Monday, July 21, 2014

Officers Make First Save Using Narcan

A life was saved last night just days after Narcan training had been completed.  Ptl. Cicali and Ptl. Settimio received a call for an unconscious male with a possible diabetic emergency.  Upon arrival, the patient was found to be unconscious, unresponsive, and barely breathing.  Officers arrived and  observed what appeared to be fresh "Track marks" on the patients arm.  Narcan was administered and the subject began to regain consciousness.  He was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Riverside Police Welcome Newest Member

Patrolman Brendon Griffin
Congratulations to Patrolman Brendon Griffin on his graduation of the Gloucester County Police Academy on July 9, 2014.  Ptl. Griffin was one of 26 officers to complete the 19 week training course held at Rowan College at Gloucester County  The course included 250 hours of intense academic study, 40 hours firearms, 40 hours first aid, 100 hours physical fitness, 12 hours of baton, & more.  He will now begin extensive on the job training with Field Training Officers in Riverside.  Patrolman Griffin is a also a graduate of Riverside High School and Fairleigh Dickinson University where he was an academic and athletic standout.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Riverside Township Police Officers Receive Training to Administer Anti-Overdose Drug

In response to the growing epidemic of heroin and opiate-based drug overdoses and deaths, the Riverside Township Police have obtained the anti-overdose drug, Naloxone, also known as Narcan.  This drug is administered as a nasal spray to victims to combat the immediate effects of an opiate-based overdose and to save lives.  The program was approved this past month for police officers in all 21 counties in New Jersey to be trained to administer Narcan.  The initial issue of Narcan in Burlington County is being coordinated by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.  Once trained, every officer with the Riverside Police Department will be able to administer the drug. 

In addition to this program, the State of New Jersey, in May of 2013, also approved the “Good Samaritan” bill.  This bill provides immunity to 911 callers under most circumstances when they call to report that someone has overdosed so they will not fear being arrested for drug possession.  ANYONE who observes someone they believe is suffering from an overdose is required to DIAL 9-1-1 and report it immediately.

The Riverside Township Police will continue to hold this problem as a HIGH priority and will continue to investigate charge and prosecute anyone who manufactures, sells or distributes heroin, prescription pills or any other addictive narcotics in and around the township. Citizens are encouraged to continue to assist police with information on those they believe are distributing narcotics within the township.  Call 856-461-8577 or email at

The “Riverside Police” mobile App has links to the “Crime Tip” email and phone numbers to contact Detectives.  The mobile App also has a “Drug Problem” hotline link with phone numbers to several agencies to help those suffering from drug addiction. The App can be downloaded to any iPhone or Android-based phone by navigating to the appropriate App store and searching on "Riverside Police." 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Update: Citizen Tip Leads to Arrests

We are no longer searching for Anthony Derosa of Riverside. He was taken into custody early this afternoon on an outstanding warrant. Also arrested was Garrett Ellis, 18, of Ocean City, NJ. Both face drug charges stemming from today's arrests. A citizen tip on the location of Derosa led to the arrest of both men and the discovery of drugs

New Penalties for Cell Phone Violations

 On July 1st the penalties for talking on a handheld phone or texting while driving increased sharply.  The new penalties are:

  • 1st Offense: Fine of at least $200-$400
  • 2nd Offense:  Fine of at least $400-$600
  • 3rd Offense:  Fine of at least $600-$800 possible 90 day license suspension, 3 points
All violations are subject to a mandatory court appearance.

"Although it is discouraged, drivers may use a hands-free device if it does not interfere with standard safety equipment. “Use” of a wireless phone and any other hand-held communication device includes, but is not limited to, talking or listening to another person, texting, or sending and receiving electronic messages." - NJ Motor Vehicle Commission

Some newer vehicles are equipped with Bluetooth technology for hands free cell phone use.  There are also some after market options available for older vehicles.  A good online article  detailing alternatives  can be found at:

Stay safe!

