Frequently Asked Questions
- Who do I call about a lost pet?
- Will the Police Department watch my house while I am away on vacation?
- How do I obtain a handgun permit?
- Can I request a ride-along?
- What can we do about speeding on our street?
- How do I go about becoming a Caernarvon Township Police Officer?
- How can I get a copy of my driving record?
- How do I find out about crime statistics for my neighborhood or about a neighborhood I am considering moving into?
- Where can I pay traffic citations and non-traffic citations?
- What is the curfew for juveniles (any person under the age of 18) in Caernarvon Township?
- How do I report drug activity in my neighborhood?
- How do I report a crime?
- How do I get a copy of a police report for my insurance company?
- How can I find out if I have a warrant for my arrest?
- Can someone in the Police Department fingerprint me for a license, adoption proceedings, etc?
- How do I get a Protection From Abuse Order (PFA)?
Contact Berks Radio at 610-655-4911. They have an animal log book which they reference when they receive calls for lost and found animals. They will notify the Police Officers on duty who will then keep an eye out for your lost pet. You can also contact the Animal Rescue League at 610-373-8830 and see if your pet was turned in to them.
The Police Department does check residences and businesses while people are away on vacation/business. We suggest that you contact the Police Department and provide them with your vacation information, such as the time you will be away, lights on timers, people with keys to your residence in case of emergency, etc. There is a form under our forms section that would need to be filled out.
You must go to the Berks County Sheriff’s Department on the fourth floor of the Berks County Court House and pick up an application. Additional information on how obtain a gun permit can be found on their website: http://www.co.berks.pa.us/dept/sheriff/pages/locationstoobtainfirearms.aspx
At this time the Police Department does not have a policy regarding citizen ride-along. If that policy changes, we will make it known on our web site.
An extensive speed enforcement program is in effect. If you have particular concerns, please contact the Police Department and ask for Officer Tranovich who heads the state funded speed enforcement and aggressive driver grants for the department. He will address your complaints.
The Caernarvon Township Police Department will place an advertisement in the Reading Eagle, which is the first stop in the hiring process. The requirements and specifics will be provided in the ad copy.
The Police Department cannot provide license information to citizens; however, you can contact PennDot for information.
It is difficult to break down crime statistics for each neighborhood in the Township; however, UCR (Uniform Crime Report Data) for the entire Township is available. You may visit www.crimemapping.com. If you have any concerns about a certain area of the Township any Police Officer will gladly assist you with your questions.
Traffic and non-traffic citations may be paid at the Magistrate's Office during normal business hours, at 321 N. Furnace Street, Birdsboro, PA 19508 and they may be contacted at (610) 582-8615.
The curfew in Caernarvon Township is 11:00 pm to 5:00 am every day, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
You may call the Police Department general number or the Criminal Investigations Division at (610) 286-1012. The more information you can provide, the better. Information such as names and address of the person you are reporting is helpful. Vehicle information (license plate numbers if possible), type of activity, hours of occurrence, etc. should also be noted and reported. You do not have to leave your name; however, it is helpful should further information be needed.
Non-Emergency number (610) 286-1012, M-F 0800-1600 hours or 24 hours a day (610) 655-4911.
Accident reports are available at the Police Department Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm. The cost for these reports is currently $15.00. Copies of criminal reports cannot be furnished to victims or insurance companies without a subpoena; however, we do provide proof that crimes have been reported to insurance companies.
Contact the Berks County Sheriffs Department Warrants Division at 610-478-6240.
Yes, we only request that you make an appointment by calling (610) 286-1012. This service is available for residents of Caernarvon Township only and there is a $25 charge for this service.
Any officer can provide you with a detailed explanation of your rights under the Protection from Abuse Act. You may also visit the county's website to learn more: http://www.co.berks.pa.us/dept/courts/famcourt/pages/protectionfromabuse.aspx