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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Car Thief Apprehended by Police Chief

On 2/21/17 at approximately 12:00 p.m., Riverside Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Bridgeboro Street for an abandoned 911 call.  The call was soon updated to the report of a vehicle that had just been stolen.  One of the officers responding to the call was Chief of Police William T. Eliason.  As he responded to the area, he observed a possible suspect walking away from the area where the vehicle had last been seen.   The suspect apparently abandoned the vehicle after observing police response.  He was detained by Chief Eliason.  The stolen motor vehicle was located in close proximity .  A witness to the theft was able to positively identify David Dubell Jr., 18 of Beverly, as the individual that had taken the vehicle.  Mr. Dubell Jr. was taken into custody and the vehicle was turned back over to the victim.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New K9 Vehicle

Riverside Township Police
PRESS RELEASE

In a continuing effort to provide the most efficient law enforcement services possible to the residents of both Delran Township and Riverside Township a joint venture was undertaken between the Delran Township Police Department and the Riverside Township Police Department to improve the Riverside Police K9 program.

In 2015, the Riverside Township Police Department purchased a German Sheppard Police K9 named Nikko. The purchase of Nikko was not a planned purchase, nor was the accompanying costs to outfit and fix the 2003 Ford Crown Victoria that was received with K9 Nikko.

I decided in 2016 that we would attempt to fund the purchase of a new K9 vehicle for Nikko through a donation drive and different fund raising events sponsored by the Riverside/ Delran Business Association. Thanks to their efforts, and individual donations received from the public, we were able to raise over $7,000.00. Obviously I knew this would not be even a ¼ of the amount needed to purchase a new patrol vehicle for Nikko.

I was made aware by our K9 handler, Ptl. Anthony Congemi, that the Delran Township Police Department was in the process of purchasing new patrol cars and was considering trading in their used Dodge Chargers as part of their new vehicle purchases.

I contacted Lt. John Williams and discussed the possibility of purchasing one of their used Dodge Chargers to use as our K9 vehicle. Lt. Williams worked diligently to get approval from Delran Township Police Chief Alfonso Parente and the Delran Township Council to assist me in this undertaking.

On October 4, 2016, the Riverside Township Police took possession of a 2012 Dodge Charger which was donated to Riverside Township Police Department by Delran Township. Since that date the K9 vehicle was up-fitted with all the necessary K9 equipment and it was placed into service on December 1, 2016.

The working relationship between Riverside Township Police Department and the Delran Township Police Department has always been outstanding and this collaborative effort can only help to further improve police services to all of our residents. Thank You Chief Parente, Lt. Williams and the Delran Township Council.   
                                                                                               
                                                                                               
                                                                                                William T. Eliason
                                                                                                Chief of Police

                                                                                                Township of Riverside


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Ring Video Doorbell Partners With Riverside Police to Enhance Home Security

In November, Ring, the manufacturer of a wireless video doorbell sent one of our crime prevention
officers a free doorbell to test and evaluate.  After spending a month with the product we would like to share our findings with you.


As an overview, this is a product that would replace your existing doorbell.  The doorbell can be wireless and run on battery or hardwired.   It is not residential specific and could be used for other applications such as businesses, garages, gates, etc. as long as it can connect to your wifi.  The wireless connection works by way of a rechargeable battery inside of the doorbell that holds a charge approximately four months.   It then needs to be recharged by usb cable similar to a cell phone. If it is hardwired it doesn't need to be recharged.  Both connection methods require connection to a wifi network.  A chime can also be purchased for $29 that can plug into a wall inside your house to give you an audible doorbell ring inside your house.  The chime can be customized to several different sounds including a barking dog.

When someone presses the doorbell it activates the attached camera and begins recording video and audio.  It can also be setup to send a notification to your cell phone.  Once you open the app on your phone you are viewing live video and given the option to have a two way conversation with the person at the door or end the connection.  The video and audio are both clear.  Video and audio recording is also triggered by motion.  For example, if a package is delivered to your house it is recorded without the doorbell being pushed.  Also, if the same package is later stolen from your porch, that is also recorded without the doorbell being pushed.  You would now have video of the suspect to share with police.

