On January 7, 2016 SRO DiGiacomo had the opportunity to meet with the Pine Hill Middle School Student Leadership Team in collaboration with the Pine Hill Middle School Guidance Staff for a “working lunch”. The selected 7th and 8th grade students, SRO DiGiacomo and the Guidance Staff worked together to discuss the qualities they believed a great leader should possess, along with viewing inspirational …videos on becoming a better leader in their community.
Students also discussed ideas on how to become leaders within their school community, specifically by creating an Ambassador Program for new incoming students along with improving their peer mediation program. The Pine Hill Middle School Guidance Staff along with the Pine Hill Police Department look forward to helping the students reach their goals throughout the year as they strive to become leaders and role models of their community.
Thank you to the Pine Hill Middle School Administrators and the District Guidance Staff for this great opportunity to meet with the Student Leaders!
The FBI and DEA have released the documentary Chasing the Dragon: The life of an Opiate Addict. The documentary is a compilation of first person accounts by addicts and family members of addicts about their experiences. The video may also be viewed at https://youtu.be/lqdmWRExOkQ.
The Pine Hill Police Department has joined with community organizations such as the Pine Hill Municipal Alliance, Pine Hill School District, Camden County Addictions Awareness Task Force and others to provide education and prevention seminars targeting both the youth and their families, along with providing numerous free community-based naloxone and CPR training sessions to aid the loved ones of addicts.
The week of Monday, January 25th is 2016’s National Drug Facts Week. The Pine Hill Police Department and Pine Hill School District joined this national health observance for teens to help shatter myths about drugs. During the week’s activities, Ptl. Marino and SRO DiGiacomo spent time teaching L.E.A.D. Lessons at the John Glenn Elementary School, the Dr. Albert Bean Elementary School and the Pine Hill Middle School. L.E.A.D (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) implements the program “To Good For Drugs” that helps our Officers proactively take a stand against drugs with students by supplying facts directly to students during each session.
The Pine Hill Borough OEM, Police and Public Works Departments will be monitoring the forecast and possible snow event to help make the roadways within the Borough safe and passable. Depending on the duration and amount of snowfall, Borough trucks may plow your street several times. Below are some tips to help make this snow event less stressful;
• As streets are plowed, roll-off snow will accumulate in driveways. Unfortunately this is unavoidable, but to minimize the amount, shovel the snow to the right of your driveway.
• If possible, wait until the Borough trucks have made at least two passes on your street to begin shoveling your driveway.
• If possible, do not park on the roadway from the time the snow has begun until after the Borough trucks have completed plowing your street. This will speed the removal process and help prevent vehicles from being plowed in.
• In the event of deep snow, please shovel around mailboxes and fire hydrants in the area of your residence.
Congratulations Sgt. Christopher Witts New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command & Leadership Academy Graduate
On January 19, 2016, Sgt. Christopher Witts joined law enforcement leaders from throughout New Jersey and Delaware as part of the 47th graduating session of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) Command and Leadership Academy. In 1993, NJSACOP collaborated with the US Military Academy at West Point, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership to adapt their model of command and leadership to the needs of law enforcement.
Pine Hill Police Department & John H. Glenn School Photograph Chosen as Semi-Finalist In the US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services 2nd Annual “Community Policing in Action” Photo Contest
The Pine Hill Police Department embraces the key components of Community Policing and the philosophy that promotes the use of collaborative community partnerships and problem solving techniques to address issues affecting the residents and visitors to Pine Hill. The members of the department collaborate on a daily basis with community partners such as the Pine Hill School District, Pine Hill Municipal Alliance, faith-based groups and many others to proactively address the concerns of our community members.
Pine Hill Student Leaders Open 2016 Reorganization Meeting of the Borough of Pine Hill with Pledge of Allegiance
On Saturday, January 2, 2016 Mayor Green and Council held the annual Borough of Pine Hill Reorganization Meeting at the Municipal Complex. Chief Winters had the honor of joining four student leaders from the Pine Hill School District in the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting. Each Principal within the district was asked to choose a student who demonstrated consistent leadership among their peers and overall commitment to displaying good citizenship.
Camden County College Police Academy Physical Training Instructor Recognition Award presented to Sgt. Christopher Witts
On Friday, December 18, 2015, as part of the Camden County College Police Academy Class 66 graduation ceremony, Sgt. Witts was presented with the Physical Training Instructor Recognition Award for his dedication and commitment to the training program at the academy. Many of the PT Instructors at the academy, including Sgt. Witts, volunteer their time to train and mentor the police recruits to ensure they are physically and mentally prepared for the challenges of their chosen profession.
Sgt. Witts oversees six certified Physical Training Instructors within the Pine Hill Police Department. The Pine Hill PD Physical Training Instructors volunteer their time at the Camden County Police Academy, in addition to leading pre-employment Physical Ability Testing, the PHPD / Pine Hill Middle School Physical Fitness Challenge, elementary school run clubs and Overbrook High School multi-sport training sessions.
Congratulations to Sgt. Witts and thank you to all of the PT Instructors who serve as motivators and mentors to our recruits and the members of the Pine Hill Police Department.
Members of the Pine Hill Police Department met with students from the Dr. Albert Bean School for Lunch with the Law after their poster won 1st place in the “Anti-Bullying” project that took place during the month of October 2015 for Safe Schools Month. Lunch with the Law brings officers, students and staff together on an individual level, while sharing a meal and discussing their interest in school programs.
Chief Winters, Lt. Stettler, Sgt. Smuda, Ptl. Barrett, Ptl. McElroy, Ptl. Heron and K9 Partner Duke, SRO DiGiacomo, and S/O Brennan shared pizza with staff and the winning students from Ms. Kalvaitis’ 5th Grade Class. The officers were honored to recognize the students for a job well done. The students chosen were able to work together as a team and create posters that conveyed the message of treating others with kindness and respect. Congratulations to Timothy Moore, Zapnee Griggs, Gabriella Rivera, and Lily Horner.
Members of the Pine Hill Police Department and the Dr. Albert Bean School are extremely proud of all who participated and helped make another Safe Schools Month successful.