The Town of Tonawanda Police Department conducts a Citizen Police Academy (CPA) every January. NOTE: To be eligible for the Advanced Class you must have completed the Basic Class. Some of the highlights of the Advanced Class include a K-9 demonstration, firearms training, Crime Scene Processing with practical exercises in photography, latent fingerprint development and evidence collection.
For more information please contact CPA Coordinator, Lieutenant Gary Reinhart at 879-6687 or Captain Corey Flatau at 879-6626
January 2023 is for those interested in the ADVANCED academy
The Town of Tonawanda Police Department will once again be hosting Citizen Police Academy classes. Public support is essential in law enforcement, and the Citizen Police Academy is an excellent opportunity to bring the citizens of the community and law enforcement personnel together. The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is "Understanding through Education". This is accomplished by the exchange of information between the citizens and the Citizen Police Academy instructors. Participants will be introduced to various aspects of law enforcement. Subject matters covered include; patrol operations, criminal and homicide investigations, narcotics, traffic and criminal laws as well as other law enforcement related topics. The academy will meet each Tuesday evening for 13 consecutive weeks from 7:00 to 10:00 P.M. at the Town of Tonawanda Police Headquarters.
Class size will be limited to 25 participants. Anyone interested must complete an application, which may be obtained by calling Captain Corey Flatau at 879-6626 or Lieutenant Gary Reinhart at 716-879-6687. You can also download each below.
Completed applications should be returned as soon as possible and will be kept on file for filling future academy classes.
The Citizen Police Academy is conducted in a classroom setting.
All classes are taught by Town of Tonawanda Officers who have extensive training and experience in the subject matter they instruct.
At the completion of the thirteen-week program, The Chief of Police and/or Town Supervisor will present students with a graduation diploma.
In partnership with the community, we strive to provide service based on excellence and to ensure a safe and secure environment.
We respect and uphold the rights and freedoms of all members of society.
We believe policing is a shared responsibility, and recognize the necessity of developing and maintaining strong partnerships with individuals, organizations and agencies within our community.
Citizens Police Academy
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
Business Keyholder Registry
Access & Functional Needs Registry Form
Vacation House Check Registry
If you rely on electrically operated life-sustaining equipment, National Grid also has a website form you can submit to so they are aware of your needs.
If you notice a street light that needs attention, you can use the Town of Tonawanda Streetlight Outage Reporting Form
For full information on the Town of Tonawanda StreetLight program please follow this LINK
CRASHDOCS website makes it easier to get accident reports
There is no need to make a trip to the police station to obtain a copy of your accident. Simply search for your report, go to checkout (no charge at checkout) and receive a copy that you can print or save to your files.
Reports are available 24/7, so you can get your accident report when it is accepted into this system from the police department.
To obtain an accident report for the Town of Tonawanda you can follow this LINK to start the process. You will need the complaint number that you were given previously.
D. It shall be unlawful for any owner of any dog in the town to permit or allow a dog to: (2) Engage in habitual loud howling, barking, crying or whining or conduct itself in such a manner so as to unreasonably disturb the comfort or repose of any person.
Selections are made from a Civil Service list based upon exam scores. For each selection the person must be in the top three places on the list. Exams are given every two years by the Erie County Personnel office.
For additional information connect to the Erie County Civil Service Commission. Erie County Civil Service Commission
The fee for fingerprint cards is $10 per card for Town of Tonawanda residents and $50 per card for non-residents. You must bring exact change, no personal checks are accepted. You must also have proper identification.
If the application is personally returned during the hours of operation (Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm), the permit will be issued immediately. There are no fees for handicap parking permits.
Permits are issued to Town of Tonawanda residents only.
Once your complaint reaches court the judge will preview the complaint you signed, a criminal summons will be served on the defendant and the judge will then issue a temporary order of protection, until further action in court.
For an Order of Protection through Erie County Family Court, please call (716) 858-8234 Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
This system is a service available to victims, or their designees, who have been granted certain Court Orders of Protection. It allows victims the option of registering to be notified when an Order of Protection has been served.
Do not depend solely on this notification for your protection. If you are at risk, seek help and take appropriate precautions.
This program is part of the SAVIN-NY initiative funded by the Bureau of Justice Administration (BJA) and coordinated by the NYS Sheriffs' Institute.
Permits must be picked up in person and are issued at that time. Each permit is good for a period of 30 days from date of issuance.
You may download the form now and have it ready for the desk officer when you arrive at the police station.
If my child is under four years old but over 40 pounds does he/she still have to be in a safety seat?
For most minor traffic infractions, you may pay a set fine by appearing in person at the cafeteria court window during regularly scheduled hours. Be sure you have your conviction stub with you. It may be helpful to call the Court to verify that there is a set fine for your particular infraction. Please note that the Town of Tonawanda Court will only accept cash, money orders or certified checks.
If you wish to plead not guilty by mail, you must date and sign Part B of the summons. Upon receipt of your not guilty plea, the Court will notify you in writing of your court date for arraignment.
If you do not want to enter a plea by mail, you should appear in Court on the date listed on the bottom of your summons. Upon arrival in the Court there are lists posted in the hallway. Locate your name on the list and follow the directions on the top of the sheet. If you have any questions go to the cafeteria court window, where a clerk will assist you.
Take Note - All completed applications must be submitted to the Town of Tonawanda Clerk’s Office. The Town Police Department cannot accept any completed applications.
