Wednesday, December 20, 2017

"Officer Phil" Visits Riverside Elementary School

Yesterday, Riverside Elementary School students were treated to a special assembly hosted by the “Officer Phil” program. “Officer Phil” is an organization that provides safety lessons for children in elementary schools. “Officer Phil” teaches lessons about what to do around strangers, fire safety, internet safety, bullying, responding to emergencies, and interacting with authority figures. It is a national program that partners with local police and fire departments to reach elementary schools across the country. This program is funded annually by a grant and sponsored by the Riverside Police Department.

“Officer Phil’s” 30-minute presentation was hosted by “Mr. Mike the Magician” and it included ventriloquism, magic tricks, and other entertainment to engage kids in safety lessons.  Patrolman Anthony Cicali selected kids from the audience and played games with them to teach them about respect for others.

“Officer Phil” also provides additional resources for kids, parents, and educators online. Other safety lessons are available on their website including medication safety and sports safety tips. The website also features coloring pages for kids and fun recipes. In many cases, these kids have gone on to use their new safety skills in their communities. The program was founded in 1975. We would like to thank Riverside’s school administration and teachers for supporting this fun free program every year.

You can learn more about "Officer Phil" at

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Seatbelt Violation Leads to Wanted Person Arrest

On November 12 at approximately 9:30 PM, the Riverside Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on a vehicle for operating the wrong way on a one way street. While speaking to the driver, the officer observed the two rear passengers to be seated without wearing seatbelts. The officer asked both men for their identification and neither subject complied. They then both provided false information regarding their identities to the officers at the scene. After a brief investigation, it was determined that one of the passengers was Tiago A. Desouza (9/27/81), formerly of Riverside, NJ.  Desouza was found to be an NCIC Wanted Person for criminal offenses of Unlawful Possession of A Weapon and Obstructing the Administration of Law stemming from an incident in July 2017.   He also had an outstanding criminal warrant for his arrest out of Willingboro Township for Obstructing the Administration of Law.  Desouza was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension and he was then lodged at Burlington County Jail on a 'no bail' commit.  The second subject was identified as Rafael Marciano Da Silva, 19 yrs, of Edgewater Park, NJ.  He was also charged with Hindering Apprehension and he was released pending court. 

Tiago Anezio Desouza, 36 yrs.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Riverside Police Station is Haunted Again! Well, at Least for a Few Hours on October 27th!

Riverside Township Police are gearing up for our Third Annual Haunted Police Station. Officers and their families spend months preparing and designing the transformation of the entire station into a "spooktacular" experience for the entire community to enjoy. 

This year's haunted tour includes new and expanded attractions such as a completely reinvented second-floor courtroom experience, intensifying the thrill! For the first time ever a special guest celebrity haunter will be featured! We are thrilled to announce that former Quaker City String Band Captain and Mummers legend Bob Shannon Jr., will join in on the night's festivities. 

This enchanted night doesn't end there! A Trunk or Treat will also take place in front of the station and families are invited to stick around for a free outdoor movie on the big screen, (weather permitting). So bring your Halloween spirit, blanket, chair and join the Riverside Police Department Friday, October 27th at 6:00 p.m. on West Scott Street in Riverside, NJ.  If you would like to register your vehicle for the Trunk or Treat, please email Administrator Meghan Jack
Don't miss out - you'll bewitching you were there!

While the haunted attraction is FREE, we ask attendees to please  donate a non-perishable food item for a local food bank to help those in need.  This event is presented courtesy of Riverside Police Officers Association, Riverside Township and the Riverside Business Association.

Riverside Police Seeking Part-Time Officers

The Riverside Township Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of part-time Police Officer/Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers.  PTC certification is not required at time of application.  Interested candidates must submit a letter of Interest, a resume, and application which can be found at:  

Please send completed forms to:  
Riverside Township Police Department
Attn:  Chief William T. Eliason
PO Box 188
Riverside, NJ 08075

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Riverside Police Begin Utilizing Body Worn Cameras

Chief Eliason Introduces Body Worn Cameras
In a continuing effort to provide the most efficient, transparent and professional police services possible the Riverside Township Police Department is pleased to announce the introduction of the AXON 2 Body Worn Camera program.

On September 19th and 20th every member of the Riverside Police Department was trained in the proper procedure for use of the AXON 2 Body Worn Camera. Each member of the Riverside Township Police Department has been assigned an AXON 2 Body Worn Camera and it will become
                                                                                                    part of the standard issue equipment                                                                                                       that each officer will utilize on a daily                                                                                                        basis.

Sgt. Brock Conducting
Body Worn Camera Training
The Riverside Township Police Department has issued a Standard Operating Procedure that each officer will follow in accordance with the New Jersey Attorney General's Law Enforcement Directive Regarding Police Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) and Stored BWC Recordings # 2015-1, furthermore our Standard Operating Procedure regarding the use of Body Worn Cameras has been reviewed and approved by the Burlington County Prosecutors Office to ensure compliance.

