What is light transmittance? If clear glass has a light transmittance of 100 percent, than any type of tint or film that is placed on the glass to impede the outside light from transmitting through the glass to the inside would lessen the light transmittance. If half of the light from the outside is blocked by the tint then the light transmittance would be fifty percent. Rear Windows
The rear most window can be tinted to any percentage IF the vehicle is equipped with side rear view mirrors on both sides. Exemptions There is a exemption for medical reasons. More information can be obtained at any DMV office. How do the officers measure the tint? Some patrols carry a tint meter that accurately measures the light transmittance. For more info check the Laws of New York State website.
If your vehicle was towed as a result of Police action, you may need a release.
Police Action may include:
- Traffic Ticket (such as not being inspected)
- Parking Ticket (such as parking over 24 hours)
- Suspended or Non-Registered Vehicle
- Abandoned Vehicle
- Traffic Accident (Release may not be required if released at scene by Officer)
Prior to attempting retrieval of your car, you MUST stop at the Front Desk of the Police Station to obtain a release.
You will need to bring:
- Proper ID
- Proof of Vehicle Ownership
- Proof of Valid Insurance on the Vehicle
The Following Towers are uses by the Town of Cheektowaga for Police Towing:
2514 Harlem Rd
3214 Genesee St
Suburban Collision / Royal Towing
2288 William St
894-0163 / 896-2829
2210 Old Union Rd
First Choice Auto
840 Cayuga Creek Rd
Towing Offices are staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturdays 9:00am to 12:00 noon. They are closed Sundays and legal holidays. Phone numbers for twenty-four hour retrieval are posted. Fee schedule is as follows; all fees are before applicable NYS taxes have been added by the Tower:
1. Passenger vehicles and light trucks (up to 10,000 lbs GVW), including motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs:
A. Standard Tow or flatbed service: $132
B. Additional fees for labor, recovery, winching:
i. truck with driver, one-quarter-hour increments: $30
ii. truck with driver, full hour $132
C. Administrative fee (letter fee): $25
D. Storage per 24 hour day: $35
2. Medium Duty Tow (10,001 lbs to 25,999 lbs GVW)
A. Hourly rate:$180
B. Additional laborer(s): $79 per hour per person
C. Storage per 24 hour day: $50
3. Heavy Duty Tow (26,000 lbs and up GVW)
A. Hourly rate: $295
B. Additional laborer(s): $79 per hour per person
C. Storage per 24 hour day: $50
4. Clean up of debris from roadway for accidents:
A. Labor: $25 per 1/2 hour
B. Speedy Dry (per bag): $9.95
C. Disposal of Contaminated Material (if more than three bags): 20% above market price
5. After Hours Release
A. Releasing vehicles or belongings from vehicles after 5:00 pm on weekdays or other than regular business hours on Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: $72 per hour
B. After-hours releases will be arranged by appointment only between the towing company and the patron.
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Welcome to the Cheektowaga Police Department’s Web Site. We are proud to be a New York State Accredited Agency. The Town of Cheektowaga Police Department was established in 1932 to serve and protect the community. It has evolved from a department of eleven, to today’s 130 sworn officers who respond to over 50,000 calls for service annually; making it one of the busiest town agencies in New York State. The Town is approximately 30 square miles, with a population of nearly 89,000 residents which can increase to over 200,000 during the day, due to our large retail, transportation and commercial areas.
Our Police Department takes a proactive approach to addressing the needs of the Town’s citizens; from crime to quality of life issues. This is evident daily, from foot patrols to bicycle and segway units, to our Crime Resistance Bureau.
Please enjoy our web site, which can acquaint you with each division of the Department and its primary functions. Also, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.
There is currently no test scheduled. The next test is anticipated in 2019.
Take the Test
The Cheektowaga Police Department hires only from the Erie County Civil Service list. The Civil Service test for Police Officer is given every three years. The candidate must not have reached his/her 35th birthday on or before the date of the written examination. More information is available from the Erie County Website.
- To prepare for the civil service test, New York State offers a Test Guide and a Frequently Asked Questions section, available by clicking HERE.
- Interested candidates may also look for courses designed to prepare them for the test; such as those linked to below **NOTE: CHEEKTOWAGA POLICE DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN OR ENDORSE ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS: https://www.policetutorialservice.com/, http://www.policequiz.com/states/NY.shtml
Pre-Employment Training Option
- For those who are interested in law enforcement as a career, Erie Community College offers a Police Basic Training Program. This program is part of the same Police Academy that sworn Police Officers attend. Graduates of this program, if hired, do not need to attend the full Police Academy; but instead go through a “Phase II” training that is completed in just a few weeks. More information is available by clicking HERE.
