Monday, March 31, 2014

Distracted Driver Crackdown

Statewide distracted driver crackdown starts tomorrow.   Be a good role model for young drivers.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Two Charged For Prescription Drug Diversion

Today around 2:45pm Detectives observed a subject wondering in an area known for drug dealing. The subject met with another and a transaction took place. One male was arrested, it was found that he had given the other male subject "Suboxone" a prescription drug. Suboxone is used to help those fighting addiction to Opiates. The drug is commonly abused by persons not using opiates and those not able to obtain opiates from going through withdraw symptoms. Both subjects were issued complaints and released pending court. Suboxone is a controlled substance and can only be obtained with a valid presciption.

"Bat Man" Arrested After Foot Chase Wednesday

On Wednesday morning at 9am, a motorist flagged down an officer on patrol on Bridgeboro Street. The resident advised the officer that they observed a suspicious subject walking toward the light rail station dressed in all black with a black mask and carrying a baseball bat. When officers approached the subject, he fled on foot. Officers apprehended the subject on Harrison Street after a three block chase over hedges and through yards. The subject who was arrested is a suspected gang associate. He was charged with resisting arrest and possession of a weapon.  He was lodged at the Burlington County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Friday, March 28, 2014

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Make Your Call Count!


 When you report an emergency, crime in progress or something suspicious to police make the call count.  The timely information you provide is often the difference between an arrest and letting a suspect go because they cannot be identified.  If you are able to safely monitor the event, we encourage you to remain on the phone with dispatch in case officers need more information when they arrive.  If you do not wish to be identified, please advise the dispatcher that you would like to remain anonymous.  Below we have listed some descriptors that aid police in the identification of suspects:
 
  • Hair-  color, length, style
  • Eyes-  color, glasses
  • Facial features/shapes-  nose, lips, teeth, ears, facial hair, scars
  • Clothing-  coat, shirt, hat, pants, shorts, gloves, bandanna, how worn
  • Race-  complexion, nationality, ethnicity
  • Height
  • Sex
  • Weight
  • Voice-  language, accent, lisp, stutter, loud, soft, statements made
  • Weapon-  gun(revolver, automatic, rifle , shotgun), knife, bat, color
  • Age
  • Shoes-  sneakers, boots, flip flops, style, color
  • Other-  tattoos, limp, jewelry, piercings, backpack/purse, other items
  • Direction of travel


  • Make-  Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan, etc
  • Model-  Taurus, Impala, Maxima
  • Color
  • License Plate-  characters, state, color
  • Style-  car, truck, suv, van, 2 door, 4 door
  • Other-  bumper stickers, damage
  • Occupants-  number, description
  • Direction of Travel

 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Recent Daytime Burglaries

Dial 911 for Emergency/Crime in Progress
461-3434 for Dispatch
461-8820 General Info/Voicemail
Three homes have been burglarized in Riverside over the past week during daytime hours.  In all instances, no one was home and entry was forced.  The burglaries occurred on Hooker St, Whittaker St., and N. Pavillion Ave.  Please report any suspicious activity to the Riverside Police immediately.  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Riverside Graduates 18th D.A.R.E. Class!

Last night 104 fifth graders graduated our 18th D.A.R.E. class in the Riverside High School auditorium.  The program started by Cpl. Thomas Coleman in 1995 is now taught by our School Resource Officer, Ptl. Anthony Congemi.  Ptl. Congemi has been in charge of the program for the last 6 years.  Mayor George Conard, Principal Scott Schumway and Lt. David Jaensch were in attendance to present certificates and pins to the proud D.A.R.E. graduates.  During the ceremony one student from each class was recognized for winning an essay contest.  The winners were:
    1. Ian Horn -Ms. Mongon and Mrs. McGill
    2. Donnie Stone - Mrs. James
    3. Riley Starke - Ms. Rafters
    4. Joslyn Epperson - Mr. Jackamonis and Mrs. Quigley
    Ptl. Congemi With Some Of His Students After Graduation

    The students worked very hard during the 17 week class.  The Riverside Police Department is proud of the students and their commitment to resist drugs and violence.  We would like to extend our gratitude to the school's administrators for allowing us to present this very worth while program.  We would also like to thank the fifth grade teachers for sharing their classrooms with Ptl. Congemi.  A special thank you also goes out the members of Riverside School and Family for providing t-shirts to the graduates as well as refreshments after the ceremony.

