Newtown Chief of Police, John L. Hearn has issued the following press release to the Public
On behalf of all the men and women of the Newtown Township Police Department, please know that public safety always has been and always will be our number one priority. The safety and well-being of you, your families, your property and your businesses is our job, and also our passion.
Out of an abundance of caution to protect our Police Department members, we have implemented a number of temporary internal policy measures to decrease the likelihood that any of our officers would contract the COVID-19 virus, and encourage you to call our non-emergency number (215-328-8524) for all non-emergencies reports and services.
For emergency services, continue to contact 9-1-1 as our patrol deployment remains fully-staffed and ready to respond immediately to all emergency calls for service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our Department personnel and I understand the impact that the coronavirus is having on society as a whole and are deeply concerned for all of our residents and businesses. I cannot imagine the financial and emotional stress that some of you may be under, especially those who cannot visit elderly relatives, are self-employed, working in a business that has had to temporarily close, working at a reduced capacity, or have been laid-off as a result of this pandemic. Please remember to keep these people in your thoughts and prayers, and remember to support your neighbors, our local businesses and their staff when this incident is resolved.
While the Governor’s orders may seem drastic, they are necessary to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, and thereby, sustain the capabilities of our hospitals and their medical staff to meet the needs of those who will become critically ill and/or in need of respirators, as well as handling other critical emergencies.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t recognize the professional and dedicated work that Newtown EMS, Newtown Emergency Services, Newtown Fire Association, Lingohocken Fire Company and Newtown & Wrightstown Township Emergency Management officials continue to do on a daily basis for all our protection.
In addition, our emergency healthcare professionals across this region at various medical facilities have been incredible, but they cannot defeat this virus without the continued support and cooperation of all of us.
Please remain calm, stay home, and stay safe!
Follow all CDC and Bucks County Health department recommendations.
It is during very difficult times like these that we as a community, must remain also committed to one another. Take care of one another! We are not only called to follow the Governor’s Orders and the recommendations made by the CDC and Public Health officials, but we are also called to look out for one another, especially those neighbors who are lonely, those who may live alone, and those who are the most vulnerable among us. Give them a call, check on them to see if they need anything: food, medications, etc. Together we can accomplish anything. One mission, One team! This too will pass. Through this, it is my hope that we become stronger, more independent and more compassionate.
As always, the Newtown Township Police Department would not be capable of fulfilling our mission without the support and partnership of our citizens. As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters together, if you need us, please do not hesitate to call us. The dedicated men and women of the Newtown Township Police Department will stand by your side continuing to protect and serve our community.
Chief of Police John L. Hearn, Newtown Township “Proudly serving Newtown & Wrightstown Townships”