BUCKINGHAM TOWNSHIP POLICE
4613 Hughesian Drive, P O Box 443, Buckingham, Pennsylvania 18912-0443
Emergency Dial 9-1-1 (To Save a Life or Stop a Crime)
Police Response: 215-348-7400
Police Records/Administration: 215- 794-8813 Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Police Fax Number: 215-794-9081
Email police department at: firstname.lastname@example.org - (Not to be used for immediate police response)
First opioid prescriptions influence the likelihood of chronic drug use
Please read the attached report by clicking on the link below. The report is from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Please question your doctors before allowing your children any opioid medications. There has been a 200% increase in drug related deaths since the year 2000. This epidemic has no boundaries and affects people from our area, no matter what their socio economic backgrounds are. Some of the important information included is highlighted below:
There is a sharp increase in the probability of patients using opioids long term if they are prescribed these pain pills for more than five days, their study found, and a further increase for patients who got a 30-day supply of drugs. Refills or second prescriptions also play a role in determining whether people are able to stop using opioids or continue to take the drugs.
Approximately one in seven people who were given a second opioid prescription or a refill were still on opioids one year later, according to the study, which analyzed patient records from 2006 to 2015.
Prescribing fewer opioids to be taken over a period shorter than three days in the initial prescription decreases the likelihood of chronic use.
Arm yourself with the facts and make sure you ask your doctor questions!
Drug Take Back Event
On April 22, 2017 Buckingham Township Police will have a Drug Take Back at the Shredding Event at the Public Works Building at 4991 Upper Mountain Road, Buckingham, PA 18912 between the hours of 9 to 12pm. Please bring your unwanted drugs for disposal.
Attention - Sextortion
#Sextortion - This is becoming more prevalent and something all parents should be aware of: https://youtu.be/a440H146l14
Attention - IRS Phone Scam Victims - The Federal Government has made dozens of arrests in the US and foreign countries that are related to these fraudulent phone calls. It continues to be an ongoing investigation. Anyone who was a monetary victim of these calls should contact US Treasury Dept. and report the matter as soon as possible. Click on this link; https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
Attention Wycombe Bridge Users: A recent inspection of the Wycombe Bridge by contractors to PennDOT have found structural damage which has resulted in a weight restriction of 16 tons being placed upon the bridge. Proper signs have been placed at the approaches on each side of the bridge as required. This restriction will cause an inconvenience to some users of the bridge. It is hoped that this will only be temporary while Buckingham Township evaluates its options as it is responsible for the upkeep of this span.
Parents Have Option to Force Minor Into Rehab: Act 53 of Penna allows a parent or legal guardian to get a drug & alcohol assessment for their child & if warranted, compel the child to enter treatment.
Criteria: Parent believes that their child has a drug or alcohol problem, the child is unwilling to participate in a treatment program, the child is a resident of Bucks County & age 12 to 18. If these criteria are met, the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission (BCDAC) will guide the parent through the Act 53 process, which requires a hearing & assessment. Process can be completed within a week. First step is for parent to call Renee or Joseph at BCDAC at 215-773-9643 for guidance and resources.
Active Shooter Training On-Line - Its Free & Informative
We believe it is important that everyone stay informed. The potential to be present at a violent scene is growing and can be devasting. Knowing what you should do can help to reduce your panic response to one that helps you survive. We found this training session and believe it is important for everyone to learn from it. Please click the link and following instructions. Lt. J.R. Landis
Attention Drone Owners
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now requires all Drones (small unmanned aircraft/UAS) weighing more than 0.55 lbs and less than 55 lbs including payloads, to be registered. Registration is free for the first thirty (30) days. Registration numbers are assigned to the owner(s) and must be displayed on the drones themselves.
More information can be found at this link: http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=19856
The basic rules are:
•Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
•Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
•Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
•Don't fly within 5 miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying
•Don't fly near people or stadiums
•Don't fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 pounds
•Don't be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft; you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft
It is illegal to fly a drone in a National Park
The Buckingham Township Police Department (BTPD) includes 20 sworn Police Officers, who serve the Township of 33 square miles with 20,000+ residents, 7 days a week. The Department exists to serve all people within its jurisdiction with respect, fairness and compassion.
BTPD is committed to the prevention of crime, the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace, order and safety; the investigation of crime to the best of its ability through personal commitment and teamwork; and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.
BTPD consists of Command Staff, Administrative Office Staff, as well as Patrol, Highway Patrol & Detectives Divisions. All may be contacted at the headquarters phone number 215-794-8812 with their individual extensions listed.
