[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Upper Gwynedd 11-25-1996 by Res. No. 15-96. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Police Department — See Ch. 35.
[Amended 7-25-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-13]
The following guidelines shall be followed by police officers of Upper Gwynedd Township when making a warrantless arrest pursuant to the Act of November 17, 1995, P.L. 1090, No. 25 (Spec. Sess. No. 1) (42 Pa.C.S.A. § 8902):
Upon arrest the defendant shall be issued a citation and then be released, provided he/she is no longer a risk to themselves or others and/or they are released to a responsible adult caretaker.
In the case of juveniles:
An attempt shall be made to contact a parent, legal guardian or responsible person. A responsible person is one who is responsible for the physical custody of a juvenile or is another adult acquaintance of the juvenile's parents or legal guardian who agrees and reasonably demonstrates the ability to provide supervision for the juvenile until parents, legal guardian or next of kin can assume that responsibility.
Juvenile shall be released to a parent, legal guardian or responsible person after processing and issuance of a citation.
If after a period of six hours a parent, legal guardian or responsible person cannot be contacted or refuses to accept custody, the officer will contact the on-duty juvenile probation officer at the Juvenile Probation Department to arrange shelter for the juvenile.