Special Services

Members of the Butler Township Police Department routinely participate in specialized training in various aspects of policing. Each officer is required to have 12 hours of legal updates though the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Training Commission. Officers must have current CPR/AED and first aid training. Officers are required to qualify with their firearms at least two times per year. This includes handguns, shotguns and patrol rifles. Officers are also required to be certified with any additional weapons, such as batons, oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray and tasers. Officers may elect to seek additional training in specialized areas that interest them.

Some of the services that the department provides are listed here: 

Accident Reconstruction

Three Butler Township police officers are certified as traffic accident reconstructionists. Traffic accident reconstruction is a detailed science that is based upon mathematical formulas and other forces that are involved in a motor vehicle collision.

The township’s reconstructionists are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and respond to all fatal and serious accidents. When a serious or fatal traffic accident occurs, the on-duty officer summons a reconstruction team. Since each motor vehicle accident being investigated consists of many aspects, reconstructionists work as a team, with each one taking responsibility for part of the investigation. The reconstruction team is responsible for conducting interviews, inspecting vehicles, taking accident scene measurements, collecting evidence and supervising the accident scene.

After reviewing the facts of the investigation, the team determines whether criminal charges should be pursued as a result of the accident.

Drug Task Force

The Butler Township Police Department actively participates with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Drug Task Force. The task force has statewide jurisdiction for the pursuit of drug traffickers. Members of the Butler Township Police Department have participated in local, state and federal covert and overt operations that have led to the seizure of millions of dollars worth of marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and various other drugs as well as millions of dollars in assets and money.

Butler Township Police work in conjunction with other community-based task forces in the area; however, the Attorney General’s Task Force is the only one empowered and funded by the state of Pennsylvania to actively and aggressively investigate and prosecute drug users and traffickers. To report drug violations, call the Wilkes-Barre Office of the Attorney General at 800-833-4020 or Butler Township Police at 570-788-4111.

Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program

Each Butler Township officer receives specialized training through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) about various laws pertaining to commercial vehicles. Each officer is certified to work with PennDOT representatives to issue citations to commercial vehicles for unsafe conditions, including violating weight restrictions.

One officer has received in-depth training and can conduct specialized inspections, including examining log books and braking systems. He has the power to place unsafe commercial vehicles and commercial drivers out of service until the unsafe conditions are corrected. Each inspection is logged and reported to the national database, which enables other commercial vehicle inspectors to view the safety record of commercial vehicle carriers.