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YWCA Hanover is on a mission to Stand Against Racism! We take a Stand Against Racism every day by raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism and by building community among those who work for racial justice.

In the pursuit of eliminating racism, YWCA Hanover has formed a Social/Racial Justice Action Coalition led by Deb Smith, Social / Racial Justice Coordinator of YWCA Hanover. The focus of the coalition is to develop initiatives directed towards improving the Hanover community.

Questions? Contact Rosemary Cintron:

Social/Racial Justice Committee Activity

Meeting with Hanover Borough Police Chief Martin and Lt. Bunty

Tuesday, September 22 1:00 pm at the YWCA Hanover

  1. Thank you to the Hanover Police for all their work during the continual protests.
  2. When dealing with mental health issues, they can send people to the hospital. The ER doctor would need to recommend further help. A threshold must be met for help: a danger to themselves or others. Many mental health issues also deal with drugs and alcohol abuse. There is a grant proposal that would allow certain police departments to have a social worker. The police have called True North for help.
  3. Wellness for officers is provided for those wanting to take advantage of therapy sessions.
  4. In dealing with the Black and Hispanic populations in Hanover, the police have more dealings with the Hispanic population. At one point, the police worked with CASA, but they no longer do (new mayor).
  5. We can help the police by keeping them informed of what is happening in the community.
  6. Concern for young people, particularly boys and young men who may be interested in a career in law enforcement and are now joining militias. Talked about the need for a different program and the need to fund it. The Chief and deputy did say they would talk to the school safety officer to see if that might be an avenue.  Also the Deputy is willing to provide some mentorship to any high schooler seriously considering law enforcement. Possible grant opportunity?
  7. Good policing averts many, many issues and saves many lives. This is hard to quantify and the public is unaware of a lot of good that is done. This might be a future topic for a brainstorming session.
  8. Tuesday, January 19th at 1 PM at the YWCA. Maybe a good time to have business community and school representation too?

Police/Community Meeting

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

4:15 pm

Penn Township

Linda Terlizzi, Deb Smith, Chief Guy Hettinger


  1. Police go thru Bias Training every year.
  2. Body cams are on the way.
  3. Challenges in hiring more diverse staff. They attend several Hiring Fairs, plus York Police
  4. Officers need to pass a test, drug test, background check.
  5. Numbers are down of those wanted to be police officers. This is due to the negativity associated with the police.
  6. Crisis Intervention Training: to help deal with the mentally ill. Help in getting them where they need to be (not in prison).
  7. Pilot program in York County: 4-5 Social Workers assigned to different York locations. One will be assigned to Hanover.
  8. Community Action for Discovery and Diversion
  9. Very positive meeting!
  10. Next Meeting: Tuesday, September, 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

1:00 pm

Hanover Borough

  1. The questions were answered except we missed the hiring process.
  2. Due to COVID, many of the police/community events are being cancelled, but in the future they would appreciate the YWCA advertising the events.
  3. Hanover patrolling officers have had body cams since mid 2016 and car cameras since 2012.   Which is great, he did express that cameras cannot always provide all the emotions that the officers may be experiencing but they do provide protection for both the officer and the public.  He really feels these meetings will assist with giving word of mouth to the community, regarding how hard our police departments are trying.
  4. Also if we are aware of any community concerns regarding the police to let him know.
  5. Overall, a really positive meeting, discussing situations that have happened, the two protests, the second one on 6/6/2020, had approximately 350 in attendance they both ended peaceful which is great.  This is just some of the highlights.
  6. We set up our next meeting on 9/22/2020 at 1:00 pm, at the YWCA if this is Okay with the Y.  He had discussed bringing his Lieutenant to the next meeting. Please let me know if you need anything else.  I truly enjoyed meeting Barb and Chief Chad Martin.

