Township of Peters, PA
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of Peters Township 11-28-2016 by Ord. No. 808. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 68-1 Guidelines.

The Peters Township Council hereby promulgates the following guidelines to be followed by the Township police officers when making a warrantless arrest under § 8902 of Title 42 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 8902:
A. 
Prior to making a warrantless arrest under § 8902 of Title 42 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 8902, the officer shall ensure that the following requirements set forth in the statute are satisfied:
(1) 
The officer has probable cause to believe that one of the four listed offenses under § 8902 of Title 42 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 8902, particularly identified as 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5503 (relating to disorderly conduct); 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5505 (relating to public drunkenness); 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5507 (relating to obstructing highways and other public passages); and 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 6308 (relating to purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages), is involved;
(2) 
The defendant's conduct is ongoing;
(3) 
The conduct constituting the offense is within the officer's view; and
(4) 
The conduct imperils the personal security of any person or endangers public or private property.
B. 
After making a warrantless arrest pursuant to § 8902 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 8902, the officer shall follow Rules 400 and 401 procedures for arrest without warrant as set forth in the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure.