For the seventh consecutive year, Pine Hill Officers joined the Pine Hill School District and other community members for the annual NEA Read Across America Read-a-Thon. Eight members of the Pine Hill Police Department participated in the event held on February 24th at the Dr. Albert Bean and John H. Glenn Elementary Schools, reading one or more of Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s books to the enthusiastic students. Additional Officers will be joining community members on February 26th at the John H. Glenn School. This year, a total of 45 different classes had a Pine Hill Officer read a Dr. Seuss classic.
During the month of February, Officers from the Pine Hill Police Department teamed up with the Camden County Women’s Center & Pine Hill School District to promote healthy dating relationship decisions while raising awareness for Teen Domestic & Dating Violence in our schools and community.
On 02/16/2015 two suspects were taken into custody by Pine Hill Detectives and subsequently charged with robbery and firearms crimes related to the incident reported on 02/13/2015 in the 700 block of Blackwood-Clementon Road. A black pellet gun, identical to a semi-automatic handgun was also seized during the investigation. The arrests were the direct result of information obtained through responses to our social media requests for assistance.
Pine Hill Sikh Gurdwara Leadership & Department of Justice Present Sikh Cultural Understanding Training
Leadership from the Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Pine Hill and representatives of the Department of Justice Community Relations Service presented Sikh cultural understanding training to members of the Pine Hill, Clementon and Pine Valley Police Departments. The training was held over two days at the Pine Hill Police Administration Building as part of a continuing series of training events focused on establishing trusting relationships with community members.
The Pine Hill Police Department encourages residents to use the department as a safe zone for Craigslist and other online trading community transactions. Although online trading communities such as forums, chatrooms and other popular sites provide convenient methods for trading, bartering and selling goods with well-intentioned individuals, many unsuspecting buyers and sellers find themselves victims of violent crime.
The Pine Hill Police Department once again wishes to remind residents to lock their vehicles at all times. Residents are reminded they need to protect their property and lock their cars. Opportunistic thieves target unlocked vehicles and steal valuable items, particularly GPS units, IPODS, and computers. A group of thieves can move through the area very quickly entering unlocked vehicles. The vast majority of the time thieves will move passed a locked vehicle because they don’t want to expend the time or risk getting caught trying to enter it.
The week of Monday, January 26th is 2015 National Drug Facts Week. The Pine Hill Police Department will be joining this national health observance for teens to help shatter myths about drugs. During the week’s activities Ptl. Marino, Ptl. DiGiacomo and SRO Rowello will be spending time teaching D.A.R.E. and Keepin’ It Real at the John Glenn Elementary School, the Dr. Albert Bean Elementary School and the Pine Hill Middle School. D.A.R.E. and Keepin’ It Real are programs that help our Officers proactively take a stand against drugs with students by supplying facts directly to students during each session. The School District’s Guidance Team will also be reading drug facts each morning during announcements with the Pine Hill Police Department to continue the trend and support the nationally observed week.
On January 23, 2015, Camden County officials awarded the Camden County Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Medal to fifteen recipients from various communities within the county. The award recipients were selected by the committee for their contribution to the betterment of their community through their unselfish dedication of time and talent, beyond their normal professional activities, in the continuation of Martin Luther King Jr’s dream to create a more just and loving community. Of the fifteen recipients, three are residents of the Borough of Pine Hill.
On Saturday, January 17th, 2015, Sgt. Farrell and Sgt. Hogan of the Pine Hill Police Department joined over 1000 others at the 9th annual Polar Bear Plunge in Wildwood to support the Special Olympics. The Polar Bear Plunge has grown to become the largest single day fundraising effort for Special Olympics New Jersey. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $100 to take a mid-winter dip into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Pine Hill Police Department participated in the 2014 Statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” driving while intoxicated campaign from December 5th, 2014 to January 2nd, 2015. The campaign was part of the nationwide effort to combat drinking and driving. The Department was awarded a $7,500.00 grant by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (NJDHTS).