Mission Statement  

The members of the Bridgeport Police Department are committed to improve the quality of life by providing the highest level of professional police service to the residents and citizens of Bridgeport. We commit ourselves to the highest moral and ethical standards. We maintain the public trust through the performance of our duty without favor or prejudice.

We the members of the Bridgeport Police Department earn the trust of the community by adhering to our core values of integrity, professionalism and respect. We promote trust by our strong moral values and our firm belief in honesty and reliability

We also commit ourselves to excellence by providing the highest quality service to the community. We maintain a well trained, disciplined and innovative work force dedicated to continuous improvement.

We the members of the Bridgeport Police are respectful to our fellow citizens. We are sensitive to the thoughts and needs of everyone. We show compassion and understanding. We treat people with dignity and respect in a manner that we would want to be treated. We value the diversity of our community by providing timely, impartial and courteous service to all.

 
Department Overview  

The Bridgeport Police Department currently has eight full time sworn officers and six part time officers to compliment the full time staff and one civilian dispatcher. The part time officers are fully trained and have the same duties and responsibilities as the full time officers. All our officers regularly attend many hours of mandatory training including in-service and some specialized to provide the highest level of service to the community.
The duties include 24 hour, 7 days a week street patrols using a 12 hour schedule. The police are charged with responding to all citizen complaints, investigating auto accidents, enforcing local and state traffic regulations, enforcing local ordinances as well as to investigate all crimes and attempt to apprehend those responsible.

A number of our officers perform specialized duties within the police department. An officer is assigned to handle major criminal investigations. We have a trained traffic safety officer. Another officer is trained as a juvenile officer. Some of our officers are members of the CMCSWAT (Central Montgomery County Special Weapons and Tactics) this is a 24 hour on call multi-jurisdictional unit responsible for responding to high risk situations, such as barricaded persons, hostage situations and warrant services. Also we have officers’ members of the Montgomery County Field Force which is also a multi-jurisdictional unit that responds as needed for homeland security issues, riots and large scale demonstrations. In addition we have officers that are part of the Montgomery County Drug task force, the Valley Forge area DUI enforcement team, which do selective enforcement including DUI checkpoints, all which contribute to the safety and welfare of the citizens of Bridgeport, Montgomery County and the Delaware Valley region.

 
Personnel  

Police Administration

  • John W. Dougherty, Jr, Chief Of Police

Detective

  • Detective Angelo J Vuotto

Traffic Safety

  • Detective Angelo J Vuotto

Patrol

  • Officer Edward Bacon
  • Officer Steve Bailey
  • Officer Jerry Cunnane
  • Officer Evan Flora
  • Officer Robert Fulmer
  • Officer Joseph Gary
  • Officer John MacQueen
  • Officer Paul McLaughlin
  • Officer William Murphy
  • Officer Shannon Sell
  • Officer Mark Stillwagon
  • Officer John M. Pizza , Juvenile Officer

Civilian Staff

  • David Nash, Administration Assistant/Dispatch
 
Contact Information  
EMERGENCY CALLS: 911

All Police, Fire and Ambulance emergencies should be reported by dialing 911
Non emergency calls: 610-272-5660
Fax: 610-292-0416
Departmental email: Please address all email inquiries to police@bridgeportpd.com
Tip Line: 484-238-1066
Hours of Operation: Police ( 24 hours a day/365 days a year)
Office hours: 8:00AM to 4:00PM, Mon. through Fri.

A red emergency phone/intercom is installed on the wall outside the front entrance to the station.
This phone is to be used in case the lobby is closed and Police are on patrol or on other calls.
The telephone will be answered by the Montgomery County Communication center which will dispatch police, fire or ambulance.
 
Demographics  
The Borough of Bridgeport is a total of .065 square miles. The Jurisdictional boundaries are Upper Merion Township to the south and the Schuylkill River and Norristown Borough the county seat to the north. The population total in 2000 was 4,371. If measured by population per square mile Bridgeport’s would be 6,679 people per square mile, while the average for the state of Pennsylvania is 274 per square mile and the national average is 79 per square mile. Two major highways run through Bridgeport, US 202 and SR 23.
 
