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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Riverside Police Welcome Two New Officers

(L-R)Patrolman Shane Pettit, Chief William Eliason,
Patrolman Scott Snow
Congratulations to Riverside Police Department's two newest members!  Last night two officers were sworn in as full-time Patrolmen.  Officer Shane Pettit has worked as a Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer in Riverside for the past year.  Prior to that he worked as a Class I Special Law Enforcement Officer in Burlington City.  Officer Pettit is also an active member of the Marine Corps Reserve.  Officer Scott Snow returns home to the Riverside Township Police after working as a full-time Patrolman in Palmyra for the past 5 years.  Snow was one of the original members of the Riverside Police Explorers while in high school and shortly thereafter, he was hired to work for the Riverside Township Police as a Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer.  Both officers were hired to fill vacancies.  We are excited to have them both as full-time members of the Riverside Township Police Department!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Bike Theft Foiled by Resident with Security Camera

Yesterday morning a resident of Spring Garden Street observed a male on her porch attempting to steal her son's bicycle.  The resident startled the suspect and contacted police.  She was able to provide a good description and video from a home security camera.  Police located and identified Arthur S. Lovelace, 53 of Camden as the suspect and took him into custody.  Mr. Lovelace had numerous outstanding arrest warrants, and was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and an open container of alcohol.  

RPD Security Camera Registration
If you have a home security camera, please consider registering it with us.  Registration is fast and easy.  We are not requesting access to accounts, nor do we want to monitor your camera systems.  If a crime occurs and we think a registered camera may have captured suspect images or illegal activity, we might contact you to see if you are able to aid in our investigation.

If you don't have video security and are interested Ring video doorbell is offering residents a $25 promo code.  Information about the device can be found on our prior post "Ring Video Doorbell Partners With Riverside Police to Enhance Home Security"

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Riverside Memorial Day Parade 2017



Riverside Township Residents,

On Monday 5/29/17 the annual Riverside Memorial Day Parade will take place to honor our Veterans that made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for their county. With that in mind I would like to pass along the following Parade Route information. The parade will begin promptly at 0930 and road closures will begin at 0900 on May 29, 2017. “No Parking Signs” will be posted on Saturday evening May 27, 2017 and all vehicles that remain parked on the Parade Route after 0800 on May 29, 2017 will be ticketed and towed at the owners’ expense. Please ensure your vehicles are not parked on the below listed parade route.

The following roads will be closed during the course of the parade and will remain closed until the parade has been completed:

1)      Pavilion Avenue from Lafeyette St. to Fairview St.
2)      Scott St. from Fairview St. to Bridigeboro St.
3)      Bridgeboro St. from Henry St. to Scott St.
4)      Palmer St. and Dauphin St. 3 blocks prior to Bridgeboro St.
5)      All side access streets leading onto Bridgeboro St., Scott St. and Pavilion Avenue.

Please come out and join us in honoring our Military Service Members, past and present.

Thank You in advance for your cooperation and have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

William T. Eliason
Chief of Police

Township of Riverside

Monday, May 22, 2017

Riverside Police Recognized by Attorney General for Outstanding Achievements and Innovation in Community Policing

The Riverside Police Department joined 35 other law enforcement agencies from throughout New Jersey today as we were recognized for achievements and innovation in community policing at the New Jersey Attorney General's inaugural Community Police Awards. The award ceremony was held this morning at Rutgers University in Piscataway.  Chief William Eliason, Captain  H. David Jaensch, Ptl. TimothyMarano, and SLEO II Michael Hynes were joined today by Mayor George Conard and Administrator                                                                      Meghan Jack. 

(L-R SLEO II Hynes, Ptl. Marano, Attorney General Porrino, Chief Elison, Capt. Jaensch) 

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.
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