We look forward to using the BWC’s not only to ensure police transparency but to also protect our officers against fraudulent complaints and frivolous lawsuits against the Township of Riverside.

We thank you all for your continued support.

William T. Eliason
Chief of Police

Ptl. Perinho and Ptl. Joo Equipped with Body Worn Cameras

AXON 2 Body Worn Camera

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fight Call Leads to Wanted Person Arrest

On 9/11/17 Riverside Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Pavilion Avenue for two subjects fighting.  As a result of police investigation, William J. Defleece, 43 of Trenton was arrested.  During processing it was determined Defleece was a wanted person, living at a residence in Riverside.   He was charged with Criminal Mischief and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.  Mr. Defleece was lodged in Burlington County Jail.
William J. Defleece, 43 of Trenton

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Eluding Suspect Arrested

This morning at 9:46 am Riverside Police arrested Daniel J. Lippincott, 33 of Riverside.  Lippincott was wanted for eluding Riverside Police while riding a motorcycle in two separate incidents on 8/28. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to Burlington County Jail.

Lippincott is charged with two counts of Eluding, Obstruction and Disorderly Conduct along with numerous traffic violations.  The Riverside Police Department would like to thank those who provided assistance in locating him.

Daniel J. Lippincott, 33 or Riverside

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Local Resident Eludes Police on Motorcycle

On 8/28/17 at approximately 8:30pm, the Riverside Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Bridgeboro St for the report of a male riding a motorcycle recklessly around the neighborhood.  The caller stated that the rider was speeding and accelerating his bike's engine causing public annoyance and alarm.  A Riverside patrol unit located the biker on a Honda CBR and attempted to stop him.  The biker ignored the officer and recklessly sped off, but not before the officer was able to obtain the motorcycle registration.  The Honda was found to be registered to Daniel J. Lippincott of Delran, NJ.  
Approximately 45 minutes later, Riverside Police officers located the same biker speeding along Bridgeboro Street and, again, attempted to stop him.  The biker stopped long enough for Riverside officers to recognize him as Daniel J. Lippincott, 33 yrs.  Once the officers approached him on foot, Lippincott, again, raced away from their location ignoring verbal commands to stop.  

Lippincott was charged with two counts of Eluding, Obstruction and Disorderly Conduct along with numerous traffic violations.  The Riverside Police are actively pursuing his arrest on these charges.  Lippincott was last seen riding a rebuilt Honda CBR with NJ registration “3RKL7”. 

Please contact the Riverside Police at 856-461-3434 if anyone has any information on his whereabouts.  

Daniel J. Lippincott, 34 yrs.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Riverside Patrols Foil Prescription Pill Sale

Pizza Delivery Driver Among Those Arrested

On 7/12/17, while on patrol in the downtown area of Riverside, members of the Riverside Police stopped two male subjects during the course of a narcotics distribution investigation.  The male subjects were identified as Jamaal L. Brown, 34 yrs, of Riverside, NJ and David C. Vann, 22 yrs, of Edgewater Park, NJ.  Brown was observed walking about in the same area for an extended period of time when he met up with Vann.  Vann was operating a motor vehicle at that time, while working as a pizza delivery driver.  At one point during their meeting, Brown distributed several prescription pills, which were later identified as a controlled dangerous substance, to Vann.   As a result of the investigation, both subjects were placed under arrest.  An open container of alcohol and a folding knife were recovered from Vann’s pizza delivery vehicle.  Vann was found to have the prescription pills on his person at the time of arrest.    Brown was found to be in possession of hypodermic syringes. 

Both men were charged as follows:  

Jamaal L. Brown:
Distribution of CDS (3rd)
Possession of CDS (3rd)
Possession of a Syringe (DP)

Brown was released on his charges with a court hearing pending.  

Jamaal L. Brown, 34 yrs

David Vann:
Possession of CDS (3rd)
Obstruction (4th)
Possession of a Weapon (4th)
Possession of CDS within a Motor Vehicle (MV)
Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a MV (LO)

Vann was lodged at Burlington County Jail without bail
pending a court hearing.  

David C. Vann, 22 yrs

Monday, July 3, 2017

Female Charged in Assault with Broken Bottle

On 7/2/17 at 0446hrs, the Riverside Police responded to a "disturbance" call at a residence on Burke St.  Upon arrival, a 41 year old female came running from the residence and fell into the arms of officers.  They observed a severe laceration across her face and she was bleeding profusely.  Officers rendered aid to the victim and then entered the residence to locate a suspect.  Officers from Delran and Delanco responded to assist Riverside officers along with Delran EMS. 

Upon entry to the residence, officers found a chaotic scene with an adult male attempting to restrain a screaming, adult female.  It was found through the investigation that the female being restrained had broken a beer bottle and slashed the other female across the face.  The suspect was identified as Heather Tomlin Pereira, 32 yrs, of Riverside. 

The female victim was immediately transported to the hospital by Delran EMS.  Pereira was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Assault w/ a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  She was lodged at Burlington County Jail pending a court hearing.  

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