Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Disorderly Light Rail Passenger Assaults Police

On 2/27/17 at approximately 4:45 pm, the Riverside Police were notified by a passenger on the NJ Light Rail Train of a disorderly male subject who was consuming alcoholic beverages and cursing at multiple passengers.   Riverside officers responded and boarded the northbound train as soon as it entered the station.  They located John J. Brown, 62 years, of Belmar, NJ in possession of multiple open containers of beer.  While police were attempting to escort him off the train, he assaulted one of the Riverside officers and then spit in the face of another Riverside officer.  Brown was taken into custody and transported to the Riverside Police Department.  He was then transferred to Lourdes Medical Center to be treated for his extreme level of intoxication.   One of the officers was also treated and released without serious injuries. 
Brown was subsequently charged with Aggravated Assault upon a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Open Container of Alcohol in Public.

Riverside Police Association Sponsors High School Student

Sgt. Brock and Ptl. Marano Present the Riverside Police Association Check
The Riverside Police Association was pleased to present a $500 check to Caitlin McColgan today.  Ms. McColgan was nominated to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, DC this summer.  Ms. McColgan is attempting to raise $2,595 in sponsorship funds to attend this prestigious leadership training.  Our donation was partially funded by the proceeds from the Police vs. Fire Basketball Game.   We wish Caitlin the best of luck in her endeavor!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Car Thief Apprehended by Police Chief

On 2/21/17 at approximately 12:00 p.m., Riverside Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Bridgeboro Street for an abandoned 911 call.  The call was soon updated to the report of a vehicle that had just been stolen.  One of the officers responding to the call was Chief of Police William T. Eliason.  As he responded to the area, he observed a possible suspect walking away from the area where the vehicle had last been seen.   The suspect apparently abandoned the vehicle after observing police response.  He was detained by Chief Eliason.  The stolen motor vehicle was located in close proximity .  A witness to the theft was able to positively identify David Dubell Jr., 18 of Beverly, as the individual that had taken the vehicle.  Mr. Dubell Jr. was taken into custody and the vehicle was turned back over to the victim.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New K9 Vehicle

Riverside Township Police

In a continuing effort to provide the most efficient law enforcement services possible to the residents of both Delran Township and Riverside Township a joint venture was undertaken between the Delran Township Police Department and the Riverside Township Police Department to improve the Riverside Police K9 program.

In 2015, the Riverside Township Police Department purchased a German Sheppard Police K9 named Nikko. The purchase of Nikko was not a planned purchase, nor was the accompanying costs to outfit and fix the 2003 Ford Crown Victoria that was received with K9 Nikko.

I decided in 2016 that we would attempt to fund the purchase of a new K9 vehicle for Nikko through a donation drive and different fund raising events sponsored by the Riverside/ Delran Business Association. Thanks to their efforts, and individual donations received from the public, we were able to raise over $7,000.00. Obviously I knew this would not be even a ¼ of the amount needed to purchase a new patrol vehicle for Nikko.

I was made aware by our K9 handler, Ptl. Anthony Congemi, that the Delran Township Police Department was in the process of purchasing new patrol cars and was considering trading in their used Dodge Chargers as part of their new vehicle purchases.

I contacted Lt. John Williams and discussed the possibility of purchasing one of their used Dodge Chargers to use as our K9 vehicle. Lt. Williams worked diligently to get approval from Delran Township Police Chief Alfonso Parente and the Delran Township Council to assist me in this undertaking.

On October 4, 2016, the Riverside Township Police took possession of a 2012 Dodge Charger which was donated to Riverside Township Police Department by Delran Township. Since that date the K9 vehicle was up-fitted with all the necessary K9 equipment and it was placed into service on December 1, 2016.

The working relationship between Riverside Township Police Department and the Delran Township Police Department has always been outstanding and this collaborative effort can only help to further improve police services to all of our residents. Thank You Chief Parente, Lt. Williams and the Delran Township Council.   
                                                                                                William T. Eliason
                                                                                                Chief of Police

                                                                                                Township of Riverside

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