Administrative Office Staff
Theresa Langston, Office Manager ext 231
Jennifer Cottrell, Police Clerk ext 232
The backbone of the Buckingham Township Police Department is the Patrol Division. It is made up of the uniformed members who you see patrolling your neighborhoods every day. They have all taken a solemn oath and are sworn to protect your lives and your property, to maintain the peace and good order, to enforce the law, and to promote a general feeling of wellbeing and confidence in your government. The fourteen members of the patrol division maintain a constant vigil. Day or night, while you are at work or play, awake or asleep, the Buckingham Township Police Department Patrol Division is on the job and only a 9-1-1 call away.
Cpl John Bailey ext 249
Cpl Robert Foltz ext 261
Cpl William Moffett ext 252
Cpl Charles Wurst ext 256
Ofc Dean Johnson ext 265
Ofc Timothy Johnson ext 242
Ofc Mark Lewandowski ext 253
Ofc Stanley MacMoran ext 260
Ofc Timothy Phillips ext 269
Ofc John Roussel ext 268
Ofc Eric Skillman ext 250
Ofc Charles Snyder ext 251
Ofc Stephen Thomas ext 243
Ofc Christopher Windish ext 255
Highway Patrol Division
The Highway Patrol Division primary duties include traffic enforcement and accident investigations as well as assist the Patrol Division as needed. Its members have received added training in traffic accident investigation allowing them to handle reconstructions of serious injury or fatalities and DUI related fatal/serious injury accidents. Each member works closely with the Bucks County District Attorney's Office, Homicide by Motor Vehicle Unit of which one of our officers is a member. Members are trained in the reconstruction of motor vehicles, commercial vehicles, motorcycles and pedestrian related accidents. It is the investigators' experience and training that will allow them to investigate and/or reconstruct an accident in the attempt to determine the causation or contributing factors of the accident. Each year the Buckingham Township Police Department investigates an average of 600 accidents.
Cpl Robert Moller ext 248
Ofc Chris Forbes ext 263
Ofc John Lehnen ext 245
Criminal Investigative Unit
The Detective Division is responsible for the follow-up investigation of all serious crime that occurs in our township. These crimes include theft, fraud, identity theft, burglary, robbery, arson, and murder. Along with the investigations of these crimes, the unit is also responsible for processing all crime scenes within the township. Detective personnel are all trained as crime scene investigator. Additionally, members of the unit have specialized training and expertise in areas of interview and interrogation, drug investigation, DNA processing, and cell phone technology. They along with other members of the department are also Special Sworn Narcotic Officers of the District Attorney's Office allowing their drug investigations to go throughout Bucks County.
Det Cpl Robert McLeod ext 246
Det Robert Logan ext 234
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get my child's car seat checked?
All carseat checks are done by Officer Mark Lewandowski by appointment only. Please make your appointments by email. He works only nightshift. His email is email@example.com.
How do I get a copy of a police report?
In accordance with Township Resolution 2067 relating to regulations under the Right-to-Know-Law, all requests for police reports must be made during regular business hours, Monday -Friday 8:00Am to 4:pm. Reports can be picked up at Headquarters after regular business hours as long as the original request was generated and reviewed during these prescribed times and fees paid.
Reports are available at police headquarters, Theft, burglary, vandalism, incident & criminal reports cost $15.00, reportable accident reports cost $15.00 each (per Pa. C.S.A. 75 sect 3751(b) ), accident reconstruction reports cost $100.00. Some of these reports will be redacted. Exact cash is preferred since we cannot always make change.
What is the average time for a report to be completed?
Reports vary in time of completion. Some are very simple and can be completed usually in 1 to 2 days. Others such as Reportable Accident Reports can take 7 to 10 days. Please be patient as some reports require approvals and further investigation after the scenes are cleared.
How do I obtain a Township Soliciting Permit?
Township Soliciting Permits are available from the Police Department, you must fill out the Soliciting Permit Application that is found on this site as well as a Pennsylvania Criminal History Check which is found on the Penna State Police website . You must submit these completed forms in person with valid identification and the required non-refundable fee to the Police Department during regular business hours. There is a 24 hour turnaround time and we will contact you as to your status of the application. Soliciting can be done Monday through Saturday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. NO soliciting on Sundays or Holidays. Fees; One day $5.00, One month $10.00, One year $25.00 as per Township Ordinance.
House Check Forms
If you are on vacation or away from your house for some time and would like us to check on it, please fill out the House Check form and drop it off to the police station, House Check Form, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where do I dispose of my unwanted prescription drugs?
