Important Phone Numbers
Police Dispatch (215) 343-0100
Business Phone (215) 343-6102
Monday-Friday, 8am to 4pm
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Officers are investigating a burglary which occurred on Feb. 19 in the 1400 block of Stover Street, near Bristol Rd. This was a day-time crime, in which burglar/s entered the home by breaking into the rear door. Electronics and cash were stolen. This is the third burglary in the Hartsville section of Warwick Township since June of 2013. All three burglaries involved forced entry through the rear of the home, during the day. Residents are asked to be aware and alert, and report suspicious activity immediately.
The Warwick Police Department is now on TWITTER! Please follow us @warwickpdbucks. Twitter messages will be sent to alert our followers of important information. Critical information will continue to be sent via the RSAN system. Just as you must “follow us on Twitter, you must sign up to receive RSAN messages. For information on how to sign up for RSAN, click here. We strongly recommend you do both, and do it now before the next emergency.
Please consider the following information:
· Swimming, boating, ice skating, etc. is PROHIBITED on ALL Township ponds. Signs and notices are posted at each pond. Some of our ponds are quite deep, and there is no way to tell where the deep holes are as you stand on the bank of the pond.
· Our ponds are not fenced. They are natural bodies of water, not swimming holes, skating or hockey rinks.
· Our climate in recent years (think global warming) has reduced the formation of ice in the ponds. We don’t typically get the hard freezes necessary for ice activities, even if they were allowed on Township ponds.
· Falling through the ice is a life-threatening event. Attempting a civilian rescue is DANGEROUS, and is NOT RECOMMENDED. However, few of us would be able to do nothing while a child drowns in front of us. Consider alternatives, like throwing a rope, getting a ladder or long tree branch. More specific instructions can be found in a link at the below web site.
· ANYONE WHO CHOOSES TO ATTEMPT THIS TYPE OF RESCUE SHOULD CALL 9-1-1 BEFORE ENTERING THE WATER!
The below information was found on the web site of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (go to http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html for more details):
Some cold facts about ice
Ice seldom freezes uniformly. It may be a foot thick in one location and only an inch or two just a few feet away.
Ice formed over flowing water and currents is often dangerous. This is especially true near streams, bridges and culverts. Also, the ice on outside river bends is usually weaker due to the undermining effects of the faster current.
The insulating effect of snow slows down the freezing process. The extra weight also reduces how much weight the ice sheet can support. Also, ice near shore can be weaker than ice that is farther out.
Schools of fish or flocks of waterfowl can also adversely affect the relative safety of ice. The movement of fish can bring warm water up from the bottom of the lake. In the past, this has opened holes in the ice causing snowmobiles and cars to break through.
For information on how to prepare for an emergency or disaster, go to http://www.readypa.org/. Do this before the emergency!
Bucks County uses the Roam Secure Alert Network to immediately contact you during a major crisis or emergency. The Roam Secure Alert Network delivers important emergency alerts, notifications, and updates to you on all your devices:
When an incident or emergency occurs, authorized senders will instantly notify you using the Roam Secure Alert Network. The Roam Secure Alert Network is your personal connection to real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what to do, or what not to do, who to contact and other important information. You must register for this at https://bucks.alertpa.org/index.php?CCheck=1.
Bucks, Chester and Montgomery Counties have jointly developed this registry to allow citizens with special needs and their associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies, so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergencies.
For the purpose of this project, a special needs individual is someone who cannot receive, understand or act upon emergency protective orders.
The information collected here will not be available to the public. The information will be held securely and only accessed for the purpose of emergency response and planning.
Please be as complete as possible in your responses. You will be e-mailed periodically to verify and ensure the information provided is correct and to make any necessary changes. Individual surveys will be archived after one year if not verified and facility surveys will be archived after six months if not verified.
CRIME PREVENTION TIP LINE
Leave an anonymous message regarding criminal activity that has occurred in Warwick Township. Please keep in mind that this phone line is not for immediate police response. If you have an emergency that requires immediate response, please call 9-1-1. It would be helpful (but not required) if you leave your name and phone number in case more information is needed for the investigation. All calls will be kept strictly confidential.
Operation ID is a theft prevention program. It involves marking valuables in your home or office with an identification number by either engraving the item or placing a sticker with the identification number on the item. This program helps recover property that has been stolen, and return it to the rightful owner. It also helps discourage thefts. If you are interested in borrowing the engraver or obtaining more information on Operation ID, contact Sgt. Richard Vona. Warwick Township Police Community Policing Unit at 215-343-6102, ext.103
Community Accountability Program
Central Bucks Police agencies are seeking volunteers from the community to participate in a diversionary program for first time adult offenders who commit non-violent crimes. The program allows the accused to see the light, teaches them responsibility for their actions, and brings structure to their lives before it is too late.
What are diversionary panels?
