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August 2019 Newtown Township Police Report: Traffic Citations Down, One Life Saved By Narcan

Newtown Township Police Lieutenant Jason Harris presented the Calls Report for August 2019 at the September 11, 2019, Board of Supervisors meeting. The following is a summary. Note: Not all calls are listed. See the full (redacted) report embedded at the end of this post or download the PDF version here.

In August, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,617 total calls, 336 (21%) of which were in Wrightstown Township (Newtown Police provides services to both Newtown Township and Wrightstown).

Traffic Citations Down for Month Of August

The 3rd wave of the 2019 "Aggressive Driver Campaign" is over! The Newtown Police Department issued a total of 158 traffic citations in August 2019 compared to 244 in July - a 35% drop. 55 (35%) of these were for speeding compared to 115 (47%) in July.

Traffic Citations in Newtown and Wrightstown Issued by the Newtown Police Department for the period January through August, 2019.
Speeding Citations Along Various Roads Issued by the
Newtown Police Department for the period January through August, 2019.
Certificate of Appreciation from the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Today, at the Police Chiefs’ Association of Bucks County meeting, four local Police Chiefs Clark (Northampton Township Police Department), Hearn (Newtown Township), Schmidt (Upper Makefield Township Police Department), Sabath (Newtown Borough Police Department) received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. for years of participating in the bi-annual medication collection take back days and ongoing collections throughout the year. ✅Please keep in mind that our drug disposal drop box is available in our police lobby and it is accessible Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you are not able to make it during our normal business hours you can call the non-emergency phone number 215-579-1000 or 215-598-7121 and special arrangements can be made to accommodate you 24/7. ✅Our National Drug take back initiative will also be held on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 between the hours of 10am - 2pm in our Township Administration building. ✅We encourage our residents to take advantage of these services by safely disposing of expired and unused prescriptions in order to make our communities safer and our environment better.

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Full (redacted) Report

Posted on 13 Sep 2019, 01:40 - Category: Crime

July 2019 Newtown Township Police Report: 3d Wave of Aggressive Driver Campaign, Missing Persons, Terroristic Threats

Newtown Township Police Lieutenant Jason Harris presented the Calls Report for July 2019 at the August 14, 2019, Board of Supervisors meeting. The following is a summary. Note: Not all calls are listed. Download the full (redacted) report here.

In July, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,694 total calls, 292 (17%) of which were in Wrightstown Township (Newtown Police provides services to both Newtown Township and Wrightstown).

Traffic Enforcement Targets Swamp and Eagle Roads

The Newtown Police Department issued a total of 244 traffic citations in July 2019 compared to 143 in May. 115 (47%) of these were for speeding compared to 52 (36%) in June. Starting on July 8, 2019, the Newtown Township Police participated in the 3rd wave of the 2019 "Aggressive Driver Campaign" with specific enforcement on Swamp and Eagle Roads. The second wave of the year's Aggressive Driving campaign was conducted March 18 to April 28 (read “March 2019 Newtown Police Report: Crack Down on Aggressive Driving!”).

Police focused on heavy truck enforcement as well. Lieutenant Harris reported that 12 hours were devoted to commercial vehicle enforcement.

Traffic Citations in Newtown and Wrightstown Issued by the Newtown Police Department for the period January through July, 2019.
Speeding Citations Along Various Roads Issued by the
Newtown Police Department for the period January through July, 2019.

Posted on 18 Aug 2019, 01:50 - Category: Crime

June 2019 Newtown Township Police Report: Traffic Citations Drop, But Donít Get Complacent!

Police Chief John Hearn presented the Calls Report for June 2019 at the July 10, 2019, Board of Supervisors meeting. The following is a summary. Note: Not all calls are listed. Some information is considered sensitive and not meant for public distribution. Download the full (redacted) report here.

In June, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,603 total calls, 361 (23%) of which were in Wrightstown Township (Newtown Police provides services to both Newtown Township and Wrightstown).

Traffic Citations Drop  In June, But...

The Newtown Police Department issued a total of 168 traffic citations in June compared to 208 in May. Less than one-third (52) of these were for speeding. See the chart below.

Traffic Citations in Newtown and Wrightstown Issued by the Newtown Police Department for the period January through June, 2019.

The drop in speeding citations from May to June was dramatic as evident in the following chart.

Speeding Citations Along Various Roads Issued by the
Newtown Police Department for the period January through June, 2019.
Third Time’s a Charm!

However, Newtown Township Police Chief Hearn confirmed at the July 10, 2019, BOS meeting that his department began a THIRD round of aggressive driving enforcement starting on July 8 and ending on August 25, 2019.

According to a report in Newtown Patch (here), “The focus will be on heavy truck enforcement, red light running, tailgating, the Move Over law, and speeding. Other unsafe driving behaviors, such as driving too fast for conditions, texting, careless driving, and Work Zone Safety violations, will be included.”

