In the event you need the emergency services of police, fire, or ambulance, dial 9-1-1. A Berks County Communications Center telecommunicator will answer the phone and ask you the following questions about the emergency:
Address of the emergency
Telephone number you are calling from
A brief description of the emergency, if know. For example: "My kitchen is on
fire", or "There is an accident at the intersection of Rt. 724 and Rt.10."
It is important to remain calm so the telecommunicator can assist you. Telecommunicators ask standard questions to help them make evaluations, decisions and forward the necessary information to those responding to your call. Officers will then use this and other information to assign personnel and equipment.
A computer assists the telecommunicator when the fire company is dispatched with information on the fire hydrant locations, water supplies, the name of the subdivision in which the address is located and the closest intersection to the address.
If you want to report an incident which is not an emergency, dial the police at 610-777-9595 or the Berks County Communications Center at 610-655-4911.
Abandoned vehicles are not always illegally parked vehicles. A vehicle is abandoned if (a) it is physically inoperable and is left unattended on a highway or other public property for more than 48 hours; (b) it remains illegally parked on a highway or other public property for a period of more than 48 hours; (c) it is left unattended on or along a highway or other public property for more than 48 hours without a valid registration plate, a current certificate of inspection, an ascertainable vehicle identification number or (d) has remained on private property without the consent of the property owner for more than 24 hours.
It is illegal to abandon a vehicle unless the owner or operator notifies the nearest police agency within 48 hours when the vehicle is on a highway or other public property, or within 24 hours when the vehicle is left on private property. If the private property owner cannot be notified, a note explaining the circumstances should be left on the vehicle in a conspicuous place.
When an abandoned vehicle is removed from a highway, public property or private property by the police, the owner of the abandoned vehicle is subject to a fine of $500.00 including the costs related to towing and disposal of the vehicle.
If you have an abandoned vehicle on your property, or know of such a vehicle on a highway or other public property, please report it to the Township police by calling 610-777-9595.
If you have a complaint about the Police Department, please click on the following link "Citizen Complaint Procedure" to download the procedures for reporting a complaint.
At Home - Patrol Officers will check houses whose owners are on vacation. Residents who will be away for more than two days may contact the Police Department to register their home for this inspection.
At Home or At Work- Operation ID is a program sponsored by the Township to help protect your property and help reclaim it if stolen. The program is simple. Maintain a record of all appliances, tools, radios, television sets, firearms and other valuables owned and inscribe them with your Pennsylvania driver?s license number preceded by the letters PA. Mark each item in a hidden location and an obvious one. Engravers may be borrowed from the Police Department. You should report stolen or lost items as soon as they are discovered missing.
At Work - Free crime-prevention assistance is available from the Police Department. A specially-developed program provides suggestions and techniques you may implement to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of employee theft, shoplifting, burglary, larceny, robbery, fraud or other criminal acts. An officer will conduct a security survey of your business and make crime-prevention presentations to your employees and business and professional groups. The police encourage business owners/operators to provide information to aid law enforcement officials in maintaining effective service and security for businesses. The police maintain a business directory, which includes a listing of management personnel of local businesses, and information on how to contact responsible people in case of an emergency. Local business owners and operators should stop by the Police Department to update their entry any time vital information changes. Information supplied will be used only as part of official police business and will be held in strict confidence.
The Cumru Township Police Department is located at 1775 Welsh Road, Mohnton, Pa. 19540. To report a life-threatening emergency, crime or suspicious activity, call the police at 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, call 610-777-9595.
You will be asked your name, address and phone number and a brief description of what is happening. A police officer will then contact you and take the necessary information about what happened, where, when and who was involved, etc.. Information about the people that is especially helpful is names or physical descriptions, facial features, type of clothing, and approximate age. The description of any vehicle involved (color, model, year, license plate number and state) is important.
Applicants must pass a written examination, a test of interpersonal skills, a physical agility test and drug matrix, and an oral interview. From these tests, a "list of eligibles," ranked in order of final scores, is posted. The Chief of Police recommends one person from the top three names on the list for each vacancy to be filled. A thorough background investigation is conducted. After interviews, the best qualified candidate is appointed by the Board of Commissioners , conditioned upon passing psychological and medical exams.
If the new officer is not already certified as a trained municipal police officer, the new recruit is enrolled in a 24-week training program to achieve certification. Salary and benefits are paid to the officer during the training period. Successful completion of the 24-week training course is required for continued employment as a Police Officer.
Applications for police positions are accepted only when the Township is actively recruiting officers. Please note, active recruitment will be advertised on Facebook, the Township website, and the Newspaper.
Questions regarding the application and testing process can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cumru Township Officer Police Application Packet can be viewed and printed here. Please follow the directions within the Application Packet. Completed packets should be returned to the Cumru Township Police Department 1775 Welsh Rd. Mohnton, PA 19540 by the deadline along with a $35.00 check or money order made out to the Township of Cumru.
The Cumru Township Police Department provides some fingerprinting services. Contact the Cumru Township Police Department Administrative Office at 610-777-9595 for questions or appointments for these services. There is a $25.00 fee. *Due to COVID-19 fingerprinting services have been suspended until further notice.*
Seat Belts & Safety Seats
The Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code requires that, in vehicles manufactured after 7/1/66, the driver and front seat occupants of a passenger car, Class 1 truck, Class II truck or motor home shall wear a properly-adjusted and fastened safety belt.
These regulations do not apply to occupants who possess a written exemption from a physician, psychiatrist or other specialist qualified to make an informed judgment that the person is unable t wear a safety seat belt for a specified reason; a Postal Service rural letter carrier while operating any vehicle during the performance of their duties; or a driver who makes frequent stops and is traveling less than 15 miles-per-hour for the purpose of delivering goods or services.
Any child under the age of four years who is a passenger anywhere in the vehicle must be secured in a child passenger restraint system that meets the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
Any child four years of age but under eight years of age who is a passenger anywhere in the vehicle must be secured in a safety belt system and in a proper fitting child booster seat that meets the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
To view the list of child safety seats that have been recalled, go to: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/childseat.cfm.