Useful Links and Resources

Notification and Information Services

Smart911 https://www.smart911.com/

Smart911 is a free service that allows individuals and families to create a safety profile online which provides key information to Chester County’s 9-1-1 Center.  Chester County is the first county in Southeastern PA to provide this service. Completely secure and private, residents control what information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in an emergency situation.  The safety profile enables faster and more effective emergency response by law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services. Safety profiles can be created at www.smart911.com.  Residents can customize their profile and share any information they want the 9-1-1 call taker and response teams to have in the event of an emergency.  The information is seen only when the resident dials 9-1-1 and it is automatically displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker, allowing him or her to send the right response team to the right location with the right information. 

Pennsylvania Judiciary Web Portal http://ujsportal.pacourts.us

The Pennsylvania Judiciary Web Portal provides the public with access to various aspects of court information, including appellate courts, common pleas courts and magisterial district court docket sheets; common pleas courts and magisterial district court calendars; and PAePay. In addition to the public information available on this site, specialized eServices are available to users with a secure login. These include secure docket sheets for the three levels of court; secure court calendars for common pleas courts and magisterial district courts; statewide warrants; and attorney registration. Approval for certain secure services must be granted by a county clerk of court or district court administrator.

PA CRIME VICTIMS/SOCIAL SERVICES

Pennsylvania Office of Victims' Services

www.pccd.pa.gov/Victim-Services/Pages/default.aspx

We help crime victims transcend their trauma by providing funding to victim service agencies that work directly with victims, provide financial help to victims through the Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP), and collaborate with criminal justice and allied professionals that advocate and respond to the needs of victims.

VINE Link www.vinelink.com

VINELink is an online portal to VINE, America’s number one victim notification network. VINE has been providing victims and concerned citizens with the power of information for decades, allowing these individuals to have the sense of security that they deserve. VINELink can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the most reliable information for custody status changes and criminal case information. The VINE service provides information by phone, email, TTY, and text message where available. You may also sign up through your participating state, or county’s toll-free number.

Pennsylvania Crime Victims Compensation Assistance Program

www.pccd.pa.gov/Victim-Services/Pages/Victims-Compensation-Assistance-Program-(VCAP).aspx

If a crime victim incurs expenses as a result of a crime, the Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP) may reimburse for medical expenses, counseling, loss of earnings, loss of support, funeral costs, travel costs, childcare, stolen cash, relocation and other costs. On average, the Victims Compensation Assistance Program receives over 8,600 new claims and pays an average $13 million per year on behalf of crime victims.

Chester County Children Youth & Families

http://www.chesco.org/201/Children-Youth-Families

The care of dependent and/or neglected children is a shared responsibility. The family is seen as the primary source for the care and nurturing of children by providing for the physical, emotional, and economic support needed. This agency intervenes to provide those services which cannot be provided by families, neighbors, friends, and the community.

Department of Aging Services

http://www.chesco.org/135/Aging

The mission of the Chester County Department of Aging Services is to provide home and community based protection, advocacy, and information and assistance services to people aged 60 and over and their families so they can have choices about how they want to live with dignity and respect, lead independent and active lives, and be free from abuse and neglect.

Drug & Alcohol Services

http://chesco.org/216/Drug-and-Alcohol

Information & Referral 1-866-286-3767 All calls are confidential Professionally trained staff are available M-F 8:30am-4:30pm

Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

www.chesco.org/index.aspx?NID=615

The Department administers three programs: Early Intervention services for children age 0-3 with developmental delays. Service Coordinators work with families to explain services, arrange for children to be screened, and set up services for eligible children. They monitor services and provide information about other community resources. Services are available at no charge to the family. Mental Health services for persons in mental health recovery. The MH Program contracts with 6 Core Provider agencies throughout the county that are points of entry for services. The Core Providers arrange mental health assessments and services. They also help with insurance applications and finding other community resources. Intellectual Disability services for persons diagnosed with intellectual disability. The ID Program contracts with local and regional agencies to provide most services. Supports Coordinators work with individuals and families (at no charge) to identify needs and appropriate services within funding limits.  

LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Borough of Kennett Square www.kennettsq.org

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania www.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pa_gov/20387

County of Chester www.chesco.org

Ready Chesco www.readychesco.org

Chester County's mass notification service allows us to provide you with emergency information as well as provide you the opportunity to sign up to receive government information. The information you provide is protected and will not be used for any other purpose. When we issue a notification you will receive either a phone message, text, or email depending on your preferences. Some messages, focused around life safety, may request that you confirm receipt of the message and will try to get a hold of you a couple of times until confirmation is received. Stay informed! Sign up now!

