Thursday, February 18, 2016

Volunteers Sought for Riverside Police Chaplain Program

The Riverside Police Department is proud to announce the implementation of a “Police Chaplain Program" in our township. We recognize various faith based organizations are an integral part of our lives.  This program creates a partnership with various religious leaders within the community to assist us with providing an overall better quality of services.  

In today’s society the need for chaplains is greater than ever. Police Chaplains will aid the Riverside Police Department in strengthening bonds in the community between police, citizens, and clergy. 
The goal of the Chaplain Program is to have police work with faith based leaders during certain times of crisis, or during incidents which would benefit from a more comprehensive response.  Some aspects of a Police Chaplain's work include assisting police by providing comfort and support during local death notifications, scenes of a tragedy, working with troubled juveniles through community service projects, and providing counsel to employees and their families upon request.   
Some of the requirements set forth by the State of New Jersey to become a Police Chaplain include that a Police Chaplain be ordained with his or her church or house of faith, and successful background check. This is not a paid position and volunteer only. The department will set forth a training program for volunteers involved in the program which shall include a police ride-along.

If you or someone you know would like more information about becoming a Riverside Police Chaplain, please join us for an introductory presentation Thursday February 25th at 7pm in the Riverside Municipal Court. Guest speakers include Gary Holden and Jason Scalzi of the NJ Police Chaplain association.  Reservations are appreciated but not required.  If you have any questions about the program or to reserve a place please contact Patrolman Anthony Cicali at: or (856)461-8820.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Man Arrested After Brandishing Imitation Firearm

Daniel M. Luciano, 40 of Edgewater Park
Today at 3:44 p.m. Riverside Police were dispatched to Polk Street after a motorist reported that a male in the area was waving a handgun.  Officers located and stopped a vehicle operated by a suspect matching the description they had been given.  The driver was identified as Daniel M. Luciano, 40 of Edgewater Park. Police recovered a very realistic replica of a Python .357 Magnum handgun.   Additionally, Mr. Luciano was found to have a suspended driver's license and several warrants for his arrest.  He was taken into custody and lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $2,500 bail.  He was charged with Possession of an Imitation Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, Disorderly Conduct, and Driving While Suspended.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Suspect Arrested in String of Commercial Burglaries

Jerome T. Barber 54 of Beverly
Today, Riverside Police arrested Jerome T. Barber, 54 of Beverly, after a Detective observed him walking in the business district.  Mr. Barber was arrested and charged with two commercial burglaries in Riverside,  The first burglary occurred on 1/27/16 at the China Garden restaurant on Scott St.  The next day, Mr. Barber burglarized a martial art variety store on N. Pavilion Ave.  The proceeds from the burglaries was approximately $1,000.
Riverside Detectives worked with the Edgewater Park Detective Bureau and New Jersey Transit Police and quickly identified the Mr. Barber as the suspect.
After arrest police were able to solve four other commercial burglaries; one in Burlington City, one in Burlington Township, and two in Edgewater Park.  Mr. Barber's bail was set at $50,000 for the Riverside Burglaries.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Police Responding to Fire Call Make Arrest for Drug Distribution

Karl R. Constantine
On 2/9/16 Riverside Police were dispatched to an apartment building on N. Pavilion Avenue for a report of a fire alarm going off.  Upon arrival a smoke condition was observed and police began evacuating the building.  Officers determined the concentration of smoke was coming from one particular apartment.  Several attempts to evacuated that apartment went unanswered.  When the tenant finally opened the door, the apartment was found engulfed in smoke.   During the investigation into the source of the fire, officers observed evidence indicative of drug use and distribution in the one room apartment.

Karl R. Constantine, 45 of Riverside, was taken into custody.  Mr. Constantine's charges include:
  • Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
  • Distribution a Controlled Dangerous Substance
  •  Distribution within 500 feet of a Public Building
  •  Maintaining a Nuisance
He was lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $52,500 bail. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Police Outscore Fire but Community is Real Winner at Basketball Event!

