John Mack - Newtown Supervisor
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October 2018 Newtown Police Calls Report

Interim Police Chief Jason Harris presented the Calls Report for October 2018 at the November 14, 2018, Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting. In October, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,549 total calls, 328 (21%) 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.

Chief Harris informed the BOS that on October 23, 2018, Officer Frank Goodwin administered Narcan to a young woman in cardiac arrest due to a drug overdose. The Chief noted that Officer Goodwin’s actions surely saved this person’s life. This was not the first time that Officer Goodwin administered Narcan and saved a life. In November, 2016, he and Officer Jules Ferraro saved a male victim of narcotics overdose. So far this year, the Newtown Police Department has used Narcan 3 times compared to 2 times for the entire year in 2017.

I wish to express my gratitude to officer Goodwin and other Officers who have saved lives with Narcan – I know it is not what they have signed up to do. That being said, I hope that going forward we will find a way to bring in other resources to encourage overdose victims saved by Narcan to get the help that they need so that they can overcome their addiction and not overdose again.

Chief Harris also submitted a Traffic Citation Summary for October, 2018, to the BOS. There were at least 22 citations for speeding on Swamp Road issued in October, 2018. That’s in addition to the 9 citations issued at the end of September, 2018. This confirms what we’ve been told by residents about speeding on Swamp Road – especially by Quarry trucks (see video here).

Chief Harris also submitted a Traffic Citation Summary for October, 2018, to the BOS. There were at least 22 citations for speeding on Swamp Road issued in October, 2018. That’s in addition to the 9 citations issued at the end of September, 2018. This confirms what we’ve been told by residents about speeding on Swamp Road – especially by Quarry trucks. The majority of these citations, however, seem to be handed out after 8:00 PM when presumably no quarry trucks are on the road. During business hours there have been several citations for “operating unsafe equipment” and “operating a vehicle without a valid inspection.” I wondered if most of these involved quarry trucks? Chief Harris confirmed that that was the case (see video below).

Posted on 20 Nov 2018, 01:51 - Category: Crime

September 2018 Newtown Police Calls Report

Interim Police Chief Jason Harris presented the Calls Report for September 2018 at the October 10, 2018, Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting. In September, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,423 total calls, 238 (17%) 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.

A couple of things to note:

  1. There was a significant increase in the number of struck deer compared to August (19 vs 9). This is to be expected given that it gets darker earlier when more vehicles are on the roads commuting.
  2. There was also an increase in noise complaints (10 vs 3). I’m not sure if these complaints were made before of after the Newtown Board of Supervisors (except me) voted to “decimate” the noise/nuisance ordinance at the September 26, 2018 public meeting. Read more about that here.

Chief Harris also submitted a Traffic Citation Summary for September, 2018, to the BOS. At the meeting, I mentioned that there were 9 speeding citations handed out on Swamp Road between September 20 and September 26, 2018. This compares with just one such citation made in the previous 8 months of 2018! I assumed that this increased police activity on Swamp Rd was in response to residents’ complaints made at the September 12, 2018, meeting when PennDOT was here to answer questions about the safety issues of Swamp Rd (see video here). Chief Harris confirmed that that was the case.

Posted on 12 Oct 2018, 01:18 - Category: Crime

August 2018 Police Report

Interim Police Chief Jason Harris presented the Calls Report for August 2018 at the September 12, 2018, Board of Supervisors meeting. In August, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,519 calls, 327 (22%) 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.

Posted on 14 Sep 2018, 11:32 - Category: Crime

July 2018 Police Report

Interim Police Chief Jason Harris presented the Calls Report for July 2018 at the August 8, 2018, Board of Supervisors meeting. In that month, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,475 calls, 255 (17%) 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.

Posted on 10 Aug 2018, 01:11 - Category: Crime

June 2018 Police Report

Lt. Jason Harris, Interim Police Chief, presented the Calls Report for June 2018 at the July 11, 2018, Board of Supervisors meeting. In that month, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,533 calls, 245 (16%) 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.

Posted on 27 Jul 2018, 10:22 - Category: Crime

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