Monday, January 29, 2018

Chief Eliason Sworn in as President of Burlington County Police Chiefs' Association

Chief Eliason being sworn in by Mayor Lorraine Hatcher

as his wife Cheryl and Son Nick hold a Bible for the ceremony

On Friday night Chief William T. Eliason was sworn in as the President of the Burlington County Police Chiefs' Association at Cafe Madison.  Chief Eliason was sworn in by Mayor Lorraine Hatcher as his wife Cheryl and son Nick held a bible.  Two academic scholarships were presented to students and the Richard Dreby Award for service to the organization was presented to Palmyra Chief of Police, Scott Pearlman.  Senator Troy Singleton congratulated Chief Eliason on his accomplishments and service to the community.  

“The goal of the Burlington County Police Chiefs' Association is to enhance the professional standards of the Burlington County Law Enforcement Community. This is accomplished by providing new and innovative training and working with our Community Partners to foster trust and an open dialogue. The BCPCA awards 3 Academic Scholarships annually to the dependents of Law Enforcement officers from Burlington County that are working towards a degree from an institution of higher education. The BCPCA is a not for profit organization that makes generous donations to worthwhile charities throughout the calendar year.”

Members of the Burlington County Police Chiefs' Association

RPD Members

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Man Wearing Only His Underwear Vandalizes Church

On 1/6/18 at approximately 1530hrs, the Riverside Police were dispatched for the report of a disorderly male subject at the First Moravian Church located on Bridgeboro St.  The caller stated that the male was reportedly throwing bibles and spraying a fire extinguisher inside the church.  The church was not open to the public at the time.  Upon arrival, the police located the male suspect being detained by a parishioner.  The suspect was wearing only his underwear.  After a brief struggle, the male was placed under arrest by police and identified as Mark A. Araujo, 19 years, of Beverly, NJ.
The police found that Araujo had illegally entered the church, took off all of his clothing and allegedly caused extensive damage to several items within.  The damage included broken stained glass windows, musical instruments, Christmas decorations, religious reading materials, religious artifacts and the discharge of a fire extinguisher.  Police also located marijuana dumped upon the top of the church lectern.  

Araujo was charged with Burglary, Desecration of Venerated Objects, Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Possession of Marijuana.

If anyone has further information regarding this case, contact Sgt. Ron Brock @ 856-461-8820 /

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Cold Weather Visitor

Ptl. Marano visits with Jacqueline and her mother.

Riverside resident Penelope and her three year old daughter, Jacqueline, decided to venture out of the house on a FREEZING cold day yesterday to visit with officers at the Riverside Twp Police station.  Jacqueline’s mom says that she is fascinated by police, fire and EMS vehicles.  We were happy to take a few minutes out of our day to give her a tour of the station and allow her to sit in one of our patrol vehicles!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Food Delivery Driver Robbed at Gunpoint

Suspects Identified and Charged

On 11/29/17 at approximately 6:35 pm, the Riverside Township Police were dispatched to 100 block of Kossuth St for the report of an armed robbery.  The caller reported to police that he was working as a food delivery driver when he was robbed at gunpoint by at least two masked suspects.  One of the suspects pointed a silver handgun at him while the other searched his pockets and took all of his cash.  He reported that the suspects ran towards the NJ Light Rail train.  

As a result of the ensuing investigation, three suspects (one adult male and two juvenile males) were identified and charged.  The adult, Marlon “PJ” Sutton, 18 years, of Roebling, NJ was identified, charged and arrested on 12/21/17.  He was lodged at Burlington County Jail on charges of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.  The juveniles, a 17 year old male from Burlington City and a 15 year old male from Willingboro, NJ were charged with the same offenses.  
Marlon "PJ" Sutton, 18 yrs, of Roebling, NJ
On 1/2/18, the 17 year old male was located in Burlington City and taken into custody.  He was processed at the Riverside Township Police Department and he was subsequently lodged at the Burlington County Juvenile Detention Center.  His name is being withheld due to juvenile confidentiality laws.  

The 15 year old male is still wanted.  He was a resident of Willingboro but he also has ties to Pemberton and Trenton.  His whereabouts are unknown.  Other local agency detectives identified the 15 year old as a street gang member representing “GBM” (Gotti Boy Movement) a Bloods gang set.  His name is being withheld due to juvenile confidentiality laws.  

