Police

The Upper Makefield Township Police Department is comprised of 15 sworn officers who provide 24-hour protection of life and property within Upper Makefield Township 7 days a week. The Police Department patrols roadways, investigates crime, enforces traffic regulations, and responds to a variety of requests for assistance from the community. The Upper Makefield Township Police Department is organized into 3 major divisions.

 

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Patrol Division

The patrol division is the first contact citizens have when requesting police assistance. Uniformed patrol officers are responsible for traffic enforcement, accident investigations, and emergency responses to all calls.

Detective Division

The detective division is in charge of criminal investigations, forensics, drug investigations, intelligence, evidence management, background checks, and juvenile crime investigations.

Community Policing Division 

Officers in this division focus on crime prevention and youth-oriented and community-based initiatives. The aim of the school-based D.A.R.E. program is to prevent drug and alcohol abuse, the Youth Aid Panel is a joint program of 3 police departments aimed at problem solving, restitution, and community service solutions; and our Coffee With A Cop events offer opportunities for residents to meet our officers in an informal setting. Read More

Specialty Units

Upper Makefield’s officers have special training for the following Specialty Units: Animal Control, Crisis Intervention Team, Criminal Investigations Unit, Special Response Team, Truck Enforcement Task Force and Accident Reconstruction. For details, please view the Department’s pages on the PA Crime Watch website.

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Home Safety

In addition to our regular duties, the Upper Makefield Township Police Department offers a variety of services to our residents. Learn more about Home Safety.

D.A.R.E.

Specially-trained Upper Makefield Township Police officers teach the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) curriculum at Sol Feinstone Elementary School in Upper Makefield Township. Learn more about D.A.R.E..

Crime Reports

Criminal arrests are reported monthly to the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System. Learn more about Crime Reports.

See More at Upper Makefield Police Department’s Crime Watch Pages

Abandoned Vehicles

Abandoned vehicles are a nuisance as well as an eyesore. Any vehicle left for 48 hours or longer, under circumstances listed below, is considered abandoned under Pennsylvania motor vehicle laws.

  • Left on a highway or public property in inoperable condition for 48 hours or longer;
  • Left illegally on a highway or public property;
  • Left on a highway or public property for 48 hours or longer and does not have valid license plate, inspection sticker, or VIN number; or
  • Left on private property without owner’s consent for 48 hours or longer.
    If you have a complaint about an abandoned vehicle, call us at 215-968-3020 or call the Bucks County Radio Room at 215-598-7121.
Animal Control 

Stray dog? Road kill? Wild animal in the house? Our Animal Control Officer is trained to deal with a wide range of animal-related problems. Call our police department during business hours at 215-968-3020 or call 215-598-7121 after hours for assistance.

View the ASPCA website for lists of food, plants, and household products considered poisonous to animals.

Car Seat Installation

Nearly 3 out of 4 child safety car seats may be improperly installed. Get yours checked for free. Call 215-968-3020 for an appointment.

Child Abuse

Each child deserves the chance to grow up free from neglect or physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. If you believe that a child is being abused, please contact our Police Department at 215-968-3020 or the PA Child Abuse Hotline, ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313. Read More

Craigslist—Commonsense Safety Tips

The popularity of Craigslist has not only been a boon for those looking to sell and buy items, but also for those who wish to scam or steal from an unsuspecting person. Follow these tips to avoid becoming a scam or crime victim. If you suspect you are a victim of a fraud or scam, please do not hesitate to contact the Upper Makefield Township Police Department.  You may want to use the Police Department parking lot as a safe purchase/exchange location. Call the Police Department for more details.

Dog Licenses

All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed by the Bucks County. Licenses are annual, renewable January 1 each year. A lifetime license is available for dogs with a permanent tattoo or microchip.

All license fees support animal control through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual dog licensing and rabies vaccinations.

Applications can be downloaded from the Bucks County Treasurers Office.
They also are available online PADogLicense.com which adds a $2 convenience fee.

Dog Owner Responsibilities

Dog owner responsibilities are detailed in the Department’s PA CrimeWatch pages. Read more

Illegal Drug Use—How to Track Dangerous Trends 
 The National Institute on Drug Abuse tracks emerging trends in illegal drug use. As parents, you may want to follow these reports and discuss them with children at home.

