It is the mission of the Bristol Township Police Department to serve all people with respect and integrity, while enhancing their quality of life. The department is committed to service through efficient and effective policing by working in partnership with the community, and in accordance with constitutional rights, to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment.
Bristol Township, PA
The population is 55,521 (2000 Census)
The size is about 17 square miles
Population density is 3265 persons per square mile
Minimum drinking age is 21
Minimum age for buying tobacco products is 18
Curfew for people 11 or under is 10:00 P.M.
Curfew for people 12 and 13 is 10:30 P.M.
Curfew for people 14 through 17 is 11:00 P.M.
View Nighttime Curfew Ordinance
The schools are in the Bristol Township School District
Part of the 8th Congressional District - Brian Fitzpatrick
Part of the 141st Legislative District - Tina Davis
Part of the 6th Senate District - Robert M. Tomlinson
U.S. Senators - Patrick J. Toomey, Robert P. Casey, Jr.
Governor - Tom Wolf
NO FIREWORKS DISPLAYS ARE PERMITTED WITHIN 150 FEET OF AN OCCUPIED STRUCTURE.
NO FIREWORKS DISPLAYS ARE PERMITTED ON PUBLIC AND/OR PRIVATE PROPERTY WTHOUT A TOWNSHIP PERMIT.
NO FIREWORKS DISPLAYS ARE PERMITTED ON ANY PROPERTIES OWNED BY BRISTOL TOWNSHIP OR BRISTOL TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT.
ANYONE VIOLATING THESE RESTRICTIONS WLL FACE MAXIMUM FINES UP TO $1,000.00 PLUS COURT COST FOR SUMMARY OFFENSES:
BRISTOL TOWNSHIP ORDINANCE - DISORDERLY PRACTICES
BRISTOL TOWNSHIP ORDINANCE - LITTERING
INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - EXPLOSIVES AND FIREWORKS
It has been a longstanding tradition to celebrate the July 4th holiday with fireworks and we all enjoy watching the fireworks displays that light up the night sky around us. Historically, a few days before and after the July 4th holiday, local residents have tested their legal fireworks attracting little or no negative attention. This year, fireworks are being set off on a nightly basis, weeks in advance of the July 4th holiday. One only has to venture out at night on a short walk to hear fireworks in every direction. While we appreciate everyone's enthusiasm this year, we are asking our residents to be considerate to their friends, neighbors and emergency service workers.
Please consider your neighbors and friends who are trying to sleep for work the next day.
Please consider the children of your neighbors and friends who are awakened by the loud explosions and can't get back to sleep.
Please consider our veterans of all ages suffering from PTSD. Loud explosions on a daily basis can be a constant barrage on their mental health.
Please consider the mental health of our pets. Anyone with a dog knows a night of fireworks can be the most stressful night of the year for dogs.
Please also consider our emergency service workers. The dry conditions of the July 4th holiday underscore the need for discipline and responsibility with our fireworks celebrations. Managing these conditions on a few holiday weekend nights each year brings enough risk. Is it worth the risk to our emergency service workers to celebrate with fireworks every night of the summer?
We are asking our residents to please suppress the desire to celebrate with fireworks except for those days which have been appointed and scheduled for celebration. Complaints of fireworks are handled by the police department. To report complaints of fireworks, please call the police dispatch non-emergency line at (215) 785-4040. We thank you in advance for your consideration and cooperation.
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Randee J. Elton
From the Chief of Police
Bristol Township Police response to COVID 19.
All emergency services are operational and are ready to respond to emergencies. We would ask for help from the residents. If you have an incident that could be handled by phone, please call the non- emergency number at 215-785-4040. Or you can email your issue to email@example.com
All other emergencies please call 911.
Bristol Township Dog Laws: Chapter 57-3 Trespass restricted; running at large; nuisances; removal of fecal matter.