If anyone has any additional information regarding this case, contact Riverside Township Sergeant Ron Brock @ 856-461-8820 x166  or

Friday, January 5, 2018

Patrolman Kevin Joo Named 2017 Officer of the Year

Ptl. Kevin Joo 2017 Officer of the Year

On Wednesday, January 3rd the Riverside Police Department held its annual award dinner at Cafe Madison in Riverside.  Patrolman Kevin Joo was named Officer of the Year for 2017.  In 2017 Ptl. Joo effected 129 arrests, investigated 120 cases, conducted 197 motor vehicle stops, and made 14 drug arrests.  He also received a Chief's Citation for his actions at a house fire in Delanco on December 29th.

Last year's Officer of the Year, Michael Megara, also received a Chief's Citation for his actions at the Delanco house fire.

Other awards presented:

Chief's Citation:  Det. Brandon Conard for apprehension of a heroin dealer, arrest and conviction of armed robbery suspects, and numerous other burglary and theft arrests.

First Aid Award:  SLEO II Robert Settimio for a CPR save.
First Aid Award:  Ptl. Scott Snow for a CPR save.
Community Service Award:  Ptl. Timothy Marano, Ptl. Michael Hynes, and Capt. David Jaensch for work with Kidz Funzone, Haunted Police Station, and Christmas in Riverside.
Exception Duty:  Lt. Louis Fisher for his work with the T.I.P.
                                                                                                    (Treatment Incentive Program)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

"Officer Phil" Visits Riverside Elementary School

Yesterday, Riverside Elementary School students were treated to a special assembly hosted by the “Officer Phil” program. “Officer Phil” is an organization that provides safety lessons for children in elementary schools. “Officer Phil” teaches lessons about what to do around strangers, fire safety, internet safety, bullying, responding to emergencies, and interacting with authority figures. It is a national program that partners with local police and fire departments to reach elementary schools across the country. This program is funded annually by a grant and sponsored by the Riverside Police Department.

“Officer Phil’s” 30-minute presentation was hosted by “Mr. Mike the Magician” and it included ventriloquism, magic tricks, and other entertainment to engage kids in safety lessons.  Patrolman Anthony Cicali selected kids from the audience and played games with them to teach them about respect for others.

“Officer Phil” also provides additional resources for kids, parents, and educators online. Other safety lessons are available on their website including medication safety and sports safety tips. The website also features coloring pages for kids and fun recipes. In many cases, these kids have gone on to use their new safety skills in their communities. The program was founded in 1975. We would like to thank Riverside’s school administration and teachers for supporting this fun free program every year.

You can learn more about "Officer Phil" at

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Seatbelt Violation Leads to Wanted Person Arrest

On November 12 at approximately 9:30 PM, the Riverside Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on a vehicle for operating the wrong way on a one way street. While speaking to the driver, the officer observed the two rear passengers to be seated without wearing seatbelts. The officer asked both men for their identification and neither subject complied. They then both provided false information regarding their identities to the officers at the scene. After a brief investigation, it was determined that one of the passengers was Tiago A. Desouza (9/27/81), formerly of Riverside, NJ.  Desouza was found to be an NCIC Wanted Person for criminal offenses of Unlawful Possession of A Weapon and Obstructing the Administration of Law stemming from an incident in July 2017.   He also had an outstanding criminal warrant for his arrest out of Willingboro Township for Obstructing the Administration of Law.  Desouza was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension and he was then lodged at Burlington County Jail on a 'no bail' commit.  The second subject was identified as Rafael Marciano Da Silva, 19 yrs, of Edgewater Park, NJ.  He was also charged with Hindering Apprehension and he was released pending court. 

Tiago Anezio Desouza, 36 yrs.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Riverside Police Station is Haunted Again! Well, at Least for a Few Hours on October 27th!

Riverside Township Police are gearing up for our Third Annual Haunted Police Station. Officers and their families spend months preparing and designing the transformation of the entire station into a "spooktacular" experience for the entire community to enjoy. 

This year's haunted tour includes new and expanded attractions such as a completely reinvented second-floor courtroom experience, intensifying the thrill! For the first time ever a special guest celebrity haunter will be featured! We are thrilled to announce that former Quaker City String Band Captain and Mummers legend Bob Shannon Jr., will join in on the night's festivities. 

This enchanted night doesn't end there! A Trunk or Treat will also take place in front of the station and families are invited to stick around for a free outdoor movie on the big screen, (weather permitting). So bring your Halloween spirit, blanket, chair and join the Riverside Police Department Friday, October 27th at 6:00 p.m. on West Scott Street in Riverside, NJ.  If you would like to register your vehicle for the Trunk or Treat, please email Administrator Meghan Jack
Don't miss out - you'll bewitching you were there!

