Q:How do I file a general complaint or one in regard to biased-based profiling?
Any person who believes they have been subjected to racial or other biased-based policing may file a complaint with the Newton Police Department and/or the Attorney General's Office.
Complaints may be made by delivering a written statement, signed by the complaining party or parties to any of the following: Chief of Police, Deputy Chief, any Lieutenant or Sergeant with the department.
No person will be discriminated against or subjected to retribution because they have filed such a complaint.
Q:How can I get my fingerprints taken?
The Newton Police Department does not provide fingerprinting services. Anyone in need of having their fingerprints taken for employment, concealed carry or adoption purposes will need to contact the Harvey County Detention Center. They do not provide fingerprinting for children.
The Harvey County Detention Center does not currently have a schedule for fingerprinting. Walk-in customers will be fingerprinted as soon as possible. If Detention Center staff is busy, you may be asked to wait or return at a later time. There is no fee for the service.
(The Harvey County Detention Center is located behind the Harvey County Courthouse.)
Q:How do I find out whether any sex offenders are living in my area?
A: The websites listed to look up registered offenders are for informational purposes only. All subjects listed on the registered offender websites are there due to convictions of certain types of violent, sexual or drug crimes.
Q:I locked my keys in my car. Can the Police help me?
A: The Newton Police Department only responds to assist with vehicle lockouts when someone's health or safety is in jeopardy. If it is determined the situation is not life threatening, we can ask to have a locksmith contacted for you, but you are responsible for the cost of the locksmith service. The Newton Police Department is not responsible for the damage which may occur while attempting to open your vehicle.
Q:Can I sell something door-to-door?
A: All solicitors and peddlers must have a peddler's license prior to being allowed to sell in the city limits. The license can be obtained at the Water Billing Office at Newton City Hall, 201 E 6. Solicitors or peddlers working without a license are subject to fines and court costs that can exceed $100 a day.
This does not apply to local political groups, churches, athletic clubs, etc. Contact the City Clerk's office for more information and to print off a peddler application form.
Q:How do I obtain a record of everything I've been convicted of in the past?
A: Anyone needing a copy of their personal criminal history record will need to make contact with the court(s) where the case(s) were prosecuted.
Q:Can the Police Department help me obtain a Restraining Order?
A: No. If your situation is a domestic situation, you can contact the Harvey County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Office located in the Harvey County Courthouse. Their office staff can help you obtain a PFA Order (Protection From Abuse). In any other type of situation, you will need to contact a private attorney for assistance.
Q:How can I obtain a copy of my accident report or other reports?
Reports can be obtained by calling or coming into the Newton Police Department lobby during business hours. The reports can be mailed or picked up in person. We do not fax report copies.
All requests made by an individual for copies of police reports will be provided at no charge. Only open public record information will be provided. Not all reports involving juveniles are open public record and will be reviewed prior to being released. The following information will not be provided, and will be blacked out on the report to protect the victim(s) from identity theft:
Date of birth
Social Security number
Driver's license number
Requests for records made by an attorney or insurance company will be subject to the following fees:
$15 per offense or accident report
$25 per Police video (burned to DVD/CD)
Additional items needed when an attorney is making a request for copies of police video(s) include the following:
Blank DVD/CDs required for copying
Postage-paid return envelope for DVD/CDs
Discovery order signed by the judge
PLEASE SUBMIT ALL REQUESTS TO:
Newton Police Department 120 E. 7th Newton, KS 67114 316.284.6030
Q:If my vehicle is towed, how do I get my vehicle released?
To get a Vehicle Release, the registered owner must bring to the Newton Police Department a valid driver's license, proof of current insurance, and proof of current registration. Vehicles are only released to the registered owner or a notarized signed statement from the registered owner stating who the vehicle can be released.
If it is after business hours or the weekend, officers on duty will be able to issue a vehicle release. Upon arrival at the police department, you will need to use the phone in the lobby to contact 911. They will dispatch an officer to the lobby to help you obtain the vehicle release.
Q:How do I find out whether my car registration is current?
A: If you have questions in regard to your vehicle registration, please contact the Harvey County Treasurer's Office at 316-284-6970.
Q:How do I submit a crime tip?