Department of Emergency Services http://chesco.org/217/Emergency-Services  

Chester County Department of Emergency Services is located in the Chester County Government Services Center in West Goshen Township, and serves over 500,000 citizens in 73 municipalities. The 9-1-1 Communications Center handles over 300,000 calls a year. This is about 900 calls for assistance a day. The Department administers and provides for emergency services communications; hazardous materials spill response; disaster planning; fire, rescue and emergency medical services training; Fire Marshal investigations; the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act; and Public Education programs.

PennDOT Driver & Vehicle Services www.dmv.state.pa.us

This site serves as a virtual service center that enables customers to complete e-Government services, fill out and print forms, download fact sheets, find service locations, learn about special programs, and contact PennDOT with driver and vehicle related questions and suggestions.

PennDOT Person with Disability Placard/Plates www.dmv.state.pa.us/registration/pwd_plate.shtml

Special parking privileges are available for individuals with certain disabilities. Those whose disability is certified by a health care provider as having a permanent disability may be eligible for a Person with Disability Registration Plate or a permanent Person with Disability Parking Placard. Ready.Gov - Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed www.ready.gov Official website of the Department of Homeland Security.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Federal Bureau of Investigation www.fbi.gov

Pennsylvania State Police www.psp.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/psp/4451

Pennsylvania Attorney General www.attorneygeneral.gov

Pennsylvania Megan's Law Website www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us/entrypage.aspx

Pursuant 42 Pa.C.S. § 9799.28, the State Police has established this website to provide timely information to the public on registered sexual offenders who reside, or are transient, attend school, or are employed/carry on a vocation, within this Commonwealth. Pennsylvania's Megan's Law, 42 Pa.C.S § 9799.32(1), requires the State Police to create and maintain a registry of persons who reside, or is transient, work/carry on a vocation, or attend school in the Commonwealth and who have either been convicted of, entered a plea of guilty to, or have been adjudicated delinquent of Certain Sexual Offenses in Pennsylvania or another jurisdiction.

Drug Enforcement Administration www.justice.gov/dea/index.shtml

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement www.ice.gov/victim-notification

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed. HSI administers the Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody. The link provided will allow a victim or witness access to a number of valuable victim services programs provided by ICE.

CRIME PREVENTION

Safe Trade www.safetradestations.com

Do you purchase goods from websites like craigslist or eBay? Conduct your in-person transactions safely at your local police station.

Internal Revenue Service - Consumer Information www.irs.gov/uac/Suspicious-e-Mails-and-Identity-Theft

The Internal Revenue Service has issued several recent consumer warnings on the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scamster's trying to gain access to consumers??? Financial information in order to steal their identity and assets.

Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft https://www.consumer.ftc.gov

Identity Theft Information Consumer Federation of America https://consumerfed.org/consumer_info/understanding-your-telemarketing-rights

Do you understand your telemarketing rights? How do you know if a telemarketing call is a scam? That friendly voice on the phone may belong to an honest person who is just trying to make a sale or a crook who wants to trick you out of your money. This guide from Consumer Federation of America provides basic information to help you know your telemarketing rights and recognize when a telemarketing call might be a scam. Stop Bullying www.stopbullying.gov A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. National Home Security Alliance www.staysafe.org The National Home Security Alliance shares our dedication to protecting all citizens.

Guide to Starting and Growing a Neighborhood Watch https://www.staysafe.org/starting-and-growing-a-neighborhood-watch/  

Traffic Safety

Just Drive PA www.justdrivepa.org  

With more than 1,200 people losing their lives in traffic crashes in Pennsylvania each year, Just Drive PA encourages motorists to avoid life-threatening behaviors such as not wearing a seat belt, driving impaired and driving aggressively.

Distracted Driving www.distraction.gov

Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving.

National Law Enforcement Officers Drive Safely Program www.nleomf.org/programs/drive

There are more than 900,000 local, state and federal sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. Many of these officers spend a large part of their time patrolling our roads and highways, trying to make sure the rest of us can travel in safety.

M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) www.madd.org

From its humble beginnings 32 years ago, MADD has evolved into one of the most widely supported and well-liked non-profit organizations in America.