FAQs and General Questions

Does the Lower Windsor Township Police Department remove wild animals?

Unless we deem an animal to be a risk to the community (i.e., rabid, aggressive), we do not remove non-domestic animals.  Injured deer, bear and similar animals are picked up by the PA Game Commission.  Animals such as skunks, groundhogs and rabbits that are not deemed a risk must be removed by a private removal company.  They can be found by doing an internet search in your area.

What to do if I received a traffic citation?

A traffic citation is any citation written for a violation of the vehicle code.  The more common traffic citations are issued for speeding, failure to yield, improper inspection or registrations, or driver’s license issues.

If you receive a traffic citation and you intend to plead guilty to the offense, you may simply issue payment to the District Magistrate listed on your copy of the citation. 

If you receive a traffic citation and you intend to plead NOT guilty to the offense, you may request a court date from the District Magistrate’s Office listed on your copy of the citation.

If you have misplaced the original citation and need additional information regarding the citation, you may contact the District Magistrate who has jurisdiction over the location where the offense occurred.

You have 10 days to respond to a citation issued by a police officer.  For citations issued in Lower Windsor Township and East Prospect Borough, your response MUST be addressed to Magisterial District Judge John Fishel’s Office located at 2997 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion, PA 17356.  Follow the instructions at the bottom of your copy of the citation.  Failure to respond within the 10 days allotted can result in a suspension of your driver’s license and a warrant being issued for your arrest.

What to do if I received a non-traffic citation?

You may refer to a non-traffic citation as a “ticket.”  An individual might receive a “ticket” for such activity as Public Drunkenness, Disorderly Conduct, Violation of local ordinances, Violation of alcohol laws and other minor offenses.  Non-traffic citations are handled at the individual Magistrate’s Offices.

You have 10 days to respond to a citation issued by a police officer.  For non-traffic citations issued in Lower Windsor Township and East Prospect Borough, your response MUST be addressed to Magisterial District Judge John Fishel’s Office located at 2997 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion, PA 17356.  Follow the instructions on the back of your copy of the citation.  Or, you may have received a Summons from Magisterial District Judge John Fishel’s Office (19-3-01).  Either one will have instructions for you to follow.  Failure to respond within the 10 days allotted can result in a warrant being issued for your arrest.

What to do if I feel a traffic citation or non-traffic citation is unfair?

Plead Not Guilty and Request a hearing from the District Court.  Call 717-244-4022 for more information or read and fill the back of the ticket you received.

How do I contact Magisterial District Judge John Fishel’s Office or District Court?

All civil and criminal actions arising in Lower Windsor Township and East Prospect Borough are heard in front of Magisterial District Judge John H. Fisehl.  Please see the below for the courts contact information:  District Court 19-3-01, MDJ John Fishel, 2997 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion, PA 17356, 717-244-4002.   Visit their website at https://www.districtcourt19301.org/

Where can I find information about criminal arrest records?

The Pennsylvania State Police are the central repository for criminal history information in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The PA State Police website details the steps for obtaining criminal history information:

https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

As a victim of a crime, can I receive financial compensation?

Under certain circumstances, PA crime victims may receive compensation.  For more information, visit the Victims’ Compensation website at https://www.pccd.pa.gov/pages/default.aspx.  Our officers are required to give a PCCD packet to all crime victims.  If you are a victim and were not given one, please call our main office at 717-244-8055 and one will be mailed or emailed to you.

How do I get a PFA or Protection From Abuse Order?

Protection From Abuse Orders (PFA) can be filed if the person who has or is trying to harm you is:

1/ your spouse or ex-spouse;

2/ your current or former sexual/intimate partner;

3/ your parent or child; or

4/ a certain other blood relative. 

A petition can be filed with the Court of Common Pleas at the York County Judicial Center, 45 North George Street, York, PA 1701 during business hours.  The process can take up to two hours and an ex parte hearing in front of a judge will take place during a specific time.  Please contact the PFA Office at 717-771-9662 for further information.