Millcreek Police Department

PUBLIC NOTIFICATION:

In preparation for the future use of body warn cameras, we are sharing our policy in that regard...

The purpose of this policy is to establish general guidelines and procedures for officers utilizing the body worn camera (BWC) video system and to establish procedures for operation, control, storage of evidence obtained on those systems, so that officers may reliably record their contact with the public in accordance with Pennsylvania State Law. 

POLICY:
When permissible under Pennsylvania Law, BWCs shall activate to record contacts with citizens in the performance of official duties by police officers.
Safety shall be the primary consideration when officers are interacting with citizens and/or suspects. There may be instances in which officers are unable to activate their BWC due to circumstances making it unsafe, impossible, or impractical to do so. In these circumstances, officers shall begin recording with their BWC at the first reasonable opportunity and document the reason for the delayed start in the incident report and/or as part of the recording.

The Department recognizes that video images cannot always show the full story nor do video images capture an entire scene. 
The Department also recognizes that the BWC video does not mirror the perspective of the officer at the time of an incident.  Factors such as events beyond the scope of the camera or the difference between human vision and the camera’s video recording abilities shall always be considered. Therefore, the use of body-worn cameras does not reduce the requirement to provide thorough written documentation of an incident.

PA Act 22 of 2017 pertains to audio and/or video recording made by a law enforcement agency.  The entire Act can be found at this link:

Requests for video and/or audio recording made by a law enforcement agency must be submitted on an Act 22 Request Form. These requests cannot be made under the Right to Know Law.  The Act 22 Request Form will be uploaded to our website and linked here as well in the future before the use of BWC's begins.


The Millcreek Township Police Department (MPD) provides around the clock services to residents and visitors of Millcreek Township, the largest suburb of the City of Erie and the sixth largest municipality in Pennsylvania. Encompassing 29.5 square miles, Millcreek Township can best be described as a business and residential community, as well as a seasonal tourist destination. The Township's population of over 53,000 makes it the ninth most populated municipality in the state, however during the summer months, the number of individuals dependent upon the services provided by the Millcreek Township Police Department nearly doubles. This is due to the large number of individuals occupying the local hotels, motels and campgrounds while frequenting the area attractions. Millcreek Township is home to Waldameer Amusement Park, numerous shopping malls and plazas, as well as Presque Isle State Park which is a destination to over four million visitors each year.

The Millcreek Township Police Department employs 65 sworn officers and over 20 full and part time civilians who process approximately 30,000 calls for service each year. The Department is divided into three operational divisions: Patrol, Investigative Services and Special Services. Each division is categorized by duty functions.

The Patrol Division is comprised of uniformed officers who are assigned to three platoons and a traffic section. The Patrol Division is the largest division within the Department and is responsible for all functions in the field. Officers assigned to the Patrol Division engage in preventative crime activities and respond to all initial calls for police services. They are responsible for the preliminary investigation of criminal offenses, accident investigations and the enforcement of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, Crimes Code and Township Ordinances.

The Investigative Services Division is responsible for the investigation and adjudication of serious criminal offenses, crime scene processing, evidence collection and all aspects associated with the investigation of criminal matters. They work closely with neighboring police agencies as well as county, state and federal law enforcement agencies and they perform all duties necessary to achieve the successful adjudication of criminal offenses.

The Special Services Division is responsible for oversight of all civilian employees as well as the Department's records system. The Division processes all court orders, warrants, criminal history information, right to know requests and a variety of other related services. The Special Services Division oversees Department quality control and has oversight of the Department's Communication Center.

Mission Statement
The men and women of the Millcreek Township Police Department are committed to the prevention of crime and the protection of life and property. We are driven by our goals to investigate problems, seek solutions and to serve our citizens with respect, fairness and compassion. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics and we are privileged to serve our community with integrity, honor and courage.

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