Press Release


The Avalon Police Department has charged two teenagers from Summit, NJ with drug charges and other offenses following an incident that occurred on August 3rd, 2017 at 11:07pm on the 100 block of 30th Street.

Patrolman William Robinson approached two males who were acting in a suspicious manner, approached them and identified himself.  The two subjects fled on foot.  18 year old Brian R. Treger physically resisted arrest and was quickly apprehended after a brief scuffle.  18 year old Tucker F. Cannon ran from the scene and was apprehended several blocks away.  Cannon presented false identification to police when he was apprehended.

Both Treger and Cannon were charged with Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Make Lawful Disposition of CDS, and Resisting Arrest.  Treger was additionally charged with Simple Assault and Cannon was charged with Exhibiting a False Drivers License to Law Enforcement.

Both Treger and Cannon were processed and released on a summons.  Treger is unemployed, while Cannon is a student.

Avalon Police Launches New Voluntary Security Camera Registration Program

In an effort to increase our ability to investigate criminal activity more efficiently and effectively, the Avalon Police Department is asking those businesses or residents with video surveillance cameras to voluntarily register them with the Police Department. This will enable the Police Department to respond quickly to the location of the cameras and work with the owner to possibly recover evidence of a crime or the identity of a possible suspect. This program is completely voluntary and the information will be utilized for Police purposes only.

On the registration form, you’ll be asked to provide contact information as well as basic information about the location and recording of your cameras. There are drop down boxes for some of the blocks where you have to click on the arrow to the right of the box. You may click on multiple boxes for the areas recorded, and you may provide any additional information in the box provided. There is no fee to register, and your information will be kept confidential. You can unsubscribe from the program at any time. We ask that if you have more than one location you would like to register please submit separate forms for each location. After completing the form it may be faxed to the department (609)-368-0114, personally delivered, or emailed to Ptlm Steven Bowers


National Night Out in Avalon August 1, 2017

The Borough of Avalon will be hosting a National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 1st from 6:00-8:00pm.  The event will be held in the parking lot adjacent to Avalon Community Hall at 30th Street and the beach.  Many organizations from Avalon and Cape May County will be in attendance with fun and educational free activities for the entire family.

There will be many police, fire, lifeguard, public works, and public safety vehicles and equipment staged on the lot for children to explore and learn more about safety and security.  Free mechanical rides, games, and an inflatable obstacle course will be available for children to experience.  The Avalon Department of Recreation will supply free hot dogs, and free refreshing treats will be available from local merchant Sundae Best, a longtime supporter of National Night Out in Avalon.

Local band “Loud ‘N Klear” will provide the soundtrack for National Night Out playing various pop, rock, and party hits.  There will be other participating agencies including the Avalon Free Public Library, the Avalon History Center, and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, among others.  Information on safety programs and community events will be available during the event.

After National Night Out, guests are invited to the 30th Street beach (you’re gonna need a bigger boat) to see Avalon’s Big Beach Movie, “Jaws”, at dusk.

Photos from the Avalon Police Department Display at the 2017 National Night Out in Avalon NJ

Avalon Police Department Issues Press Releases

On Saturday June 24, 2017 at 9:37 p.m., the Avalon Police Department arrested and charged one male juvenile, age 15, from Blue Bell, PA. with possession of prohibited weapons. Special Officers Chris Fitting and Ted Kot were on patrol in the area of 21st and the beach when the observed a flash of light and heard a loud zapping sound. The juvenile was found to be in possession of an electronic stun gun which is in violation of NJSA 2C:39-3h a crime of the 4th degree. The Juvenile was charged and released to his parents.

On June 27, 2017 at 7:41 p.m., Douglas J. Smith (35) of Pilesgrove, NJ was pulled over at 48th and Dune Drive by Ptlm. William Robinson for driving without a front license plate and a malfunctioning tail light. During the motor vehicle stop, Ptlm. Robinson noticed the odor of suspected marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. As a result of the investigation, Mr. Smith was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance under 50 grams; possession of drug paraphernalia (both disorderly persons offenses) and driving while intoxicated. Mr. Smith was charged on a summons by the Avalon Police Department and released.

