Washington Township Police Department
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Administrative 717-762-1447 (Non-Emergency Number)
Police Dispatch Phone Number to REQUEST a POLICE OFFICER–
please call (717) 762-1145
For police emergencies – CALL 911
The Washington Township Police Department consists of officers who do a fantastic job to keep
the entire township safe. They routinely do speed checks and regular patrols to keep down the
amount of speeding and other traffic violations on our streets.
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PEDDLING and SOLICITING in Washington Township
Did you know…
Peddling and Soliciting within Washington Township requires a permit issued by the Washington Township Police Department and signed by the Secretary of the Board of Supervisors of Washington Township. We want you to know this information because we have had a few calls recently regarding sales people knocking on doors within the Township.
Just this week we received a report of a homeowner who was approached by someone that was advertising “driveway sealing”, turns out he simply painted the driveway with black paint, and the homeowner paid him for sealant, WTPD does not have a permit on file for this person. We also had two reports in the past week of sales people selling magazines and also offering to clean your carpet in an attempt to have you purchase a Kirby Vacuum cleaner, at the time, neither of these people had a permit.
When a permit is issued, pertinent information is gathered from the person requesting the permit, such as name, address, contact info, what organization they represent, what merchandise/service they are “peddling”, this way we have an idea of who may possibly be making or attempting to make contact with our residents and traveling through our community neighborhoods.
If you are approached at your residence by anyone attempting to sell merchandise or a service, you should ask to see their Soliciting Permit. If they do not have a permit, please contact our dispatch center at 717-762-1145 so an Officer can be dispatched to locate this person and advise of the requirements to peddle or solicit within Washington Township. Occasionally we have encountered individuals who are not always up to the best intentions, and may be trying to scam our residents.
WTPD wants you to be safe and remember a few things:
- Every person who is issued a permit is instructed they must have the permit on their person and display it to anyone who asks to see it.
- If someone knocks on your door, YOU DO NOT HAVE to answer and YOU DO NOT HAVE to allow anyone into your home. Only answer the door if you feel secure.
- If you do come outside to speak with someone who has knocked on your door, please ensure the rest of your house is secured and doors are locked. We have seen reports of thieves
working in a group, one person will knock on the door and distract the homeowner while the rest of the group enters the home from another door and burglarizes the home.
- If someone won’t take no for an answer, or you feel threatened in anyway, dial 9-1-1 for an emergency or contact our dispatch center at 717-762-1145 -24 hours a day.
- Don’t hesitate to contact the Police if you are unsure. The old saying, “if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is”, is very fitting in these circumstances.
- If you do contact the police, please try to have a description of the person and/or the vehicle they are driving. WTPD wants you and your family to be safe.
This is taken directly from the Township Code , Chapter 240: Peddling and Soliciting: “Any person(s) who engage in peddling, canvassing, soliciting or taking orders, either by sample or otherwise, for any goods, wares, materials or merchandise upon any of the streets, roads, alleys, walks or public grounds, or from house to house, within the Township are required to have a permit. “To see the code in its entirety, please visit the link below.
If you need Police assistance,
please dial 717-762-1145 NON-EMERGENCY 24 hours a day
OR 9-1-1 for emergency.
Chief of Police: Barry W. Keller
Click on the following link to read the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the
Washington Township Police Association and the Township of Washington , Franklin County .
The agreement period covers calendar years 2010, 2011, and 2012.