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Newtown Township Police 2019 Year-end Report: How Does 2019 Compare to 2018?

Newtown Township Police Chief John Hearn presented the Calls Report for December, 2019, at the January 8, 2020, 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 December, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,398 total calls, 237 (17%) of which were in Wrightstown Township (Newtown Police provides services to both Newtown and Wrightstown Townships).

The year-end report also compares the 2019 totals to the 2018 totals so we can see some trends. For example, there were 19,760 total calls in 2019 vs. 17,228 in 2018 - an increase of 13%. See below for more details on which types of calls were up and which were down in 2019 compared to 2018.
Selected Newtown Township Police Calls for Service. The yellow and green highlighted rows indicate significant increases or decreases, respectively, in calls in 2019 vs. 2018.
Traffic Citations Way Down

The Newtown Police Department issued a total of 63 traffic citations in Newtown Township in December 2019. Only 6 (10%) of these were for speeding, 4 of which were on Durham Road. It seems that the focus in December was on "Failure to Stop at Red Signal" violations. In December, 24 citations were issue for this violation, of which 17 (70%) were on Newtown Bypass. It is not known if running red lights was a factor in two recent crashes in January 2020 on the Bypass, one of which resulted in a death (read "Man Killed In Newtown Township Crash on the Bypass").

Traffic citations issued by the Newtown Police Department for the period
January through December, 2019. Although there were relatively few speeding violations issued in December 2019, the total number for 2019 (1,977) was 57% higher than for 2018 (1,256).
Some More Trends

A few trends from 2018 to 2019 were noted in the table above such as a 40% increase in domestic dispute related calls, a 58% increase in terrorist threat calls, and most disturbingly, a 41% increase in "Missing Adult/Juvenile" calls.

In December, there were 4 ChildLine referrals. These are 911 calls related to child abuse. ChildLine is part of a mandated statewide child protective services program designed to accept child abuse referrals and general child well-being concerns, and transmit the information quickly to the appropriate investigating agency. ChildLine is responsible for receiving verbal and electronic referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The toll-free hotline, 1-800-932-0313, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to receive reports of suspected child abuse.

Looking at the redacted December 2019 Report below, note that "Violence/Assaults" are up 34% in 2019 compared to 2018 (51 vs. 38) and Narcotics and Alcohol related calls decreased significantly.

Full (redacted) December 2019 Police Report

Posted on 11 Jan 2020, 01:40 - Category: Crime

November 2019 Newtown Township Police Report: Record Set for Struck Deer and Catalytic Converter Thefts Are A Thing These Days

Newtown Township Police Chief John Hearn presented the Calls Report for November 2019 at the December 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 November, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,771 total calls, 398 (22%) of which were in Wrightstown Township (Newtown Police provides services to both Newtown and Wrightstown Townships).

Traffic Citations

The Newtown Police Department issued a total of 151 traffic citations in November 2019. 49 (32%) of these were for speeding, especially on Swamp Road and Newtown Bypass.

Traffic citations issued by the Newtown Police Department for the period
January through November, 2019.
November Sets Record for Struck Deer

Of the reported 43 accidents, 41 involved struck deer! You were warned last month (read "October 2019 Newtown Township Police Report: Peak Season for "'Struck Deer'")!

Catalytic Converter Thefts
Police in Warminster believe these men are involved
in local catalytic converter thefts.

Police departments across Bucks County are investigating a series of catalytic converter thefts from cars parked at area shopping centers. Although no such incidents have been reported in the Newtown area, Chief Hearn cautioned residents to call the police if they see any unusual persons under cars in local area parking lots.

Full (redacted) November 2019 Police Report

Posted on 12 Dec 2019, 01:26 - Category: Crime

October 2019 Newtown Township Police Report: Peak Season for "Struck Deer" & Domestic Abusers Must Surrender Guns!

Newtown Township Police Chief John Hearn presented the Calls Report for October 2019 at the November 13, 2019, Board of Supervisors meeting. The following is a summary. Note: Not all calls are listed. Download the full (redacted) report (PDF version) here.

In October, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,803 total calls, 372 (21%) of which were in Wrightstown Township (Newtown Police provides services to both Newtown and Wrightstown Townships).

Traffic Citations Down for Month of October

The Newtown Police Department issued a total of 151 traffic citations in October 2019. 58 (38%) of these were for speeding, especially on Swamp Road and Newtown Bypass.

Traffic citations issued by the Newtown Police Department for the period January through October, 2019.
Peak Season for Struck Deer

I notice that the Police Department issued a “Deer Alert” on Twitter. I especially like the graphic image included in the tweet.

Act 29 Non-Compliance

ACT 79 Non-Compliance is a new category added to the “disturbances” section of the Police Report. This act went into effect on April 10, 2019 and deals primarily with increased safety provisions related to firearms in both Protection from Abuse and misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence to help prevent domestic violence homicides.

Gov. Wolf said: “The incidents of domestic violence where guns are involved in our commonwealth prove that this commonsense law is an important step to protect victims of domestic abuse, save lives, and hold abusers accountable for their actions.”

Posted on 14 Nov 2019, 01:28 - Category: Crime

September 2019 Newtown Township Police Report: Speeding Citations Drop

Newtown Township Police Chief John Hearn presented the Calls Report for September 2019 at the October 10, 2019, Board of Supervisors meeting. The following is a summary. Note: Not all calls are listed. Download the full (redacted) report (PDF) here.

In September, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,794 total calls, 365 (20%) of which were in Wrightstown Township (Newtown Police provides services to both Newtown Township and Wrightstown).

Traffic Citations Down for Month Of September

The Newtown Police Department issued a total of 111 traffic citations in September 2019 compared to 158 in August - a 30% drop. 45 (41%) of these were for speeding compared to 55 (35%) in August. That's the fewest number of monthly speeding citations this year.

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

Posted on 11 Oct 2019, 12:51 - Category: Crime

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. Download the full (redacted) report 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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Posted on 13 Sep 2019, 01:40 - Category: Crime

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