IN Shaler Summer 2017 - Page 52

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE STOPPED BY THE POLICE 1. If the police have stopped you, they THINK they have a reason to do so. 2. It is best to be cool and calm and identify yourself. 3. If an unmarked car signals you to pull over at night and you are not sure the person is a Police Officer, put your 4-way flashers and dome light on and SLOWLY drive to the nearest well lit public area. Unmarked police cars used for traffic stops are equipped with red and blue lights. 4. Do not threaten or touch the Officers. Keep your hands and your feet to yourself as doing otherwise will probably get you arrest. Do not make the situation worse than it already is. 5. Under Pennsylvania law, you may not use force to resist a legal or illegal arrest. Remember you have the right to contest the validity of your arrest later on in court. 6. If you are given a ticket, you have a right to a hearing in front of the District Justice, if you do not agree with the District Justice’s decision you have a right to appeal. 7. If you are arrested you have the right to a preliminary hearing, in which the police must show why you were arrested. 8. If you feel you were legitimately treated unfairly by a Municipal Police Officer (s) you have the right to file a complaint with the Chief of Police. If you are dissatisfied with the Chief’s response, you can file a complaint with the Elected Officials who oversee the Police Department such as the Mayor, Police Commissioner or Township Manager. If you are dissatisfied with that response, you have the right to file a complaint with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, and if you choose, you can pursue a civil action. To obtain the full pamphlet from the Allegheny County Chiefs of Police Association, go to under Public Safety. RULES OF THE ROAD Prohibiting use of hearing impairment devices. (a)  General rule.--No driver shall operate a vehicle while wearing or using one or more headphones or earphones. (b)  Exception.--This section does not prohibit the use of hearing aids or other devices for improving the hearing of the driver, nor does it prohibit the use of a headset in conjunction with a cellular telephone that only provides sound through one ear and allows surrounding sounds to be heard with the other ear, nor does it prohibit the use of communication equipment by the driver of an emergency vehicle or by motorcycle operators complying with section 3525 (relating to protective equipment for motorcycle riders). NEW POLICE OFFICER On May 9, 2017, the Board of Commissioners hired Joshua Logan as a member of the Shaler Township Police Department. Josh is a graduate of Shaler Area High School and Seton Hill College. Prior to being hired by Shaler Township he worked part time for Reserve and West Deer Townships and full time for Millvale Borough. We welcome Josh to Shaler Township. He is excited to work in the community in which he was raised. CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations to our new Sergeant in the Police Department. Officer Richard Fowler was promoted to Sergeant at the Board of Commissioners meeting on April 11, 2017. 50 Shaler