2016 Police vs. Fire Basketball Players

On Saturday night members of the Riverside Police Department went head to head on the basketball court with members of the Riverside Fire Company.  Riverside Police outscored the firemen 59-41 in an event that benefited the Riverside Police Explorer Program and Riverside Fire Company Outreach Program.
2016 Riverside Police Players

 The real winner of the event was our community, and the estimated 400 people that turned out to support both of our organizations.  The well attended game yielded over $900 for each of the two programs. 
Ptl. Travis Perinho Takes Flight
This first ever Riverside  Police vs Fire basketball game showcased the camaraderie between the police and fire department.   Thanks to all the members of Riverside Fire Company!  You played a great game!  We truly appreciate all those that volunteered their time to help with the event.  We again thank event sponsors Galdo Jewlers, Chick-fil-A of Delran, and Dental Wellness of Riverton.
Tradition of Service: Patrolman Kevin Joo and Uncle George Joo

Detective Conard readies for a shot.  Conard, also a Riverside volunteer firemen,

put up points for both teams.

K-9 Nikko and Ptl. Congemi's Halftime Demonstration

Friday, February 5, 2016

Three Arrested After Knife Attack

Yesterday at approximately 3:35 p.m. police were dispatched to Kossuth Street for a report of several subjects outside fighting.  During the altercation Gardell Hunt, 58 of Riverside, produced a knife and began to stab a 58 year old male.

The victim's son tackled Mr. Hunt to the ground.  After the attack ended Mr. Hunt briefly left the scene and gave the knife to Edwin Fugett, 57 of Riverside, who hid it.  The knife was recovered by police and three arrests were made.

Gardell Hunt was charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Certain Persons not to Possess Weapons.  Hunt was remanded to Burlington County Jail on $100,000 bail.  Edwin Fugett was charged with Tampering with Evidence and Obstructing the Administration of Law.  Fugett was released on his own recognizance.  The victim's son was taken into custody on a minor warrant.

The victim sustained a minor laceration to shoulder after the knife penetrated a jacket and two layers of clothing.  The victim was seen by Delran Emergency Squad but refused further treatment.

Police vs. Fire Basketball Game Tomorrow Night!

Join us tomorrow night at the Riverside High School Gymnasium for the Police vs. Fire basketball game.  The game starts at 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:30.  Tickets are:  adults $5, students and seniors are $3. Kids under 5 are free.  Tickets are available at the front window of the police station and at the door. The proceeds of this game will benefit the Riverside Police Explorer and Riverside Fire Company Outreach programs.  Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.  We would like to thank the Riverside Board of Education and maintenance staff for the use of the facility.  We would also like to thank our sponsors for providing some great giveaways during the game including watches, basketballs, and gift certificates!

Playing for the Riverside Police Department:  William Eliason, Ron Brock, Amaya Urtasun, Anthony Cicali, Tim Marano, Brandon Conard, Brendon Griffin, Kevin Joo, Travis Perinho, and Nick Wallace

Playing for the Riverside Fire Company:  J. Conard, G. Joo, C. Bluhm, S. Santos, M. Greed, G. Conard, D. Nesbitt, J. Brickley, M. Dagostino, J. Mafalli, N. Strough, C. Newman, D. Bard, V. Nesbitt, T. Leconey, T. Devlin, C Bluhm, E. Salkowski, R. Loveland

We would also like to thank our volunteers!
Referee-  Jeff Snow
Scoreboard and Announcments-  Chris Mcmanus and Ryan Varga
National Anthem-  Police Explorer Shaina Egan

Best of Luck to Both Teams!!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Join K-9 Nikko's Support Staff!

Support the Riverside Police K-9 Unit by purchasing a "Support Staff" t-shirt.  All proceeds benefit the Riverside Police K-9 fund.  The shirts which went on sale today are already going fast!   Nikko's handler, Ptl. Anthony Congemi, conceptualized the shirts design.  These short sleeve shirts are available in sizes youth large up to adult XXXL.    We currently have sizes youth Lg through adult XL in stock.  All sizes are available to order.  The cost of the shirt is $20.  Shirts may be purchased at the Riverside Police station M-F 10a-4p or by emailing Patrolman Anthony Congemi.  The shirts will also be available at Saturday's Police vs. Fire Basketball Game.  The game is being held at the Riverside High School gym at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets for the game are available at the police station, Galdo Jewelers, from and Riverside  Police Explorer, or at the door.  We will accept cash or checks made payable to the "Riverside Police K-9 Fund."  As always, we thank you for your support!

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