Police Blotter  

The Police Blotter activity is listed by weeks in a downloadable Adobe Acrobat format. The incidents are sorted by Incident Number and Date/Time, Location and Type of Incident For older police blotters, please see the Blotter page.

September 2014   October 2014   November 2014
Police Blotter week of 9/28/2014   Police Blotter week of 10/26/2014   Police Blotter week of 11/16/2014
Police Blotter week of 9/21/2014   Police Blotter week of 10/19/2014   Police Blotter week of 11/09/2014
Police Blotter week of 9/14/2014   Police Blotter week of 10/12/2014   Police Blotter week of 11/02/2014
Police Blotter week of 9/07/2014   Police Blotter week of 10/05/2014    
         
 
Calls for Service  
  2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Calls for Service 6,452 6,939 6,003 5,982 6,442
Alarms 163 161 176 141 190
911 Hang-Ups 36 46 57 77 83
Traffic Accidents 197 178 144 182 190
Parking Tickets 362 504 466 446 463
DUI Arrests 43 27 29 20 20
Vehicle Lock-Outs 63 57 54 49 69
Abandoned Vehicles 47 43 59 68 88
Patrol Mileage 57,970 57,954 58,574 56,763 62,566
 
Pennsylvania UCR  
The Pennsylvania State Police give the public instant access to its on-line PA Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) System. UCR data is used by police departments and municipal officials to measure trends to adjust crime-fighting efforts and resources. It has been recognized as an effective planning tool.

Police departments now enter their information directly over the Internet. This program makes this information not only more complete and accurate, but it may also encourage departments who did not participate in the past to begin filing crime statistics. The on-line statistics through this application are available as soon as the information is entered.

Citizens can go to the web site and view the latest information. The system allows visitors to create their own queries and reports to access specific crime information by department, by municipality, by county, or statewide.

The public may instantly access Pennsylvania crime statistics on-line using the link below.

Pennsylvania UCR

 
Programs  
Neighborhood Watch
Bridgeport Police has reinstituted the Neighborhood Watch program this year. This program is a formalized means of organizing citizens to act as the eyes and ears of the Police within the community. The program allows the Police to alert citizens through the block captains of crimes re-occurring in certain areas. The program also serves to educate citizens on various crime prevention and detection methods. In order to become involved in the Neighborhood watch program contact the Police department at 610-272-5660

Vacation Home Checks
When you are on vacation or away from home in excess of 24 hours, you can contact the Bridgeport Police Department at 610-272-5660 to report your home vacant. You will be asked a series of questions which include:
  • Your name
  • Your address
  • The dates you will be away
  • An emergency contact phone number
  • Whether or not that emergency contact person has a key to your home
  • Whether or not you have an alarm system
  • If you have lights on timers
  • And any other specific instructions you would like the Police to know

Based on this information, the Bridgeport Police Department will assign a patrol officer to check your home in your absence.
When you return, please contact the Police to inform them that you no longer need this service.

Halloween Safety Program
In order to address safety and awareness when celebrating Halloween, the Police Department has a program to give children safety tips while trick or treating. Halloween treats are given out to the general public Halloween night by members of the Police department. Safety tips include the following:

  • Try to trick or treat when it is still light outside
  • Wear a costume that makes it easy for you to walk, see and be seen
  • If you must go out at night, make sure your costume is light in color or reflective
  • Carry a flashlight so you can see and be seen easily
  • A facemask will keep you from seeing well. Take off your mask before crossing the street at the crosswalk
  • Consider using make up instead of wearing a mask
  • Have a parent or older brother or sister go trick or treating with you
  • Plan your Trick or Treat route ahead of time. Pick streets that are well lighted.
  • Cross only at corners or crosswalks; never cross between parked cars or in the middle of the block.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic
  • Wait until you get home to sort, check and eat your treats.

