Information

Emergencies include crimes that are in progress or about to happen, and ones that have resulted in serious personal injury, property damage, or property loss. They also include situations in which the suspect may still be at the scene and some suspicious activities.

 

By calling 9-1-1 you will be linked to the appropriate police as well as firefighting, medical, and ambulance services. You don't need money to call 9-1-1 from a pay phone and it is a free call from a cellular telephone.

 

1. Dial 911 (on a pay phone it is not necessary to deposit money, and will also usually work on cell phones even if the phone is disconnected - although the cell phone must be charged or plugged in).

2. Tell the 911 operator what you need; ambulance, fire truck, or the police.

3. Be calm. When a caller is upset, it is hard to understand what he or she is saying or to get vital information quickly.

4. Stay on the phone. Do not hang up!

5. Give your name and address. If your address is different from the location of the crime, be sure to let the operator know.

6. If possible, give the operator suspect description, weapons, if any, and vehicle description and license.
 

Some examples of crime emergencies that should be reported by calling 9-1-1 are:

 

  • Fights, sexual assaults, etc.
  • Homicides
  • Burglaries and robberies
  • Flashlight beam in a business or home, especially if the business is closed or the residents are away
  • Domestic violence
  • Child and elder abuse
  • Sounds of gunshots, screaming, barking dogs, breaking glass, explosions, alarms, etc.
  • Hit and run accidents with possible injuries
  • Vehicles containing weapons or property not normally kept in vehicles
  • Ongoing dumping of fuel or other hazardous substances
  • Road hazards that require immediate attention to prevent personal injuries and property damage
  • Graffiti and other acts of vandalism in progress
  • Runaway juvenile or missing person who needs special care -- be sure to tell the operator if the person needs medication and has a special problem, e.g., Alzheimer's disease

 

Persons who are:

 

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Entering a neighbor's home when the neighbor is away
  • Forcing an entry of a home, business, or vehicle
  • Exhibiting unusual mental or physical symptoms that poses a threat to him/herself or others
  • Removing property from a business, home, or vehicle, especially if the business is closed or the residents are away
  • Carrying or wearing bloody clothing
  • Struggling with a resisting child
  • Trying to or actually using a vehicle to pick up a person by force, especially a child or female

Non emergency calls can be placed to the Mount Union Borough Police
Station at
(814) 542-8822.  Please keep in mind that the officer may
be out on the street
patrolling or handling another incident.  If the officer
is not at the station, you will be
directed to call our dispatch center

on a non-emergency line at (814) 643-3960.

What to do when stopped by the police:

So you sometimes have a lead foot, and run an occasional stop sign. No big deal -- or is it? How would you feel if a stop sign runner or speeder speeds through a school zone where your child is waiting for a school bus? Police keep this kind of activity in check. No one likes getting a ticket, but tickets deter us from doing things that are illegal and put the community's safety at risk.

 

The main reason police conduct traffic stops is to enforce the law and to encourage voluntary compliance with these laws. The goal is to reduce injuries and deaths on our roadways. But the police also save the taxpayer money by doing traffic stops. For example: a driver not wearing a seat belt speeds down a road, looses control of his vehicle, and hits a guardrail. Who pays for the emergency services? Who pays for his hospital stay and physical therapy? Who pays for the guardrail repair? It is not the motorist, but your local government, funded by you, the taxpayer. Costs are controlled every time police officers enforce the law. Police encourage us to wear our seat belts, use child safety seats, not to speed or drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

 

Traffic stops are dangerous. Many officers are killed or injured each year in traffic related incidents. In 1999, more than half of all officer in the line of duty deaths were traffic related. And when there is the use of a weapon at a traffic stop the percentage is more than 55 percent. Every stop for a traffic violation has the potential for danger.

 

Routine traffic stops sometimes turn out to be anything but routine. Officers find uninsured drivers, operators with suspended driver's licenses, drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, illegal firearms, or fugitives from justice. Because of what an officer may run into, they are trained to place a great deal of emphasis on safety and take a defensive posture at a traffic stop until the risk of injury or confrontation is diminished.