Examples of recent deadly drug use trends include street sales of counterfeit oxycodone, containing more powerful and illicit synthetic opioids and synthetic cannabinoids– drug-laced weed marketed in a misleading way as “synthetic marijuana.” Synthetic cannabinoids refer to a growing number of man-made mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked (herbal incense) or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices (liquid incense).

Not knowing what chemical mix is currently on the street exposes illegal substance users to higher risk of overdose. Please join us in working together to prevent illegal substance abuse from affecting our families.  If you have any questions concerning drug use or trends or would like to speak with an officer concerning any law enforcement topic, please do not hesitate to contact us at 215-968-3020.

Prescription Drugs-Don’t Flush Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs

Drop them off during business hours at The Upper Makefield Township Police Department on 1076 Eagle Road. This takeback effort means to help stem addictions to prescription drugs and to keep our waterways clean. If you have concerns about the possible illegal use of prescription drugs, please contact a member of our police department. Learn more about Teens and Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse.

Fingerprinting

Personnel from the Upper Makefield Township Police Department are available to do employment fingerprinting for Township residents, Appointments are necessary for this service. They are scheduled Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.   At $25 fee is payable at the time of service. To schedule an appointment, call Detective Jeff Jumper at 215-968-3020.

Firearms—Proper Disposal

For information about the proper disposal of firearms, please contact the Philadelphia Field Office of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms at 215-446-9610.

Fireworks 

State law prohibits the use of Consumer and Display Fireworks in Pennsylvania without a permit. Items defined as “ground and hand-held sparkling devices”, “novelties” and “toy caps” in American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) Standard 87-1 are not currently regulated by State Law; therefore, their sale and use are permissible.

Megan’s Law 

Like most other states, Pennsylvania has a Megan’s Law statute. This law is designed to protect citizens from sexual predators by requiring that sex offenders register with the Pennsylvania State Police. The State Police, in turn, notify local police departments that patrol communities in which offenders reside.

You can access more information on Megan’s Law on Pennsylvania Megan’s Law website.

Traffic Tickets

If you are cited for a traffic violation, you may plead guilty by paying it, or you may plead not guilty by contacting the District Court.

District Court 

28 N. State Street
Newtown, PA 18940
215-968-1657

Police Reports 

Emergency 
In an emergency situation, call 9-1-1. A police officer will be dispatched to the location you specify.

How to Make a Non-emergency Report
Make a report in person at the station during business hours, or call 215-968-3020 to have an officer dispatched to take a report. After business hours, you can call 215-598-7121.

Request a Copy of a Police Report 
If you need a copy of a police report for insurance or other reasons, call the Upper Makefield Township Police Department at 215-968-3020. There is a nonrefundable $15 fee for police reports. Please see the schedule listed at the top right of this page for related fees. Reports are available only to individuals who are named somewhere in the report.

A copy of the report can be picked up at the Upper Makefield Township Police Department during business hours.

Tour the Police Station 

Want to know what we do or Want to know us better?  If your group would like to arrange a tour of the Upper Makefield Township Police Department, call us at 215-968-3020. Tours are by appointment only.

Traffic Problems 

You may spot unsafe conditions before we do. It could be speeding drivers, a fallen tree or an unsafe road condition.

Emergency Complaint. If your complaint is about an immediate hazardous condition, call Bucks County Police Radio at 9-1-1.

Other Traffic Issues. If you are concerned about traffic patterns, signage, speeding, or other issues, call us at 215-968-3020.

Solicitation Permits Required

Commercial door-to-door solicitations are regulated by a permit application process. Even religious and political canvassers, who are exempted from permitting, must be prepared to show you official identification, such as a driver’s license. To protect yourself, know these rules.

  • Peddlers or Solicitors may not enter or request entry to private property if it is posted in a reasonably visible location with the words “No Peddlers or Solicitors.”
  • Peddlers or Solicitors who are not exempt from the religious/political description of work must always display the permit issued by our Police Department. Permits may be good for up to 90 days.
  • All canvassers, peddlers and solicitors must present a legal form of identification, such as a driver’s license, when asked.
  • Door-to-door solicitations are limited to daylight hours Monday through Saturday. No activity is permitted on Sundays and legal holidays.

If you have general questions or concerns about door-to-door solicitors, please call the Police Department during normal business hours at 215-968-3020. If you are concerned about your immediate safety, dial 9-1-1 for help.