On July 1, 2017 at 3:00 a.m., Ryan T. Abell (21) of Gwynedd Valley PA was observed by Special Officers Lerner and Bukenas  acting in a suspicious manner as he was seen checking door handles on several motor vehicles in the 200 block of 49th Street , Mr. Abell discovered one vehicle to be unlocked and was seen entering and rummaging through personal belongings inside said vehicle. He then got out of the vehicle and urinated next to it. Officers were able to contact the owner of the vehicle that Mr. Abell entered and determined that he did not have permission to enter. Mr. Abell was charged with criminal trespass (petty disorderly persons offense) and urination in public (Avalon Borough Ordinance Violation). Mr. Abell was processed and released on  summonses.

Cops and Coffee Event May 13, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Our next Cops and Coffee will be held at the Pudgie Pelican, 33rd Street and Dune Drive on May 13, 2017 at 9:00 a.m..

In addition to that being Mother’s Day Weekend, it is also our Annual police auction starting at 12 pm at the Borough Public Works Building. (Inspection begins at 11 a.m.) Unclaimed bicycles, kayaks, jewelry and miscellaneous items will be available to the highest bidder. Cash and personal checks with ID are accepted as payment.



Avalon Elementary School Thanks The Avalon Police Department


Students from the Avalon Elementary School visited the Avalon Police Department to say thank you for all the hard work they do for their town. Each officer was given a gift bag with very thoughtful and useful items. Students also gave the police department a tray of cookies.

From the entire staff of the Avalon Police Department, Thank you to the Avalon Elementary School staff and students!


Avalon Police to Begin Using Body Worn Cameras 02/01/2017

Avalon Police Department to Begin Using Body Worn Cameras February 1st

(Avalon, NJ)—Avalon Police Chief William McCormick announced that the Avalon Police Department will be implementing body-worn cameras on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017.  All members of the Department have been assigned the cameras; patrol officers will be wearing the cameras at all times.

“These body-worn cameras provide an additional level of safety and security for the public, and for the officers on patrol in the Borough of Avalon”, Chief McCormick said.  “These cameras have night-vision technology and the capability to accurately document activities, actions, and statements during all police contacts”.

The Avalon Police Department was able to acquire the body-worn cameras through a grant from the State of New Jersey.  They are manufactured by Pro-Vision.  The use of the cameras will conform to the policies of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, along with the policies from the Avalon Police Department.

“Body-worn cameras can serve as an unbiased witness for the courts”, said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi who also serves as the Director of the Avalon Department of Public Safety.  “Although cameras are not going to capture everything an officer sees, they will be valuable tools to assist in documenting events that occurs during and officer’s tour of duty”.


Borough of Avalon Displays Thin Blue Line to Show Community Support of Police


The Borough of Avalon has joined other sister communities throughout New Jersey with paying special recognition to police departments and public safety personnel with a thin blue line painted between the double yellow lines on Avalon Boulevard, the main entrance into the community.  The blue line will also circle a traffic island on 30th Street between Ocean Drive and Dune Drive adjacent to the Avalon Public Safety Complex.

“This blue line is a show of gratitude by our residents, property owners, and visitors for the tremendous level of public service provided to our community by the Avalon Police Department”, said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi.  “Several times each week I am approached by individuals who express their appreciation for the daily efforts from police and public safety all year long.  This line is a show of support and thanks to police and our entire public safety community”.

The blue line being added in appropriate locations throughout communities in New Jersey who wish to show their support for police departments statewide.  A resolution to support the initiative was recently approved by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Avalon Department of Public works painted the blue line on Monday and Tuesday, November 21-22nd in advance of the holiday weekend.

“We are deeply appreciative of the support that we receive not only from the Avalon community, but also from our elected and appointed officials”, said Avalon Police Chief William McCormick.  “We remain committed to providing an extraordinary level of community policing in Avalon, and we remain supportive of our fellow officers throughout New Jersey who serve and protect the public on a daily basis”.

Avalon Police Hosting First “Cops and Coffee” Event

Avalon Police Chief William McCormick announced that the Avalon Police Department will be hosting its first “Cops and Coffee” program at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House at 3189 Dune Drive.  The event will be held on Friday, October 7th, 2016 between the hours of 8:00am-10:00am.

The “Cops and Coffee” program is designed to give members of the public an opportunity to speak with officers in a relaxed and causal setting.  The public is encouraged to stop by for a cup of coffee and share any ideas or concerns they may have.

If you have any questions, or if your business would like to host a “Cops and Coffee” event, please contact Patrolman Steve Bowers or Patrolman Will Robinson at (609) 967-3411.  For more information, please visit