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July 20, 2017

 

Tax Threat SCAM

Numerous residents have reported receiving calls from an entity identifying themselves as the IRS and stating the person owes back taxes.  The call goes on to state the person must pay a certain amount of money immediately or face being arrested by IRS Agents.

THIS IS A SCAM- The Internal Revenue Service does not engage in robo-calls advising citizens of delinquent taxes owed nor do they threaten people over the phone for immediate payment or face incarceration.

If you receive a phone call from someone identifying themselves as a member of the IRS, do not provide them any personal information such as your date of birth, address, social security number or any bank information.

When in doubt, call the Internal Revenue Service at 717-782-2200.

 

 

January 19, 2017

**Distraction Burglaries and Solicitations**

We have received reports of suspected attempts at distraction burglaries over the past 24 hours in Pinebrook, Fairwinds and Golfview Developments.  Distraction burglars work by drawing a resident to a front door for an extended conversation while an accomplice enters the residence and steals valuables.  They usually offer a service such as carpet cleaning, home repair or driveway sealing.

Hampden Township requires ALL solicitors to obtain a permit which involves a background check.  Please request to see a Soliticitors Permit at the beginning of any contact/conversation with a solicitor. If they don’t have one, please contact the police by dialing 911.

Please do not wait hours or days before reporting the suspicious activity as our greatest chance of catching these groups is when they are immediately reported.

January 11, 2017
**SCAM ALERT**

See Alert from Constellation Energy regarding an on-going scam involving phone solicitations for bill payment.


Constellation Scam Letter

January 10, 2017

Missing Juvenile and Reverse 911 calls to community.

Last night,  this department was seeking a missing 14 year old juvenile who had left his residence, in 18 degree weather, without a coat or shoes. While we take all missing juvenile investigations seriously, the severe weather conditions posed added urgency.

As a result of this urgency, the decision was made to utilize reverse 911 calls in a specific area in order to alert residents to the situation. The initial reverse 911 call was made in a 1/4 radius of the juvenile’s home at around 9:00PM. At 11:15 PM, with no sign of the missing young man and on advice of search and tracking experts who advised he could have travelled up to 2.5 miles, the decision was made to do another call within the 2.5 mile radius.

The extreme community interest in the case, evidenced by more than 86,000 Facebook hits, resulted in dozens of citizens showing up at the Command Post or spontaneously driving the township’s roads looking for the juvenile.

When he was eventually found at around 12:30AM, it was known that more than 12,000 people had been notified via various methods and that many people, on their own, were driving the roads and walking neighborhoods looking for him. In an effort to get notification out to everyone, including volunteers, that he’d been located and to bring closure to the many of people following the progress of the investigation, the decision was made to do a final call to advise everyone of him being located.

We understand that many people felt inconvenienced by the final call which some received as late at 1:03AM, however it was a decision based in the desire to notify unaccounted-for volunteers and others who were calling in tips that the investigation had been resolved.

The reverse 911 system is technology that is available to emergency services and that technology is used very sparingly for true emergent situations. We believe a life threatening situation for a 14 year-old fit that use.

July 25, 2016

IRS ROBO CALL SCAM

Numerous residents have reported receiving robo-calls from an entity identifying themselves as the IRS and stating the person owes back taxes.  The call goes on to state the person must pay a certain amount of money immediately or face being arrested by IRS Agents.

THIS IS A SCAM- The Internal Revenue Service does not engage in robo-calls advising citizens of delinquent taxes owed nor do they threaten people over the phone for immediate payment or face incarceration.

If you receive a phone call from someone identifying themselves as a member of the IRS, do not provide them any personal information such as your date of birth, address, social security number or any bank information.

When in doubt, call the Internal Revenue Service at 717-782-2200.

July 19, 2016

Hampden Uniform 2
The Hampden Township Police Department will be holding its second Citizen’s Police Academy on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-9:00pm starting September and continuing for 8 weeks through November.  The Citizens’ Police Academy, entitled, “Standing on the Blue Line” will give township residents and business owners, 18 years of age and older, insight into the operations of the police department, an understanding of laws and current issues that affect law enforcement officers, and some hands-on experience in tasks done by police officers.

Police Chief Steven Junkin stated, “We’re looking to give people real insight into the situations and challenges we face daily.  This is a great opportunity for participants to expand on interests they’ve had, experience situations they’ve heard about or seen on TV, and even debunk some myths and misunderstandings relating to law enforcement.  We’ve been working hard to establish open lines of communication with our community and I think this is a unique and fun way to achieve that goal.”

Classes will start September 21st and will occur each Wednesday at the Township Municipal Building through November 9th.  Class size is limited to 20 people. Those who have questions or are interested in participating can send an email to police@hampdentownship.us and include your name, address and a contact number.  Selected applicants will receive additional information at a later date. Those that have previously registered for the Spring Citizen’s Police Academy do not need to re-register.

June 28, 2016

PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE

HAMPDEN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT

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**UPDATE 06/28/16**

On Saturday, June25, 2016 the Hampden Township Police Department initiated a missing person investigation after a 15 year-old female failed to report for work at the Hampden Township Pool.  As previously reported, Hampden Township Police officers utilized a variety of methods over the course of several hours to attempt to locate the missing juvenile.