A: If you have a Crime Stoppers tip, please call the Harvey County Crime Stoppers hotline at 316-284-2400. If you have any type of criminal or suspicious activity you would like to report, please complete an online Suspicious Activity Form. If you have any type of drug activity to report, please complete an online Drug Activity Form. In order for the information to be taken seriously, contact information must be provided on the form. The information provided will be confidential.
Q:How do I make a report?
A: If you need to make a report of any type, please call 911 or 316-283-4190. Officers are dispatched through Harvey County 911 for emergencies as well as non-emergency reports. Certain types of lapsed reports may be online through our Online Police Reporting System.
Q:How do I get a copy of my driving record?
A: To obtain a copy of your driving record, please contact the Driver's License Office in the Harvey County Courthouse, 800 N Main. You will need to show your driver's license for identification purposes and pay a fee of $13. If you have any other questions, please contact the office at 316-284-6944.
Q:How do I find out whether my driver's license is valid?
A: Yes. The curfew for the City of Newton pertains to anyone under 18 years of age. The juvenile must be accompanied by an adult relative who is 21 years of age or older if they are out after curfew, which is 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight on Friday and Saturday.
This does not apply when the juvenile is traveling the most direct route to or from their place of employment, to or from a church, school, or organized recreational activity that is sponsored or supervised by one or more adults, or when engaged in normal travel through the city, to the city by a direct, continuous route, or when traveling due to circumstances of an emergency nature.
Q:What are Newton's noise regulations?
A: Residential Areas -- The noise ordinance for residential areas is in effect from 10 p.m to 7 a.m. The ordinance restricts the operation of any sound-producing or sound-reproduction device, whether inside or outside, which is at such a volume that the emitted sound that can be heard beyond the property line of any residential property.
Motor Vehicles -- The noise ordinance for motor vehicles is in effect 24 hours a day. The ordinance restricts the operation of any sound-producing or sound-reproduction device that is plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from the vehicle.
Q:What State statutes do Newton officers use?
A: The majority of the criminal statutes officers use on a daily basis are listed under Chapter 21 - Crimes and Punishments of Kansas State Law. The majority of traffic statutes are under Chapter 8 - Automobiles and Other Vehicles. Chapters 8 and 21 are not all inclusive; additional laws do apply to criminal and traffic offenses and are found elsewhere in the Kansas State Statutes.
Q:Where do I park if I'm taking the train out of town?
Free parking is available for anyone taking the Amtrak train out of Newton. The designated parking area is located to the west of the Train Depot, across Main Street, behind the business located just north of the railroad tracks. (This is the far-east end of the U.S. Post Office parking lot.) No registration is required, but you do have the option of leaving your vehicle information and contact information with Harvey County 911, if you so desire.
Harvey County 911 316-283-4190
Q:Why did I get pulled over?
Moving violations: The most common reason a vehicle is stopped is for a moving violation. Some examples include speeding offenses, failure to stop at a red light or stop sign, or failure to use a turn signal.
Registration/Equipment Violations: Examples of these include expired vehicle tags and defective head or tail lights. The laws governing driving privileges in Kansas consist of 120 pages. It is not uncommon for a driver to be in violation of a law without knowing it.
Courtesy or Safety Concerns: These are other reasons an officer might stop your vehicle. For example, your trunk may be open, something may be hanging from under your vehicle, or an article of clothing might be caught in the door.
STEPS TO FOLLOW IF YOU ARE STOPPED
Stop your vehicle as far out of the lane of traffic as possible. Make sure you turn your flashers on, and motion to the officer that you are going to comply.
Stay in your vehicle and turn on the interior light if it is after sundown. Good lighting assists good communication. Relax and remain in your vehicle. If you leave the vehicle, you subject yourself to the dangers of traffic.
Keep your hands in view, preferably on the steering wheel. Wait for the officer to request your license and proof of insurance.
Police officers are trained to ask for identification first and provide an explanation second. First, provide the requested documentation. Second, give the officer a chance to explain the reason you were stopped.
If you do not agree with the citation or the officer's demeanor, do not argue at the scene. All citizens have the right to question their citation before a judge. The Newton Police Department has an internal affairs system to investigate citizen complaints.
Q:Why did two or three officers show up when I was pulled over?
A: Officers in the vicinity frequently back each other up whenever possible.