Drug Drop Off

As a reminder, the Warminster Township Police department accepts your unused or expired drugs, no questions asked. If you are cleaning out your medicine cabinet or something else, please dispose of them safely by dropping them off at the police department green drug container in the lobby.

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Police FAQ’s

► How do I get a copy of a police report?

Reports are available at police headquarters, incident reports cost $5.00, reportable accident reports cost $15.00 each. Exact cash is preferred since we can not always make change. You will first need to fill out a "Right-to-Know form" and submit it to the department. Once the request is reviewed you will be notified of the decision. If approved, ensure you bring your valid photo identification with when you come to request or pick up a report along with the money due. The department will not release a report without proper identification or approval.

► 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 5 to 10 days. Please be patient, as the report will be completed.

► Do cops really have a ticket quota?

No, there is no such thing as a ticket quota. It does not measure an officer's work effort and it is illegal.

► How can I obtain a copy or information on an arrest in the neighborhood?

Most of the arrest information is kept confidential. If the arrest has not gone completely through the court system, we cannot release anything more than what you may have seen in the papers.

► Can I ride a motorized scooter, quad, motorized bike, or go-cart 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 the proper equipment to be driven on the roads, such as turn signals, lights, brake lights, a valid registration tag, etc. The mini bikes, go-carts, quads and scooters are not legal to ride at this time in Pennsylvania, unless you are on private property and have permission to ride there. If you do ride at an approved location, always wear helmets and the proper safety equipment. Violation of this or any other part of this section can result in traffic tickets, just as if you were operating a car or truck. The vehicle may also be towed.

► How dark can I have the after market tinting on my car windows?

After market tinting is legal on the driver's side and passenger's side glass of vehicles as long at the light transmitted to the inside is at least 70% of the outside light. The Warminster Police do have tint meters and it is a primary offense, which means you can be stopped for the tinting only.

► What are the differences in a 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree misdemeanor offense?

Basically the determination of the degree of the crime is the severity and the sentence a person could receive for the offense. The guidelines for this are found in PA Consolidates Statutes Sentencing Code Title 42, sections 9701 through 9781. These guidelines define a Misdemeanor 1 (M-1) as a crime punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 5 years and a $10,000.00 fine. An M-2 as maximum of 2 years and a $5,000.00 fine, and an M-3 as maximum 1 year and a $2,500.00 fine.

► What do I do if I feel a traffic citation is unfair?

Plead Not Guilty and request a hearing from the District Justice. Call 215-672-5853 for more information or read and fill out the back of the ticket you have received.

Police Accreditation

Pennsylvania’s Law Enforcement Accreditation Program came to the Commonwealth in July 2001. Since then 56 agencies have attained accredited status. Warminster Police is the second Bucks County agency accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs joining Falls Township.

Accred-LogoThe cornerstone of the accreditation strategy lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Through analysis existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives, and once procedures are in place, a team of independent professionals is assigned to verify that all applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by the Pennsylvania Chief of Police Accreditation Commission that the agency is worthy of accreditation.

The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was designed and developed by professional law enforcement executives to provide a reasonable and cost effective plan for the professionalization of law enforcement agencies within the Commonwealth. The underlying philosophy of the program is to have a user-friendly undertaking for the departments that will result in a “success” oriented outcome.

The process involved complex work by agency personnel over a period of approximately 2 years, creating, modifying and implementing policies and procedures. In early June the Warminster Police Department was assessed by a peer group of law enforcement professionals who recommended accreditation to the Commission.

About Us

James Donnelly III, Chief of Police

The Warminster Township Police Department serves the Township 7 days a week. The department strives to provide an effective and timely response to crime and disorder, works with the community to enhance their quality of life, promotes safety in the community through professional services to all citizens. police

The department has four special units built into the department:

  • K-9: A specially trained Police dog works with officer in drug detection and/or bomb detection.
  • Bike Patrol: Officers are trained in techniques to utilize a specially equipped mountain bike to fight and prevent crime.
  • Highway Safety Unit (HSU): Officers dedicate their shift to enforcing traffic laws, conducting traffic studies, and assisting the patrol squads with more serious accident investigations as well as normal patrol duties.
  • SWAT: Highly trained officers in the areas of tactics, weapons, and special incident response. The members of this unit are Warminster Officers who are attached to the central Bucks Special Response team (CBSRT) with Officers from around the County.

POLICE DEPARTMENT SAFE ZONE
In the age of E-commerce where deals and financial exchanges are made, the Warminster Police is offering the police headquarters as a safe place for people to meet and make those exchanges. With a constant worry of meeting a stranger for the purchase or threat of a crime being committed, the Warminster police main lobby and immediate area
around the building, have adequate lighting and fulltime surveillance system. This allows the public to use our parking lot and lobby as a safe zone to finish business transactions. Please be safe and careful.

PUSH OUT THE PUSHER
Warminster Township Police Department supports Bucks County Crime Stoppers in participating in the Push Out the Pusher program where you can remain anonymous for reporting drug activity and receive awards of up to $5,000 if that person is criminally
charged and convicted.

GOT DRUGS?
Warminster participates in the Bucks County Medication Disposal program for unwanted or expired medications and has a free and anonymous drop off box located in the Warminster Police Department lobby, 401 Gibson Ave. For more information on the program, please call 215-968-4713.

TIPS FOR REPORTING A CRIME

The Police Department has some tips on reporting a crime. Upon arrival, police will be looking to the reporting person and surrounding witnesses for the fact and circumstance of the incident. Police will be asking everyone the Who, What, Where, When and How of the events.

The Who?
• Who is reporting the incident?
• Who is the witness of the incident?
• Who are the suspects of the incident?
• Who else is involved?

The What?
• What happened during the incident? This is probably the hardest to question to answer as most people are not expecting an incident to occur and the surprise of the event delays their recall of specific area. Police will try to ask several questions to help provoke a detailed response. The questions may seem repetitive or annoying, but they are asked to help a victim become more specific or clear about the circumstance of the incident. 
• What did the suspect look like? Approximate height, weight, race, age, gender, hair and eye color, clothing description.
• What did the suspect’s vehicle look like? Make, model, year, color, style, license plate number or state, occupants of the car.

The Where?
• Where did the incident occur?
• If the incident was either received or started in one of two jurisdictions, either jurisdiction may investigate the incident, although one of the two jurisdictions may be better to move forward with a prosecution.
• When in doubt always go on record with your local jurisdiction. It is better to report an incident immediately than let time pass.

The When?
• When did the incident occur? Time of day, day of week.
• The longer you wait to report an incident, the harder it may be to find and preserve evidence.

The How?
• How did the incident occur?
• How was entry made?
• How were you approached?
• How did they leave?

These are easy questions but when an incident occurs, and depending on the circumstance surrounding the incident, they may be stressful, seem annoying or complicated. Please be patient with the officers as the officers will be patient with you. Our goal is to solve or remedy the situation with no further incident.

We need your help! The best way to help is to help one another. Please look out for your neighbor and new citizens. Be alert and vigilant in your observations. If you see anything that seems out of the ordinary or criminal in nature, please DO NOT HESITATE to call 911 or (215) 672-1000. Our officers will respond and investigate. It is better to call us immediately, then delay and allow a criminal to victimize our community.