Press Release

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


Department achieves perfect inspection, accredited for the next three years 

(Avalon, NJ)—The Avalon Police Department has received its second, three-year accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP).  The Department was awarded the accreditation during a meeting on Thursday, June 9th, in South Brunswick, NJ.  The Association congratulated the Borough for having a perfect inspection during a site visit in Avalon on March 21, 2016.

“The Avalon Police Department remains one of the most professional and respected public safety operations in the entire State of New Jersey”, said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi.  “We are extraordinarily grateful to the leadership provided by Chief William McCormick and his entire staff for their commitment to police and public safety efforts for our residents, property owners, and visitors”.

In March, a team of assessors from the Association Board came to Avalon to inspect the Avalon Police Department and reviewed standard operating procedures and all policies.  The Board determined that the Avalon Police Department had no deficiencies, and was in 100 percent compliance with all standards of the NJSACOP accreditation.

The Avalon Police Department was represented by Chief McCormick, Captain Jeff Christopher, and Sgt. John Roscoe at the final hearing before the Board.  During the hearing, the Board unanimously voted in favor of accepting the Avalon Police Department into the NJSACOP accreditation program.

The process of becoming an accredited police department is a continuous process throughout the year.  The Avalon Police Department is obligated to provide specific proof and evidence that the Department is following the guidelines of the NJSACOP accreditation as well as following its own policies and procedures.



Avalon Police on Unity Tour 2016

(Avalon, NJ)—The Borough of Avalon participated in the annual Police Unity Tour as law enforcement officials bicycled from southern New Jersey to the National Law Enforcement Police Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.  The Avalon Police Department had three members of the Police Department and two volunteers from emergency services supporting the event that concluded on Friday, May 13th.


Avalon Police Department Detective Matthew Sykes, Sergeant Sean McNair, and Patrolman Tujuan Baile joined Avalon Deputy Emergency Management Coordinators Paul Short and Kevin Scarpa for the Police Unity Tour Chapter 2 which includes law enforcement personnel from the southern New Jersey region.  Sykes, McNail, and Baile rode their bicycles from New Jersey to Washington, DC to raise funding for the Museum Hall of Remembrance to honor those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.  The Avalon Rescue Squad provided support services to the riders through the State of Maryland.


In 1999, 22 members from southern New Jersey began Chapter 2, seeing the need to expand the Unity Tour Family.  Since then, the Chapter has grown to well over 200 members.  Each year the Tour departs from a central or southern New Jersey town and continues with stops in Delaware and Maryland.  On the final day of the Tour, the Chapter merges with Chapter 1 from northern New Jersey to renew the partnership and ride together to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, DC.


For more information on how you can support this effort, please visit

Avalon PD charges two Middle Township residents with burglary and other related offenses

The Avalon Police Department has charged two Middle Township residents with burglary, theft and other offenses after Police obtained information they were involved in a wintertime burglary within the Borough. In late March, homeowners discovered their vacation home had been broken into and personal property removed from the residence.

Police charged Trinity Thornburg, age 27 and Frederick Rice, Jr., age 25 both with last known addresses of Burleigh, NJ with burglary, theft and conspiracy. Rice was also charged with receiving stolen property.

Police allege Thornburg and Rice drove to Avalon in late January to target the victim’s home, planning to steal electronics, jewelry and other valuables. Once they gained entry to the home, they discovered the homeowners had removed most of their person property for the season. Thornburg was incarcerated at the Cape May County Correctional Facility after failing to post $30,000.00 cash bail and Rice was released on recognizance authorized by the Hon. Dorothy Garrabrant of the Avalon Municipal Court. The case was investigated by Detective Matthew Sykes and Ptlm. Greg Armstrong.

The matter is pending review by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.

Borough Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the Avalon Police Department at 967-3411 or by dialing 9-1-1.



Phone Scam Reported!

Scam Alert JPP

Reports of a telephone scam originating from an “AVALON, NJ” number of 609-961-1439 have been received from our Agency from as far away as Texas.

The caller claims to be from the Federal Government and is collecting a financial lien against the person answering the call. Rest assured the IRS, nor does any other Federal Agency, have an office in town.

The phone number appears to be a MetroPC burner cell that is a well documented fraud. A Google search will reveal most of these types of scams.

Please review these types of calls with your elderly friends and family as the IRS does not conduct business over the telephone.