Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Free Child ID Cards in Recognition of Nat. Missing Children's Day

In addition to being Memorial Day, May 25th is also the anniversary of Etan Patz's disappearance.  Etan Patz was a six year old boy kidnapped in New York two blocks from his home while walking to his school bus stop in 1979.  Recently a Maple Shade man was charged in his kidnapping and murder which ended in a hung jury this month.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared May 25, National Missing Children’s Day. For more than three decades the search for Etan has continued. We would like to honor Etan by reminding parents, guardians, families and communities that every child deserves a safe childhood.  Please take time to talk to your children about their safety, including their online presence and the existence of online preadators.

In 2014, there were 466,949 entries for missing children under the age of 18 into the FBI's National Crime Information Center, also called NCIC.  An outstanding organization, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), works closely with law enforcement to locate these children.  They staff a 24 hour tipline to report sightings of missing children 1-800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678).  

They also provide a cybertipline to report; child pornography, molestation, child sex trafficing, online enticement of children, unsolicited obscene material sent to a child, etc.  You can submit a cybertip at:  CyberTipline.  Parents and educators can find resources to share with your children at Child Safety and Prevention

In recognition of National Missing Children’s Day and in an effort to promote child safety, we will be fingerprinting children free of charge at the Riverside Police Department on Saturday, May 23rd from 2p-5p.  The fingerprints will be on a child identification card for you to keep and provide to police if your child goes missing.   

Riverside Memorial Day Parade

Join the Township of Riverside at the annual Memorial Day Parade honoring the members of our armed forces past and present, especially those that made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation.  The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday May 25th  at Bridgeboro St. and Henry St.  The roads along the parade route; Bridgeboro St., Scott St., S. Pavilion Ave,  and S. Fairview St. will be closed during the parade procession.  Parking on those streets will be prohibited beginning at 6 a.m.  until 10 a.m.   Vehicles parked on the roadway between those hours will be towed at the owners expense.  Please enjoy your holiday and the parade!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Click It or Ticket Enforcement and Education Mobilization May 18 – 31, 2015

The Riverside Police Department is once agai participating in the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Beginning May 18 and running through May 31, the annual initiative includes high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as well as local and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts. 

“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.   "In 2012 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,000 lives nationwide.” 

The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 87.59%. Poedubicky noted that the goal for this year’s campaign is to increase the statewide rate to 90%.  “To meet our goal, we must rededicate our enforcement and public outreach efforts that educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up, every ride,” he said.

            Poedubicky added that this year’s campaign will also focus on rear seat passengers, as well as nighttime enforcement. During evening hours seat belt usage is traditionally lower and the percentage of unbelted fatalities is higher.

During the 2014 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 374 police agencies participated in the two-week initiative.  As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,635 seat belt citations, 4,363 speeding summonses and made 944 drunk driving arrests. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Woman Bites Riverside Officer in Attempted Escape

On 5/17/15 at 0050hrs, the Riverside Police were dispatched to the area of Cleveland Avenue for several subjects fighting.  Officers discovered that there was a verbal neighbor dispute prior to their arrival and no one had been physically fighting.  One of the suspects was identified as local resident, Ashley N. Marshall, 24 years.  She was found to have outstanding warrants for her arrest.  While taking her into custody, she resisted arrest, yelled out offensive language and kicked the interior windows and doors of the patrol car.  Once at the police station, Marshall then pushed officers, threatened them and refused to allow them to secure her to the station bench.  During processing, Marshall claimed that she was in pain and asked for an ambulance to take her to the hospital.  The police requested Delran EMS to respond and once they arrived, Marshall verbally abused the EMTs.  The Officers along with the EMTs attempted to escort Marshall to the ambulance and seat her on the stretcher.  Once she was seated, she continued to yell at the EMTs and Police.  Prior to leaving the station, she pulled at her handcuffs to the point that she freed her hand.  She then attempted to jump from the back of the ambulance.  The Riverside Officer was able to grab hold of her before she was out of the ambulance.   As he did so, Marshall bit down upon the officer's wrist.  The officer did sustain an injury as a result of the bite, but was treated and released at the hospital.  Marshall was also treated at the hospital where she continued to aggressively yell at police and hospital staff.  She was later lodged at Burlington County Jail Minimum Security Facility with $75,000 full bail. 

Ashley N. Marshall was charged with: 

Escape with Force, Aggravated Assault on Police, Resisting Arrest with Force, Obstruction and Disorderly Conduct.    

Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 15th is Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Day

Black fabric strips, "Mourning Bands," are stretched across badges to honor fallen officers

 On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Tomorrow, May 15, is Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Day and the conclusion of National Police Week.  During this time we remember our fallen.

 "In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Today, in the United States, some 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction – and with great success. Federal statistics show that violent and property crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, thanks in large measure to the dedicated service of the men and women of law enforcement.

That protection comes at a price, however. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 160 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty. And throughout U.S. history, over 19,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.

The Memorial features two curving, 304-foot-long blue-gray marble walls. Carved on these walls are the names of more than 20,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty throughout U.S. history, dating back to the first known death in 1791. Unlike many other memorials in Washington, DC, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is ever-changing: new names of fallen officers are added to the monument each spring, in conjunction with National Police Week."

The members of the Riverside Police Department would also like to take this time to express our gratitude to those who support us.  Your support does not go unnoticed and it is truly appreciated.  Thank you for standing beside us!

Riverside Police Welcome Newest Member K9 Nikko

We are pleased to announce the addition of the newest member of the Riverside Township Police Department, K9 Nikko. 

Nikko is a 1 1/2 year old male German Sheppard.  He is fully certified  in narcotics detection and as a patrol dog.  Nikko was purchased from the Eastampton Police Department.  

Ptl. Anthony Congemi will soon begin the extensive training process to become his certified handler.  

We would like to thank the Township of Eastampton, the Eastampton Police Department, and Chief Chris Muraglia for all of their assistance.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Riverside Police Assign New Detective

Congratulations to Brandon Conard on his assignment to the Detective Bureau.  Brandon will slowly transition into the Bureau over the next month.  He is replacing a vacancy created by the promotion of Detective Ron Brock to the rank of Sergeant.
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