hall.


Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office Awarded State Accreditation

On September 17th, 2021, the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office was officially awarded State Accreditation following a unanimous vote from PLEAC (Pennsylvania Law 
Enforcement Accreditation Commission) at a formal meeting held on July 20, 2021 at the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Annual Conference.

Sheriff Hanna proclaimed that one of his immediate goals when he took office was to work toward obtaining Pennsylvania State Accredited Certification for the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Hanna reported that the vigorous process of Accreditation began during the first year he took office in 2016. The Sheriff’s Office completed the process on April 8, 2021, following a complete top-to-bottom review of the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office, which included preparatory and official on-site assessments by the Pennsylvania Police Chief’s Association. 

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A Message from Lehigh County Sheriff Joe Hanna

Tunnels To Towers Foundation

On Tuesday August 31st I was afforded the privilege and honor of meeting Frank Siller, CEO of Tunnels To Towers Foundation and walking with him briefly on his Never Forget Walk. On September 11, 2001 Frank’s brother Stephen, a NYFD firefighter, responded to the World Trade Center and was one of the heroes lost that day to the terrorist attack. Stephen left a wife and five children.

To honor Stephen’s memory and those who lost their lives that day, Frank started the Tunnels to Towers Foundation. The foundation pays off the mortgages or provides homes to families of fallen first responders and military. To date the foundation has closed on over 400 homes.

Frank is taking part in a six-week walk from the Pentagon to the World Trade Center. He will conclude his 537 mile trek on September 11, 2021 marking the 20th anniversary of the attack.

Click here for the link to the Tunnels to Towers website. I encourage those of you, who are able, to donate to this most worthy cause.

-Sheriff Joe Hanna


Sheriff for a Day

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On Friday, March 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. the Lehigh County Sheriff and members of the Lehigh County Sheriff's Office hosted eight year old Kaleb Holder as "Sheriff For The Day." Kaleb, a third grader at Kratzer Elementary school (Parkland School District) has been diagnosed with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a rare genetic disease that affects myelin, the protective sheath that surrounds the brain's neurons, the nerve cells that provide the ability to think and control muscle movement.

Kaleb was "sworn in" by Sheriff Hanna and presented with a Deputy Sheriff for a Day Image 3Sheriff's shirt signed by all the Lehigh County Deputy Sheriffs. Additionally, through the donations of the Deputies, he was presented with assorted gifts and a gift card for Toys Are Us. He visited with Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas President Judge, the Honorable Edward D. Reibman.

Following a brief lunch, he was given a ride in Sheriff Hanna's patrol vehicle and visited with firefighters at one of the Allentown Fire Bureau Firehouses.

Kaleb's favorite subject is Science. He likes to watch Scooby-Doo and enjoys spending time building Legos with his mother Janelle, father Gordon, and his siblings Colleen and Janeen.
He loves music and his favorite song is "Best Day of my life" by American Authors.

Sheriff Hanna commented " The men and women of the Lehigh County Sheriff's Office have been exemplary in their generosity and compassion...our mission today is to make this a memorable occasion for Kaleb and to put a smile on his face".

To raise awareness for Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) please visit The Stop ALD Foundation at
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