A diversionary panel allows a first time offender the option to appear before a panel of community volunteers rather than entering the court system. The members of the panel will assume the decision making process. The outcomes are simple; make the offender understand the seriousness of their actions and the effect the crime has on themselves, the community, the victim, and their families. The goal is to prevent further criminal activity and rehabilitate the offender.
What is purpose of diversionary panels?
Diversionary panels offer a second chance for first time offenders that have a lapse in judgment. For example, a young adult who makes an immature decision to shoplift could be referred to the diversionary panel. A conviction for shoplifting can result in significant consequences, such as a bar to certain types of employment or admission into college institutions. The offender must admit their involvement in the offense and have no prior arrests to qualify. Diversionary panels allow the Court system to be more efficient, reduce tax costs, and allow the offender to return to the community without a criminal record.
How do I volunteer?
The requirements to volunteer consist of the following: (1) must reside within Central Bucks School District for one year; (2) must be at least 21 years of age; (3) must complete an application; (4) must pass criminal/child background clearances; and (5) must volunteer your time for at least 1 year.
After the application phase there is a mandatory training which consists of six (6) classes. Each panel member would then be sworn in by one of our County Judges. Typically, the panel meets anywhere from once to twice a month. Our panel members have a diverse background which makes the program so successful.
Who do I contact?
For more information or to apply for a volunteer position, please contact Detective Sergeant Dante Montella, Warwick Township Police at or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please fill out the form and return it to the Warwick Township Police Department via e-mail at email@example.com by Thursday, February 27.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has launched a website designed to allow Pennsylvania driver’s license and identification (ID) holders the opportunity to easily and immediately upload their emergency contact information to an online database accessible only to law enforcement and emergency personnel.
The system was developed to ultimately save lives by cutting down on the time needed to locate an emergency contact for individuals involved in situations that render themselves unable to communicate.
The process begins when a user visits www.dmv.state.pa.us and clicks on the Emergency Contact Information button. Customers will log-in using a secure process that requires the entry of their PA License or ID number; the last four digits of their social security number and their date of birth, users will be taken to a secure page where they can add up to two emergency contacts. The information can be changed by the customer at any time by reentering the secure site. Access to the information is available only to law enforcement through a secure law enforcement connection to the system.
Effective March 1999, Pennsylvania State Law regulates false alarm activations received by a police department, fire department or EMS agency from a residence or business. It is a violation of the Pennsylvania State Law to cause or permit more than three (3) false alarms in a twelve-month period. Persons who cause or permit more than three (3) false alarms in a twelve-month period commit a summary offense and shall upon conviction be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than three hundred dollars ($300.) plus costs.
Although the law was passed in March of 1999, the police department has not enforced this law until August 1, 1999. Alarms received after August 1, 1999 will be considered under this law.
A false alarm is defined as an alarm signal necessitating response by the police, fire or EMS agency were an emergency situation does not exist.An alarm that has been activated by an external source that is beyond the reasonable control of the subscriber shall not be considered false.
A letter from the Community Policing Unit of the Warwick Township Police Department will be sent out for every false alarm. After the 4th alarm is received, the matter will be turned over to Ofc. Bill Hueber for further action.
If you have any questions, please contact Warwick Township Police Community Policing Unit, Ofc. Bill Hueber at 215-343-6102. ext.414
Vehicle Code 3327(a) requires that drivers passing an "emergency response area" must pass in a lane not adjacent to the response area. If that is impossible, drivers must slow to a careful and prudent speed which is reasonable for passing the emergency response area. The penalty for failing to do so is a fine of not more than $250, and under certain circumstances, a suspension of the driver's operating privilege.
An emergency response area is an area in which police, fire, EMS, highway maintenance, towing crews, etc. are working on or near a roadway and have emergency vehicles with warning lights activated. This includes police traffic stops.
Vehicle Code 4302(a)(3) requires drivers to display lighted headlamps any time the vehicle's windshield wipers are in continuous or intermittent use due to precipitation or atmospheric moisture, including rain, snow, sleet or mist.
News for Immediate Release
Nov. 9, 2011
Camp Hill - Governor Tom Corbett today signed legislation that bans texting while
driving on Pennsylvania roads. The new law, which makes texting while driving a
primary offense carrying a $50 fine, takes effect 120 calendar days from today.
“Senate Bill 314 aims to put a halt to texting from behind the wheel and is intended
to save lives, Corbett said during a bill-signing event in suburban Harrisburg. “No
text message is worth a human life. The message of this legislation is drive now
and text later.
The new law specifically does the following:
· Prohibits as a primary offense all drivers from using an Interactive Wireless
Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read or write a text-based message.
· Defines an IWCD as a wireless phone, personal digital assistant, smart
phone, portable or mobile computer or similar devices that can be used for
texting, instant messaging, emailing or browsing the Internet.
· Defines a text-based message as a text message, instant message, email or
other written communication composed or received on an IWCD.
· Institutes a $50 fine for convictions under this section.
· Makes clear that this law supersedes and preempts any local ordinances
restricting the use of interactive wireless devices by drivers.