THE COMMAND STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT IS COMPRISED OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE AND A LIEUTENANT.
Chief of Police:
Chief Steven Lutz is a Central Pennsylvania native who graduated from Lower Dauphin High School. In 1995, he attended a yearlong part time police academy sponsored by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania while working fulltime as a HVAC technician for a local company until 1999.
Upon graduating from the police academy, Chief Lutz was hired as a part time police officer in 1996 by Shiremanstown Borough Police Department and was later hired full time by the Carroll Township Police Department in 1999. In 2003 Chief Lutz left the Carroll Township Police Department when he was hired by the Newberry Township Police Department.
While employed with Newberry Township, in addition to performing his normal duties, he taught the DARE and TEAM programs to students at Newberry Elementary School. He was also specially trained in the areas of child passenger safety restraint systems and traffic collision reconstruction. In 2005, he was assigned to Criminal Investigative Division as a Detective where he was responsible for investigating various crimes against victims and/or property with case preparation for the prosecution of offenders. He was the Department’s primary evidence custodian responsible for proper documentation, storage and destruction of evidence and property. In 2008 he was assigned as the Department’s accreditation manager and was, and still is, responsible for policy development, file maintenance and obtaining proofs of compliance. In February of 2009, Chief Lutz was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, where he functioned a patrol supervisor until June of 2010. Beginning in July of 2010 until January 2015, he was assigned the rank of Detective Sergeant and supervised the Criminal Investigative Division. In January 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. In April 2018, The Newberry Township Board of Supervisors promoted him to the Chief of Police, where he oversees overall administration, management, and operation of the 17 member police department and 3 civilians.
While working at the police department, Chief Lutz has attended numerous police supervisory trainings and is a graduate of the 249th Session of the FBI's National Academy in Quantico, VA; the International Association of Chiefs of Police Center for Police Leadership in Police Organizations; and the FBI’s Executive Management Training Program. He also earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from La Roche College in 2015; and a Masters of Science Degree in Homeland Security – Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University in 2019.
He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, York County Chiefs of Police Association, FBI National Academy Associates, and the Fraternal Order of Police. He currently serves as an assessor for the PA Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.
In his spare time Chief Lutz enjoys fishing, hunting, and playing baseball. Chief Lutz is married with three children.
Lieutenant Braxton Ditty is a Central Pennsylvania native who graduated from Upper Dauphin High School in 2005. Lt. Ditty has over 19 years of experience in various forms of public safety to include Fire, EMS, Police and Emergency Management services. In 2008, he attended Harrisburg Area Community College police academy where he received the physical fitness award for his class.
Upon graduating from the police academy, Lieutenant Ditty was hired by the Newberry Township Police Department.
In addition to performing his normal duties, he formally instructed the T.E.A.M. program to students at Red Mill Elementary School and is now the program coordinator for the department. He was also specially trained as a standardized field sobriety instructor and Drug Recognition Expert. In 2010, he was assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division as a Detective where he was responsible for investigating various crimes against persons and/or property with case preparation for the successful prosecution of offenders. As a Detective, he was also the Department's primary evidence custodian responsible for proper documentation, storage and destruction of evidence and property. Lt. Ditty received the 2013 Officer of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Shield and Square Organization for his role in handling an armed, suicidal subject who was experiencing a mental health crisis. He also received the 2017 Officer of Year Award presented by the VFW Post 537.
In 2015, Lieutenant Ditty was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, where he functioned a patrol supervisor until December 2019.
In 2018 he was assigned as the Department’s accreditation manager and was, and still is, responsible for policy development, file maintenance and obtaining proofs of compliance for standards in policing.
In December 2019, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, where he currently serves. Lt. Ditty's responsibilities include the operational oversight of both the Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Division within the police department.
Lieutenant Ditty has attended numerous police supervisory trainings during his career and is a graduate of the National Computer Forensic Institute where he attended as both a student and a course proctor. Lieutenant Ditty is a certified Municipal Police Officer’s Education and Training Commission (M.P.O.E.T.C.) Instructor with a specialty in Emergency Vehicle Operation and teaches regularly at Harrisburg Area Community College's Police Academy.
Lt. Ditty also serves as Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for Newberry Regional EMA.
In his spare time Lieutenant Ditty enjoys camping and golfing. Lieutenant Ditty is married with two children.