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Chief’s Message July 2020

I want to let the community of Gloucester Township know how the men and women of the Gloucester Township Police Department have handled these difficult few months. We are always looking at ways to improve our ways of serving our community, and to implement the best practices of policing.

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Statement from Gloucester Township Police Chief David Harkins on Comments Made by Former Officer

I recently became aware of a disturbing photograph of a social media post that was made by a former officer of the Gloucester Township Police Department on the former officer’s personal social media account.  The comment that I observed was racially offensive, reprehensible and disgusting.  I was further angered that the former officer still identified as a “Patrolman at Gloucester Township Police,” even though the former officer was separated from service with the Gloucester Township Police Department over 4 years ago,

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Chief’s Message 6/9/20: FAQ on Use of Force

As we have continued to react and respond to the ghastly incident that resulted in the death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week, I have received many inquiries from many concerned citizens of whom we are proud to serve.  Since I have received so many inquiries, I thought it would be best to address the questions that I have received so that all of our community can learn and be informed about the Gloucester Township Police Department. 

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A Message from Chief David Harkins Regarding Mr. George Floyd’s Death and our Sacred Trust

As we continue our efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the men and women of the Gloucester Township Police Department were shaken by the events that are happening this week in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The tragic death of Mr. George Floyd during the course of seemingly “routine” arrest,

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Chief’s Message: May 2020

The men and women of the Gloucester Township Police Department prepare to celebrate a very special time of the year for law enforcement. Police Appreciation Week is celebrated May 11-15 this year, with a special somber remembrance on National Peace Officer Memorial Day on May 15. On this day,

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Chief’s Message: March 2020

 

Spring has arrived!  I am sure that no one expected to celebrate spring with a “No Travel Order” but these are unprecedented times.  That is what we are experiencing with this COVID-19 National Crisis.   The men and women of the Gloucester Township Police Department are adjusting our operations and continue to prepare for the public safety concerns of our community during this crisis.

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Chief’s Message: January 2020

As we continue to move into 2020, I am pleased to report that the preliminary data for the crime statistics for 2019 indicate continued good news for the residents of Gloucester Township.  Our community policing initiatives and proactive policing philosophy, have resulted in Violent Crime (Robbery, Murder, Forcible Rape, and Aggravated Assault) dropping by 18% (77 incidents in 2018 and 63 incidents in 2019). 

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Chief’s Holiday Message: Dec. 23, 2019

As we reflect on the past year, we are honored that we helped make Gloucester Township a great place to live, work, and play. We look forward to making 2020 an even better year. We will continue to use cutting edge methods and programs to interact with community members, to make the Gloucester Township Police Department the very best that it can be.

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