Later that evening, the juvenile contacted her family via phone and arranged to meet them near her house. As reported by the family the juvenile alleged, at that time, she had been abducted from a roadway near her residence and was later returned to a location near her residence. Hampden Township Police responded immediately and interviewed the juvenile as part of our on-going investigation.

On the day of the incident, Detectives with the Hampden Township Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Harrisburg office and the FBI agreed to assist in the investigation. The FBI and Hampden Township Police have been working closely to determine facts of the case.

Today, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, law enforcement concluded that the juvenile was not abducted.

This update is being released because of the alarming nature of the original allegation. Hampden Township and the FBI wish to mitigate citizens’ concerns about potential abductors and stress that there has been no abduction.

This investigation continues and no further information will be released at this time.

June 27, 2016

PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE

HAMPDEN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT

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On Saturday, June25, 2016 the Hampden Township Police Department initiated a missing person investigation after a 15 year-old female failed to report for work at the Hampden Township Pool.  Township police began the process of attempting to locate the missing juvenile using various methods to include “pinging” her phone, interviewing family and friends, conducting a neighborhood canvas, reviewing her Facebook account, entering her into NCIC as a missing person, contacting law enforcement in another state to make contact with family, attempting to identify possible security camera footage along her likely route of travel and releasing our own Facebook post requesting assistance in locating her.

Early that evening, the juvenile contacted her family who met her near her house. Hampden Township Police responded immediately and interviewed the juvenile as part of our on-going investigation.  As released by the family in a Facebook post dated June 26, 2016, the juvenile has alleged she was abducted.

The Hampden Township Police Department takes these allegations very seriously and is working with allied agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to continue to collect evidence and verify the account provided by the juvenile.

Based on the available information obtained through the investigation, the Hampden Township Police do not believe there is a threat posed to the community as a result of this incident. This would however, be an opportunity for parents to discuss “stranger danger” concepts with their children and reinforce the importance of communities remaining vigilant for suspicious persons and vehicles.

As this investigation is active and involving a juvenile, no further comment on the status of the investigation will be released publicly. Anyone with information related to this incident are asked to call the Hampden Township Police at 717-761-2609.

June 6, 2016

Testing Consortium Banner
Hampden Township Police will once again participate in the Cumberland County Police Testing Consortium for all potential hiring.

Those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply to the testing consortium at http://cumberlandcountypolicetest.com/ . By engaging in a test consortium, the participating law enforcement agencies are able to pool their resources and provide a one-day testing opportunity for the physical agility and written test. Applicants who pass the consortium testing will then be processed by individual municipalities consistent with their policies and/or the Civil Service regulations.

Hampden Township does not require prior Act 120 certification to apply for a police officer position.  Potential applicants who do not possess an Act 120 certificate will be sent to the Harrisburg Area Community College Police Academy with employment being conditional on successful completion of the course.

Hampden Township is an equal opportunity employer.

May 13, 2016

Police Bike School Class Photo

Congratulations to Officer Derrick Siegfried (7th from right) on his graduation from the International Police Mountain Bike Association Cyclist Course. Officer Siegfried joins Officer Toth and Detetcive Gingrich as our currently certified Bike Patrol officers.

Residents can expect to see Officers Toth and Siegfried patrolling on bicycle this summer through our neighborhoods, parks and trails. Feel free to stop and talk to them, introduce yourselves and express any local concerns you may have.

February 25, 2016

Hampden Township announces Special Needs Registry

The Hampden Township Police has announced the implementation of a Special Needs Resident Registry which permits parents or guardians of those with special needs to voluntarily register their loved with the department.

The registration involves completing a form that would aid law enforcement by providing specific and crucial information that would help determine the size, scope, and special considerations or hazards that would need to be considered in locating someone with special needs who has become lost or missing. The registration includes recent pictures of the resident which could then be used to alert media outlets and aid in quickly locating the missing or lost person.

The registration process is designed to desensitize the special needs resident to law enforcement as a means to foster a better relationship and to reduce the fear that is sometimes experienced by those with cognitive disabilities. Members of the department will work with the family or guardians of the special needs resident to tailor the experience and collected information to foster a positive experience for those involved.

All information provided during the registration process is kept secured by the police department and used only in emergency circumstances. Annual registration provides a mechanism for ensuring information is current and relative.

Participating in the program is completely voluntary and residents may withdraw at any time.

If interested in more information or in registering for the program, you may call 717-761-2609 or write to police@hampdentownship.us. Registrations will be completed by appointment.


April 7, 2015

The Hampden Township Police Department was recognized by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for being one of the police departments in the Commonwealth who, in 2014, consistently provided police reports within 15 days or less so that victims of crimes could receive the financial assistance provided by law.

We stand committed to not only being diligent in trying to prevent and investigate crimes but to also stand with and help the victims after the event.

For more information on the Victims Compensation Assistance Program, go to:

http://www.pccd.pa.gov/Victim-Services/Pages/Victims-Compensation-Assistance-Program-(VCAP).aspx#.VSPeYv50wj4