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In The Community
Buckle Up: Pennsauken Police Takes Part In Annual “Click It Or Ticket” Initiative
From May 22 to June 4, Pennsauken Police will be participating in the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which incorporates zero-tolerance enforcement of safety belt laws with paid advertising and the support of government agencies, local coalitions and school officials to increase safety belt use and defend against one of the greatest threats to us all – serious injury or death in traffic crashes.
For more information, click here.
Law enforcement officers from the Pennsauken Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s “UDrive. UText. UPay.” enforcement campaign.
Running through April 21, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.
For more information, click here.
A group of local police officers are joining together to honor the memories of those who lost their lives in the line of duty. Team Pennsauken is made up of members of the Pennsauken and Merchantville Police Departments who will be riding bicycles with the Police Unity Tour Chapter II. The three-day Police Unity Tour will begin in South Jersey on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The Tour will visit some of the towns where officers have fallen in the line of duty before departing New Jersey en route to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC. The officers will bicycle close to 300 miles during the tour. To raise funds for the Police Unity Tour, Team Pennsauken is hosting a special fundraiser at Pinsetter Bar and Bowl, 7111 Maple Ave., Pennsauken on Friday, March 31. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
Pennsauken Police Make Narcotics Arrest
On February 14, 2017, members of the Pennsauken Township Police Department with the assistance of the Merchantville Police Department and the Camden County Sheriff’s Department Entry Team executed a narcotics search warrant on the 1600 block of Springfield Avenue in Pennsauken NJ. The raid was the culmination of a lengthy narcotics investigation conducted by the Pennsauken Township Police Department. During the raid prescription legend drugs, marijuana, imitation cocaine and paraphernalia used to manufacture illegal narcotics for street level sales where recovered. The target of the raid was arrested on location and charged.
Pennsauken Police Officer Complete Command And Leadership Academy
Lieutenant Jim Hartnett and Sergeant Gerry Henkel of the Pennsauken Police Department recently completed the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police’s (NJSACOP) Command and Leadership Academy. By completing this intensive, demanding course, Henkel and Hartnett join fellow officers Lieutenant John Nettleton and Captain Thomas Connor, who are past graduates of the program.
Pennsauken Police Detectives Honored
On December 8, 2016, Detectives Brian Polaski and Aerika Long of the Pennsauken Township Police Department received awards from the Camden County Detective's Association for outstanding police work. The awards were presented during the Camden County Detective's Association annual awards ceremony.
Pennsauken Police Confiscate Heroin, Make Arrest During Raid
On November 16, 2016, the Pennsauken Township Police Department and the Camden County Sheriff’s Department Entry Team executed a search warrant on the 5500 block of Wayne Avenue. Confiscated from the raid was over 5 ½ pounds of heroin with a street value of over $250,000. Arrested was a Dennis Burdie, 37 years old, of Wayne Avenue, Pennsauken. Burdie was charged with various drug offenses and was remanded to the Camden County Jail. The search warrant was the result of a long term joint investigation with the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Suburban Narcotics Unit, the Maple Shade Police Department and the Merchantville Police Department.
Pennsauken's K9 Chris Passes Away
We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of K9 Chris, a loyal and dedicated four-legged member of the Pennsauken Township Police Department. K9 Chris was involved in numerous apprehensions and drug seizures throughout his career. Seen here with his partner, Officer Joe Hurley, K9 Chris was also active in community relations. He was a good partner and a good cop. We offer our sincerest condolences to Officer Hurley and his family.
A Notice Regarding "Clown Threats" On Social Media
The Pennsauken Township Police Department is aware of the clown threats on social media. There is a joint investigation between the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Pennsauken Township Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in reference to these posts on social media. Extra patrols have been added to schools in Pennsauken Township.
Pennsauken Police Hires Mireles As New Officer
At the Township Committee meeting on July 20, Pennsauken Mayor John Kneib swore in Timothy Mireles as one of Pennsauken Township’s newest police officers.
Mireles, an 11-year resident and member of Pennsauken High School’s Class of 2012, has had a desire to become a police officer from a very young age.
