Gloucester Township Police Community Bulletin: Chief Harry Earle Speaks At 2015 Crime Victims Rights Week Ceremony 4-21-2015

On Tuesday April 21st Chief Harry Earle spoke at the 2015 Crime Victims Rights Week Ceremony. The Ceremony was also attended by Voorhees Police Chief Bordi and Pine Hill Police Chief Winters. Please click on this video link to watch his speech on the improvements law enforcement has made to assist victims:

The Gloucester Township Police Department recognizes this week as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This week provides an opportunity to spotlight challenges faced by crime victims and to highlight the long struggle to establish victims’ rights.

This year’s theme, “Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims”, focuses on the role communities play providing victims with the support they need to pursue justice and recovery. It also calls attention to the difficulties experienced by crime victims in undeserved communities or in marginalized groups. Engaging communities and empowering victims takes resources, dedication, and persistence to establish a welcoming, compassionate, and supportive environment for all victims to share their stories.

NCVRW honors and celebrates the achievements of the past thirty years in securing rights, protections, and services for victims. The bipartisan Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), passed by Congress in 1984, created a national fund to ease victims’ suffering. Financed by fines and penalties paid by offenders, the Crime Victims Fund supports victim assistance and services, such as rape crisis and domestic violence programs [customize to include local services] and victim compensation programs that pay victims’ out-of-pocket expenses such as counseling, funeral expenses, and lost wages. VOCA has also pioneered support efforts for victims of once-hidden crimes such as domestic and sexual violence. Outreach is increasingly focused on previously undeserved victim populations, including victims of color, religious and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ victims, and immigrant populations to name a few. Efforts are being made to ensure that all victims, regardless of their background or the crime committed against them, receive the support they deserve.

For more ideas on how to volunteer to help crime victims, visit the Office for Victims of Crime website,

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GTPD Community Relations Message- We Want To Hear From Our Community!  

The Gloucester Township Police Department Community Relations Bureau always welcomes a cooperative relationship with our residential and business community.  This helps us serve as a vital link between our community and our police officers. Through this partnership we can continue a tradition in providing effective and quality services.

To contact the GTPD Community Relations Bureau call 856-374-5735 or email .  These contacts are NOT monitored 24/7. For immediate police assistance call GTPD Police Communications at 856-228-4500 or call 9-1-1 for emergencies and crimes in progress:


GTPD Media Release: Smoke Condition In School Resulted In Morning Evacuation At Our Lady of Hope School 4-21-2015

On 4-21-2015 at approximately 7:26 AM, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to Our Lady of Hope School located at 420 South Black Horse Pike for a report of a smoke condition in the building. First arriving officers reported that there was a light smoke condition in one building and that occupants had been evacuated. The arriving students for school were being sheltered in a nearby building that was not affected by the incident.

Fire department personnel from Blackwood, Chews Landing, Blenheim, Lambs Terrace, Erial, Deptford, and Pine Hill investigated the incident and located some smoldering damage, which was contained to the outside of one building, that reportedly caused the smoke condition. The incident is being investigated by the Gloucester Township Fire District 4 Fire Marshal’s Office and it is believed that the fire may have been caused by a lightning strike. The following agencies additionally responded and assisted in this incident: Camden County Communications, Gloucester Township E.M.S. Alliance and the Gloucester Township Office of Emergency Management.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the incident. The Black Horse Pike was closed in the area of the school for approximately thirty minutes during this emergency response. The students and staff were permitted to return to the school upon completion of the fire department investigation.

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GTPD Media Release: Male Eludes And Assaults GTPD Officers Investigating Suspicious Vehicle 4-20-2015

On 4-20-2015 at approximately 1:34 AM, Gloucester Township Police officers on patrol observed a suspicious vehicle, a 2004 Silver Ford mini-van, exiting the parking area of a closed business. They attempted to stop the vehicle as the male driver failed to pull over and began to flee from the officers. A short vehicle pursuit began until the driver turned into a no outlet area of an apartment complex and abandoned the vehicle on Hamilton Avenue in Blackwood as he ran into a wooded area. The officers, now in a foot pursuit, were able to catch the driver who began to violently assault the officers and resist arrest. The male was sprayed with OC “pepper spray” that had little effect on his aggressive behavior. The driver was able to be secured in restraining devices, however, still ignored police commands, while spitting on officers, and continued his attempts to assault them.

The accused, Jason M. Porten, was found to have numerous active warrants in excess of $25,000 dollars from various jurisdictions. The accused was charged with eluding, 5 counts of aggravated assault on police, resisting arrest, and obstruction of justice with a bail set at $50,000 full cash. The accused was taken to a nearby hospital to be medically cleared for incarceration and remand to the Camden County Jail in default of bail. Two of the responding Gloucester Township Police officers were injured during this incident and were treated at a local hospital then released pending follow-up.

The Gloucester Township Police Department’s Investigations Bureau is continuing this investigation due to recovered items believed to be potentially connected to criminal activity by the accused. Anyone having information on this crime is asked to contact the Gloucester Township Police Department at 856-228-4500 or call our GTPD Anonymous Crime Tip Line: 856-842-5560. To send an Anonymous Tip via Text Message to Gloucester Township Police, text the keyword TIP GLOTWPPD and your tip message to 888777. You may also click here to access our Anonymous Web Tip page:

Arrested: Jason M. Porten – Age 35, 200 Bldg. LaCascata, Clementon, NJ

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