Pass the Written Test
- Those who pass the Police Officer test are placed on the list for the Police Department in the City or Town in which they live. Candidates must live anywhere in Erie County to be placed on the list for Cheektowaga Police. (Effective March 2016). There is no minimum amount of time a candidate must live at an address before he or she can use it on the application. Candidates must move into Cheektowaga within 6 months of being hired. Those candidates for other jurisdictions who move to a new Town or City must change their address through Erie County Civil Service. Currently, Erie County makes address changes effective the 15th of the month following the date of the address change application. Any updates to this will be noted in the link below. The change of address form is available by clicking HERE.
- After Erie County mails out test scores, they also will schedule physical agility tests for candidates passing and scoring high enough on the written test.
- Once test results are received, and the Department is ready to begin the hiring process, eligible candidates are selected by their test score. Candidates are sent a canvass letter by the Town, to see if they are still interested in the position. If more than one candidate has the same score, all candidates at that scoring level receive a canvass letter. The Department is required to hire one of the top three candidates, if more than three candidates have the same score all are considered equal as the “top three”. Below is a link to the applicable Civil Service Law; CSL § 61.1, CSR § 3.6, 4.2
Physical Agility Standards
Sit Up: Muscular endurance (core body)- The score indicated below is the number of bent-leg sit-ups performed in one minute.
Push-up: Muscular endurance (upper body)- The score indicated below is the number of full body repetitions that a candidate must complete without breaks.
1.5 Mile Run: Cardiovascular capacity- The (time) score indicated below is calculated in minutes:seconds.
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Background Investigation and Hiring Requirements
- Those who indicate on their canvass letter that they are interested in the Police Officer job will undergo a thorough background investigation. This includes verifying that the candidate has the required education:
- Completion of 60 semester credit hours from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university at the time of appointment; OR
- Completion of 30 semester credit hours from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university and completion of one year of active duty military service at the time of appointment; OR
- An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (a) and (b).
- In addition, a background check for the Cheektowaga Police Department includes, but is not limited to:
Extensive application, which includes detailing personal interests
Full criminal history, Finger Print Check, Driver’s License Check, Credit check, Interviews with all former employers, Interviews with family and friends
Interviews with former neighbors, partners, etc.
Drug Test, Social Media check, Pre- and Post- employment offer Psychological Exam, Polygraph Exam, Personal Interview
- Documents required for the Background Investigation include, but are not limited to:
Birth certificate, Driver’s License, Social Security Card, Selective Service registration/Military Discharge, Marriage Certificate, Transcripts from High School and College, Diplomas from High School and College, Credit Report
In order to preserve a professional appearance and promote confidence in us from the public which we serve, the Cheektowaga Police has adopted an official tattoo and body piercing policy.
Body Piercing / uniformed employees:
While on duty uniformed employees will not have visible body piercing jewelry, including all facial and tongue piercing, with the exception of ear piercing for female uniformed employees as outlined previously. This includes any body piercing visible through the uniform or clothing.
Tattoos / uniformed employees:
A uniformed employee will not have any tattoos, body art or branding on the head, face, neck, scalp or hands. Any visible tattoo, body art or branding that is obscene, advocates or symbolizes gangs or extremist groups, drug use, or sexual or racial discrimination are not permitted. While on duty, excessive tattooing, body art or branding shall not be exposed or visible (including through uniform or clothing). Excessive is defined as exceeding one third of the exposed body part.
Candidates will be screened during processing at which time a determination will be made as to whether an applicant is in violation of the policy. If a candidate is found to be in violation then that person will have the option of having the tattoo or the visible portion thereof, removed at their own expense. If a candidate expresses a willingness to have this done, then their application will be placed on hold until the process is completed.
Final Hiring Steps
- For those who pass the background investigation and interview process, an offer of employment may be made.
- Those who are hired who already have the Police Basic Training will go through a Phase II of Academy training, in the proficiencies not included in the Police Basic course. Those who are hired without this Program will attend the Erie County Central Police Services Training Academy. The Academy is run twice a year; and lasts approximately 20 weeks. It encompasses all NYS mandated topics for Police Training, which includes NYS Penal and Criminal Procedure Law, Physical Fitness training and testing, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Emergency Vehicle Operations, and much more. Minimum passing scores are required for every subject area.
- Once Academy requirements are fulfilled, new officers enter the Cheektowaga Police Department Field Training Officer (FTO) Program. This intense, 16 week program prepares a new officer to work a solo assignment in a safe, skillful, productive and professional manner. Recruit officers are graded every day, on every action they take. The program begins with one week of administrative and practical training. It then moves to five, three week phases during which recruit officers work under the guidance and supervision of Field Training Officers. Every Field Training Officer is New York State certified to be a training officer. These officers guide and supervise recruit officers as they answer calls, learn Departmental policies and procedures; and eventually function as a single officer. The program builds on the foundation of knowledge given at the police academy, creating an environment in which the recruit officer develops new skills as well as increases proficiency in those acquired in the academic setting.
Take the Test
Pass the Test
Final Hiring Steps