Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I find information on the Carlisle Borough’s Code concerning animals?
- Where can I find information concerning the Carlisle Borough’s Code concerning Curfew restrictions for those persons under 18?
- I am going away on vacation. Can I request that the Carlisle Police Department keep an eye on my home or business in my absence?
- I am a local business. Where can I find the information from the Carlisle Police Department concerning their bad check policy?
- How can I obtain shelter through the Carlisle Cares Program?
- How can I file a misconduct complaint?
- Does the Police Department provide talks to interested civic or community organizations?
- Does the Carlisle Police Department do fingerprinting?
- Does the Borough Police Department have a ride along program?
- Where can I find information on how to request street closure for an event?
- How can I receive a copy of a police/accident report?
- Where is the Carlisle Police Station located?
Please access Chapter 80 of the Carlisle Borough Code by clicking here.
The most frequently asked questions involve animals running at large and noise disturbances. Chapter 80.4 states “No dog, cat or other domesticated animal or any non-domesticated animal shall be suffered or permitted to run at large in this Borough either upon the public streets or highways or upon property other than the owner of such dog, cat or other animal.” Chapter 80.5 states “No person shall allow any dog, cat or other domesticated animal or any non-domesticated animal confined on that person’s premises to make any loud or harsh noise or disturbance which shall interfere with or deprive the peace, quiet, rest or sleep of any person within the Borough.
In summary, the Borough of Carlisle has a curfew ordinance. It is unlawful for any child or children under the age of 16 years to be or remain in or upon any public street, alley, highway or property in the Borough of Carlisle after the hour of 10:00 p.m., prevailing time, unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other person having legal custody of the child or children or unless the employment of the child requires him or her to be out on a public street, highway or property at such time. It is also unlawful for an child or children 16 or 17 years of age to be or remain in or upon any public street, alley, highway or property in the Borough of Carlisle after the hour of 11:00 p.m., prevailing time, unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other person having legal custody of the child or children or unless the employment of the child requires him or her to be out on a public street, highway or property at such time.
Please note that a child’s adult friend or another adult not having legal custody will not satisfy the requirement for a parent or legal guardian under this ordinance. Thus, children found in violation of the curfew while in the company of any other adult may be charged with a curfew violation in accordance with this ordinance.
Click here to access the Borough Code in regards to curfew.
Yes. Under our crime prevention initiative, the Carlisle Police Department will document vacant properties and attempt to keep an eye on homes and businesses that we know to be vacant. These checks are dependent however on manpower issues and the department assumes no responsibility or liability for the safeguarding of property.
Please be prepared to provide the following information to our dispatcher regarding a property check: -Contact information for you in your absence -Date of departure and return -Names of personnel who may be at your residence in your absence
Please click below for other helpful tips in preventing your home from burglary. http://www.burglaryprevention.org/
A memorandum from Police Chief Steven Margeson concerning the Carlisle Police Department’s current policy concerning the writing of bad checks to local businesses can be found by clicking on the below document.
The Carlisle Police Department cooperates with Carlisle Cares Program by providing a free active warrant check for requesting shelter through the program. Requestors must present valid government issued photo identification at both the Carlisle Police Department and the Carlisle Cares. Click here to visit the Carlisle Cares website or call (717)-249-1009 for more in-depth information including requirements, locations, and how you can help.
Currently, concerned citizens can file a complaint of misconduct filling out the Carlisle Police Department Misconduct Complaint Form (Found below). You can then file it:
In person at the Carlisle Police Department
Via U.S. mail sent to: Police Chief Stephen Margeson 240 Lincoln St. Carlisle, PA 17013
Via telephone by calling 717-243-5252
Via email to Police Chief Stephen Margeson
The Carlisle Police Department will investigate all complaints, alleged or suspected, either signed or anonymous, that are made against the department or its employees.
Anonymous complaints are accepted, but keep in mind that you will not receive a response and will not be able to be contacted for future information which could assist in the investigation.
Please also see a letter from Chief Margeson below concerning the filing of misconduct complaints.
Carlisle Police Misconduct Complaint Form used to file a Misconduct Complaint Form
Yes, as a means of providing professional guidance in a wide variety of areas relating to law enforcement, the Carlisle Police Department will provide a speaker free of charge to civic groups and other community organizations. Requests should be submitted in writing to the Chief of Police at least 3 weeks prior to the requested date.
The Carlisle Police Department provides fingerprinting Monday through Thursday from 8:00AM until 2:00PM. Friday 8:00AM until 12:00 Noon. There is a $20.00 charge for the service and requestor must have a valid government issued I.D. and provide their own finger print cards.
Generally speaking, no. Ride-alongs are limited to criminal justice students performing official college internships and Citizen Police Academy participants. Because of liability concerns ride-alongs are generally not available to the public.
Please open the document to find information on how to request street closure for events.
Guidelines for Requesting Street Closures This document addresses requesting street closures for events.
General police reports fall under the Pennsylvania Open Records law, as enacted in January, 2009. Requests for these reports can be made through the Borough of Carlisle’s Open Records Officer via the borough’s main website.
As a rule of thumb, reports pertaining to active police investigations are generally not released until the investigation has reached a conclusion. Additionally, all reports will also be redacted to exclude social security numbers, telephone numbers, juvenile names and victim information; if the release of victim information is determined to pose a risk to the victim’s safety.
Accident reports do not fall under the Pennsylvania Open Records law and they can be requested Monday-Friday, between 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Information such as names of involved parties and date and location of the incident are needed. In accordance with Pennsylvania State law, there is a $15.00 fee for accident report copies, regardless of fault.
The Carlisle Police Station is located at 240 Lincoln Street, Carlisle PA 17013.
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