 

Under our laws and ordinances, you are expected to cooperate should you be stopped by the police for a traffic violation. Drivers as well as passengers can all do their part by following a few simple guidelines and prevent an otherwise routine traffic stop from becoming confrontational.

The following is excerpted from a publication by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Sheriff Magazine, written by James J. Onder to strengthen the citizen and law enforcement partnership at the traffic stop.

 

  • Carry proper identification: a valid operator license, valid registration, and current proof of insurance.

  • When being signaled by an officer to stop, look for the nearest place to position your vehicle, as far out of the lane of traffic as possible, and off to the right side of the roadway, where the shoulder is wider. Signal your move to the side of the roadway, stop, and turn on your flashers. Never pull into a private residential driveway. Homeowners do not appreciate you being on their property.

  • Never attempt to out run a police vehicle or pretend you do not see the lights or hear the siren.

  • Always stay in your vehicle unless you are asked to exit it by the officer. Then, do it slowly.

  • Remain calm. If you have passengers, ask them to remain quiet and to cooperate with all reasonable requests. Do not allow anyone to make threatening gestures or statements to the officer.

  • Keep your seat belt fastened until the officer has seen you wearing it.

  • Avoid thinking that you were stopped because of your race, gender, religion, or national or ethnic origin. These stops are illegal, and officers are trained to know that type of stop violates federal and civil rights.

  • During hours of darkness turn on your interior light so the officer can see that all is in order. This is a safety issue for the officer and although you may not get out of a ticket, he does appreciate the thought.

  • Understand that the officer will turn on the police car's headlights and spotlight during the hours of darkness, again for safety purposes. It helps illuminate your cars interior.

  • Officers tend to speak loudly because of traffic, or other noisy conditions. They are not trying to intimidate you.

  • Keep your hands in plain view, preferably on the steering wheel. Ask your passengers to keep their hands in their laps in plain view as well.

  • Do not make any sudden movements, especially towards the floorboard, rear seat, or passenger side of the vehicle. The officer may interpret these movements as an act of aggression, an attempt to obtain a weapon, or hide illegal contraband.

  • Turn off your engine, radio, cell phone and roll your drivers window all the way down so you can hear the officer.

  • Ask for identification if the officer is not in uniform or not in a marked police vehicle.

  • Remember the officer's name.

  • Remember, the first words spoken by you (and the officer) may set the tone of the interaction at the traffic stop.

  • Wait until the officer requests your information. Do not immediately reach for your license, registration, and insurance cards. If items are out of reach, tell the officer where they are and reach for them slowly. Otherwise keep your hands on the steering wheel.

  • Give the officer a chance to explain the violation. Officers are trained to ask for identification first, before providing an explanation for the stop.

  • Answer the officer's questions to the best of your knowledge, but keep in mind that by law you do have the right not to answer questions.

  • If the charge or citation is not clear, ask for an explanation in a polite manner.

  • You may provide a explanation if there are special circumstances surrounding the incident. Be simple and polite, there is no need to apologize or to elaborate on the offense.

  • Avoid provoking the officer or showing off in front of other occupants. Comply with the officer's requests first, and then seek an explanation.

  • Do not argue with the officer at road side. If you disagree with the citation or the officer's actions, discuss it with a district justice, or the officer's immediate supervisor.

  • If you receive a citation, you will be asked to sign it. This not an admission of guilt. It only means that you received a citation.

  • Don't be surprised if another police car appears. Many police departments use one man patrol cars. A second car is there to ensure an officer's safety. Be flexible; there are many issues concerning safety at a traffic stop, for the officer as well as the occupants of the vehicle he stops. Therefore, no traffic stop is routine. Cooperate with the officer and follow instructions.

  • Practice a simple rule: Treat the officer like you or a member of your family want to be treated. Treat law enforcement officers with respect; in fact, say hello the next time you see one around your community. Write the agency the next time an officer is exceptionally kind and helpful.

