Frequently Asked Questions


The following policy is in effect relating to the release of personal property:

  1. The release of personal property held as part of an investigation is dependent on the status of the case, and will require an appointment with the Chief of Police or his designee, made 24 hours in advance.
  2. Officers are NOT permitted to hold or transfer property relating to any civil matter or dispute.
  3. Individuals must produce photo ID to obtain released property.
    1. Property will not be released to any person other than the actual owner, unless prior arrangements have been made or written notification from the owner has been received.

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CPD has a drug take-back drop-box located inside the station lobby at 118 North Third Street Catawissa, PA 17820. It is available 24/7.

If you have old or no longer needed medication (prescription, over the counter, vitamins, etc.) please DO NOT flush them into the sewer system.  Take them to the Catawissa Police Department, take a plastic baggie from on top of the drug take-back drop-box, place your unwanted medication inside this baggie and, then place the sealed baggie with the unwanted medications into the drop-box.  The unwanted medications will be secured and disposed of following proper FDA rules and regulations.

The CPD is located at 118 North Third Street Catawissa, PA 17820. We are located near the Sunoco Gas Station.

  • **EMERGENCIES** and events that are in-progress: Call 9-1-1

  • Non-emergency in-person: Catawissa Borough Police Department, 118 North Third Street Catawissa, PA 17820. We are located near the Sunoco Gas Station.
  • Non-emergency phone: (570) 784-6300 (Columbia County non-emergency dispatch) or (570) 356-7102 (station phone)
    • Note: If no one answers the station phone, please leave a clear message with your full name and phone number so we can call you back

  • Non-emergency online: Click here for online reporting.

If you receive a traffic citation you have a couple of options.

Please read the citation carefully, which will explain your rights and obligations, along with instructions on how you can respond by mail, in some instances you can respond online following the website provided on the citation.

You will need to decide if you are pleading guilty or not-guilty, if you plead not-guilty, the Magistrate’s Office will schedule your case for a summary trial to be heard at the Magisterial District Court. At the trial, you, the officer, and any witnesses will be given the opportunity to testify. You will also have the opportunity to question the officer and offer any evidence. At the end of the trial, the Magisterial District Judge will make a ruling on guilt or innocence. If you plead guilty, you will need to pay the total due on the citation or contact the court to discuss a payment plan. The CPD does not accept payments for traffic citations. Click here to learn more about the local Magisterial District Court 26-3-03.

If you received a parking ticket you have two options:

First, you can pay the ticket. The paid ticket can be hand-delivered or mailed to the CPD at 118 North Third Street, Catawissa, PA 17820, or stop by the Catawissa Borough office at 307 Main Street Catawissa, PA 17820 during normal business hours.

Second, you can dispute the ticking by contacting the Chief of Police. The Chief of Police will decide on your dispute and contact you. Either the ticket will be voided by the Chief of Police, or it will remain in effect. If the ticket is not voided after your dispute, you must either pay the amount due or simply not pay the ticket. If you do not pay the ticket, a certified warning will be mailed to you, and if you do not respond to the warning, a traffic citation will be filed against you for non-payment before the Magisterial District Judge. If this happens, you can request a summary trial to be heard by the Magisterial District Judge.

If a parking ticket is not either paid or disputed, a traffic citation will be filed against you before the Magisterial District Judge.

Yes. The curfew is for minors under the age of 18. The curfew is in effect each day of the year and does not change for summertime months.

Curfew Hours Are:

  • 11:00 PM until 6:00 AM Daily

Click here to read the Catawissa Borough curfew ordinance.