“It’s always something that I wanted to do since I was a kid. It’s something that’s always interested me,” says Mireles. “I’ve always wanted to help people, to try and change the world. Being a law enforcement officer will help do that.”
For the entire article, click here.
Pennsauken Police Unveil Safe Exchange Zone
The Pennsauken Police Department recently created a Safe Exchange Zone for use by members of the community. Located in the front parking lot of the Pennsauken Police Station, 2400 Bethel Ave., and monitored by camera 24 hours a day, seven day a week, the Safe Exchange Zone can be used for internet transactions and child custody exchanges. Members of the Pennsauken Police Department and Pennsauken Township Committee, as well as Camden County Freeholder Carmen G. Rodriguez, were on hand for the official unveiling.
For the entire article, click here.
Mock Car Crash
A mock car crash was put together by the Pennsauken Police, Fire Department, and EMS, as well as Falco, Caruso, and Leonard Funeral Home, to give Pennsauken High School seniors a harsh glimpse into what happens when young people make dangerous decisions. The presentation was sponsored in part by the Pennsauken Alliance Against Substance Abuse (PASA) and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).
Pennsauken Police Participate In Unity Tour
On May 10, Lt. John Nettleton and Sgt. Phil Olivo rode their bicycles in Chapter 2 of the Police Unity Tour for Team Pennsauken, in remembrance of fallen Pennsauken Township Police Officers Ptl. William F. Brey, Ptl. Richard F. Dawson, and Ptl. George T. Bowman. Nettleton and Olivo departed from Galloway Township on May 10 and arrived at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. on May 12. The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum, located in Washington, D.C.
Pennsauken Police In All Around Pennsauken
Pennsauken's Police Department was featured in two articles in the May 2016 edition of All Around Pennsauken, the Township's community newspaper. You can click on the links below to read more.
New Officer Sworn In
Pennsauken Mayor John Kneib, in his capacity as Director of Public Safety, swore in Raymond L. Sippel, Jr. as the newest office of the Pennsauken Police Department. Congratulations Officer Sippel!
New Officers Training In The Field
Two longtime Pennsauken residents, Linnette Ramos and Daxton Canales, are currently serving their community as two of the Township’s newest police officers.
Ramos, a Pennsauken “lifer” who just graduated from the Camden County Police Academy last December, previously worked as a Sheriff’s officer for the county and an EMT for Pennsauken. Canales, who has lived in town for 13 years, has previously served on several police forces, including Fieldsboro, North Hanover Township, and Camden County Metro.
To read more, click here.
Web Site Raises Awareness About Drunk Driving In New Jersey
The Pennsauken Police Department is helping to further awareness about the issue of drunk driving in New Jersey through their support of an online resource called the New Jersey Open Data Project – Stay Sober NJ. The initiative, created by law firm Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., and spearheaded by partner Steven Benvenisti, who was nearly killed by a drunk driver in college, compiles nine years worth of open source data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s FARS database, from 2005-2013.
The Stay Sober NJ web site states, “We believe New Jersey residents would be as motivated as we are if they knew the scope of the impaired driving problem in our state.”
Data on Stay Sober NJ includes all of the fatal alcohol-related crashes that occurred in New Jersey from 2005-2013; a comparison of impaired driving crashes by age and gender; the highest amount of crashes by day of the week/time of day; and more.
“After reviewing this data, we hope you are inspired to sign our pledge and make your own personal commitment to preventing drunk driving. We ask you to share this resource as well. After all, we can all do our part!”
To review the data and to sign the Stay Sober NJ pledge, visit http://www.dsslaw.com/staysobernj/.
Pennsauken, Merchantville Police Participate In Rapid Deployment Training
Officers from the Pennsauken and Merchantville police departments participated in onsite rapid deployment training at Pennsauken High School, Bishop Eustace High School and Merchantville Elementary School.
“We use schools as a training element,” explains Officer Todd Goschler, a member of the Pennsauken Police Department who gave a lecture on new best practices and provided instruction during the practical element of the training. “These incidents don’t necessarily happen at schools; it can happen anywhere. But schools offer things that every building has: hallways, rooms, stairs, basements, etc.”
For the entire article, click here.
