Adams Township Police Department
The SafeWise Report released its “50 Safest Cities in Pennsylvania” report this week (9/28/2015). Adams Township was named as the 25th Safest City in Pennsylvania. To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2013 to analyze and rank these cities, which all have a minimum population of 5,000 people.
**The PA Criminal Intelligence Center has issued an alert regarding fraudulent emails claiming to originate from Penn DOT. The subject line of the fraudulent email indicates “Action Required – Fine for Traffic Violations”. The body of the email contains links to an alleged photo capture, but are not affiliated with PennDOT.
Please Note – Citations or traffic tickets issued in Pennsylvania are not paid directly to PennDOT.
**Residents are reminded to LOCK their vehicles and REMOVE all valuable items from their vehicles. Recently, there have been numerous items stolen from unlocked vehicles parked on the streets and in driveways as well as unlocked garages.
**IRS Warning about Phone Scams – The IRS and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individual demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
- If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040
- If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes then call and report the incident to TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484.
Message from the Chief
Thank you for visiting the Adams Township website. I hope the information provided will be of assistance to you in making our communities of Adams Township and Valencia Borough a safer place to live, work, shop and visit.
As our communities continue to grow, so grows the Adams Township Police Department. We are currently staffed by 8 full time and 10 part-time patrol officers. Along with these officers is one part-time secretary.
Our department strives to promote individual responsibility and a commitment to improving the community’s quality of life through crime control and public safety while serving all people with fairness and respect.
Please feel free to contact our department with any suggestion you may have on how we can provide better police services.
The Adams Township Police Department services the residents of Adams Township and Valencia Borough. These municipalities are located in southwest central Butler County approximately 20 miles north of Pittsburgh. Adams Township covers an area of approximately 22.6 square miles with a growing population of 11,652 (2010 census).
The Adams Township Police Department consists of 18 officers which include 1 chief, 1 assistant chief, 1 sergeant, 1 detective, 4 full-time patrol officers and 10 part-time patrol officers providing 24 hour police services.
The department is equipped with 6 marked patrol units and 2 unmarked units. The patrol units are equipped with laptop computers, VASCAR units, and mobile video recording devices.
All officers are trained in basic lifesaving procedures including CPR, as required by law; all officers are further trained in the use of the AED (Automated External Defibrillator). These units are carried in some marked patrol vehicle.
Located within the boundaries of the township are the campuses of the Mars Area School District with an enrollment of over 3,200 students, which include the following school buildings: Mars Area High School, Mars Area Middle School, Mars Area Centennial School, Mars Area Elementary School and the Mars Area Primary Center. The department also assigns an officer to patrol these campuses when school is in session.
Also located in Adams Township is the MHY Family Services (formerly Mars Home for Youth), which houses youth, ages 9-18. MHY Family Services also operates Longmore Academy, which is located on their campus and provides alternative education for at-risk youth. MHY residents and students from surrounding public school districts attend Longmore Academy.
Anytime you need assistance from or to speak to a police officer – not only in an emergency but also for general questions. All calls for police assistance must be dispatched through 9-1-1.
- To report a suspicious person, vehicle or activity
- When you witness a vehicle accident
- When you are a victim of or witness to a break-in
- When you are a victim of an assault
- When you are involved in or hear a domestic dispute
- To report a missing person
- To report a drunk driver
- When you lock the keys in your car
- To report a disabled vehicle
- To report a hazardous condition such as wires/poles/trees down
- To report dead deer
- If you are calling from outside of Butler County – dial 724-282-1221
Call the police station only in these instances (724-625-2040):
- To follow-up on an existing case
- Request a copy of a report
- Schedule a fingerprint appointment
Homeland Security Investigations
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed. HSI administers the Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien’s release from custody. However, victim and witnesses are required to register with our agency in order to receive notification of a criminal alien’s release.
To this end, HSI has requested our department’s assistance with informing victims and witnesses located within our geographic area about this valuable program. Listed below is a universal resource locator for the HSI Victim Notification Program. The victim or witness can access the following website by clicking: http://www.ice.gov/victim-notification/