Project Child Safe
The goal of Project Child safe is to promote safe firearms handling and storage practices among all firearms owner and to provide firearm safety kits that include a gun locking device. Since 2004 The Bridgeport Police Department has joined with the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the U.S. Department of Justice in this nationwide program and has been distributing key safety education messages and free gun locking devices. Over 1000 gunlocks have been given away at no cost since that time. Firearm accidents in the home can result from an unauthorized individual, often a child finding a loaded and unsecured firearm in the home. The risk of firearms-related unintentional injuries or deaths can be reduced when firearms owners are aware of and fully understand their responsibility to handle firearms safely and store them in a secure manner. To obtain your free kit, please stop at the Police Department during normal business hours.

Annual Police Memorial
Each May for the past 25 years the Bridgeport Police Department has hosted a memorial service at the Police Officers monument outside the Police department. This event is open to the public and draws over 150 law enforcement officers from around the county and state each year. Each year police and civilians gather together here in Bridgeport to honor all those officers who died in the line of duty across the country. After the memorial service concludes, the participants line up and proceed to Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church where a solemn mass is held. After mass, the procession proceeds to the Goodwill Fire Company, where a breakfast is held for all those attending. In 2011, 177 law enforcement officers were killed in the performance of their duties. A 16% increase over 2010.

 
F.A.Q.  

Does Bridgeport have a Curfew?

Yes. The curfew applies to anyone under the age of 18. It shall be unlawful for any minor (those under age 18) to remain in or upon any public place, which includes a public street, sidewalk, road, alley, playground, retail stores or a vacant lot between the hours of 10:00PM to 6:30AM of the following day, except that on Friday and Saturday the hours shall be 11:00PM to 6:00AM.
Curfew restrictions do not apply to minors accompanied by a parent or a minor who is engaged in lawful employment during the curfew hours.

What about Abandoned Vehicles?

Abandoned vehicles are a nuisance as well as an eyesore. Don’t let abandoned vehicles ruin the look on your block.


Under Pennsylvania‘s Motor Vehicle law, a vehicle is considered abandoned if:

  • It’s left on a highway or public property in an inoperable condition for more then 48 hours.
  • It’s left illegally on a highway or public property.
  • It’s left on a highway or public property for more then 48 hours and does not have a valid license plate, inspection sticker or VIN.
  • It’s left on private property without the owners consent for more then 48 hours.
  • Any vehicle may be removed by the Bridgeport Police Department.
  • All abandoned vehicles will be posted by the Police allowing Seven days prior to being towed by Police.

My Car was towed, how can I get it back?

You must come to the police station to obtain a “vehicle release” form for your vehicle. There is a $25.00 fee for a vehicle release. You should bring proper identification proving ownership of the vehicle. Once you obtain the “vehicle release” you may pick up your vehicle from the appropriate towing agency. Payment is due for towing and storage at the time of pickup.


How do I get a copy of a Police Report? (Incident or Accident)

Reports can be obtained during normal office hours 8:00AM to 4:00PM Monday through Friday at the Police Station. You may pay for the report by cash, money order or business check only. NO PERSONAL CHECKS. Police incident reports are $15.00, accident reports are $15.00, Photo’s are $25.00 Some reports are not available for release. Please call ahead for the status of the report at 610-272-5660. Reports that are part of a pending investigation may not be available. Please allow 5 days for the accident report to be completed. If your insurance company requests a copy of the accident report they must also include the date and location of the accident, your name, address and phone number and the accident report number if available. They must send in a check in the amount of $15.00 and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

How Can I get a Concealed Weapon Permit?

Contact the sheriffs department located on the first floor of the Montgomery County Court House, Swede and Airy Streets in Norristown to apply for a concealed weapons permit

In the information you receive from the Sheriff’s office, you will find a card for a local police check. Fill out the top of the local police check and drop it off at the Bridgeport Police Department, Monday-Friday, between 8:00AM to 4:00PM. Generally it will be ready within 5 days. You must appear in person to pick up the records check.

Can you fax me a Police Report?

