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Patton Township Police Policy Review

Listening Sessions for Public Input

3 pm, Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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6 pm, Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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Execution of Search Warrants (No Knock Ban)

At the request of Township citizens, the Patton Township Board of Supervisors has been reviewing select Police Department polices.  These Listening Sessions will provide an opportunity for the public to provide comments on the following policy:

Should Patton Township Police Officers be permitted or prohibited from exercising the option of entering a building without knocking when they have reason to believe that evidence is about to be destroyed (this is one of four exceptions in Pennsylvania to the standard knock and announce rule.)

Please note that “no-knock” search warrants are not allowed in Pennsylvania (PA).  Under the PA Code, officers must obtain a warrant and must knock on the door and announce their presence and purpose prior to entering a residence or other structure to conduct a lawful search.  Under PA case law, it is generally expected that officers must wait at least 15 to 20 seconds after knocking to allow residents the chance to voluntarily “surrender their privacy”. The PA Code does provide four exceptions for entry without knocking and announcing:

Rules 207(A) and (B) of Title 234 of the PA Code state that officers may enter a structure that is the subject of a search warrant without complying with the knock and announce requirements if “exigent circumstances require the officer’s immediate forcible entry.” The courts have found that “exigent circumstances” or permissible exceptions include the following:

  1. where occupants remain silent after repeated knocking and announcing,
  2. where police are virtually certain that occupants of premises already know their purpose,
  3. where police have reason to believe that an announcement prior to entry would imperil their safety, and
  4. where police have reason to believe that evidence is about to be destroyed

3 pm, Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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6 pm, Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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You heard that correctly! We will be offering our Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event this spring. Mark the following dates on your calendar so you can attend: April 30 & May 1, 2021. This is a free event offered once a year to properly dispose of your Household Hazardous Wastes. More information to come next month.
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State College, Pennsylvania 16803

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