Vacation House Checks are a service provided by the Town of Tonawanda Police for residents who are away from home for vacation. After filling out the required paperwork, an officer will check the premise at random times and contact you or your emergency contact person to report anything out of the ordinary.
This service is not provided for homes that are for sale or vacant.
Click here to fill out the form which we will enter into our system
You can also request a house check by calling 879-6613, or in person at The Town of Tonawanda Police Department located at 1835 Sheridan Drive. We will be happy to assist you. We are open 24 hours a day for this service.
NOTE: IF YOU COME HOME EARLY IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU NOTIFY US IMMEDIATELY!
Sponsored by the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, the Concerned Parents Support Group meets every Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Lincoln Park Satellite Office to provide support and advice for helping a teen or adult child in crisis.
For more information contact:
WNY Still Standing is a Facebook group for parents and family members whose loved ones are in Active Addiction or Early Recovery. Some are bereaved parents. For more information, support, advocacy and awareness, please follow this link:
Do you own a business in the Town of Tonawanda? If you would like us to have your contact information in the case of after-hour emergencies on your property; we have a form that can completed online which our Public Safety Communication Center receives and enters into our dispatch system. It is the most efficient way of getting us your key-holders and other info you supply.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR THE FORM ON THE TOWN OF TONAWANDA WEBSITE
Erie County BE SAFE PROGRAM
BE-SAFE Victim Advocacy Program
The BE-SAFE Program, led by Heather Summers, Director of Domestic Violence Services, is located at Buffalo City Court, Erie County District Attorney’s Office, 50 Delaware Avenue, 4th Floor, Buffalo, New York 14202. Staff can also be reached by telephone at (716) 858-4630, 8:30-5:00pm, M-F. Should you receive a notice of a court date, please call one of the advocates there.
BE SAFE provides free community outreach & training for professionals, law enforcement, Judges, and community members on a variety of topics related to Domestic Violence.
If you are involved in the Criminal Justice system, we understand that you may not be ready to proceed with criminal charges and can help explain options to maintain your safety. Advocates will assist you throughout each stage of your case, from Arraignment, Grand Jury or trial.
A SAFETY PLAN is a tool which enables victims of domestic abuse to assess their options and reduce their risk of further abuse. Leaving an abusive relationship is something that needs planning and can increase your risk. Should you feel unsafe at any time or want to discuss a safety plan please contact the advocates for assistance.
You should have enough supplies in your disaster kit to ensure each member of your family can be self-sufficient for at least 3 days. Some things to include are:
• water (1 gallon per day per person)
• food (nonperishable and easy to prepare)
• can opener
• first-aid kit
• extra batteries
• medicines and medical items
• a multipurpose tool to turn off utilities
• sanitation and hygiene items
• copies of personal documents
• blankets/sleeping bags
• extra cash, credit card, and/or cashier’s check
• list of important numbers
• a whistle to signal for help
• dust masks
• local maps
• battery-powered or hand crank radio
You can find out more through FEMAs Ready Campaign at:
Be prepared and download the FEMA app for free on the App Store and Google Play.
Learn what to do before, during, and after emergencies with safety tips & receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.
U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), administers a Victim Notification Program. This program allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody. Victims and witnesses are required to register with HSI in order to receive notification of a criminal alien's release.
Listed below is a universal resource locator for the HSI Victim Notification Program. A victim or witness can simply click on the hyperlink and be transferred to a number of valuable victim services programs provided by ICE.
Click to go to the DHS website
Going Door to Door? Check here for information regarding these permits and when needed.
The Town of Tonawanda Code can be located at this link http://ecode360.com/10932920
To download the needed form for a permit, please follow this link for the PDF to print
The new “Ready Erie” app is available for free and is designed for the iPhone, iPad, android and iOS systems. The multi-purpose app will allow users to receive critical information and emergency alerts through push notifications, locate Erie County’s emergency shelters, view up-to-date evacuation route maps, and create a personalized Emergency Preparedness Plan by answering five basic questions.Among the Ready Erie app’s other features are the ability to share your status with selected contacts on your device and get the latest news and weather for Erie County. Users who create a personalized Emergency Management Plan will be able to store the Plan on their device to share with family and friends. Every individual’s Plan will include and Emergency Supply kit Checklist tailored to their needs; a Customized Emergency Food Supply Shopping List; an Emergency Communications Plan to notify loved ones of the individual’s status; and information to prepare your home for impending disaster. The app also provides an opportunity to learn about the various emergency situations that Erie County residents are most likely to face in five integrated eGuides.
“The Ready Erie app takes emergency planning and preparedness to the next level and will give users the information they need at the time they need it, helping them and their loved ones to respond to emergencies in a safe and organized manner,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “With this app we can communicate directly with our constituents, individuals can have access to critical alerts and updates to coordinate planning with family or co-workers, and stay on top of changing conditions. The app also has useful information on ways to prepare before disaster strikes, helping to mitigate damage and protect lives.
To download please follow this link:
Access & Functional Needs Registry Form
Everybody Has Needs - Do the Right People Know What Yours Are?
If you or someone in your household has a disability or a special medical need, the people whose job it is to respond when you call for help in an emergency need to know. Whether it affects your entire community, your street or just your home, seconds can make a life-or-death difference. Having specific details about your special situation will significantly help us help you.
Please fill out the online form to provide the Police Department
Alternatively you can download the documents to fill out and send in to our Police Department