Thursday, November 27, 2014

Virtual DWI Patrol Recap

For those of you who followed us on Twitter last night the, we hope you enjoyed it and maybe learned something.  The end results of our Virtual DWI Patrol are as follows:

36 Motor Vehicle Stops
2 DWI Arrests
6 Unlicensed Drivers
0 Traffic Accidents

Hopefully our social media outreach reduced the numbers of intoxicated drivers on the roads.  We will be continuing our DWI enforcement efforts throughout the holiday season.  Stay safe and Happy Thanksgiving from the members of the Riverside Police Department!

Riverside Police Execute Search Warrant - Arrest Heroin Dealer







On November 26, 2014, members of the Riverside Township Police executed a search warrant at the River Terrace apartment complex.  The four month investigation began with reports that Bruce A. Hunt, originally from Palmyra, was selling heroin out of an apartment in the complex.  As a result of the investigation, Detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the apartment where Hunt was residing.  As a result of the search, officers located and seized a distribution quantity of heroin found to be in Hunt’s possession.  Also seized from the apartment were cash and packaging material. 

Bruce Hunt, 50 years old, was charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance within 1000 ft of a School Zone.  He was lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $60,000 bail. 

The Riverside Police continue to take a proactive approach to investigations involving the heroin and prescription drug problem that is plaguing all of our communities. We continue to monitor those individuals who have been identified as being “addicted” to opioid-related drugs and through these investigations we have been able to assist with getting those persons the assistance they need towards making a recovery.  

These investigations have also identified subjects who specifically sell heroin and/or prescriptions drugs.  Those subjects will be dealt with strictly and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Riverside Township Patrolmen Honored at Township Meeting




Riverside Patrolmen Amaya Urtasun and Timothy Marano were honored last night by the Riverside Township Committee and their fellow officers, for their heroic actions on October 29, 2014.  On that day, at 5:45am, Riverside Township Police and Fire were dispatched to a residence on Filmore Street for a report of a structure fire.  Riverside Patrolman Amaya Urtasun and Patrolman Timothy Marano immediately responded and were the first to arrive on the scene.  Upon arrival they observed the upper level of the residence to be fully engulfed in flames and two residents standing on the second story roof attempting to escape the fire.  Ptl Urtasun and Ptl. Marano acted quickly, locating a ladder from a neighboring residence.  Both officers worked together to climb up and assist both of the residents in coming down off the roof to safety.  Because of these officer’s actions, the lives of these two victims were saved and no serious injuries occurred.

Congratulations to Ptl. Urtasun and Ptl. Marano on their much deserved commendations!  

Friday, November 21, 2014

Virtual DWI Patrol Announced



Are you going out the night before Thanksgiving?  We are!  On Wednesday November 26th, the Riverside Police Department will host our first "Virtual DWI Patrol" from 8 p.m. until approximately 1 a.m.  Thanksgiving weekend has become one the most dangerous holiday periods for driving even surpassing New Year's, in terms of alcohol-related driving fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  This particular DWI patrol will focus on the night before Thanksgiving, sometimes known as "blackout Wednesday." During that time officers will share their patrol vehicles with our Twitter followers.  We anticipate Tweeting two to three times an hour.  This is an opportunity to get first hand information as officers live tweet the events that transpire during that period on Twitter.  We  hope the event raises awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving and encourages anyone going out to use a designated non-drinking driver.  You can follow us by easily signing up for a free Twitter account and following us @riversidepdnj.

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

 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Riverside Patrolmen to be Honored at Township Meeting

 

On October 29, 2014, at 5:45am the Riverside Township Police were dispatched to a residence on Filmore Street for a report of a structure fire.  Riverside Patrolman Amaya Urtasun and Patrolman Timothy Marano immediately responded and were the first to arrive on the scene.  Upon arrival they observed the upper level of the residence to be fully engulfed in flames and two residents standing on the second story roof attempting to escape the fire.  Ptl Urtasun and Ptl. Marano acted quickly, locating a ladder from a neighboring residence.  Without regard for their own safety, the officers approached the house, placing the ladder against it to access the trapped residents.  With fire and smoke billowing from the residence, both officers worked together to climb up and assist both of the residents in coming down off the roof to safety.  Because of these officer’s actions, the lives of these two victims were saved and no serious injuries occurred. 

Ptl. Urtasun and Ptl. Marano demonstrated initiative and dedication to duty in the face of imminent danger.  As a result, the Riverside Township Committee will recognize their actions with a special presentation.  This will take place at the monthly township meeting in the Riverside Municipal Courtroom on November 24, 2014 at 7pm.  

All are welcome to attend the presentation. 
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