The Buckingham Township Police Department participates in the Drug Take Back program and has a secure collection unit in the lobby of the Police Department which is available 24 hours 7 days a week. This unit allows for the safe collection and disposal of unwanted prescription and over the counter medications. Residents are encouraged to make use of this program to minimize prescription drug misuse and to safeguard the environment. No liquids, inhalers or needles please.
Is hunting allowed in Buckingham Township?
Yes, hunting is allowed throughout the Township as per the regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. You MUST first have permission from the property owner, preferably in writing, dated and carry it with you. Even if the property is posted No Hunting, the owner may grant permission.
Does Buckingham Township have a leash ordinance?
No, the Township does not have a leash ordinance. According to the Pennsylvania Dog law, all dogs must be under the control of their owner/handler and may not be allowed to run at large. Dogs are personal property and owners are responsible for all damages caused by their dogs. ALL dogs are required to be licensed by Bucks County.
Do I have to register my home or business alarm system with Buckingham Township Police?
No, the Township does not have an alarm ordinance however; it does follow the Pennsylvania Crimes Code Section 7511 Control of Alarm Devises and Automatic Dialing Devices, which allows for enforcement of excessive alarm activities.Subsection (C)(1) False Alarms Prohibited - A person that owns, uses or possesses an alarm device or automatic dialing devise may not, after causing or permitting three (3) false alarms to occur in a consecutive 12 months period, cause or merit a subsequent false alarm to occur in the same consecutive 12 month period. A person that violates this paragraph commits a summary offence and shall, upon conviction be sentenced to pay a fine or not more than $300.
If I have a minor traffic accident should I report it to the police?
A minor traffic accident, no injury and no towing required, does not necessitate police intervention. However, it is recommended that an officer respond to the scene to insure all necessary information is exchanged. The responding officer will complete a report that may be provided to the insurance company upon their request.
Can I ride a motorized scooter, quad, ATV, motorized bicycle, go-cart or snowmobile on the streets or anywhere else?
If it is motorized, the operator needs to have a license, registration and insurance for the vehicle. The vehicle also must have proper equipment to be driven on the roads, such as turn signals, headlights, brake lights, a valid registration tag and safety inspection. The mini-bikes, go-carts, quads, trikes and scooters are not legal to ride at this time in Pennsylvania, unless you are on private property and have permission from the owner. If you do ride at an approved location, always wear a helmet and proper safety equipment. Violation of this or other parts of this section can result in traffic tickets to the operator as well as the owner, just as if you were operating a car or truck. The vehicle may also be towed at your expense. Illegally riding in farmers' fields and damaging the crops will result in higher fines and restitution! Can you really afford that?
Who picks up animal carcasses found along the roadways in the Township?
The Pennsylvania Game Commission, (1-800-228-0791) is responsible for picking up dead deer, bear or elk carcasses along most roadways in Pennsylvania. The Penna Dept of Transportation (215-345-6060) will pick up dead deer on State highways only. The Township does NOT have the equipment to pick up a deceased animal. On private property it is the responsibility of the property owner. A domesticated animal carcass is the responsibility of its owner.
How dark can I have the aftermarket tinting on my car windows?
After market tinting is legal on the driver's side and passenger side glass of the vehicles as long as the light transmitted to the inside is at least 70% of the outside light. The Buckingham Township Police do have tint meters and it is a primary violation, which means you can be stopped for the tinting only.
Commercial Vehicle Update
Recently the Pennsylvania State Police, Commercial Vehicle Safety Division launched a public website to provide law enforcement, the trucking industry stakeholders and the public with information about our Motor Carrier Safety efforts. The site contains some valuable information that can aid with questions and concerns for the safety of Commercial Vehicles as well as all who use our highways. Check out the link and drive safe. Please click the underlined below to be redirected to that page.
Do police really have a ticket quota?
NO, it is illegal! There is no such thing as a ticket quota, it does not measure an officers work effort.
Is target practice with a firearm legal in the Township?
Yes, it is legal as long as it is done safely, with a proper backstop that stops the bullets and so as not to disturb the neighbors.
How do I report Special Needs people in my household should an emergency occur?
The Premise History File is kept at the 9-1-1 Center of Bucks County. The information you supply the 9-1-1 Call Center is only referred to should a 9-1-1 call come from this address. It will contain only the information you provide. It will alert any and all emergency service responders to a person with disabilities or special needs that resides at your residence. These emergency responders can then respond to those with specific needs accordingly.
Please click "Premise History File" to download PDF form version.