Friday, December 7, 2018

Riverside Police Welcome our Newest Member

Patrolman. Christopher Deffler graduated from Camden County College Police Academy's 73rd Basic Police Recruit Class yesterday.  Ptl. Deffler began the intensive training process on July 16th.  He will continue his training in Riverside Police Department's Field Training Officer program.  We welcome Ptl. Deffler and wish him a long, successful, and safe career.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

News Flash: UFO Crashes into Riverside Police Station!!

Riverside Officers have worked throughout the night to stabilize the area. We are asking for assistance from the public to come analyze the crash site and investigate the out of this world activity occurring inside the station!

TONIGHT !!! October 28 5pm-9pm Trunk or Treat and Station Tour....

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Man Wanted for Armed Robberies Discovered Hiding in Closet

On October 27, 2018, officers of the Riverside Police responded to an apartment on St. Mihiel Drive in attempt to locate Terrence Franklin, 49 years, of Riverside, NJ.  Franklin was a WANTED person with outstanding warrants for his arrest stemming from Armed Robberies and Thefts that occurred in Marlton and Cherry Hill, NJ in mid October 2018.    Franklin is also a suspect in other strong armed robberies in South Jersey.  

After a brief investigation at an apartment on St. Mihiel Dr, Franklin was located hiding behind an access panel within a bedroom closet.  After several orders to exit the closet, he eventually complied and surrendered to the officers.

Terrence Franklin was charged within the Township of Riverside with Obstructing the Administration of Law (4th degree).  He was then turned over to the Evesham Police Department to face charges of Armed Robbery (2nd Degree) and Theft.  

Terrence Franklin, 49 yrs, Riverside, NJ

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Merchantville Man Arrested: Illegally Entered Home, Exposed Himself

On 10/22/18 at approximately 7:51 pm, the Riverside Police were dispatched to the area of Jefferson St near Pavilion Avenue, for the report of a male subject who exposed himself to a Riverside resident.  Upon arrival, the victim stated to police that she was in her residence when a male subject, unknown to her, walked into her house through the front door without first knocking or asking to enter.  She told police that she was able to get the subject to leave her house, but once outside he pulled his pants down and exposed himself to her.  The suspect then fled the area on a bicycle. 

Riverside Police officers searched the area and located a male on a bicycle fitting the description provided by the caller.  When officers approached him, he fled on the bike, ignoring commands to stop.  After a short chase, the officers located the suspect hiding behind a business along Pavilion Avenue. 

The suspect was identified as Jaime S. Chismete, 36 yrs, of Merchantville, NJ.  He was placed under arrest and charged with Criminal Trespass, Lewdness, Obstructing the Administration of Law, Resisting Arrest by Flight and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was lodged at the Burlington County Correctional Facility pending a court hearing. 

Jaime S. Chismete, 36 years

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween Holiday Curfew

We would like to remind everyone that a curfew of 9:00 pm will be in effect for all persons under the age of 18 unless accompanied by an adult in Riverside Township on October 30, 2018 and October 31, 2018. The designated end time for knocking on doors for Trick-or-Treating for all persons is also 9:00 p.m. 

If you have any problems, please notify us at 856-461-3434 or Dial 911 for an emergency or crime in progress.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Disorderly Male Burglarizes School; Damages Residential Property

On July 30, 2018 at approximately 2:53 am, the Riverside Police responded to a call for a disorderly male banging on the doors of several residences near the downtown area.   During the investigation, the police received reports from several residents about a male who attempted to enter their homes by force.  They awoke to a male banging forcefully on their doors seemingly attempting to gain entry.  The suspect did not gain entry to any residence.  The homeowners reported damage to the exterior of their houses and other property.  Officers located a male walking nearby along a residential street fitting the description of the suspect.  He was found to be holding a fire extinguisher and in possession of a gold hand-sized crucifix.  The suspect was identified as Isaac Tzalam Lucas, 19 years, of Riverside. 

As a result of the investigation, it was determined that Lucas also vandalized and gained entry to the former St. Peter’s Parochial School building on Middleton St.  Once inside, Lucas stole a fire extinguisher, a crucifix and caused damage within the building.   

Lucas was charged with Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief, Defiant Trespassing and Criminal Attempt – Burglary.  Lucas was lodged at the Burlington County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing.  

Isaac Tzalam Lucas

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


  • Riverside Police and Fire Vehicles
  • K9 Demonstration
  • Burlington County Sheriff
  • NJ Transit Police
  • Jumani on the Big Screen
  • Free Popcorn Courtesy of the Riverside Historical Society
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course Racer
  • Sports Moon Bounce
  • Play Trivia to Win a Ring 2 Video Doorbell System
  • UPS Tractor Trailer Demonstration
  • Face Painting and Craft by Riverlution
  • Carucci Turtle Garden Display
  • The Following Food Vendors will Have Items for Sale: 
  • The Madison
  • Wahlburgers
  • Mr. Softee

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Riverside Sergeant Completes Prestigious Leadership Program

    Congratulations to Sgt. Ron Brock on his graduation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Program!  Sgt. Brock attended the intense 14 week program in New Castle County, Delaware.  The training focuses on conflict management, critical thinking, communications, counseling, decision making, and leadership science.

    The program has been in existence since 1993 when members of NJSACOP collaborated with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, to develop future police leaders. Candidates for the program are required to commit considerable personal time and energy to pass this demanding course.  Sgt. Brock graduated 3rd overall in his class.

