Q. How can I contest a traffic
A. A person who receives a traffic citation may contest
it by going to the court he/she is cited to (listed 0n the citation) and
posting bail (paying the amount of the citation). After the person has
posted bail, the court clerk will assign a court date for a hearing. If
the judge rules in the person's favor, the bail they posted will be refunded.
Additional information can be obtained by calling the Pratt County District
Court at 316-672-4100.
Q. How can I get my car out
A. If a person's vehicle is impounded, the registered
owner must go to the Police Department or Sheriff's Department to obtain
a release for the vehicle (releases are only given to the registered owner/s).
If the registered owner does not have a valid driver's license, he/she
must bring along a person who possesses a valid driver's license. If a
person's vehicle is impounded as a vehicle forfeiture and the vehicle
is owned by more than one person, the other owner (owner from whom the
vehicle was not taken) should refer to the information contained in the
Notice of Forfeiture Letter that they will receive by mail, to obtain
Q. How can I find out if
my vehicle has been towed?
A. A person may call his or her Police Department
of Sheriff's Department and give the vehicle license plate number to the
desk officer. The desk officer will run the status of the vehicle and
will inform the person whether or not their vehicle has been impounded.
Q. How can I report an abandoned
A. A person may call the police station or the Sheriff's
Department to report an abandoned vehicle. An officer will be dispatched
and will place a notice on the vehicle informing the owner that the car
will be towed if not moved within a 72-hour period. The officer will return
after a 72-hour period. If the vehicle has not been moved, the officer
will impound the vehicle.
Q. What should I do if I've
been involved in a traffic accident?
A. A person should first ensure that no one is injured.
If no one is injured, all parties (drivers) should exchange information:
driver's license numbers (if in possession or known), vehicle license
numbers, names, addresses, and phone numbers of all drivers (passengers,
if possible), and the names of the insurance companies of the drivers
involved. The involved persons should also write down the location where
the traffic collision occurred (utilizing cross street names or addresses
and street names) and the time it occurred.
Q. What are the reporting requirements
if I've been involved in a traffic accident?
A. A traffic collision report will be taken by the
Police or Sheriff's Department when one of the following reporting criteria
- a person involved in
the traffic collision has been injured (complaining of pain is considered
injury) or dies
- one of the drivers is
under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- one of the drivers has
fled the location without stopping to exchange information or check
on the welfare of the other parties involved
- city or county property
is involved (city vehicle, light post, signal light, etc.)
- damage in excess of
$500 has been done.
Q. How do I make a traffic
A. To make a traffic accident report, a person only
needs to contact the Police or Sheriff's Department and an officer will
be dispatched to take the report and investigate the accident. A person
can contact either the Police Department or Sheriff's Department by calling
one of the following numbers:
- 911, is it's an emergency
- Police -- 620-672-5551
- Sheriff -- 620-672-4133.
Q. What is the procedure
for posting bail?
A. Bail can be posted at the Pratt County Sheriff's
Department 24 hours a day. Bail may be posted in one of the following
- Surety Bond
- cashier's check made
payable to the Pratt County Sheriff's Department and drawn on a Kansas
Q. Where and when will an
arrestee go to jail?
A. The court arraignment location is determined by
two factors: where a person was arrested and the type of charge filed
against him/her. Please call the jail facility for more information.
Q. Where will an arrestee
be sent after he/she goes to court?
A. Arrestees who remain in custody after arraignment
are remanded to the custody of the Pratt County Sheriff's Department.
Q. Is there a telephone number
I can call to find out if someone is in jail?
A. The public can call 620-672-4150 24 hours a day
to find out if a person is in custody. Callers can obtain information
on anyone who is in custody at the jail.
Q. How many visits can an
A. Arrestees may have one visit a week by a friend
or family member during established visiting hours. An attorney, bail
bondsperson, or member of the clergy may visit anytime.
Q. How can I report child
A. Call the Police Department, Sheriff's Department,
or Social Services Department. In the Pratt area the phone number is 316-672-5955
or, if the abuse continues, make an emergency call to 911. The identities
of callers reporting child abuse are protected by state statute.
Q. How can I report elder
A. The serious nature of the problem of elder abuse
and dependent adult abuse, coupled with the increasing numbers of reports
of such abuse, has made it vital that the Pratt County Sheriff's Department,
Pratt Police Department, and Kansas Department of SRS work closely together
to provide a meaningful response to abuse reports.
physical abuse" is defined as a situation where any person who has
the care or custody of, or who stands in a position of trust with an elder,
willfully inflicts upon that elder any cruel or inhuman corporal punishment
or injury. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to, direct beatings,
sexual assault, unreasonable physical constraint, or prolonged deprivation
of food or water.
elder abuse, call the Police Department, Sheriff's Department, or Social
Services Department. In the Pratt area that phone number is 316-672-5955,
or if the abuse continues, make an emergency call to 911.
Q. When should I use 911
versus 7-digit telephone lines?
A. Call 911 when there is a life or death emergency
that requires the immediate response of emergency service such as police,
fire, or paramedic. Always call 911 when there is a medical problem or
something that requires any of the emergency services to respond. Emergency
services include the police, sheriff, ambulance, and fire departments.
is a situation that requires police response but is not an emergency,
use the non-emergency 7-digit telephone numbers:
- Police: 316-672-5551
- Sheriff: 316-672-4133
- Ambulance: 316-672-4130.
Q. How can I call 911 at
A. All 911 calls are received by Police Dispatchers
who are trained to screen call quickly and efficiently. When calling
to report a non-emergency incident, dial the operator and ask for a non-emergency
police line. This does not require money when calling from a pay phone.
- Dial 911 (on a pay phone
it is not necessary to deposit money).
- Tell the 911 operator
what you need--ambulance, fire truck, or the police.
- Be calm. When a caller
is upset, it is hard to understand what he or she is saying or to get
vital information quickly.
- Stay on the phone. Do
not hang up!
- Give your name and address.
If your address is different from the location of the crimes, be sure
to let the operator know.
- If possible, give the
operator suspect description, weapons (if any), and vehicle descriptions
Emergency operators will
verify your address and telephone to ensure that the telephone company
address that is sent with the call is current and accurate. People living
in mobile home parks or on private roads often have addresses that differ
from the telephone company street addresses. If you fall into one of these
categories, contact the Pratt County Emergency Preparedness Department
to find out what your legal street address is.