The video is recorded at 720p HD and it covers a wide angle.  It also has night vision with impressive quality.  The camera comes with a 30 day trial of cloud storage.  After the trial period the cost is $3 per month or $30 per year.  The videos are stored for up to 6 months.  Without the cloud storage, it will still notify you of motion or a doorbell ring that you can view live, but it will not record.  The company also offers a wireless security camera with two way audio and a soon to be released floodlight with camera.  Those products have not been evaluated.

There has been an increase in the amount of people that shop online and have packages left on their porch unattended.  This is an easy target for a thief.  As with any crime prevention method there is no 100% guarantee.  The best anyone can hope for is to target harden your property so a potential thief will move on.  Having video camera equipment on your property not only helps identify criminals after a crime occurs, it serves as a deterrent from committing a crime in the first place.

The Ring company is offering residents of Riverside a $25 discount per device.  They are also including a free "Protected by Ring" light up solar sign with the purchase of a Ring, Ring Pro, or Stick Up Cam, while supplies last.  If you are interested in a device please see their website for more details.  The promotional code and details are below:

The code provided for a $25 discount per device is:  44riversidenj    (all lowercase)

 Use the link ring/p/44riversidenj to be taken directly to the check out. 


 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Riverside Police and Fire Support our Community this Christmas

Today officers of the Riverside Police Association continued a seventeen year tradition of buying Christmas gifts for needy children in our community.  Over the past 17 years the Riverside Police Association has funded the project with approximately $20,000.  This year we teamed up with the Riverside Fire Company, and members of both departments went shopping together this morning.  Proceeds from the Police vs. Fire Dodgeball game funded this years project to sponsor thirteeen families.  We would like to thank Walmart in Cinnaminson for their generous contribution  and Catholic Charities for their donation of ShopRite gift cards.  We are proud to protect and serve our community and are pleased to help Riverside children have a Merry Christmas.  All the members of the Riverside Police Department wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season!


Friday, December 16, 2016

Riverside Police Lobby Updated for Younger Guests

Riverside Police Officers love to have kids stop by the station for a visit!  Unfortunately, sometimes circumstances have our young friends here because there is no one to care for them.  It is often stressful for children in those circumstances.  With that in mind, we remodeled our lobby area to accommodate more adults and to entertain children.  We increased our seating and added a television which displays public information such as the current the current, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, photos of the RPD in the community, upcoming events, etc.  For older kids we added an Xbox video game console and Netflix.  For our younger guests we added a small table and chairs, board games, coloring books and more.  

We would like to thank the Riverside Police Officers that worked on this project.    Thanks to their hard work, the labor costs for this project were not passed on to the residents of Riverside. 

We hope that our efforts will provide everyone a more pleasant experience!




Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Riverside Police to participate in 2016 Holiday "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign


The Riverside Township Police Department has been approved for the 2016 Holiday Season "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign!!

During the 2016 Holiday Season beginning December 9, 2016 and continuing through January 1, 2017 officers of the Riverside Township Police will be conducting proactive DWI Patrols. 

The following information was made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)    
  • Drunk driving is often a symptom of a larger problem: alcohol misuse and abuse.
  • Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually.
  • In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes.
  • If you plan on drinking, plan not to drive.
  • You should:
  • Plan a safe way home in advance and never drive after drinking.
  • Designate a sober driver.
  • Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
  • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app (free from the iTunes store and GooglePlay), to easily call a taxi or a friend for a ride home. The app can also help you identify your location, if needed.
  • Always wear your seat belt. It’s your best defense against impaired drivers.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Holiday Curfew

We would like to remind everyone that the curfew in Riverside Township on October 30, 2016 and October 31, 2016 is 8:00 p.m. The designated end time for knocking on doors for Trick-or-Treating is also 8:00 p.m. If you have any problems, please notify us at 856-461-3434 or Dial 911 for an emergency or crime in progress.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Trunk or Treat- Haunted Police Station



Truck or Treat is almost upon us!!!
A few important updates for our Spooktakular event tomorrow 10/28!!

