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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Riverside Police Recognized for Excellence in Community Policing

On Monday members of the Riverside Police Department received the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce “Voice of Business” award for excellence.  The award was presented for innovative community policing initiatives and collaboration with community partners.  The Department was also recognized with a “Joint Legislative Resolution” by Senator Addiego, Assemblywoman Rodriguez-Gregg and Assemblyman Howarth, and an “Assembly Resolution” by Assemblymen Conaway and Singleton.  We would like to thank the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the members of the Senate and Assembly for their recognition of our efforts.  We would also like to thank members of the Riverside Township Committee for supporting us in all of our endeavors.
L-R Capt. Jaensch, Chief Eliason, Sandra Sciacca, Sgt. Nolan, Ptl. Marano, SLEO II Hynes

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

United States Coast Guard Drops in on Riverside Middle School Students

Members of the United States Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City arrived in their always recognizable orange and white helicopter to put on a display for Middle School Students at Bob Kenney field. 

The children learned many lessons about safety from the entire USCG crew. Rescue Swimmer Mike Gerent showed the children the rescue basket and all the equipment swimmers must wear when they are needed. Aviation Maintenance Technician Grant McGahee showed the children the cabin where they keep people they have rescued safe. Lt. Brent Hardgrave showed the children the copilot seat and explained how the copilot helps the crew accomplish their mission. Lt. Erin Warwick showed the children the pilot seat where she explained the importance of knowing how the helicopter works and how to safely operate in all sorts of conditions. 

We would like to thank Ptl. Timothy Marano and his wife for setting up this program.  A special thank you goes out to Chief Petty Officer Mike Gerent and his crew for this demonstration and keeping us safe!  Thank you for your service and your time today!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Riverside Police Launch Fundraising Campaign for National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Last year the Riverside Police Department, a member or the NJSP ICAC(Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Force, identified and arrested a child predator, seizing the suspect's vehicle after an extensive undercover sting investigation.  With the help of our generous sponsors we converted that vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2dr pickup truck, into the “Riverside Township Police Kidz FunZone Game Center.”   
The truck is equipped with three 55” televisions connected to gaming consoles, tailgate style games, and outdoor movie equipment.  The Kidz FunZone now brings joy to many children throughout the year, by providing a safe environment to play and interact with members of the police department.  
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provides free resources to law enforcement for this type of investigation.  The Riverside Police Department did utilize their resources and would now like to give back!
Please help us support the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children by making a donation through our page RPDkidzfunzone
Your donation will help find missing children and fund NCMEC's critical outreach and prevention programs. 
The process is fast, easy and secure. Thanks so much for your support... and please don't forget to send this page to any friends you think might be interested in donating!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Riverside Police Participate in Read Across America

Riverside Police visited Riverside Elementary School to read to children as part of Read Across America week.  Yesterday, Captain Jaensch stopped by and read Pet Heroes and Green Eggs and Ham to Mrs. Lindabury's first grade class.  Afterward the students presented him with a card they all signed which is now hanging in his office!  School Resource Officer Anthony Cicali has also been visiting classes this week.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Disorderly Light Rail Passenger Assaults Police

On 2/27/17 at approximately 4:45 pm, the Riverside Police were notified by a passenger on the NJ Light Rail Train of a disorderly male subject who was consuming alcoholic beverages and cursing at multiple passengers.   Riverside officers responded and boarded the northbound train as soon as it entered the station.  They located John J. Brown, 62 years, of Belmar, NJ in possession of multiple open containers of beer.  While police were attempting to escort him off the train, he assaulted one of the Riverside officers and then spit in the face of another Riverside officer.  Brown was taken into custody and transported to the Riverside Police Department.  He was then transferred to Lourdes Medical Center to be treated for his extreme level of intoxication.   One of the officers was also treated and released without serious injuries. 
Brown was subsequently charged with Aggravated Assault upon a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Open Container of Alcohol in Public.

Riverside Police Association Sponsors High School Student

Sgt. Brock and Ptl. Marano Present the Riverside Police Association Check
The Riverside Police Association was pleased to present a $500 check to Caitlin McColgan today.  Ms. McColgan was nominated to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, DC this summer.  Ms. McColgan is attempting to raise $2,595 in sponsorship funds to attend this prestigious leadership training.  Our donation was partially funded by the proceeds from the Police vs. Fire Basketball Game.   We wish Caitlin the best of luck in her endeavor!

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

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.
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