No, we don’t fax reports. Refer to the section on How Can I get a copy of a Police Report.


Does Bridgeport have a snow ordinance?

Yes. The ordinance states that it shall be unlawful for any person, business, corporation, owners or occupants, tenants of property to dump, throw, shovel, pile, and plow or in any other way move snow or ice into or upon any roads and streets within the Borough with the intent to allow the snow and ice to remain there. Also no snow or ice shall be deposited into any drainage area, culvert or catch basin.

Fire hydrants shall not be covered by snow, ice or slush. The owner, occupant or tenant of the property shall be required to remove or cause to be removed all snow and ice or slush which would limit access to, from and /or around the fire hydrant so as to provide immediate access by fire and rescue personnel in cases of emergency. This clearance shall be made within 24 hours following the storm.

Where sidewalks exists the property owner or tenant in possession are required to have a two foot width of sidewalk cleared of snow, ice, slush within 12 hours after the cessation of snowfall. When more then 12 inches of snow has fallen the owner or tenant may have up to 48 hours to have a two foot width clear from snow and ice.

Any person, firm, business, owners, occupants or tenants of property who violate any section of the Snow and Ice ordinance shall be subjected to a fine of not more then $300.00 if convicted. Refer to Ordinance # 2002-020

Does Bridgeport have a High Weed/Grass Ordinance?

Yes. The ordinance defines tall or high grass or weeds as over 12 inches in height. It shall be considered a public nuisance for any person, business or owner or tenant of any tract of land to permit the growth of weeds, grasses or other objectionable vegetation on such land or premises. Anyone allowing the aforementioned weeds and grasses to accumulate or grow to seed shall be subject to a fine of not more then $300.00 if convicted. Refer to Ordinance # Chapter 53

Does Bridgeport have free metered parking at any point during the day?

Yes. Ordinance No. 2004-001 amends the code of the Borough of Bridgeport, Chapter 535, Article IV, "Metered Parking" and other ordinances or resolutions related to metered parking, establishes free metered parking in the Borough of Bridgeport between the hours of 12 PM noon and 2:00 PM prevailing time. To view the ordinance, click HERE.

Are motorized or electric scooters legal to ride on the streets?

The use of motorized or electric scooters on the highways or streets is illegal and their use is inherently dangerous. They do not meet vehicle code requirements and the operator is also required to have a valid PA driver’s license. These scooters can be operated on private property with the property owner’s permission.

What about a Dog License?

Dogs are required to be licensed annually. You can pick up your Dog License application at the Police station during normal business hours.

1. Complete all information on the Dog License Application
2. Make your check or money order payable to County Treasurer
3. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope
4. Mail your completed application & fee to:


Montgomery County Treasurer
Courthouse
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, Pa. 19404-0311


What about Child Abuse?

Children are our most precious resource. Each child deserves the chance to grow up free from neglect or physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
If you believe that a child is being abused, you have several options:
1. You may contact the Bridgeport Police Department at 610-272-5660.
2. You may submit an anonymous tip by calling the Bridgeport Police tip
line at 484-238-1066
3. Call CHILDLINE, Pa's toll-free Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-932-0313


What about Domestic Violence?

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, Bridgeport Police stands ready to help. Police officers will respond quickly to assaults, and will arrest abusers within the guidelines allowable by law. Officers will also assist victims in obtaining and enforcing protection from abuse orders. (PFA)
PFA self help guides may be obtained at the police station. PFA’s can be filed against:

  • a family or household member
  • a current or former sexual or intimate partner
  • the parent of your child


“Family or household member” includes at least:

  • your current or former spouse
  • person who lives or lived with you like a spouse
  • your parent
  • your child
  • your brother or sister
  • a family member related by blood or marriage

To obtain a PFA you must fill out a PFA form available through the Women’s center or at the Prothonotary’s Office at the Montgomery County Court House in Norristown. A women’s center advocate is available in the prothonotary’s office between 10:00AM and 3:00PM to answer any of your questions.
There is a cost for filing a PFA. The fee is $125.00, plus $53 for Sheriffs service costs. A $25.00 State Police surcharge is paid by the defendant
However you can file for free. You must fill out an affidavit of inability to pay (it’s on the petition form).


