Plains Police BadgeOur Department consists of 20 sworn officers who serve the community under the direction of the Chief of Police. We operate under a community policing and problem solving philosophy, which keeps us focused on our community partnership responsibilities.

The Department, in cooperation with the citizens we serve, strive to meet identified objectives toward the goal of enhanced public safety administered in an efficient and cost effective manner.

The Police Department enforces all of the laws of the Commonwealth using a patrol force under the direction of two lieutenants and four sergeants and utilizing Electronic Speed devices for speed enforcement and also making use of numerous methods for enforcement of the various traffic laws. The Police Department participates in regular Sobriety Checkpoints with various State programs and also regularly arrests drunk drivers. Officers participate in awareness and enforcement programs including Buckle Up PA and Smooth Operator.

Our Mission

The Plains Township Police Department, working in partnership with the entire community, is committed to providing the highest quality police service to all of our citizens. Community Safety is our primary goal and we will seek a solution to any problem that creates fear or threatens the quality of life in our communities.

When a community works in cooperation with the police department and local government, it has a positive impact on reducing neighborhood crime, eliminates the fear of impending acts of crime, and promotes a feeling of assurance that our community is safe for all of our families.

Preventing crime is as important as arresting criminals; Preventing disorder is as important as preventing crime; and reducing both crime and disorder require that police work cooperatively in neighborhoods to:

1. Identify their concerns
2. Solicit their help
3. Solve their problems


Civil Service Examination


The Plains Township Civil Service Commission will be administering a Police Civil Service Test for Entry level officers on June 22, 2024.  Qualifications and exam are as follows:  must pass a physical agility test to be given in July , you must have a High School Diploma or equivalent, be Act 120 Certified or in the process of being Certified by date of hire, hold a valid PA Driver’s License and be physically and mentally fit.   Applicants must also pass a psychological examination and submit to testing for drugs and alcohol in addition to passing the written civil service test.

The base salary for 2024 will be $57,200.00 with a $5,000.00 increase after probation period ends.  Paid vacation, benefits, pension, clothing allowance, and additional benefits and increases per the union contract.

Working for one of the most modern and experienced police forces in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with promotional opportunities and skill development for career advancement.

Application packets can be obtained at the Plains Township Administrative Office, 126 N. Main Street, Plains Township PA 18705, Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  Wednesday’s the office is open until 6:30 P.M.  Applications must be returned by Friday, May 31, 2024 .  Online applications can be returned in person or by email to lent@plainstownship.org Civil Service Application 2024

Video Sharing Program

The Plains Township Police Department would like to develop a partnership with the community residents and businesses in an effort to solve crime and apprehend criminals. This program is known as a video sharing partnership and works on a voluntarily basis with property owners who have private video security systems in place that record publicly accessible areas. Areas include streets, sidewalks, parking lots, etc. Police respond to burglaries and other crimes and will be able to see locations with cameras so they can quickly contact the registered video partner that may have recoded footage that could aid in the investigation.

           If your business or home has surveillance cameras, we want to partner with you to fight crime at your location or neighborhood. We are looking for business surveillance camera locations, both inside and outside the establishment. In regards to residential surveillance videos, we are interested in outdoor surveillance camera locations only. Please look at the program description link below for information and registration. If you are interested in partnering with the Plains Township Police Department, click the link and complete the registration form and email to lent@plainstownship.org or print and mail to:

Plains Township Municipal Building
126 N. Main Street
Plains PA 18705

Video Sharing Application

Video Terms

For all Police report requests please use this form: Police Report Request Form

Report requests can be emailed to wpoulos@plainstownship.org


Plains Township Police Department

126 North Main Street

Plains, PA 18705


Non-Emergency Phone:

(570) 829-3432

Police Fax:

(570) 829-2379

Record and Reports

(570) 829-3439

District Justice, Joseph Spagnuolo

(570) 825-8984