Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Safety Tips

Trick or Treat Safely
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar streets that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups. 
  • Know who your children are with and the route they are taking.
  • Tell your children to not eat any treats until you have inspected them.
  • Teach your children to never enter a home or approach a vehicle offering candy.
  • Agree on a specific time to be home.
  • Inspect treats for tampering and choking hazards.
Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 
Walk Safely
  • Walk, don’t run.  Falls are the leading cause of injury on Halloween.
  • Always walk on sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible. 
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Don’t use your cell phone. 
  • Slow down and be especially alert. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
                                         Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Changes in Curfew Times

The curfew in Riverside Township on October 30, 2014 and October 31, 2014 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 immediately at 856-461-3434 or Dial 911 for an emergency or crime in progress.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Riverside Police Begin Taser Use

Ptl. Sean Nolan and Ptl. Anthony Cicali recently completed a "train the trainer" course for the use of Taser conducted energy devices.  The program was hosted by the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office in conjunction with an instructor from the manufacturer.  "The use of this device may allow officers to resolve a confrontation without it escalating to a level where deadly force is required."  Tasers deliver an electrical charge intended to temporarily disable a person.  The use of the device is strictly regulated by the New Jersey Attorney General Guidelines.  Each device is equipped with a camera.   Each time the device is fired at or discharged upon a person, the circumstances and outcome of the device's use is reviewed and reported.  The Tasers are being deployed on a limited basis until additional officers are trained and more Tasers are able to be purchased.

Riverside Police Welcome Newest Member

Chief Eliason Congratulates SLEO Kevin Joo
On Monday Riverside resident Kevin Joo was sworn in as a Class II Special Police Officer.  He is a graduate of the Cape May County Police Academy and Neumann University.  He was recently employed as a Class II Special Police Officer in Sea Isle City.

Retired Chief Paul Tursi Honored

On Monday Retired Chief Paul Tursi was recognized with a proclamation and plaque from the Riverside Township Committee for his 28 years of service as a Riverside Police Officer.  Chief Tursi was appointed Chief in 2006 and began his tenure by promoting a community policing philosophy and implementing many community outreach programs such as:

·         Citizen Police Academy
·         Bicycle Patrol Unit
·         Ride Safe Bike Helmet Program
·         Adopt a Cop
·         Community Care Taking Cards
·         Nixle Notification System
·         Home Security Surveys
·         Police Trading Cards
·         College Inter Program

He also began the first Police Explorer program in Riverside Township.  The program provides young men and women interested in law enforcement the opportunity to learn and work alongside Riverside police officers.  The program has grown to the largest police Explorer program in the county and has already produced several full time police officers.

These successful programs resulted in numerous awards including:
·         MADD drunk driving enforcement award
·         BCPO Pro-Cops award for community policing
·         ASIS International Unit award for Community Policing
·        New Jersey Dept. of Traffic and Highway Safety traffic enforcement 2nd place award for departments with 11-25 officer in New Jersey.
·         New Jersey Law Enforcement Challenge Underage Alcohol Prevention Award
Courier Post Best of South Jersey

He has spent the past 28 years serving the residents of Riverside.  The beneficial impact Chief Paul Tursi has left on the community and the Riverside Police Department will be remembered for years to come!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Riverside Police Welcome Newest Member

Ptl. Michael Megara with Chief William Eliason

Congratulations to Michael Megara who was sworn in today as Riverside's newest patrolman.  Patrolman Megara is a graduate of the Cape May County Police Academy and the Camden County Police Academy.  Officer Megara previously served as a Class II Special Police Officer in Riverside from 2011-2012.  

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