Additional resources for victims of domestic violence:

  • Laurel House-hot line 800-642-3150
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline- phone # 800-799-SAFE www.ndvh.org
  • Women’s Center of Montgomery County- hotline 800-773-2424 www.wcmontco.org



What about fingerprinting?

Fingerprinting is provided for any Borough resident or Borough business for a ($15.00) fee, non-resident adult for a thirty dollar ($30.00) fee. Employee fee is fifteen dollars ($15.00) any additional cards will be ten dollars ($10.00) each. Acceptable forms of payment are cash or money orders only. Typically fingerprints may be required for various licensing requirements, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, insurance brokers, bar examinations, adoptions and state teacher’s certification. Appointments for fingerprinting may be made by calling the Police Department during normal office hours. Anyone needing fingerprints must bring photo ID.

What should you do if you receive a Traffic Citation?

You're driving along one day when your attention is caught by a flash of red and blue lights in your rearview mirror, followed by a signal from a police officer to pull over.
You've received a traffic citation.
We know it's never pleasant for a citizen to be ticketed. But for everyone's safety, the Bridgeport Police Department takes its responsibility for enforcement of traffic laws seriously. When cited, you have two options:
You may plead guilty by contacting the District Court listed on the citation and arranging payment of the fine and costs.
You may plead not guilty by contacting the District Court listed on the citation and arranging a date for a hearing before the District Justice. The officer who issued the citation will also appear at your hearing. You may be required by the District Court to post the amount of your fine and costs prior to your day in court. You will receive these funds back following the hearing if you are found not guilty.
The District Court covering Bridgeport Borough is:


38-1-25
James P. Gallagher
128 West Fourth Street
Bridgeport, Pa. 19405
610-277-3377/3378
Fax 610-277-3379


How much is a Solicitation Permit and where do I obtain one?

Solicitation permits are $20.00 per day for a foot peddler/vendor or $150.00 per year for a peddler walking. It’s $20.00 per day or $250.00 per year for a peddler operating from a vehicle. These permits are available at the Police department. Each person making application for a permit will supply all personal information for the parties soliciting including themselves. Each party soliciting is required to have an individual permit. No permits are required for the Boy or Girl Scouts, members of a religious organization or persons selling tickets for the benefit of a charitable or non-profit org. Each person should have a Drivers License or State ID, Work ID will be needed for proof of employment.


My Identity has been stolen, what can I do?


Identity Theft is when someone obtains a person’s identifying information, such as name, address, date of birth, social security number or mother’s maiden name. Using this information illegally, an imposter can open new credit card accounts, drain your bank accounts, purchase automobiles, apply for loans and open utility services and on and on. No matter how cautious you are, you cannot guarantee that a criminal will not obtain your information.

Call and make a report with the police department.

Notify all your creditors and financial institutions in writing and by phone that your name and accounts have been used without your permission. Ask for new cards and account numbers.

Report the crime to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 1-877-IDTHEFT, they collect complaints about ID thefts and are available to law Enforcement agencies.

Contact the fraud units of the three major credit reporting agencies: Equifax 1-800-525-6285; Experian 1-888-397-3742; Trans Union 1-800-680-7289. Ask them to place a fraud alert on your credit report to help prevent new fraudulent accounts from being opened. As an ID fraud victim, you are entitled to a free copy of your credit report.
If your bank accounts have been tampered with, close those accounts, destroy any checks and cut up any ATM cards. Ask for password protection when opening new accounts.

If your checks have been stolen or misused, stop payments on all checks. Open a new account and reissue checks to legitimate creditors. Ask your bank to notify its verification company to stop giving approval for any of the stolen checks.

Check your credit report every six months for several years after your identity was stolen.

Stop into the Police Department during normal business hours for free pamphlets for additional information and steps how to prevent Identity Theft.

 
 
 
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