  • Report the incident to the officer's agency if you feel that he has acted irresponsibly. Document the officer's specific misconduct in a written statement, and submit it as soon as possible. Follow the agency procedure. (Since traffic enforcement procedures vary from state to state, it may be necessary to contact an attorney or law enforcement agency representative who is familiar with laws and agency policies.)

  • A special note on firearms in vehicles. You should always let the officer know immediately if you are carrying a weapon BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY MOVEMENTS IN THE VEHICLE TO OBTAIN IDENTIFICATION. The officer has a procedure to determine where it is in the vehicle, if it is loaded, and property registered. Weapons may be registered for specific purposes such as hunting, protection, or target practice. The officer will ask you to produce a permit if applicable, which he can verify by radio. The officer will also ask you specific questions about your activities, and the officer's actions are designed to keep you both safe.

Click it or Ticket Program:

 

The Mount Union Borough Police Department will actively participate in the Click It or Ticket Program beginning in the Summer, 2009.  The next wave of Click it or Ticket programs is coming soon, and the Department would like to remind motorists that seatbelt use is mandatory in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Mount Union Police Department will exercise a zero-tolerance policy during several waves of seat-belt enforcement dates.  These dates will typically take place during and around holidays, however, the police department may at any time issue citations for improper seatbelt and child/booster seat use.

 

Pennsylvania's Passenger Safety Laws can be found by clicking HERE.

 

More information about the Click It or Ticket campaign can be found at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by clicking on their logo below:

Window Tinting in Pennsylvania

Window tinting is illegal in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, except under certain circumstances.

 

Section 4524(e) of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Reads:

 

 (e) Sun screening and other materials prohibited.--

  1. No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any sun screening device or other material which does not permit a person to see or view the inside of the vehicle through the windshield, side wing or side window of the vehicle.
  2. This subsection does not apply to:
    1. A vehicle which is equipped with tinted windows of the type and specification that were installed by the manufacturer of the vehicle or to any hearse, ambulance, government vehicle or any other vehicle for which a currently valid certificate of exemption has been issued in accordance with regulations adopted by the department.
    2. A vehicle which is equipped with tinted windows, sun screening devices or other materials which comply with all applicable Federal regulations and for which a currently valid certificate of exemption for medical reasons has been issued in accordance with regulations adopted by the department.
  3. A certificate of exemption shall be issued by the department for a vehicle which is:
    1. Registered in this Commonwealth on the effective date of this subsection and is equipped with a sun screening device or other material prohibited under paragraph (1) on the effective date.
    2. Equipped with tinted windows, sun screening devices or other materials for a physical condition that makes it necessary to equip the motor vehicle with sun screening material which would be of a light transmittance or luminous reflectance in violation of this section.

      (A) A certificate of exemption for medical reasons shall be issued only if the owner or registrant of the vehicle, or a person residing in the household of the owner or registrant who regularly drives or is driven in the vehicle, suffers from a physical condition determined by the department, in consultation with the Medical Advisory Board, to justify the exemption.
      (B) Any person requesting an exemption for medical reasons shall have his physical condition certified to the department by a licensed physician or optometrist.

  4. A certificate of exemption issued under this subsection shall be carried in the vehicle and displayed on request of a police officer.
  5. Upon the sale or transfer of the vehicle to any person who does not qualify under paragraph (2)(ii), the exemption shall be null and void. Prior to the sale or transfer of an exempt vehicle, it shall be the sole responsibility of the owner or seller of a formerly exempt vehicle to remove all sun screening or other materials from the vehicle. At the time of the sale or transfer of a formerly exempt vehicle, the owner shall remove and destroy the certificate of exemption for physical reasons and provide the purchaser with a notarized statement setting forth the name and address of the owner or seller, the vehicle identification number, year and model, and the business entity and process used to remove the sun screening or other material.

What this means is that you may not have tinted windows that obstruct the view of the interior of the vehicle. Table X of the Pennsylvania Inspection Manual sets a standard that a minimum of 70% of light must be transmitted through the window.  Manufacturer glass cuts light transmission down to approximately 70%... therefore any tint on the window would be considered unlawful.

Strategic Plan Meeting 1
Notes from the Mount Union Strategic Planning Meeting held May 30, 2013