PA Dog Law https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Animals/DogLaw/pa-dog-laws/Pages/default.aspx
Bristol Township has been named as one of the “Safest Cities in the United States” and ranked #15 in Pennsylvania according to a study completed by SafeHome, a professional securityorganization. For the full list of ‘Safest Cities’ visit: https://www.safehome.org/safest-cities/pa/
“I am extremely proud of the men and women of the Bristol Township Police Department, and
this recognition is a testament to the hard work they perform every day,” said Robert Coulton,
Bristol Township’s Police Chief.
Read the full statement by clicking here.
File A Report Online
Use our online citizen police report system to submit an immediate report and print a copy for yourself. Click Here
Stay Safe When Buying/Selling Goods Online & By Traditional Classified Ads
If you buy or sell goods using online sites like Craigslist, or classified ads placed online or in traditional media, you know that such transactions often involve meeting in person with the buyer or seller. This is fraught with risk.
To assist our residents to stay safe, the Bristol Township Police Department is offering the parking lot near the police entrance of the building and the police lobby area as a “transaction safe place.” The police department is located at 2501 Bath Rd, Bristol, PA 19007. Both areas are monitored by cameras twenty-four (24) hours a day.
Needless to say, the use of the police building parking lot and lobby serves as a deterrent for crime. This step by the Bristol Township Police Department is part of a locally growing trend. Police in Tullytown Borough, Philadelphia (any precinct station), Conshohocken, Abington, and Lansdale are among those offering their facilities for safe transactions. If you live in those areas, please check with your police departments for available times and days for the service.
The Philadelphia Inquirer published a good article about this trend; see http://bit.ly/SafeShopping2015.
Please share this information with your Facebook friends. If they don't live in Bristol Township, tell them to check with the police in their area to see if a similar program is available.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL HELP
Where to turn for help with drug and alcohol issues in Bucks County.
Click here for a list of resources.
Some are 24/7 facilities.
NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC ISSUES
Traffic problems plaguing your neighborhood?
If you have an ongoing traffic problem in your neighborhood we would like to hear from you. You can now report these problems directly to the Bristol Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information you provide will be kept anonymous if you wish. Someone from the Traffic Safety Unit will respond to you to discuss the problem and attempt to remedy it. This service is for ongoing problems occurring in your neighborhood.
Do not use this e-mail for an incident that is currently occurring. Please call our non-emergency number at (215) 785-4040, or 911 if it is an emergency.
HOLIDAY CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
VACATION CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
ABANDONED VEHICLE NOTICE
Abandoned vehicles are increasingly becoming a problem in our neighborhoods. Bristol Township Police will be actively seeking out abandoned vehicles in our neighborhoods in order to clean up our streets.
Vehicles left on the street as abandoned cause issues for street sweepers, plow trucks, trash trucks, mail vehicles, etc. They are also an eyesore for the rest of the neighborhood.
If you have an abandoned vehicle in your neighborhood that you would like to report, please call our non-emergency number, (215) 785-4040, and give us the location and description of the vehicle. If you have questions about an abandoned vehicle, call (215) 785-4052.
Please click here for more information and definitions.
NON-CRIMINAL Fingerprint Services
Effective July 31, 2013
Fingerprint processing for NON-CRIMINAL matters is no longer available at police headquarters. Pennsylvania offers one-stop applicant fingerprint services at various local locations for a small fee. Please visit http://www.pa.cogentid.com to find a site near you.
Community Outreach Program
If you have information that could prevent a crime or offer a solution to a crime, please use our crime tips service. We have two options: You can call (215) 788-8289 or send e-mail to email@example.com. We do not need your name unless you want to provide it.
No fireworks displays are permitted within 150 feet of an occupied structure.
No fireworks displays are permitted on public and/or private property without a township permit.
No fireworks displays are permitted on any properties owned by Bristol Township or Bristol Township School District.
Anyone violating these restrictions will face maximum fines up to $1,000.00 plus court costs for the following summary offenses:
Bristol Township Ordinance - DISORDERLY PRACTICES
Bristol Township Ordinance - LITTERING
International Fire Code - EXPLOSIVES AND FIREWORKS