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).
The Pine Hill Police Department was recognized by the NJ Center for Excellence Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) at the December State Coordinator Meeting. Chief Winters accepted the recognition on behalf of the members of the department.
On January 9th, 2015, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S), Inc. and partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide will promote a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all.
On December 11th, 2014 at approximately 10:41am, Pine Hill Officers were dispatched to the John Maguire Park located at the intersection of Berlin-Cross Keys Road and Turnersville Road for the report of extensive damage done to equipment at the park as the result of a motor vehicle crash. Investigation at the scene determined the crash occurred on December 10th, 2014, between the hours of 10:30pm and 11:30pm. Based on vehicle parts recovered at the scene, the vehicle is described as a newer model, charcoal gray Honda Pilot. A silver license plate frame with “U.S. Air Force” was also recovered at the scene.
The Borough of Pine Hill has been selected by the National Association of Town Watch as a National Award Winner for our outstanding participation in the 31st Annual National Night Out Crime, Drug and Violence Prevention Event which took place on August 5th, 2014 at the Overbrook High School.
The Pine Hill Department of Public Works will be collecting leaves beginning Monday, December 1st, 2014 and continue through Friday, December 5th, 2014 in
preparation for the 6th Annual Christmas Parade. The parade will follow the same route as previous years, beginning on 1st Avenue, traveling on Erial Road
to the Veterans Memorial Park for the tree lighting and culminating at the Pine Hill Fire Department.