Move Over!

State law requires drivers approaching an emergency response area, including areas in which a tow truck is offering assistance, to pass in a non-adjacent lane if safe and possible to do so, or slow to a safe speed. Also included in the law are utility vehicles within the first 72 hours after a declared emergency or until the expiration of a declared emergency, whichever is later.

The second wave of the year's Aggressive Driving campaign was conducted March 18 to April 28 (read “March 2019 Newtown Police Report: Crack Down on Aggressive Driving!

Posted on 11 Jul 2019, 01:19 - Category: Crime

May 2019 Newtown Township Police Report: A Speeding Ticket Is The Best Education!

Police Chief John Hearn presented the Calls Report for May 2019 at the June 12, 2019, Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting. In May, the Newtown Police Department (NTPD) responded to 1,633 total calls, 310 (19%) of which were in Wrightstown Township (NTPD provides services to both Newtown Township and Wrightstown). See a summary of the report below. Note: Not all calls are listed.

Traffic & Speeding Citations Up Sharply

Although Police Chief Hearn – who came on board in March 2019 – is in favor of emphasizing education vs. issuing speeding tickets, traffic citations issued in the 3-month period of March-May, 2019 are up by 159% compared to the same period in 2018. The best education is the one you pay for!

Stealthy Enforcement

Meanwhile, look out for these new “stealthy” traffic enforcement vehicles. “We wanted you to see them so that you would recognize them if they happen to be behind you,” says the NTPD on it’s Facebook page. “Sometimes you are going to see us #Waze and sometimes you won’t.”

Posted on 17 Jun 2019, 01:11 - Category: Crime

April 2019 Newtown Township Police Report: Eagle Road Speeding Citations, Swastika Graffiti, More...

Police Chief John Hearn presented the Calls Report for April 2019 at the May 8, 2019, Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting. In April, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,686 total calls, 300 (18%) of which were in Wrightstown Township (Newtown Police provides services to both Newtown Township and Wrightstown). See a summary of the report below. Note: Not all calls are listed.

Swastika Incidents

At the meeting, Supervisor Mack noted that the Tyler State Park swastika graffiti incident made it to ABC News (read Investigators Seek Person Who Painted Swastikas Along Tyler State Park Trail in Newtown) and that "anti-Semitic behavior is on the rise across Pennsylvania." He asked if the Newtown Police Department thinks it is prudent to have some kind of presence at synagogues and other places of worship.

The Chief first noted that the swastika was written in chalk on a section of walkway in the Northampton section of Tyler Park and that the State Police were responsible for investigating the incident. He also informed the public that there have been no reported hate crimes in Newtown Township in the last three years.

As for the thirteen religious institutions in the Township, the Chief assured the public that the police have been present during Passover and Easter and at different times on weekends when services are held. There will continue to be periodic checks and if there are any concerns or questions, religious leaders can reach out to the department.

Meanwhile, according to the Police Log for the week of April 5 through April 11, 2019, on April 5, 2019, a “Newtown Township resident responded to headquarters to file a report regarding criminal mischief to a construction site in the Village of Newtown Shopping Center. According to the complainant, the night prior she saw the word ‘Hitler’ and a swastika on an orange plastic barrier that had white paint sprayed over it but was still visible. The complainant stated that her friend went and spoke with the foreman at the site, and the foreman turned the barrier around so it was not facing the public.”

Crack Down on Aggressive Driving Continued in April

The Newtown Police Department along with 63 other municipal police departments in surrounding counties participated in a campaign to crack down on aggressive driving from March 18 through April 28, 2019. As a result of that campaign, there were a total of 305 traffic citations issued by the Newtown Police Department in March and 254 in April.  See the chart below.

Traffic Citations in Newtown and Wrightstown Issued by the N
ewtown Police Department for the period January through April, 2019.
Eagle Road Gets Most Speeding Citations

During the crack down on aggressive driving in March and April, 2019, Newtown Township Police issued substantially more speeding citations on Swamp Road than during previous months. But in April the focus seemed to shift to Eagle Road, which surpassed Swamp Road in the number of speeding citations issued. See the chart below.

Speeding Citations Along Swamp and Eagle Roads Issued by the
Newtown Police Department for the period January through April, 2019.
Lower Speed Limit on Section of Swamp Road Coming

Recently, PennDOT notified Newtown Township that the speed limit on Swamp Road between the Twining Bridge intersection and the intersection of Pennswood Dr. (entrance to Knob Hill) will be reduced to 40 MPH from 45 MPH. That was a direct result of a September 12, 2018, BOS public meeting where representatives of PennDOT answered questions and concerns about speeding on Swamp Road from Newtown residents and Supervisors (view the video: “PennDOT Addresses Swamp Road Issues”). 

Posted on 09 May 2019, 11:20 - Category: Crime

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