The Gloucester Township Police Department understands the importance of building and maintaining effective community partnerships. The Gloucester Township Community Relations Bureau (CRB) is made up of Officers that often work behind the scenes to increase the quality of life for residents and businesses in Gloucester Township while highlighting community engagement as a way to increase connectivity between police and community. It is only through collaboration and mutual respect among our employees, residents, businesses and visitors that we can maintain and improve the quality of life that makes Gloucester Township a great place to live, work and play.
The Community Relations Bureau keeps residents informed through our Community Notification System (NIXLE). This notification system keeps you informed of important community events, media release information, traffic alerts, road closures, and community safety information. This unit not only assists the Chief of police by administering and providing police oriented community services to the public; but aims to prevent crimes against persons and property while gaining support from the community for departmental policies and activities.
These functions include advising citizens and businesses on crime prevention methods and security matters, assisting in forming “Neighborhood Watch” groups and their participation in “National Night Out.” On National Night Out neighborhoods throughout Gloucester Township are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime/drug prevention event.
The Gloucester Township Police Department also has a Citizens Police Academy. Which is a free 10-week course overseen by the Community Relations Bureau. The course includes an overview of the police department and the administration, uniformed patrol, police communications, special operations, criminal investigations, youth criminal law and many other interesting topics. Also, all attendees of the Citizen Police Academy get trained in the use of CPR for the home.
The Community Relations Bureau has several trained Community Education Officers. These officers instruct the 5th and 7th grade LEAD program (Law Enforcement Against Drugs). Every week the students get a detailed lesson based on topics such as alcohol, marijuana and tobacco education. The LEAD officers focus on building the students’ self esteem and improving their decision making skills. Recent additions to the LEAD lesson plan are: bullying prevention, internet safety and prescription pill abuse. Every Elementary School student from grades kindergarten to 4th grade in Gloucester Township will receive a SIP (Student Improvement Program) lesson. The SIP lessons are instructed by our LEAD officers. The students receive lessons about our police department, danger stranger, medicine safety, community pride and bicycle safety.
The Community Relations Bureau also assists the Police Department with Career Opportunities. Community Relation Officers attend numerous local job fairs and attend career days at local public schools to encourage those interested in the career of law enforcement to join the Gloucester Township Police Department.
For more information you can contact Community Relations Officer Jennifer McLaughlin at Jmclaughlin@gtpolice.com or Community Relations Officer Erica Marconi at Ericamarconi@gtpolice.com or call 856-228-4011.