Gloucester Township Police Media Release: GTPD Arrest Burglary Suspect Found Hiding In Attic 5-18-2016

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at approximately 4:30 PM, the Gloucester Township Police Department received a 911 call reporting a person in a residence. Officers quickly arrived and, through the window, observed a male attempting to cut copper pipes with an electric tool. The male saw officers and attempted to hide in the attic of the residence. Officers established a perimeter and began to call the male out. After several minutes with no response officers entered the residence and cleared the first and second floors. An attic access was located in a bedroom closet. Several attempts were made to call the male down with no response. After several minutes the male suspect surrendered to awaiting officers and was taken into custody without incident. Recovered from the residence were an electric saw and several cut pieces of copper pipe. After a lengthy investigation a second suspect, who left the scene upon police arrival, was identified and taken into custody for assisting with the burglary and theft.

The accused were charged with Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Resisting Arrest and Conspiracy. Both suspects were released pending a court date.

Arrests:
(1) 38 Year Old Wilson Feliciano
Of the 20 block of Mango Ct. Sicklerville
Charges: Burglary, Poss. of Burglary Tools, Resisting Arrest
(2) 35 Year Old John Paul Dunn
Also of the 20 block of Mango Ct. Sicklerville
Charges: Conspiracy

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Gloucester Township Police Media Release: Seat Belt Enforcement And Education Campaign To Be Conducted Locally As Part Of Nationwide Click It Or Ticket Mobilization May 23 – June 5, 2016

Gloucester Township, NJ — Law enforcement officers from the Gloucester Township Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Beginning May 23 and running through June 5, the annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization utilizes high visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts.

“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “In 2013, 21,000 people in the U.S. were killed in traffic crashes, and almost half of them were unrestrained.”

Poedubicky added that a key focus of this year’s campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in the rear seats of vehicles. The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 91.36%. However, adults riding in rear seats are only buckling up at a rate of 39%. “This is a concern,” he said. “We need to drive home the message that all motor vehicle occupants need to buckle up during every trip, in every seating position.”

During the 2015 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 372 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,308 seat belt citations, 4,969 speeding summonses and made 833 impaired driving arrests.

Media Release in PDF: GloucesterTwpPolice-ClickItorTicket2016

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Gloucester Township Police Media Release: Wanted Fugitive Found Hiding In Attic, LaCascata Town Homes 5-14-2016

On 5/14/16, at approximately 9:42 PM, Gloucester Township Police Department  officers were dispatched to the LaCascata Town homes, when it was reported a stolen vehicle was believed to be in the area. The vehicle was stolen from Media Pennsylvania, in Upper Providence Township, where a home was burglarized and the keys were taken during the burglary, giving access to the vehicle.

Officers located the vehicle in the parking lot and found a resident, who advised a male friend now inside her home brought the vehicle to her residence. It was also discovered that the male was wanted by three separate jurisdictions in Pennsylvania, for Larceny, Aggravated Assault and Violating Parole.

After removing the female and her two children, officers entered the home and found the male hiding in the attic. An Officer from the GTPD’s Crisis Negotiation Team spoke with the distraught male eventually convincing him to surrender.

The male was taken into custody without incident. There were no injuries to police or civilians on scene. The male was charged with being a fugitive from justice, two counts of receiving stolen property and obstruction. He also faces multiple charges in Pennsylvania and is awaiting extradition at the Camden County Jail.

Arrested: 32 year old, Michael Watson
of the 2200 block of Blue Ball Rd. Boothwyn PA.

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Gloucester Township Police Community Bulletin: Fly Flags At Half Staff On May 15, National Peace Officers Memorial Day 5-15-2016

From the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Newsroom: http://www.nleomf.org/newsroom/news-releases/reminder-fly-flags-at-half-2.html

A fitting tribute to the 20,789 law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice throughout U.S. history

May 12, 2016

Washington, DC–Question: On what two days does federal law require American flags to be flown at half-staff? Answer: Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) and May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day.

This tribute to American law enforcement officers is part of the historic crime bill that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1994. At the request of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Public Law 103-322 designates Peace Officers Memorial Day as one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses and residents are to fly their U.S. flags at half-staff.

“We lower our flags to half-mast on May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day, as we honor the sacrifices of our law enforcement officers, the more than 20,000 men and women whose names grace the Memorial walls, said Craig W. Floyd, Memorial Fund President and CEO. “These officers deserve the same recognition and appreciation that our military service members receive each Memorial Day.”

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

As part of National Police Week, the names of 123 law enforcement officers killed in 2015, as well as 129 officers who died in prior years, will be formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, on May 13, during the 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil.

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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 20,789 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund has begun construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.

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