Going on vacation? If you wish, the police will specifically go to your residence and verify what lights are on, what vehicles are in your driveway, or any other suspicious occurrence that differs from information you provide us for the duration of your absence.
Click HERE for a copy of the Home Check Registration Form. Either drop off the completed form at the department or mail to the address provided...and enjoy your trip.
If you have an alarm system in your home or business, whether audible alarm or direct dial, you are required to register with the Police Department. Click HERE for more information and registration forms.
Established in 2003, the Township's Bike Patrol consists of four officers. This unit is a great community-policing tool as well as useful for patrolling the bike paths and trails in Plumstead. Each officer is equipped with a radio and prepared to provide any service that a patrol car can perform. In coordination with Gayman School, the Bike Patrol sponsors a rider safety course with each child receiving a certificate of completion. In addition, our officers will give away coupons to children who are observed with their helmets and are following bike safety rules. Upon request, the unit offers bike rodeos in local neighborhood. These include an informal bike safety check and rider safety course. The unit bike fleet consists of two BMW bicycles donated by the Thompson Organization and two Mercedes bicycles donated by Keenan Motors.
Youth Aid Panel
Panel volunteers work with local police departments to divert first-time offenders from the Juvenile Justice System. Plumstead, Solebury, and Warwick Townships established the Central Bucks Youth Aid Panel (YAP) in 1990, the first to panel serving multiple townships. After admitting to a crime and paying any restitution, a youth meets with YAP and their parents. The youth offender may be given community service, drug/alcohol counseling, and/or probation. In order to encourage a successful outcome, the youth is assigned a caseworker who follows them through each phase of the process until they are dismissed. Juveniles may go through the YAP process once. If additional negative police action occurs, these juveniles must go through the Juvenile Court system.
Free Gun Lock Safety Kits
Firearms accidents in the home too often result from an unauthorized individual, often a child, finding a loaded and unsecured firearm in the home. In an effort to make homes with firearms safer and prevent needless accidents, the Plumstead Township Police Department, in cooperation with Project ChildSafe, is offering free gun lock safety kits to all gun owners. The locks are made of vinyl-covered, armored steel cable and are easy to install on any firearm. The gun locks may be picked up at the Plumstead Police Building during regular business hours and will be available as long as supplies last. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to call the police department at 215-766-8741.
D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It is a collective effort between certified Law Enforcement Officers, Educators, Students, Parents and the community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among children and youth. The emphasis is to help students recognize and resist the many direct and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants, or other drugs or to engage in violence.
Motor Carrier Safety Assitance Program (MCSAP)
Created with federal aid, the MCSAP's goal is to reduce the number and severity of accident and hazardous materials incidents involving commercial motor vehicles (CMV). Regular safety checks increase the likelihood that safety defects, driver deficiences, and unsafe motor carrier practices will be detected and corrected before they become a contributing factor to accidents. Plumstead officers participate in a multi-agency task force which performs regular commercial vehicle safety inspections.
Our department regularly places a speed trailer along Township roads to encourage drivers to obey posted speed limits. The trailer displays each driver's speed while collecting traffic counts and speed data. This state of the art system was funded through a State grant program.
Drug Prevention Book for Parents
Drug abuse is a problem that is everywhere and no community is exempt from it. Through the generous financial support of the Plumstead Township business community, the police department is working to educate the parents and adults of our community about drug use and abuse. The department is providing a booklet called "A Reason for Tears" to the community. It contains information about what the drugs look like, what signs to look for, and what they can do if drug abuse is suspected. It also has a centerfold that has information about the most commonly abused drugs so that if a child asks a question, a parent can give an informed answer. Adults are encouraged to contact the Police Department for a free copy of "A Reason for Tears."
Plumstead has two accident reconstructionists who, when deemed necessary, will investigate the cause of a collision.
Bucks County MIRT
Plumstead is a member of the Bucks County Major Incident Response Team. This countywide team consists of police officers from around the county who have been specially trained to deal with large-scale situations such as flooding or terrorism. The purpose of the team is to provide any police department in the county with 100 officers at short notice. In the past they have responded to incidents such as major flooding and presidential security details. Three of Plumstead's officers participate in MIRT.
Plumstead is a member of the Central Bucks Special Response Team, a multi-jurisdictional agency that responds to high-risk incidents in central and upper Bucks County. We are one of 17 police departments that participate in this program.
Patrol officers conduct after hour security checks on businesses throughout the township. The officers physically check the doors and windows.
Prescription Drug Take Back Program
Plumstead Township and local law enforcement agencies across Pennsylvania accept unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs throughout the year, as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Program. No personal information is required to participate in a drop-off. For your convenience the Township has a green drop box located in our lobby. You can stop by the Township building Monday – Friday, through-out the year and drop off your unused medications. Please dump your pills into the box without the pill container.