The Lancaster Police Department works to provide a safe community through the enforcement of laws, preliminary investigation of criminal offenses, apprehension of offenders and furtherance of crime prevention. The department also works for the enforcement of traffic and parking law. It is responsible for providing uniformed patrol services and responds to emergency operations, routing patrol and traffic enforcement. The Lancaster Police Department implements various crime prevention programs for residents and businesses. It also educates youths against crimes, drugs and social behavioral problems. The department operates a crime victims assistance division that provides crisis counseling and intervention, criminal justice support and advocacy services. The Lancaster Police Department is governed by the City of Lancaster in Texas, which additionally manages civil services, economic development, finance, fire, public works, and parks and recreation departments.