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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Questions Answered Below:

  1. How do I obtain a copy of a motor vehicle accident report?
  2. When will my accident report be ready?
  3. Where is the police station located?
  4. If I request a police report that is 11 pages in length, what will I be charged?
  5. Can I call the police department's records department and request a police report?
  6. How do I get in touch with the Police?
  7. Can I call the Police Department to set up a Drug Awareness,safety or Crime Prevention presentation for my school or organization?
  8. I am a resident, can I register my firearm with the Lower Township Police Department?
  9. What is a Firearms Identification Card (FAID) for?
  10. What is a Permit to Purchase?
  11. What is the procedure for fingerprinting of people who are not under arrest?
  12. Do I have to register my alarm? (burglar, fire, panic, medical, etc)
  13. How can I obtain a handicapped parking permit?
  14. How do I know if I should call 911 or the non-emergency number?
  15. My family will be going on vacation. Can the police check on our house for us while we are gone?
  16. Why does it take longer for the police to respond to certain calls?
  17. Why am I asked so many questions when I call the police? Why don't they just send a car?
  18. What are the curfew laws?
  19. What is the name of the Chief of Police?
  20. Whom do I call for help in medical emergencies in Lower Township?


Q. How do I obtain a copy of a motor vehicle accident report?
A. Police reports are available 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday except some holidays, at the Lower Township Police Department Records Bureau located in the Public Safety Building in the Cape May Airport Complex.  When requesting an accident report the following information is required: name, date and location of accident, and the accident number.  The cost of the report is 5¢ per page. Most accident reports are 4 pages or less.  

Records Bureau Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
RECORDS OFFICE TELEPHONE: 609-886-1619 ext. 105



Q. When will my accident report be ready?
A. Motor vehicle accident reports are normally available 5-7 business days after the accident occurred.



Q. Where is the Police Station located?
A. The Police Dept. is located in the Public Safety Building in the Cape May Airport Complex on Breakwater Road in the Erma section of Lower Township.

Mailing Address:
Lower Township Police Department
405 Breakwater Road
Erma, NJ 08204

Physical Address:
Lower Township Police Department
1389 Langley Road
Erma, NJ



Q: If I request a police report that is 11 pages in length, what will I be charged?
A: By Law all copies are now only Five Cents (5¢) per page copied.  ($.05 x 11 = $.55)  (7¢ per legal size page)



Q: Can I call the police records department and request a police report?

A: Yes. Call the Records Bureau at 609-886-1619 ext. 105 (between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, except some holidays), and request a public record request form or submit your request online here. The form requires your name, address, date and time of the incident and a case number if possible. Identification is also required.


 

Q: How do I get in touch with the Police?
A: POLICE ASSISTANCE 24 / 7
EMERGENCY : 911
Non-Emergency: 609-886-2711
If you know your party's extension, please dial 609-886-1619

You may also submit a question or comment online by clicking here



Q: Can I call the Police Department to set up a Drug Awareness, Safety or Crime Prevention presentation for my school or organization?
A: Yes! The Lower Township Police Department is eager to present public safety education to civic and school organizations. The Community Services/Safe Neighborhoods Unit can be reached by calling 609-886-1619 ext. 132.



Q: I am a resident, can I register my firearm with the Lower Township Police Department?
A:  You can register your firearm with the Lower Township Police Department by completing a Voluntary Form of Registration (SP650)

Should you have questions regarding this form, contact the Firearms Investigations Unit, New Jersey State Police, P.O. Box 7068, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0068, (609) 882-2000, ext. 2290



Q: What is a Firearms Identification Card (FAID)?
A: A Firearms Identification Card is required when purchasing shotguns, rifles, long arms or ammunition. You must be 18 years of age or older to obtain one, pending a background check, fingerprint check, and proper registration through the Lower Township Police Department.



Q: What is a Permit to Purchase a Handgun?
A: This is required for each handgun that a citizen wishes to purchase. Permits to Purchase are valid for 90 days and can be renewed one time for an additional 90 days, at the Chief's discretion.  Permits to Purchase are scrutinized and the request is thoroughly investigated prior to approval.


