GTPD Media Release: Erial Elementary School Put In Precautionary Lock Out After Resident Reports Hearing Gunshots 4-17-2015
On April 17, 2015 at approximately 4:00 PM, a nearby resident to the Erial Elementary School reported hearing gun shots from along a wooded area near the school grounds.
As a precaution, the school staff and GTPD initiated an emergency LOCKOUT procedures due to a possible threat outside the school. This resulted in a police response to secure the school area. A large search of the surrounding area was conducted, which quickly determined the gunshots were coming from a nearby shooting range and no residents were in danger.
The Erial Elementary School remained open during the incident and all the children are safe.
GTPD Crime Stoppers VIDEO: Attempted Burglary- Clementona Development 4-3-2015
This GTPD Crime Stoppers VIDEO can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/r-JxKeWvXMo
An unknown white male suspect, driving a white SUV (possibly a Nissan Rogue), parks on a dead end street in the Clementona Development in the Erial section of Gloucester Township. The suspect exits his vehicle, walks through a neighborhood park/ lake area, and attempts to break into a nearby home.
To the suspect’s surprise, the resident was home and screamed as he attempted to force entry into the home. The suspect then fled from the home, and is captured on video running back to his white SUV and fleeing the area.
If you have any information or can identify the suspect in the video or photos, please 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: https://local.nixle.com/tip/alert/5170177
Our GTPD Anonymous Tip systems are NOT monitored 24/7. All incidents in Gloucester Township requiring IMMEDIATE police assistance must be called into GTPD at 856-228-4500. If you have an EMERGENCY or are witnessing a CRIME IN PROGRESS, CALL 911.
Gloucester Township Police Community Bulletin: GTPD participates in Regional US Marshal Service Violence Reduction Operation
Deputy Chief David Harkins represented the Gloucester Township Police Department at the United States Marshal Service “Operation Violence Reduction 7 (VR7)” press conference today at the Antioch Baptist Church in Camden, NJ. Detective John Ricci of the Gloucester Township Police Department is assigned to the US Marshal Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (RFTF) as a Deputized Task Force Officer. The US Marshals Service RFTF is tasked with apprehending violent fugitives by bringing together the collaboration and expertise of Federal, State, County, and Municipal Law Enforcement professionals to capture dangerous fugitives when the flee across jurisdictions. Participation in the US Marshal Regional Fugitive Task Force provides the Gloucester Township Police Department with a force multiplier, ensuring that those committing crimes in our community are brought to justice.
Deputy Chief Harkins joined the US Marshal Service Director Stacia Hylton, US Marshal for the District of New Jersey Juan Mattos, US Attorney Paul Fishman, Camden County Prosecutor Mary Colalillo, and other local and State Police Officials to announce the results of the operation.
For more information see the USMS Media Release for Operation VR7 : http://www.usmarshals.gov/news/chron/2015/041615.htm
GTPD Media Release: 11 Students Injured In School Bus Crash On Berlin-Cross Keys Road 4-16-2015
Officers of the Gloucester Township Police Department were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Berlin-Cross Keys Road at Kearsley Road that involved a school bus belonging to T&L Transportation from Gibbsboro, NJ, that was transporting students to a school and a private motor vehicle. Upon the officers arrival, all 39 students, who were being transported to the Camden County Technical School, had exited the bus along with the bus driver. The driver of the other vehicle had also stepped away from their vehicle but was eventually transported to an area hospital for a complaint of neck pain. Eleven (11) students on the bus were also transported to area hospitals for complaints of neck and back pain. All injuries were reported to be minor and all of the injured are expected to be released later this morning. Berlin-Cross Keys Road was closed for approximately 1 hour during the height of the rush hour traffic.
Due the the large number of injured, the Camden County BLS Strike Team was activated which resulted in additional ambulances responding to the scene to assist and transport the injured.
The initial investigation by the Gloucester Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau shows that the bus was making a left turn and sideswiped the passing motor vehicle. No charges have yet been filed as the investigation into the crash is continuing.