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Riverside Police Explorer Fundraiser



    The Riverside Police Explorers are selling t-shirts to raise funds for their uniforms, training, and field trip.  The shirts are $12 and they have sizes xs to xxl in stock.  To order, please contact Ptl. Anthony Congemi


    The Riverside Police Explorers Post is an organization affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. The Explorers learn and experience 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 15 and 21, 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, details of which can be found by clicking the activities link below. If you or someone you know would like information about joining the Riverside Police Explorers Program, please contact acongemi@riversidepolicenj.org


    Riverside Police Contact Information

    Residents are encouraged to report any concerns regarding criminal activity to the Riverside Township Police Department.  We value any input from our citizens and we want to provide as many ways to communicate with us as possible. 

    BE ADVISED: Our email address and Twitter account are NOT monitored 24-7. The EMAIL tip line is meant for criminal activity tips that do NOT require an IMMEDIATE on-site police response.  Any calls or “tips” requiring an immediate response by police must be CALLED in as described below.


    Emergencies or crimes in progress 24/7:  Dial 9-1-1
    Non-emergent incidents: Dial (856)461-3434.  24/7 non-emergency police dispatch

    Calls that DO NOT  require an immediate police response:
    General information and voice mailboxes:  Dial 461-8820 
    Submit a Crime Tip to Investigators by Phone: Dial (856)461-8820 / Press #1 / Press #3
    Submit a Tip by Email to:   crimetips@riversidepolicenj.org

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

    St. Patrick's Day Weekend DWI Patrols


    ·         According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 269 people were killed by drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day over the years 2007-2011. There were 45 people killed in 2011 alone. 
    We are running DWI patrols through Monday night for your safety.  Please celebrate responsibly!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!



    Virtual Ride Along Recap

    We would like to thank everyone that joined us for our first Virtual Ride Along last night!  We hope you were able to get to know us a little better while learning about just some of the events that happen during our shifts.   If you missed all of the events or the officer bio's, you can still find them on Twitter @riversidepdnj.  We are planning a second Virtual Ride Along  during one of our DWI patrols in the near future.   The date and time will be posted when available.

    It's difficult to summarize all of the events in 140 characters or less, so here are some details on the 7 arrests that were made last night.


    11 motor vehicle stops resulted in 8 verbal warnings, 6 tickets and the 3 arrests below:
    1. Open container of alcohol in vehicle; driving while suspended-processed and released
    2. Open container of alcohol in vehicle; poss. marijuana under 50 gr.-processed and released
    3. Open container of alcohol in vehicle; poss. marijuana under 50 gr.-processed and released
    Warrant Arrests
    1. Male observed with known $250 warrant, arrested and released with new court date.
    2.  Female observed not using a crosswalk.  She had $3,661 in outstanding warrants.  She was arrested and turned over to issuing municipality.
    3. Male observed not using a crosswalk.  He had $8,500 in outstanding warrants.  We also charged him after finding he used his brothers identity hoping we would not locate his warrants.  The new charge resulted in an additional $2,500 bail.  He was also a wanted person in NCIC (National Crime Information Center) for failing to appear for sentencing on another crime.  He was lodged in Burlington County Jail.
    4. Police were flagged down by a female juvenile who stated she had lost her cell phone and called the number trying to find it.  The suspect answered her phone and told her he would not return it unless she paid him $20.  She paid and the phone was returned.  She was then able to alert police who located the suspect.  The suspect was found to have $592 in outstanding warrants.  He was also in possession of marijuana under 50 gr., an open container of alcohol, and a knife.  He was arrested and charged.   An additional $5,000 bail was set for the new charges.  He was lodged in Burlington County Jail.