    Wednesday, June 6, 2018

    Swerving Warning

    In light of recent complaints, the Township of Riverside has adopted a zero tolerance policy when dealing with these incidents.  If juveniles are observed "swerving" in Riverside Township, they will be taken into protective custody and transported to the Riverside Township Police Department.

    A parent or legal guardian will be contacted and the juvenile will not be released until they are signed for.  The juvenile will then be charged with the following statute:  2C:33-14 Interference with Transportation.  The juvenile can also be charged with numerous NJ motor vehicle statutes, such as:

    • 39:4-10.5 Helmet required
    • 39:4-12 Carrying more than one person
    • 39:4-14.2 Operation of bicycle on a roadway in violation of traffic laws.
    • 39:4-10.2 Violation;  penalties states:
      • "The parent or guardian of that person also may be fined a maximum of $25 for the firs offense, and a maximum of $100 for any subsequent offense if it can be shown that a parent or guardian failed to exercise reasonable supervision or control over the persons conduct."
    The members of the Riverside Township Police Department are requesting the public's assistance to end this dangerous practice.  If you see this occurring, DO NOT CONTACT ANYONE OTHER THAN THE POLICE.  DO NOT MAKE POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA HOPING THE POLICE WILL SEE IT AND TAKE ACTION.  WE DO NOT AN CANNOT MONITOR SOCIAL MEDIA ON A 24 HOUR BASIS.

    Please contact 856-461-3434(Burlington County Central Dispatch), or call 911 if it is an immediate emergency.

    Thank you,

    William T. Eliason
    Chief of Police
    Riverside Township

    Monday, June 4, 2018

    Riverside Police Explorers Win at State Competition

           On June 1st, the Riverside Police Explorers attended the 2018 New Jersey Police Explorer Competition. The annual event is held at Stockton University over a 3 day period.  While there, Explorers live on campus and compete against other Explorer posts from across the state. This year, 15 of New Jersey's top Police Explorer posts attended the event. The students learned about criminal justice from Stockton University professors and various experts in the law enforcement field. They also compete in multiple events and police scenarios including Physical Fitness Drills, Traffic Stops, Building Searches, Domestic Violence, Active Shooter, Burglaries and other team competitions. 

         This year Riverside Police Explorers Cpt. Alexa Ingram , Lt. Rick Loveland, Sgt. Jacob Arocho, Sgt. Zach DiFrancesco, Sgt. Cole Cerchiaro and Gavin Martinez tested their skills against other elite Explorers. We are proud to announce that Riverside Post #70 took first place in the Domestic Violence Scenario, Alexa Ingram finished 4th for physical fitness among the female attendees and Riverside Explorers were selected as part of the "Best Platoon" award for the entire event. We are very proud of these outstanding  members of our community and hope to see them succeed as future leaders.

             The Riverside Police Explorers Post #70 is an organization that learns and experiences different aspects of law enforcement under the supervision and guidance of members of the Riverside Police Department. Although they have no law enforcement authority, they often augment the Police Department by assisting with community related functions. The Explorers Program is open to youths of Burlington County between the ages of 14 and 18, many of whom have a desire to pursue a career in law enforcement. The activities of the Explorers include, but are not limited to training, ride alongs, and community service. If you or someone you know would like information about joining the Riverside Police Explorers Program, please contact

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Riverside Memorial Day Parade

    Riverside Township Residents,  

    On Monday 5/28/18 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 26, 2018 and all vehicles that remain parked on the Parade Route after 0800 on May 28, 2018 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

    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.    

    If any changes are made to the parade schedule due to weather, we will share them on our Facebook page as soon as we are made aware of them.

    William T. Eliason
    Chief of Police
    Riverside Township

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    A New Way to Access Riverside's T.I.P. (Treatment Incentive Program)

    Accessing Riverside's T.I.P. (Treatment Incentive Program) just became easier.  Persons with substance abuse disorders and that have pending criminal charges may be eligible for the T.I.P.  The Treatment Incentive Program is a long term treatment and recovery program requiring a minimum of 18 months treatment in most cases.  Those requesting help can now fill out an Assistance Request Form online.


    Saturday, May 12, 2018

    Wanted Person Found Hiding in Crawl Space

    On 2/10/18, Leroy "June" McNeil, Jr, 30 yrs, of Philadelphia, was charged with Aggravated Assault within the Township of Riverside.  He has been listed as an NCIC WANTED PERSON since that incident. 

    On 5/11/18 at 3pm, the Riverside Police received a tip from a resident that McNeil was in the area of Delaware Avenue.  When police checked the area, they located him and attempted to stop him.  When McNeil saw police approaching, he took off on foot.  After speaking with several witnesses, McNeil was located hiding in a 2 foot crawl space at the rear portion of a residence on Delaware Avenue.  After several minutes, he was taken into police custody.  Officers from Delran Police Department assisted in the search. 

    During processing, McNeil yelled and cursed at officers and challenged officers to fight him.  While screaming at officers, he intentionally spit saliva on the holding cell floor and at a surveillance camera.  He also intentionally urinated on the holding cell wall and floor. 

    McNeil was lodged at the Burlington County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing.  McNeil faces criminal charges of: 

    Aggravated Assault
    Resisting Arrest by Flight
    Obstructing the Administration of Law
    Criminal Mischief
    Leroy McNeil, Jr  30 years

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