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Shane T. Clark

Chief

chief@westpikeland.com

Wayne O’Connell 

Sergeant and Right to Know Officer

woconnell@westpikeland.com

Robert McCarron

Patrolman

rmccarron@westpikeland.com

Kurt DeForrest

Patrolman

kdeforrest@westpikeland.com

Timothy Pegler

Patrolman

tpegler@westpikeland.com

 

Timothy Grattan

Patrolman

tgrattan@westpikeland.com

Brian Carr

Patrolman

bcarr@westpikeland.com

Colleen Smith

Police Department Secretary

pdsecretary@westpikeland.com

NON EMERGENCY CONTACT

police@westpikeland.com

Tel: 610-827-5007

Fax: 610-228-3211

EMERGENCY CONTACT

Call or Text 9-1-1

Text-to-9-1-1 is a service for emergency situations when calling 9-1-1 is not possible. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers are able to take advantage of this feature.

Text-to-9-1-1 service provides an equal access to emergency services for residents with hearing and speech disabilities.

 

However, our clear message is “Call if you can, Text if you can’t” 

 

Texting is not a replacement for calling  9-1-1; whenever possible, people should always call 9-1-1 instead of texting.

RIGHT TO KNOW REQUESTS FOR POLICE RECORDS

What Is Covered By the Law: Records, not Questions

Make sure when you file a RTK request, you are seeking records and not just asking questions. The law governs release of records, not answering questions .

A record is defined as “any information regardless of its physical form or character that documents a transaction or activity of an agency AND is created, received, or retained pursuant to law OR in connection with a transaction, business or activity of an agency.” AND is created, received, or retained pursuant to law OR in connection with a transaction, business or activity of an agency.”

Records can take many forms, including papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, film or sound recordings, information stored or maintained electronically and a data-processed or image-processed documents. Note that e-mails can also be a form of public records, subject to any exceptions.

For more information on Right to Know Requests click here

Right to Know Request Form

Police Department Open Records Officer:

Sergeant Wayne O'Connell

1645 Art School Road

Chester Springs PA 19425

woconnell@westpikeland.com

610-590-4092 

Filing an Appeal

When a request is denied or deemed denial, a requester may file an appeal to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records.  The appeal must be filed within 15 business days of the denial or deemed denial date.  The appeal must also include the request, agency denial if one exists, and address agency grounds that the request was denied.  An appeals officer will determine if the record(s) is subject to public access. 

 

An appeal may be filed to the Office of Open Records via its Online Appeal Form, email, fax, or in person at:

 

Office of Open Records

333 Market Street, 16th Floor

Harrisburg, PA  17101-2234

Phone: 717-346-9903

Fax: 717-425-5343

Email: openrecords@pa.gov

GOING ON VACATION?

LET US KNOW!

If you will be on vacation and would like our department to check on your residence while you are away, fill out the form below and return to chief@westpikeland.com

BACK FROM VACATION?

LET US KNOW HOW WE DID!

Below is a questionnaire to fill out that allows us know if everything was to your satisfaction while you were away. Upon your return please fill out and email this form to chief@westpikeland.com. Thank you for your time and willingness to participate in this questionnaire.

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Since Pennsylvania changed the firework laws in 2018 loosening regulations, we have received many calls from our residents, especially those with pets and livestock, concerned for the safety of their animals. On July 11, 2022, Governor Tom Wolf signed HB 2157 into law which will go into effect after 60 days. The following changes are:

 

  • Fireworks may not be used between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. except on July 2-4 and December 31 when consumer fireworks may be used until 1 a.m. the following day.

 

  • Allow local municipalities the ability to specify distance requirements from occupied buildings, animal housing facilities and / or livestock paddock areas.

 

  • The law requires people to give written notification to livestock owners and/or managers a minimum of three days notice before fireworks are set off.

 

  • New penalties include a $500.00 fine for a first offense. For repeat offenders, anyone cited a second time within three years of prior conviction, the fine is $1000.00. The law also provides the immediate seizure of any unused fireworks if there is unsafe firework use.