Pennsauken Police Department Hires Additional Officers To Protect And Serve Residents
Township officials and top brass from the Pennsauken Police Department were on hand to recognize the ten new police officers who had been hired onto the force over the last 18 months and are currently patrolling Pennsauken’s streets.
For more on this story, click here.
Michael Gambardello of Pennsauken wanted for armed robbery apprehended on 1/12/15.
On January 14 at 12:42 pm police units responded to a burglar alarm at 1400 Suckle Hwy. Two subjects were located in the building removing the copper pipes. They were both arrested and charged with burglary.
David Sanchez of Pennsauken
Michael Sacammano of Pennsauken
Due to the increase in theft of copper piping and other large item thefts, we are asking the public to notify the police immediately if any suspicious activity is observed. The thefts primarily occur in vacant business and residences.
Pennsauken Police Seek Assistance From Public In Identifying Burglary Suspect, April 21, 2014
The Pennsauken Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in identifying this suspect who broke into the Burger King on Rt. 73 in Pennsauken on Sunday, April 20. According to the video taking during this incident, the suspect appears to be a white male 5'10'' - 6'0" tall. Anyone with information regarding this burglary can contact Pennsauken Police by calling (856) 663-1234.
Pennsauken Police Alerting Residents About Series Of Early Morning Break-Ins, April 17, 2014
Pennsauken Police has received reports of several night time burglaries in the area of Browning Road and the Camden County Vocational School. Four attempted burglaries occurred in the 5000 block of Witherspoon Ave. on Thursday morning, April 17, and one home in the 6300 block of Roosevelt Ave. was entered. The burglary and attempts occurred between 1 and 2 a.m.; all of the residences were occupied at the time. Another one was reported on March 10 in the 2500 block of 42nd St. The same has occurred in neighboring Merchantville. All of the attempts and entries to the homes were made to first floor windows. We are asking residents to be aware of any suspicious activity in their neighborhood and to call 9-1-1 to alert the police.
Pennsauken Police Alerting Residents About About Recent Daytime Burglaries, February 26, 2014
In the last few weeks, Pennsauken has experienced several residential daytime burglaries. The police are calling on our residents to become actively involved in protecting their neighborhoods and reporting suspicious people or activity. Potential burglars will often knock on a resident’s door to see if anyone is home before breaking in. If someone answers, he or she will usually ask for directions, claim they lost a pet, try to solicit “handyman” work, or ask for somebody. If someone suspicious unexpectedly knocks on your door, please notify our police department.
As additional “eyes and ears” of law enforcement, residents can help to reduce crime and increase the quality of our community by knowing what to report. A quick and accurate description of events, vehicles, and persons can make the difference in apprehending a potential criminal. The police caution against putting oneself in danger when reporting suspicious activity, but if possible, try to safely obtain the suspect’s physical description, including what he or she is wearing. When reporting suspicious vehicles, information as to the make and model, vehicle occupants, the license plate, or any identifying marks or characteristics and direction of travel is crucial.
Alert citizens can effectively work with police to reduce crime and have shown their success in the past. If a crime occurs in your neighborhood, please make us aware if you or a neighbor has video.
If you encounter any suspicious activity, call 9-1-1 immediately. Residents can also call the Pennsauken Police Department’s hotline at 856-488-4444 or use the anonymous tip form.
An Important Notice From The Department of Public Safety, February 3, 2014
The Pennsauken Police Department has encountered several “phone scams” lately.
The caller will report that a loved one has been either arrested and in need of bail or injured in some type of accident. The caller then makes a request for monies to be sent, usually by way of gift card or money transfer. Secondly, a caller will report that you are indebted to them for a variety of reasons and in an effort to settle the debt, the caller seeks all pertinent biographical information and demands monies be sent immediately.
The current target population appears to be seniors and persons that speak English as a second language. Please be diligent when someone asks for your personal information. ALWAYS verify what is being told to you. Check with the loved one reportedly in trouble or check with your financial institution should someone claim that you owe them a debt. AND NEVER give out your credentials over the telephone.
If you encounter any such “phone scam” please contact the Pennsauken Police Department at 856-663-1234.