FAQ’s for Police Department

Q. Can I get fingerprinted at the Johnstown Police Department for a civilian Job Application?

A. No. We are no longer able to fingerprint civilians. It must be done on a digital print machine that we do not have at the present time.

Q. Does this police department permit civilians to ride with police officers?

A. If you would like to ride with an officer, a civilian ride along form must be completed. If the rider is a juvenile, the form must be completed by a parent or legal guardian. Only 2 ( two ) ride alongs are permitted per year unless special permission by the chief of police is reserved.

Q. How can I obtain a copy of a police report?

A. Please note that all requests for copies of reports have a minimum three day processing period.

Police reports that pertain to cases that have not been adjudicated will be released only with an Order of Discovery filed through the Village Prosecutor.

Police reports that pertain to cases that have been adjudicated may be requested in person or by mail.  There is a $3.00 fee per report.  This fee is waived if the requesting person is the named victim in the report.  If requesting by mail you must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope along with your payment.

Please note that any personal information subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 will not be released by the Department.

The administrative assistant is responsible for releasing copies of reports. There is no cost for in person requests, however, if you mail a request there will be a $3.00 charge. If the request is for a public record, a public records request form must be completed by and reviewed by the village attorney before the record is released.

Q. Do you give tours of the Police Department to groups?

A. Yes!  In fact, we encourage organizations to take tours to learn more about the jobs of our officers and dispatchers.

Q. How many police officers are employed by the Johnstown Police Department?

A. As of January 1, 2012, the Johnstown Police Department employs 10 full time officers and 7 auxiliary.

Q. Will the police department check my residence while I am away?

A. The police department will provide extra security checks while you are away from your residence for an extended period of time.  A house security check form is available in the police office and can be dropped off day or night.

Q. Are police employees trained in first aid and CPR?

A. All police officers are trained annually in first aid and CPR.