Thank you to our Stand Against Racism partners. If your business is interested in placing a Stand Against racism poster in your business, please call YWCA Hanover at 717-637-2125

Stand Against Racism Businesses

  • Collado Cosmetic Lab
  • El Agave mini Market
  • El Rancho Mexican Restaurant
  • Emmanuel UCC
  • Famous Hot Lunch
  • Hanover Area Arts Guild and Gallery
  • Hanover Bowling Centre & Bair’s Den Restaurant & Lounge
  • Hope Salon
  • Just Wellness LLC
  • La Aguitita
  • LifeSmoke Vapors
  • Links Music
  • Menchey Music Service, Inc.
  • Paleteria Tocumbo
  • Pretzel Pizza Café & Creamery
  • Rachel Mummert Photography
  • Readers Café
  • Rock Bottom Climbing, LLC
  • San Marcos Restaurant
  • Simone’s Unlimited
  • South Hanover Lanes
  • St. Matthew Lutheran Church
  • SUPER STORE produce market
  • Susies Mexican Grill at Amish Markets
  • The Circle:
  • The Hotel Hanover
  • TheSeaGypsy19
  • True North Wellness Services
  • Weaver Screen Printing, Inc.

Hanover Borough Police Meeting

Chief Martin, Lt. Bunty, Barb, Sarah, Deb

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

  1. There have been no racial or LGBTQ related issues.
  2. Protests: there was a small protest that had a few issues, but that was contained.
  3. The police will be vigilant on Wednesday, January 20 (inauguration).
  4. The proposed social worker has fallen thru. The County did not receive the grant.
  5. In regards to mental health, the police receive a one-week training. When taking someone to the hospital, the hospital has been overcrowded.
  6. There are drug issues that the police are dealing with.
  7. There are 23 officers in the Hanover Borough Police Department. In 2020, they fielded 11,000 calls to service.
  8. Thank you to the Borough Police Department for all they do!

Penn Township Police Meeting

3:30 pm Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Chief Hettinger, Deb, Sarah, Linda

  1. Nothing to report in regard to racial issues. It’s been pretty quiet.
  2. Penn Township is ready at any time to assist the Borough police.
  3. Some issues have involved flags in yards. Offensive words on flags violate an ordinance.
  4. Mental health: there are officers trained. Good relationship with True North.
  5. Looking at a pilot program on mental health/substance abuse. Retail theft is one sign of substance abuse…quick theft to pay for drugs.
  6. Penn Township works with the York County Drug Task Force. COVID has increased substance abuse.
  7. Trends in domestic violence has seen more parent and adult children. Right now, it has been more verbal abuse as opposed to physical abuse.
  8. Would like to see a partnership with clergy, police, YWCA.
  9. Check out the statement from York County Police and Clergy condemning the actions of an off-duty York County police officer involved in the capitol insurrection.


The York County Association of Chiefs of Police, stand united in our partnership with the Black Ministers Association of York County, and York area clergy, in our opposition to, and condemnation of, violent protests or riots that result in the harm and loss of human life and the senseless destruction and vandalism of property. The rights of freedom of speech and assembly can never justify the evils of violence and anarchy, that included the death of a US Capitol police officer, that we witnessed on January 6, 2021 at our nation’s Capitol.

It was reported by the New York Times that an off-duty police officer from York County was in attendance at the Capitol riots and made statements in support of a perceived insurrection. We support the investigation to determine the truthfulness of these reports. The participation by any local police officer in violent riots or insurrection would only serve to undermine public confidence in the perceived neutrality of York County police officers. 

Law enforcement officials are public servants who vow to uphold the law. It is critical that our community’s police officers never conduct themselves in private or political action that erode the public confidence in law enforcement. Each individual York County police department maintains personnel policies that direct the private and political conduct of our officers and thoroughly investigates violations of these policies.

The policing of our community is a high and noble calling that requires the utmost personal integrity of all of our police officers. The York County Association of Chiefs of Police upholds our commitment that law enforcement officers treat all individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect, or defendant, with the full dignity and respect they deserve as human beings. It is our commitment to hold our own law enforcement officers to the highest standards of accountability when they fail to abide by these standards. We hold these principles as the bedrock upon which procedural justice and police legitimacy stand.

As Chiefs of Police and Clergy, we stand united in the pursuit of a thriving and just York County.