While the haunted attraction is FREE, we ask attendees to please  donate a non-perishable food item for a local food bank to help those in need.  This event is presented courtesy of Riverside Police Officers Association, Riverside Township and the Riverside Business Association.

Riverside Police Seeking Part-Time Officers

The Riverside Township Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of part-time Police Officer/Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers.  PTC certification is not required at time of application.  Interested candidates must submit a letter of Interest, a resume, and application which can be found at:  

Please send completed forms to:  
Riverside Township Police Department
Attn:  Chief William T. Eliason
PO Box 188
Riverside, NJ 08075

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Riverside Police Begin Utilizing Body Worn Cameras

Chief Eliason Introduces Body Worn Cameras
In a continuing effort to provide the most efficient, transparent and professional police services possible the Riverside Township Police Department is pleased to announce the introduction of the AXON 2 Body Worn Camera program.

On September 19th and 20th every member of the Riverside Police Department was trained in the proper procedure for use of the AXON 2 Body Worn Camera. Each member of the Riverside Township Police Department has been assigned an AXON 2 Body Worn Camera and it will become
                                                                                                    part of the standard issue equipment                                                                                                       that each officer will utilize on a daily                                                                                                        basis.

Sgt. Brock Conducting
Body Worn Camera Training
The Riverside Township Police Department has issued a Standard Operating Procedure that each officer will follow in accordance with the New Jersey Attorney General's Law Enforcement Directive Regarding Police Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) and Stored BWC Recordings # 2015-1, furthermore our Standard Operating Procedure regarding the use of Body Worn Cameras has been reviewed and approved by the Burlington County Prosecutors Office to ensure compliance.

We look forward to using the BWC’s not only to ensure police transparency but to also protect our officers against fraudulent complaints and frivolous lawsuits against the Township of Riverside.

We thank you all for your continued support.

William T. Eliason
Chief of Police

Ptl. Perinho and Ptl. Joo Equipped with Body Worn Cameras

AXON 2 Body Worn Camera

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fight Call Leads to Wanted Person Arrest

On 9/11/17 Riverside Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Pavilion Avenue for two subjects fighting.  As a result of police investigation, William J. Defleece, 43 of Trenton was arrested.  During processing it was determined Defleece was a wanted person, living at a residence in Riverside.   He was charged with Criminal Mischief and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.  Mr. Defleece was lodged in Burlington County Jail.
William J. Defleece, 43 of Trenton

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Eluding Suspect Arrested

This morning at 9:46 am Riverside Police arrested Daniel J. Lippincott, 33 of Riverside.  Lippincott was wanted for eluding Riverside Police while riding a motorcycle in two separate incidents on 8/28. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to Burlington County Jail.

Lippincott is charged with two counts of Eluding, Obstruction and Disorderly Conduct along with numerous traffic violations.  The Riverside Police Department would like to thank those who provided assistance in locating him.

Daniel J. Lippincott, 33 or Riverside

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Local Resident Eludes Police on Motorcycle

On 8/28/17 at approximately 8:30pm, the Riverside Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Bridgeboro St for the report of a male riding a motorcycle recklessly around the neighborhood.  The caller stated that the rider was speeding and accelerating his bike's engine causing public annoyance and alarm.  A Riverside patrol unit located the biker on a Honda CBR and attempted to stop him.  The biker ignored the officer and recklessly sped off, but not before the officer was able to obtain the motorcycle registration.  The Honda was found to be registered to Daniel J. Lippincott of Delran, NJ.  
Approximately 45 minutes later, Riverside Police officers located the same biker speeding along Bridgeboro Street and, again, attempted to stop him.  The biker stopped long enough for Riverside officers to recognize him as Daniel J. Lippincott, 33 yrs.  Once the officers approached him on foot, Lippincott, again, raced away from their location ignoring verbal commands to stop.  

Lippincott was charged with two counts of Eluding, Obstruction and Disorderly Conduct along with numerous traffic violations.  The Riverside Police are actively pursuing his arrest on these charges.  Lippincott was last seen riding a rebuilt Honda CBR with NJ registration “3RKL7”. 

Please contact the Riverside Police at 856-461-3434 if anyone has any information on his whereabouts.  

Daniel J. Lippincott, 34 yrs.

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