Shane T. Clark
Sergeant and Right to Know Officer
Police Department Secretary
NON 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
Police Department Open Records Officer:
1645 Art School Road
Chester Springs PA 19425
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. Thank you for your time and willingness to participate in this questionnaire.
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.
Identity Theft Safety Issue website
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Amber Alert Web Site
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Home Page
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Pennsylvania Homeland Security