Scott St. from Pavilion Ave to Fairview St. will be closed starting at 4:30 pm!

Vehicles registered to participate in the Trunk or Treat can arrive at 5:30 pm to get into your spots!

The event will begin promptly at 6:00 pm! 

The movie will begin at 8:00pm!

The Haunted Police Station will begin at 6:00 pm and will continue until the end of the event at 10:00 pm!

Please bring a non perishable food item for our Holiday Food Drive!!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Eagle Scout Candidate's Project Focuses on Police and Citizen Safety

Paul Tursi Jr., of Riverside Boy Scout Troop 2, completed his Eagle Scout project at the Riverside Police Station today! Paul designed, funded, and installed officer safety checklist signs. The signs are posted in the patrol car parking area and are intended to reinforce officer safety at the beginning of their shift.

Paul also created an Internet Purchase Exchange Zone. The Internet Purchase Exchange Zone, situated behind the police station, is a safe, video recorded location designated for people to conduct transactions from places such as Craigslist. Paul's project has improved the safety of our officers and provided a valuable community service.

We would like to say thank you for thinking of us, and best of luck in your endeavor of earning the rank of Eagle Scout!





Friday, September 30, 2016

Beverly Man Shatters Window of Patrol Car



On 9/26/16 at approximately 4pm, the Riverside Police were investigating a suspicious person at the rear of an unoccupied building in the downtown area.  The police located Christopher T. Roach, 31 years, of Beverly.  Roach was found to have numerous outstanding warrants for his arrest and was taken into custody.  Once in custody, Roach screamed, cursed at police and refused to comply throughout processing.  When officers attempted to transport him to the Burlington County Detention Center (BCDC), Roach kicked the rear window of the patrol car causing it to shatter.  Roach was eventually lodged at BCDC on his outstanding warrants and an additional $2,500 full bail on a charge of Criminal Mischief for the damage he caused to the patrol car.  
Christopher T. Roach of Beverly, NJ

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Riverside Police Station is haunted, again! Well, at least for a few hours on October 28th.


The Riverside Police Officers Association and Riverside Township are gearing up for our second annual haunted walk-through of the police station and Trunk or Treat. Our officers and their families will transform the interior and exterior of the police station into a spooktacular experience for kids to enjoy. Thanks to the success of last year's events, this year’s tour will include new and expanded attractions, intensifying the thrill!  Trunk or Treat will take place on Scott Street in front of the police station.

This enchanted night doesn't end there! Stick around after the tour for a free outdoor movie. The police association will be showing "Hotel Transylvania 2" on the big screen, just outside the station. So bring your Halloween spirit, a blanket and chair, and join us Friday, October 28th at 5:30 p.m. on West Scott Street!

The haunted walk-through of the police station is free; however, we are asking patrons to donate a non-perishable food item for the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry in Riverside.

This event is presented courtesy of Riverside Police Officers Association and Riverside Township.


Friday, September 23, 2016

KIDZ FUNZONE GAME TRUCK will be at this event - SEPTEMBER 24TH!



Oaks Integrated Care Touch A Truck 2016
Get your family in gear and join us
Saturday, September 24:
Touch A Truck is pulling into Moorestown Mall!
Touch A Truck gives kids the chance to see, touch and explore their favorite trucks in a fun, family atmosphere.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
10AM – 3PM
Moorestown Mall parking lot by Boscov’s & Rt. 38
Kids: FREE! Adults: $5.00
Proceeds benefit the Oaks Integrated Care Food Pantries in Mount Holly and Berlin

Trucks to Explore:
Ambulance * Construction Trucks
Fire Truck * Fire Safety House
HousePaws Mobile Vet * Mobile Library
Oil Truck * Tractor Trailers
and many more!
Fun for the whole family:
Face Painting * Food * Games
Basket Auction * Moon Bounce * Rock Wall
Music and more!
*Tickets for food and activities available for purchase at gate

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