    Friday, March 14, 2014

    Daytime burglary on Hooker Street

    Sometime between 8:30am and 4:00 pm a Hooker Street resident returned home and found that their home was burglarized. The homeowner found that their rear door had been forced in. Taken was cash, jewelry and a 10 speed girls bike white with blue writing and a license plate on the rear with the name Emily.  The perpetrator also attempted to use a landscaping brick to smash the rear security door glass. When that was unsuccessful they forced the door in. Anyone who noticed suspicious behavior on the 200 block of Hooker Street is asked to contact Riverside Police.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    Early Morning Home Invasion Investigated by Riverside Police

    At approximately 6am today Riverside Police were dispatched to Park Avenue for a robbery. When Police arrived the victim was found bleeding from a laceration on his head. The victim stated a white female and a black male forced his rear door open to his home. The assailants then entered his bedroom where he was assaulted with a metal object. The suspects fled with cash, cell phone and an Xbox gaming system. The investigation is active and ongoing at this moment.

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    Virtual Ride Along Details Announced


    On Friday March 14th, the Riverside Police Department host our first "Virtual Ride Along" from 2 p.m. until 12 a.m.  During that ten hour period officers will share their patrol vehicles with their Twitter followers.  We anticipate Tweeting two to three times an hour.  This is an opportunity to get first hand information as officers share the calls, encounters and events of their shift.  During this "Virtual Ride Along" officers will live Tweet during their patrol activity and possibly send photos and videos.   We  hope to post give the public a glimpse into a day in the life of a police officer from comfort and safety of their computer or smartphone.  You can follow us by easily signing up for a free Twitter account and following us @riversidepdnj.

    In addition to the "Virtual Ride Along," we use Twitter to keep community members updated on events, community hazards, natural disasters and police activity.

     

    Gang Awareness Presentation

    Join RPD Lt. Lou Fisher Thursday 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion in Riverside for an informative and eye opening gang awareness presentation.  Lt. Fisher will be the guest speaker at the March meeting for Riverside on Watch.  Riverside on Watch is, " A group of local residents who are committed to making Riverside a safer place."  The American Legion is located at 212 American Legion Drive in Riverside.

    Monday, March 10, 2014

    Child Left In Car While Mother Is Inside Bar

    On Saturday 3/8/14 at approximately 11:36 p.m., Riverside Police were dispatched to the White Eagle Tavern parking lot for a child left alone in a vehicle.  Upon arriving, police determined a Delanco woman drove her 11 year old daughter to the bar and left the child locked in the car while she went inside the bar.  Another patron prevented her from leaving prior to police arrival.  She was taken into custody and charged with DWI and Neglect.  She was arrested, processed, and released on her own recognizance. 


    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Riverside Police Engage Twitter Followers

    Lt. David Jaensch issues a summons during the detail.

    On 3/6/14 the Riverside Police Department utilized Twitter to alert their followers of locations where they would be running radar.  Periodic "Tweets" were sent when officers moved to a different location.  The main goal was to increase traffic safety through prevention, especially in the school zone.
    Ptl. Anthony Cicali visits first grade students as a guest reader for Read Across America Week.

    RIVERSIDE WOMAN CHARGED WITH LEAVING HER 4 YEAR OLD TWINS HOME ALONE

    Wednesday Riverside Police school resource officer Anthony Congemi was conducting residency checks when he found the two children home alone. The children were taken to Police Headquarters for their safety. The day long investigation included Family Services and Riverside Police. The mother was located at Delran Municipal Court and transported to Riverside. She was charged and released pending Court. The Family has been placed on intensive supervision by Family Services and the Court.

    Monday, March 3, 2014

    National Severe Weather Preparedness Week (March 2nd-8th)

    It's National Severe Weather Preparedness Week! Make sure you and your family have a plan in the event of any disaster. Go to www.ready.gov and make a safety plan today!

