Press Release

Avalon Police Department Seeking Dispatchers

The Avalon Police Department  is seeking dispatchers to help supplement our existing dispatch corp. The position is an on call position paying $14.00/hour. Shifts are generally 12 hours. During the summer months (May through September) two dispatchers are on 24/7 with 3 dispatchers working weekends and holidays.

If interested please fill in application found under the “Career” tab on and mail to :
Capt. Jeffrey Christopher
Avalon Police Department
3000 Dune Drive
Avalon, NJ 08202

If there are any questions you can call Sgt. Roscoe for details 609-967-7741

Avalon Police Request for Public Records Form

The Avalon Police Department will accept requests for public records/ reports Monday through Friday during the hours of 08:30 am – 3:30 pm at the police department. (Excluding legal holidays)

Please download the form below, fill it out and submit either in person at the police department or email to

Avalon Police Request for Police Records Form – use this form if you were involved in the incident and want a copy of the report

OPRA Request Form – Use this form if you were not involved in the incident, but would like a copy of the report.

***If you are emailing your request a photo ID must be included with the requesting email***

Avalon Police Charge Berwyn, PA Man With DUI, Other Offenses

Avalon Police Chief William McCormick has announced the arrest of a 19 year old man from Berwyn, PA on charges that he drove his vehicle while impaired and caused an accident that resulted in damage to three parked cars and a private residence.

On Tuesday, July 29th at 3:18am Avalon Police responded to a report of a reckless driver in the vicinity of the 25th Street Bridge. Upon arrival, police found an unoccupied 2009 Jaguar located in the 500 block of 24th Street with severe front end damage. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle struck three parked cars in a private driveway; one of the cars was forced into a support pillar to a second floor deck, while another parked car struck a fence.

Police were able to locate the driver of the suspect vehicle a short time later. He is identified as 19 year old Thomas E. Curry, a student who lives in Berwyn, PA. Mr. Curry was charged with Driving Under the Influence, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to report an accident. He was later released on his own recognizance.

Avalon Police Sgt. Sean McNair and Ptlm. Robert Hampf investigated the incident. The Avalon Volunteer Fire Department responded and assisted at the scene.

Avalon Police Department Adds Three New Officers

The Borough of Avalon filled vacancies in its police department during the Borough Council meeting held on Wednesday, June 25th. The three new officers were recommended to Council by Police Chief William McCormick and were sworn in during the meeting by Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi.

Anthony DeCesero Jr.

Anthony DeCesero Jr.

“It’s always exciting when one of the most proficient police departments in the State of New Jersey is able to add new police officers to its ranks”, Mayor Pagliughi said. “These young men are ready to protect and serve the citizens and visitors in the Borough of Avalon”. The three hires were made to replace members of the Avalon Police Department who have recently retired.

The new patrolmen are: Anthony DeCesero, who served for two summers as a Class II Special Officer with the Avalon Police Department before serving as a full time Class II Officer with the Vineland Police Department; Gregory Armstrong, who served with the Cape May City Police Department as a Class II Special Officer and Colby Meloy, who served as a Class II Special Officer with the Ocean City Police Department. Chief McCormick reports that all three new hires come highly recommended to the Borough of Avalon.

The Mayor and Avalon Borough Council also presented Borough Administrator Andrew Bednarek with an official proclamation thanking him for his three decades of service to community. This was Bednarek’s final Council meeting while serving as Borough Administrator.

Colby Meloy

Colby Meloy

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The Avalon Borough Council will hold its official reorganization meeting on Tuesday, July 1st, at 4:00pm at Avalon Borough Hall.


Avalon Police Promote Christopher, McNair at January 29th Council Meeting

The Avalon Police Department experienced two major promotions during the Borough Council meeting on Wednesday evening, January 29th.  Jeff Christopher was promoted to the position of Captain, while Sean McNair was promoted to Sergeant.

Captain Jeff Christopher receives his badge from Chief McCormick

Captain Jeff Christopher receives his badge from Chief McCormick

“The Avalon Police Department is among the best in the State of New Jersey”, said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi who conducted swearing-in ceremonies for both Captain Christopher and Sergeant McNair.  “We are very fortunate to have two highly skilled individuals with many years of public service to Avalon assuming these roles in the Avalon Police Department”.

Captain Christopher replaces Captain Dave McCallion who announced his retirement effective May 1st.  Captain Christopher began his career with the Avalon Police Department in 1997 as a Class II officer.  He was hired full time in May, 200.  Captain Christopher was promoted to Sergeant in March, 2011.   He has an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Gloucester County Community College and currently resides in Upper Township with his wife Suzanne and three children.

Sergeant McNair began his career with the Avalon Police Department in 2005 as a Class II officer.  He was hired to a full time position in August, 2008.  Sergeant McNair resides in Dennis Township with his wife Bryttany and has one child.

Sergeant McNair is congratulated by Mayor Pagliughi

Sergeant McNair is congratulated by Mayor Pagliughi

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Avalon Police Investigate Body Found on Beach New Year’s Day

The Avalon Police Department is continuing its investigation into the discovery of a body that was found on the 22nd Street beach on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014.

At 7:28am, Avalon Police received a telephone call from a passerby who discovered the body on the beach.  Avalon Police immediately responded, along with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Cape May County Medical Examiner.

The deceased is identified as 26 year old Brett Fitzpatrick from Ocean City, New Jersey.  An autopsy is being performed on Mr. Fitzpatrick to determine the cause of death.

The Avalon Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office are conducting a joint investigation.  Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

Avalon Police Promote Heisman to Patrol Sergeant

The Avalon Police Department and the Avalon Borough Council has promoted Eric Heisman to the position of Patrol Sergeant.  Sgt. Heisman was administered his oath of office to his new position by Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi during the Avalon Borough Council meeting on Wednesday, November 13th.Sgt. Heisman began his career as a Patrolman with the Avalon Police Department on September 5th, 2007 when he transferred from the Gibbsboro Police Department.  In January, 2011 he was transferred to the Detective Bureau where he served as one of two Detectives for the Avalon Police Department.Eric Heisman receives his oath

Sgt. Heisman will be assigned to Squad 3 where he will supervise the activities of the field and headquarters personnel.  He will take part in police activities intended to provide order, maintenance, assistance, and protection of persons and property, observance of the law, and the detection and apprehension of law violators.

He attended Burlington County Community College where he received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  Sgt. Heisman resides in Egg Harbor Township.


The Avalon Police Department arrested a Woodbine, NJ man on drug possession and distribution offense on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013.

New Jersey State Police requested that the Avalon Police Department serve a temporary restraining order against Calvin T. Rogers, 33, who was working as a dishwasher at an Avalon business.  During the process, Rogers was round to have a warrant out for his arrest.  While placing Rogers under arrest, Avalon Police Patrolman William Robinson discovered that Rogers had in his possession 18 bags of marijuana and five bags of cocaine.

Rogers was charged with Possession of Cocaine, Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Intent to Distribute Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Rogers was taken to the Cape May County Jail on $25,000 cash bail.