► 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.