NATIONAL DRUG FACTS WEEK 2017 RECAP

The week of Monday, January 23rd was 2017 National Drug Facts Week. The Pine Hill Police Department joined the national health observance for teens to help shatter myths about drugs. During the week’s activities Ptl. Marino, Ptl. Bruey, 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.

On Friday January 27, 2017 Officers from the Department met with the students of Pine Hill Middle School for an academic challenge during their lunch periods. Officers quizzed teams of students on their knowledge of certain types of drugs along with the effects they can have on the body. The participating students were rewarded with Pine Hill Police Department draw string bags filled with PHPD Gear and books (Supplied by the National Institute on Drug Abuse) covering the topics of Marijuana Facts and the Science of Addiction.

On Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 Patrolman Martin Brennan graduated from the Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D) Training Course. Ptl. Brennan will join our LEAD Instructor Cadre; Sgt. Barrett, Ptl. Marino, SRO DiGiacomo, and Ptl. Bruey. LEAD Certification requires officers to attend a one week training course, prepare a full lesson plan each night and present it in front of their peers as if they were in a real classroom setting. The Pine Hill Police Department is committed to building trusting relationships with the children of our schools. The L.E.A.D program is a foundation for building these relationships. The program runs for approximately ten weeks with each lesson lasting for 40-45 minutes. During those ten weeks the Officers cover an array of topics including the dangers of drugs, goal setting, and making healthy choices or decisions that contribute to their overall well-being. Congratulations Patrolman Brennan and best of luck in your new role.    

Learn more about the National Drug Facts Week and a variety of drug facts to provide your teen or youth at https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week or by asking any of the Pine Hill Police Officers in our Community. To learn more about prevention and addictions please visit one of our partners, the Camden County Addictions Taskforce at http://addictions.camdencounty.com. As a community, we are constantly battling to prevent drug use and educate about addiction. Prevention starts with providing facts to our community’s youth of today and tomorrow.   Please join us by providing facts to your teen or youth about drugs.

 

PHPD & PHMS 6th Grade Internet Safety Discussion

On Tuesday, January 24th Sgt. Field, SRO DiGiacomo, Ptl. Brennan and Ptl. Custis joined Pine Hill Middle School Computer Teacher Mr. Belmonte to present an interactive internet safety class to the 6th grade students.

The officers led discussions at four stations; What is Social Media, Cyber Bullying, Computer Security, and Online Predators. The students rotated to each station throughout the class, engaging the officers in meaningful conversations about their experiences w…ith the topic and steps to take to protect themselves from the inherent dangers while using the latest technology.

On Tuesday, January 24th Sgt. Field, SRO DiGiacomo, Ptl. Brennan and Ptl. Custis joined Pine Hill Middle School Computer Teacher Mr. Belmonte to present an interactive internet safety class to the 6th grade students.

The officers led discussions at four stations; What is Social Media, Cyber Bullying, Computer Security, and Online Predators. The students rotated to each station throughout the class, engaging the officers in meaningful conversations about their experiences with the topic and steps to take to protect themselves from the inherent dangers while using the latest technology.

The Pine Hill Police Department strongly encourages parents to visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Netsmartzkids.org for internet, gaming, cell phone safety and many other safety tips on important topics facing parents and guardians of young children, tweens and teens.

On October 1, 2016 the Pine Valley Gun Club hosted the 2nd Annual Blue Shoot in support of law enforcement across the region.  The inaugural event in 2015 supported the Pine Hill Police K9 Unit.  The event this year supported the Voorhees Twp. K9 Unit and as with 2015, the event was a great success.  Officers from across the county had the opportunity to meet with members of the Pine Valley Gun Club to share stories, experiences and to get to know each other. 

Lt. Witts and Sgt. Barrett of the PHPD Honor Guard had the privilege of opening the event with the raising of the Colors. The ceremony had special meaning this year to both the club and longtime member Bonnie Hoffman.  Lt. Witts and Sgt. Barrett retired the flag that had flown over the range and presented it to PVGC President, Paul DiMeglio.  They had the honor of receiving a flag very special to Mrs. Hoffman; the burial flag of her father, William Cassada who honorably served our Country in the United States Navy.  Lt. Witts and Sgt. Barrett raised the burial flag of William Cassada to fly proudly over the members of the Pine Valley Gun Club.

Thank you to all the members of the PVGC for another special event.  We look forward to joining you again next year for the 3rd Annual Blue Shoot. 

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Annual John Glenn 1st Grade Visit

On October 21, 2016 over 80 1st Grade students from the John H. Glenn Elementary School visited the Pine Hill Municipal Building and Pine Hill Police Department. The day started with Pine Hill Officers greeting the students as they boarded the buses with “High-Fives for Respect” and “Fist-Bumps against Bullying”. After arriving at the Municipal Building, Mayor Green provided the group with historical information about the Borough and a question /answer session regarding the government of Pine Hill.   Questions ranged from “Do you live here?” to “What does a Mayor do?” Les Gallagher Jr. guided the students through a tour of the Council Chambers and other Municipal Offices, while providing interesting facts for each office.

Sgt. Barret and Ptl. Brennan provided a tour of the Administrative Offices of the Pine Hill Police Administration Building, along with the Patrol Room, Processing Area, Training Room and the favorite of the group, the Holding Cell. The trip culminated with a visit by the Pine Hill Fire Department.

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Camden County Fair

Just a reminder that the Camden County Fair will be held this weekend September 17 from 11am to 7pm and September 18 from 12pm to 5pm at the Blackwood Campus of Camden County College.

 

Camden County Fair

Camden County Fair

Dr. Albert Bean Elementary School Enrichment Program

Another great afternoon with the Dr. Albert Bean Elementary School Enrichment Program. Sgt. Farrell escorted the students to Jimmies Scoops & More Ice Cream Parlor in Pine Hill where they were joined by Chief Winters, Lt. Stettler, Det. Pierson and Ptl. Booker.

Amazing how engaged they were in conversation over soft-serve with jimmies. Great kids with their mentors from the Dr. Albert Bean School. We look forward to next week!

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Ptl. Marino visited one of Pine Hill’s Pokemon Gyms

Ptl. Marino visited one of Pine Hill’s Pokemon Gyms to make sure everyone was battling nicely! We encourage you to enjoy the new world, but do it safely and be aware of your surroundings!

• Tell your kids about stranger-danger. The way that the game is designed can bring people together in the real world as they search for Pokemon in common areas called gyms and pokestops. Obviously, you never know who you could run into while playing.

• Setting the limits on where your kids can go can limit the amount of strangers that you or your kids could encounter.

• Watch the road! We have seen a number of people – both kids and adults – so engrossed while staring at their phones and following a map, that they’ve walked right into the street and into objects. Pay attention!

• And as always, if you run into an individual that is seemingly up to no good – don’t hesitate, call dial 911!

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Ptl. Marino and SRO DiGiacomo joined the Dr. Albert Bean School Summer Enrichment Program

Ptl. Marino and SRO DiGiacomo joined the Dr. Albert Bean School Summer Enrichment Program for a great time today! As part of our continued partnership with the Pine Hill School District, we will be attending the prgram at both the Dr. Albert Bean and John H. Glenn Elementary Schools weekly throuhout the summer.

Once again, thank you to the Pine Hill School District for allowing us to partner with them on a great program.

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