Lieutenant William Eliason Promoted to Captain

Congratulations to William Eliason on his recent promotion to the rank of Captain.  Prior to his promotion he served as a Patrolman, Sergeant, and most recently, eight years as Lieutenant.  He began his career with the Riverside Police in 1995 after serving four years in the United States Navy on-board a nuclear powered Trident Missile submarine.  He attended Atlantic Community College working toward a degree in Applied Sciences.  He grew up in Riverside and is a graduate of Riverside High School class of 1988.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Eight Arrested and Charged in Heroin Distribution Investigation

After street intelligence was obtained that the heroin market in Camden City was going to be on the move up into the “River Towns," an aggressive operation was put into place back in April by the Riverside Police Department. During that time several targets operating in and around the Riverside area were identified as working together with suspected ties to the “Bloods” Street Gang. The investigation into this particular ring began in early May and continued until early July.

Bilal Ali (Delran, NJ)
 On June 26th  Riverside Police apprehended four of the subjects involved in the ring and several others were charged and or arrested for possession or loitering to possess a controlled dangerous substance. Three of the suspects involved in the distribution ring were observed conducting what was believed to be hand to hand drug transactions on a corner near Spring Garden Park. The suspects were also observed trespassing on the porch of a vacant property and drinking alcohol in public. Police moved in and arrested 5 subjects including a member of the “Bloods” Street Gang. A 17 year old male from Beverly was arrested along with John Derosa Jr. (aka “JD”) 38 of Riverside his son Anthony Derosa 18 of Riverside, Karuda Medley 23 of Pennsauken, and Jason Washington (aka “Jay-Blakk”) 26 of Camden. John Derosa Jr. and Washington were found in possession of suspected heroin and prescription pills which were packaged for distribution. Also found was packaging material for heroin. Both John Derosa Jr. and Washington were lodged in the Burlington County Jail in default of bail.
John Derosa (Riverside, NJ)

Jason Washington (Camden, NJ)

Later that day Investigators were also aware that the main supplier would make frequent trips into Riverside and drop of various illegal drugs to the group and sell to others in the area. The supplier was a Bilal Ali (aka “Smoov”) 24 of Delran. It was known to police that his driver’s license was suspended and he had active warrants for his arrest. A patrol alert was put out and he was observed entering Riverside operating a motor vehicle. He was stopped and arrested on active arrest warrants and driving on a suspended driver’s license. His vehicle was impounded and he was lodged in Burlington County Jail on his outstanding warrants. The police continued to investigate and applied for a search warrant after a police K-9 alerted a positive detection.

Police obtained a Search Warrant for the apartment where Jason Washington, John and Anthony Derosa were living. Riverside Police then executed the search warrant on the residence which was located in the 500 Block of Fairview Street. Investigators located an undisclosed amount of heroin and products used to package the drug for distribution.
Anthony Derosa (Riverside, NJ)

On June 30 a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle which was driven by Bilal Ali. A search of the vehicle revealed heroin packaged for distribution and prescription drugs. On July 3rd Mr. Ali was arrested when he came to the station to retrieve property from the vehicle. He was lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $100,000 cash bail. Ramere Johnson 19 of Riverside turned himself in on his charges for his involvement in the distribution ring as well as Dylan Moyer 19 of Willingboro.

Charges for the suspects include:
Bilal Ali: Possession and distribution of Heroin, Distribution in a School Zone, Distribution within 500 Feet of Public Park, Possession of prescription drugs, Obstruction of Law and Driving While Suspended.

John Derosa Jr.: Possession and distribution of Heroin, Distribution in a School Zone, Distribution within 500 Feet of Public Park, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession and distribution of prescription drugs and possession of an open container in public.

Jason Washington: Possession with the intent to distribute prescription drugs, Distribution in a School Zone, Distribution Within 500 Feet of Public Park, Possession of Heroin and packaging material for the distribution of heroin, Open Container in Public and the Possession of Fireworks.

Anthony Derosa:  Possession of Heroin, Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Wandering to Obtain or Sell a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

Ramere Johnson:  Possession of Heroin, Wandering to Obtain or Sell a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Dylan Moyer:  Possession of Heroin, Wandering to Obtain or Sell a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 
Karuda Medley:  Wandering to Obtain or Sell a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Open Container in Public.

17 year old Juvenile: 2 counts of Wandering to Obtain or Sell a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

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