 


Q: What is the procedure for fingerprinting of people who are not under arrest?
A: Non-criminal fingerprinting is routinely done for certain types of employment. Non-criminal fingerprinting by the Lower Township Police Department is for Lower Township residents ONLY and is performed by the Patrol Division when workload permits and the person is required to bring their own fingerprint cards (often supplied by the potential employer). Fingerprinting is done 7 days a week.  

THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS NOT PERMITTED TO FINGERPRINT FOR IMMIGRATION PURPOSES.



Q: Do I have to register my burglar alarm?
A: Yes. Local ordinance requires that all alarms (burglar, fire, panic, medical, etc) must be registered with the Lower Township Police Department. This registration is the responsibility of the homeowner, not the security company. Alarm Registration forms can be downloaded here or obtained from the Records Bureau. The completed application may be dropped off, mailed in to 405 Breakwater Road, Erma, NJ 08204, or faxed to the Records Department at 609-886-5289.

Failure to register your alarm may result in a summons for having an unregistered alarm in addition to any summonses issued for excessive false alarms.



Q: How can I obtain a handicapped parking permit?
A: Temporary handicapped parking permits are available from the Records Bureau at the Lower Township Police Department. The permits are valid for a 6 month period and may be renewed for an additional 6 month period, with the submission of the appropriate documentation. Temporary handicapped parking permits are intended for non-permanent, temporary injuries and disabilities. They are not for temporary periods of time. For example, a temporary handicapped parking permit will not be issued to be used until the permanent one arrives.
Applications for a temporary permit are available from the Records Department, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday (excluding holidays). The applications need to be completely filled out, including a section by the person's medical doctor. The completed application and a check for $4.00 made out to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission are required for processing. The permit will be issued shortly, usually with just a short wait. Temporary handicapped parking permits are valid for a 6-month period and may be renewed for an additional 6-month period with the submission of the appropriate documentation from the patient's physician. There is no cost for an extension.

Permanent handicapped parking placards and plates are issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Permanent handicapped parking placards applications available at any office of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. The applications need to be completely filled out, including a section by the person's medical doctor and mailed directly to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. These placards do not expire and there is no cost.



Q: How do I know if I should call 911 or the non-emergency number?
A: If you are witnessing or are involved in a life-threatening situation or there is a crime in progress, call 911. All other requests, such as suspicious activity, questions, or to make a report of a crime that has already occurred, call the non-emergency number at (609) 886-2711.



Q: My family will be going on vacation. Can the police check on our house for us while we are gone?
A: Yes, a Lower Township Police officer can check on your home while on patrol. Simply fill out a Property Check card available from the Records Bureau.



Q: Why does it take longer for police to respond to certain calls?
A: All requests for police services are prioritized based on the seriousness of the incident and potential for injury or damage to property. Occasionally, less serious calls must be delayed so that we can respond immediately to emergencies.



Q: Why am I asked so many questions when I call the police? Why don't they just send a car?
A: Dispatchers are trained to gather as much information as possible about an incident. They do this so that the responding officers will have the information necessary in order to plan and organize an effective response. Questions are asked so that the dispatcher and the responding officers have all the necessary information regarding descriptions of vehicles/persons involved, any injuries, any weapons used, etc. This also helps the officers understand the severity of the situation, how many officers should respond and the priority for emergency/non-emergency runs. The safety of all persons involved is increased, as well as the chance of apprehending any perpetrators.



Q: What are the curfew laws?
A: Local Ordinance 260-2 states,
It shall be unlawful for a juvenile to be on any public street or any public place in the Township of Lower between the following hours:
A. Juveniles under 14 years of age: 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
B. Juveniles ages 14 through 17:
(1) Between September 15 and May 15: 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
(2) Between May 15 and September 15: 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m.



Q: What is the name of the Chief of Police?
A: Chief William Mastriana



Q: Whom do I call for help in medical emergencies in Lower Township?
A: IN EMERGENCIES DIAL 911. The police department also renders aid to sick and injured persons, call 24 hours a day / 7 days a week NON-EMERGENCY TEL: 609-886-2711.

 

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