(Frequently Asked Questions)
Q:HOW DO I CONTACT AN OFFICER?A: IF
YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY, SUCH AS A CRIME IN PROGRESS,
FIGHT IN PROGRESS, INTRUDER, ACCIDENT WITH INJURIES,
FIRE OR MEDICAL EMERGENCY DIAL 9-1-1 Otherwise, to
report on-going criminal activity not in progress, a
minor "fender bender" accident, or to speak with an
officer, call The East Cocalico Township Police
Department at (717) 336-1725. If you live outside of
the area, call the number listed in the phone book
for your local police.
Q:WHAT MUNICIPALITIES DOES THE DEPARTMENT
SERVICE?A: The East Cocalico Township Police
Department covers two townships, and two boroughs
through a contractual agreement. The municipalities
East Cocalico Township, West Cocalico Township,
Adamstown Borough, Denver Borough.
Q:HOW DO I REPORT THAT A CRIME IS NOW
OCCURRING, OR WILL OCCURR IN THE NEAR
FUTURE?A: CALL THE POLICE DEPARTMENT NOW!!!
In many instances, citizens delay calling the police
because they feel that the police are too busy, or
that the officers will belittle them for calling. In
most cases, officers would rather err on the side of
caution, than to wait until the actor is gone, and
try to put the pieces together later. As far as being
busy, few departments (with the exception of larger
cities) are so busy that they can not respond to an
investigation of suspicious persons.
Q:IF I CALL THE POLICE AND GIVE MY NAME AND
PHONE NUMBER, WILL THE OFFICER GIVE IT TO THE PEOPLE
I AM CALLING ABOUT?A:In most cases, NO.
However, if you are a material witness to certain
crimes, you may be asked to appear at a future time
to testify before a District Justice, or Trial Court
Judge / Jury, explaining exactly what you saw or
Q:WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS IF I AM
CHARGED WITH A TRAFFIC VIOLATION?A: If you
are charged with a serious traffic violation, you
should first consult with an attorney to see what
options are available to you. In Pennsylvania, your
RIGHTS and OBLIGATIONS are explained in detail on the
reverse side of your citation. Basically, you MUST
respond to the citation within 10 days to the
District Justice Office in the area in which you are
charged. This address should be located on the front
of the citation. You respond by entering a plea. If
you plea GUILTY, which means you agree that you
committed the offense, then you simply pay the fine
and cost shown on the front of the citation. If you
plea NOT GUILTY, which means that you do not agree
with the information shown on the citation, a Summary
Trial is requested, and a date is set in which you
would be able to testify before a judge why you feel
that you were wrongfully charged with the violation.
Q:WHAT HAPPENS AT THE SUMMARY
TRIAL?A: The Officer and any witnesses will
testify or explain to a judge what they saw, and the
Officer will explain why he arrested you. Then you
may ask the Officer and witnesses questions as to
what they saw. Then If you wish, you can explain why
you feel that you are not guilty of the offense, or
witnesses who were with you to explain what they saw,
and the officer can then ask you or your witnesses
questions. Then after all witnesses have testified,
you may give a CLOSING STATEMENT, which basically
sums up the testimony which was just presented. The
officer may then give his closing statement. Finally,
the Judge would decide if he or she agrees that the
officer properly charged you for the offense.
Q:WHAT IS VASCAR / ESP / ENRADD? HOW DO THEY
WORK?A: VASCAR is an acronym for
Visual Average Speed
Computer And Readout, ESP is an
acronym for Excessive Speed
Preventer and ENRADD is an acronym for
Electronic Non RAdar
Detection Device. These devices are
speed timing devices which measure a vehicles elapsed
time between two measured points. The devices then
compute the speed by using a common mathmatical
equation by computing the distance, and the elapsed
time of a vehicle to arrive at the speed.
Q:ARE THESE DEVICES LEGAL FOR USE BY MUNICIPAL
POLICE?A: Yes. Current Pennsylvania law
allows municipal police officers to use Electronic,
Electrical, and Mechanical devices to measure speed
of vehicles. Current legislation prevents municipal
Police from using RADAR. Currently only Pennsylvania
State Police officers may use RADAR. However, there
are efforts being made to change current legislation
to allow the use of RADAR by municipal officers to
effectively increase our public highway safety.
Q:HOW DO I BECOME A POLICE OFFICER?A:
You must become certified under ACT120 through
Municipal Police Officer Education Training
Commission (MPOETC). This means you must attend and
successfully complete training at a certified Police
Academy. This can be done in one of two ways:
way is to pay your own tuition, and complete the
training as a PRE-SERVICE cadet, then attempt to seek
employment. Some departments require new employees
already be certified under ACT 120 prior to
The other option is to apply to a Police
Department, and upon your appointment, your
department will pay for your tuition. If you would
like more information about ACT 120 PRE-SERVICE
contact a Police Academy in your area.
departments have a process that they follow when
hiring new officers.ALTHOUGH OUR DEPARTMENT DOES NOT
CURRENTLY FOLLOW A SET PROCEDURE, Larger Boroughs,
and City departments follow a guideline called CIVIL
SERVICE. Basically the hiring process includes:
1) Submitting an application for employment, or a
2) Taking a written test
3) Taking an oral examination, or interview -
usually before a group of persons, sometimes includes
Municipal Officials, and Police Administrators.
4) Taking a physical agility test - such as an
running, jumping, pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups etc.
5) Taking a medical, psychological, and optical
examination and drug
6) Criminal history/ background check.
7) Taking a Polygraph (lie detector) test.
8) Entrance into the Police Academy or start of
Field Training (on the job training) if already certified under Act 120
Q:DO OFFICERS GIVE TOURS OF THE
STATION?A: Yes. Tours of our building are
provided free of charge by appointment
only. Tour groups of Boy/Girl Scouts, Classrooms,
Community watch groups etc. are encouraged to come
take a tour. Contact Sargeant Ray Burns for more
Q:HOW CAN I SET UP A NEIGHBORHOOD
WATCHA: East Cocalico Township Police
Department is an active participant in
Neighborhood Watch. You can get most if not all of
the information you need through us. Contact Sargeant Ray Burns for more information.
Q:HOW CAN I HAVE MCGRUFF THE CRIME DOG COME TO
MY SCHOOL OR FUNCTION?A: East Cocalico
Township Police Department is an active participant
in the McGruff The Crime Dog program. You can get
most if not all of the information you need through
us. Contact Sargeant Ray Burns at (717) 336-1725 for more
Q:DOES YOUR DEPARTMENT HAVE A BICYCLE
PATROLA: Yes. The East Cocalico Township
Police Department currently has 3
specially trained officers on the Bicycle Patrol
Unit: Officer John DePaul, Officer
Josh Sola, and Officer Gail Sizer. They are
currently using Trek 26 inch, 24 speed mountain
bikes, specially modified for police patrol duties.
Q:I WANT TO MAKE MODIFICATIONS TO MY VEHICLE (ADD EXTRA LIGHTING, WINDOW TINTING, BIGGER TIRES ETC.) IS THIS LEGAL?
A: Almost all aftermarket equipment and lighting which was not available from the manufacturer as original equipment is NOT legal!!! Check our legal links to the PA VEHICLE CODE and PA TITLE 67 for better clarification.
If you can not find an outline there, contact an officer, but be sure the officer has been trained in the Pennsylvania Inspection Regulations. You can also find out more information BY CLICKING HERE
Q:DO I NEED TO WAIT 24 HOURS PRIOR TO REPORTING A PERSON AS MISSING?
A: No. If the person meets certain criteria such as a medical condition or juveniles, they may be entered as a missing person immediately.