Police News

  • Dec 13 2018
    Ferguson Township Police responded to a call for help at Tudek Park early this morning. A 23-year-old male called the 9-1-1 call center to report that he was at the park with a gun and intended to harm himself. FTPD and trained negotiators including officers from Patton Township, Penn State University Police and Public Safety, and State College Police isolated the area to ensure that no one visiting the park at the time was in danger. While negotiators were attempting to help the victim, he s... details
  • Dec 11 2018
    Ferguson Township Police crash reports are now available online, thanks to an agreement with CARFAX for police. The cost is $15 per report, payable at the crashdocs.org website. The new service is a convenience for those who previously had to pick up a report in person at the Ferguson Township Police Department. Connect with crashdocs.org, then select Pennsylvania as your state and Ferguson Township Police Department as your agency. Click Find a Report to continue. ... details
  • Nov 23 2018
    Ferguson Township Police Sergeant Shawn Morrison and State College PD School Resource Officer John Aston recently led a class in crime scene investigation (CSI) forensics for participants of the Citizens Police Academy. Fingerprinting The instructors demonstrated fingerprinting and the processes that follow. Fingerprinting results for juvenile cases can take from four weeks and non-juvenile cases may require 3 6 months or longer. Police are required to use one of seven certified ... details
  • Nov 21 2018
    For the first time ever, Ferguson Township Police are participating in No Shave November to raise funds for a local charity. Participating officers each paid $20 for the privilege of not shaving this month. The police union will match their donations. A few of the officers have already shaved, finding the hair growth to be itchy, while others are delighted not to be shaving for a month. One officer selected by his peers will have the honor of designating the local charity tha... details
  • Nov 19 2018
    A Ferguson Township Police cruiser vehicle camera captured this view of Winter Storm Avery Ferguson Township Chief of Police Chris Albright said his department responded to three weather-related crashes, 24 snow-related calls, and more than 60 no parking violations during Winter Storm Avery last week. Motorists in those crashes were driving too fast or their vehicles were not properly equipped for winter weather conditions. Police assisted motorists who became stuck, stran... details
  • Nov 14 2018
    On Wednesday, November 14, Ferguson Township Police with assistance from Penn State University Police investigated a hit-and-run motor vehicle crash near the Penn State Ag Progress grounds. Police determined that a silver Volkswagen lost control and left the roadway, striking several signs. The vehicle should have moderate to heavy damage. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ferguson Township Police at 1-800-479-0050 or 814-237-1172. FTP201802730 ... details
  • Nov 13 2018
    Our Helpful Tips for Residents flyer advises how to protect yourself from scams and frauds. Unfortunately, the FTPD s October 2018 Statistics and Calls for Service included a number of Ferguson Township residents who fell victim to scam artists. Police continue to investigate the following: A resident contacted about an approved loan was instructed to pay the $3,500 processing fee via Google Play cards and completed the transaction. In response to a spoofed email that appeared to be f... details
  • Oct 31 2018
    Ferguson Township Police on October 31 conducted a two-hour traffic detail in the Fairbrook section of West Whitehall Road, where the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors recently approved a reduced speed limit of 25 miles per hour. Officers stopped multiple vehicles for exceeding the speed limit and issued 11 citations. Learn more ... details
  • Oct 31 2018
    If you re thankful you ve never been stopped and arrested for a DUI, you may not want to experience what that s like even in simulation. But on Monday night, Centre County residents who are participating in the Citizens Police Academy got the opportunity to wear a pair of drunk driving goggles. Arrested by Patton Township Police Officer Brian Shaffer, they tried but failed to follow his instructions to walk a straight line and balance on one foot. Shaffer and his co-instructor, F... details
  • Oct 22 2018
    Can you help police identify this person of interest in an identity theft case? You can contact Ferguson Township Police by anonymous tip, email, or telephone: (814) 237-1172 or 1.800.479.0050. Thank you for your assistance. FTP201801945 ... details
  • Oct 18 2018
    Our students' safety, health and well being should be everyone s priority. Ferguson Township Police have compiled a safety checklist for students, parents, and anyone who is responsible for keeping kids safe on their way to and from school. Protecting students who are taking the bus to school, walking, riding bikes, or riding in cars In Pennsylvania, buses transport more than 1.5 million students each school day. It s human for motorists who are following school buses to feel some impat... details
  • Oct 17 2018
    Local school bus violations have doubled since 2015-2016 The State College Area School District and local police are teaming to stop a dangerous and illegal act: driving past school buses when students are boarding or disembarking. During Operation Safe Stop on October 24, officers from the Ferguson Township, Patton Township and State College police departments monitored bus stops across the district for drivers violating Pennsylvania s Meeting or Overtaking a School Bus Law. The effor... details
  • Oct 12 2018
    This motorcycle safety video featuring a message from motorcyclists to drivers illustrates why it's critical to be aware of each other on the road. Motorcyclists appreciate drivers who: Don't follow too closely Use your turn signals Look twice before you turn Put your phones away Make eye contact with passing motorcyclists Don't speed Drive sober Watch out for motorcycles All these behaviors help keep motorcyclists safe on the road. The National S... details
  • Oct 2 2018
    AEDs are lifesaving portable devices that can restore normal rhythm to the heart in the critical minutes after sudden cardiac arrest occurs. No public facility should be without one. The AED allows even a non-medical practitioner to respond immediately in an SCA crisis, when brain death can occur within 4 to 6 minutes. According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, the response time from discovering the SCA, calling 9-1-1, and an ambulance reaching the patient is no less than 8 minutes.... details
  • Oct 1 2018
    Ferguson Township Police have observed that ride services like Uber and Lyft have helped to significantly reduce the number of driving under the influence (DUI) violations on weekends when football fans are drinking heavily. But they advise caution when using these services, particularly when alcohol may impair judgment and cognitive skills. Last weekend, the State College Police Department reported two sexual assaults by a man posing as an Uber driver. The SCPD reportedly believe one suspec... details
  • Sep 21 2018
    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania State Police are encouraging motorists to take advantage of safety seat check resources across the state during National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 23 - 29. Learn more Ferguson Township Police have certified officers who are trained to properly inspect and install child safety seats. To schedule an appointment for a child safety seat inspection and installation, the Department asks that you compl... details
  • Sep 19 2018
    Ferguson Township Police will be participating as instructors in the Citizens' Police Academy, a free series of eight hands-on training sessions that give the public an opportunity to learn about local policing in a fun and safe environment. Sessions will meet on Monday nights October 15 through December 10 and take place at various locations that will include the Ferguson Township Municipal Building. Ferguson Township Police Sergeant Ryan Hendrick will be teaching a session on Drivin... details
  • May 11 2018
    When our residents praise Ferguson Township as a safe place to live, work and do business, they re recognizing the power of community. The definition of community policing is working with the community to solve problems. Helping people trying to find answers to their problems, or putting them in touch with someone who can help, is what we do every day, said Ferguson Township Chief of Police Chris Albright. The department s officers work in partnership with mental health and other comm... details