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

    Advisory: Winter Storm Titan Is On Its Way. Be Prepared And Stay Tuned To Local Weather

    Winter Storm Warning

    URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
    524 AM EST SUN MAR 2 2014
    
    NJZ013>015-017>020-026-027-PAZ070-071-101-102-104-106-022115-
    /O.CON.KPHI.WS.W.0007.140302T2300Z-140303T1800Z/
    WESTERN MONMOUTH-EASTERN MONMOUTH-MERCER-GLOUCESTER-CAMDEN-
    NORTHWESTERN BURLINGTON-OCEAN-COASTAL OCEAN-
    SOUTHEASTERN BURLINGTON-DELAWARE-PHILADELPHIA-WESTERN CHESTER-
    EASTERN CHESTER-EASTERN MONTGOMERY-LOWER BUCKS-
    INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FREEHOLD...SANDY HOOK...TRENTON...
    GLASSBORO...CAMDEN...CHERRY HILL...MOORESTOWN...MOUNT HOLLY...
    JACKSON...LONG BEACH ISLAND...WHARTON STATE FOREST...MEDIA...
    PHILADELPHIA...HONEY BROOK...OXFORD...WEST CHESTER...
    KENNET SQUARE...NORRISTOWN...LANSDALE...MORRISVILLE...DOYLESTOWN
    524 AM EST SUN MAR 2 2014
    
    ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING
    TO 1 PM EST MONDAY...
    
    * LOCATIONS...THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR FROM THE PHILADELPHIA
      METRO AREA TO CENTRAL NEW JERSEY AND ACROSS TO COASTAL NORTHERN
      NEW JERSEY.
    
    * HAZARD TYPES...MAINLY SNOW WITH SOME SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN
      POSSIBLE AT THE START THIS EVENING.
    
    * ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 6 TO 8 INCHES...ALONG
      WITH AROUND A TRACE OF ICE.
    
    * TIMING...ANY RAIN THIS AFTERNOON WILL CHANGE TO A PERIOD OF
      SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN EARLY THIS EVENING THEN TO ALL SNOW BY
      10PM. SNOW WILL BE MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES EARLY MONDAY
      MORNING BEFORE ENDING EARLY MONDAY AFTERNOON.
    
    * WINDS...NORTH 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.
    
    * VISIBILITIES...BRIEFLY ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS MONDAY MORNING.
    
    * TEMPERATURES...PLUNGING FROM THE MID 30S LATE THIS AFTERNOON
      INTO THE UPPER TEENS TO AROUND 20 BY DAYBREAK MONDAY.
    
    * IMPACTS...THE SNOW... SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS
      DRIVING CONDITIONS TONIGHT. MONDAY MORNING`S COMMUTE WILL BE
      PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT.
    
    * FOLLOWING THE STORM...NEAR RECORD COLD IS FORECAST LATE MONDAY
      NIGHT AS TEMPERATURES DROP TO BETWEEN ZERO AND 10 ABOVE.
    
    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
    
    A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
    SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
    POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

    Riverside Police Announce Cyber-Community Policing Initiatives

    On March 14th the Riverside Police Department will allow their Twitter followers to ride along with them without having to leave the comfort of their home.  During this "Virtual Ride Along" officers will live Tweet during their patrol and possibly send photos and videos of their activity.  It will give the public a glimpse into a day in the life of a police officer.  We intend to use the event as an educational tool as well with teachable moments on driving safety, pedestrian safety and crime prevention.

    We hope the "Virtual Ride Along" will draw attention to our newly launched Twitter account @riversidepdnj.  The account was setup in response to the widespread use of social media and the ability to make rapid community notifications from the field.  The use of Twitter will  allow us to keep community members updated on events, community hazards, natural disasters and police activity.

    We have also developed a YouTube channel for the future release of videos which may aid in suspect apprehension and crime solving.
    Please email: info@riversidepolicenj.org with any comments, questions or concerns regarding postings on this blog.