Press Release

County To Begin Work On Road To Townsend’s Inlet Bridge Monday, April 15th

The County of Cape May’s construction of a temporary road that will service the Avalon portion of Ocean Drive leading to the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge will begin on Monday, April 15th.  The county anticipates the construction of the temporary road will conclude on or about Friday, April 26th.

Avalon Police Chief William McCormick attended a meeting on Friday, April 12th that provided details of the project.  Chief McCormick advises residents and visitors that both pedestrians and individuals on bicycles will be prohibited from the work area for safety reasons due to heavy trucks and equipment.  The hours of construction on some days may begin as early as 6:00am and end at 6pm, or later, if required.

Avalon Police Hold “Take Back” Medication Day Saturday, April 27

Take Back Logo 2013

On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Avalon Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to the Avalon Police Department at 3000 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.  DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act.  Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Avalon Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

The Avalon Police Department also accepts unwanted medication throughout the year. For more information, please visit www.avalonpolice.org or find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/AvalonPD

AVALON POLICE PARTICIPATE IN DISTRACTED DRIVER EDUCATION CAMPAIGN

The Avalon Police Department announced that it is participating in a new distracted driver education campaign.  Avalon Police will join other police departments around the state with the new initiative called “Turn the Phone Off” which is designed to help educate motorists about the dangers involved with texting and talking on a hand-held cellular phone.

“Distracted driving is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents throughout the State”, said Avalon Police Chief William McCormick.  “This new campaign allows us to enforce the laws that prohibit texting and talking while driving while also providing a very important education program for the motoring public”.

The “Turn the Phone Off” campaign was launched by the South Jersey Traffic Alliance.  As a participant in the campaign, Avalon Police will issue special warnings and informational fliers to any motorist who is stopped for texting or talking on a hand-held cellular phone.  The motorist will be instructed to go to a special website to watch a video that details the dangers of distracted driving.  If the motorist watches the video and fills out necessary information on the website, a summons will be avoided.  If the motorist does not comply, a summons will be issued.  New Jersey law prohibits the operation of a hand-held cellular phone while driving; violators are subject to substantial fines.

The video was created by AT&T and features police officers, offenders, family members and others recounting tearful stories about the consequences of texting and driving.

The United States National Highway Traffic Administration estimates that one quarter of all police-reported motor vehicle accidents are a result of distracted driving.

The Avalon Police Department will participate in this program from April 1st through September 3rd, 2013.   The public can view the educational video anytime at www.hangup-justdrive.com.

Avalon Police Promote Glassford to Patrol Sergeant

Chief William McCormick places a badge on Sergeant Glassford

The Avalon Police Department promoted David Glassford to the position of Patrol Sergeant during a meeting of the Avalon Borough Council on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013.  Glassford was sworn in to his new position by Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi.  Glassford replaces Patrol Sgt. Craig Smith, who recently retired from the Avalon Police Department.

As a Patrol Sergeant, Glassford will be in charge of his shift at the police department, overseeing both patrolmen and the dispatcher.

Glassford is a seven year veteran of the Avalon Police Department.  He lives in Belleplain, NJ with his wife and daughter.  Patrol Sgt. Glassford worked as a Class II Officer in the city of Wildwood after serving in the United States Marine Corps for five years where he attained the rank of E-5 Sergeant.

Avalon Police Department Achieves Accreditation

The Avalon Police Department has been accredited by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) Accreditation Commissioners.  The accreditation was officially awarded on Thursday, February 14th, 2013 in Princeton, New Jersey.  The accreditation runs for three years; the Avalon Police Department will begin the re-accreditation process in 2016.  This is the first time that the Avalon Police Department has applied for, and received, accreditation.

“We are very pleased to achieve the first-ever accreditation for the Avalon Police Department”, said Avalon Police Chief William McCormick.  “The accreditation program is a time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies including the Avalon Police Department calculate and improve their overall performances”.

The accreditation process took three years and culminated with the on-site inspection in Avalon in June, 2012.  The awarding of the accreditation was attended by Chief McCormick, retired Avalon Police Chief David Dean, Captain David McCallion, and Sergeant Frank Hood.

The NJSACOP administers the accreditation program for police departments throughout the State of New Jersey.  It requires agencies to comply with best practice standards in five basic areas:  Administration, personnel, operations, investigation, and arrestee/detainee.  The Avalon Police Department achieved compliance in 112 standards in order to achieve the accreditation. 

Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives.  When the procedures are in place, a team of trained assessors verifies that the applicable standards have been successfully implemented.  Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.

“This is simply an outstanding effort by the Avalon Police Department”, said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi.  “Our community is very proud about this accreditation, and reaffirms our confidence that Avalon has a very professional police department that provides an extraordinary level of safety for our community”.

State accredited agencies may also be eligible for insurance rate discounts and can limit an agency’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside-trained assessors.

Avalon Police Conduct Outreach For Contact Information

The Avalon Police Department encourages property owners in the Borough to provide the department with updated contact telephone numbers in the event police need to reach the property owner for any reason relating to their property, ie:  Burglary, criminal mischief, etc.  In some cases, property owners have changed their contact phone numbers or the property is owned by a corporation.  You may use the department’s confidential email address to submit your updated contact information on your property in Avalon.  Please include your name, address of your Avalon property, and your contact phone number.  You may email this information to police@avalonboro.org.  All information is confidential and will not be shared with any other department or organization.  Participation in this outreach is purely voluntary.

Avalon Police Launch Facebook Page

The Avalon Police Department has announced the creation of its first-ever social media outreach program.  The department now has its own Facebook page, found at www.facebook.com/AvalonPD.  This Facebook page joins the Borough’s new website, www.avalonpolice.org.

“Social media provides the Avalon Police Department with an excellent opportunity to both gather and disseminate essential information”, said Avalon Police Chief William McCormick.  “This Facebook page will continually update residents and visitors on critical information and provide the community with an easy way to contact us with any tips that they may have”.

During its first week of existence, the Avalon Police Department’s Facebook page received over 350 responses.  The page currently contains information about the Borough’s “Senior Alone Program”, vendor/taxicab applications, community events, and active investigations.  The page also includes an email address that will allow the public to submit tips to the Avalon Police Department; that address is police@avalonboro.org.

‘We believe the business community in Avalon will use the Facebook page throughout the year”, said Avalon Police Captain Dave McCallion.  “The page enables businesses to share immediate, real-time information about shoplifters, counterfeit money, and other issues that impact businesses”.

In recent months, the Avalon Police Department created its own website, www.avalonpolice.org.  This website contains useful “quality of life” information for the Borough of Avalon, including a “Frequently Asked Questions” page and a list of Borough ordinances that deal with a variety of public safety issues.  The page can also be accessed through the municipal website, www.avalonboro.org.

The non-emergency telephone number for the Avalon Police Department is (609) 967-3411; in the event of any emergency, please dial 9-1-

Avalon Police Make Arrest Following Burglaries

The Avalon Police Department has charged a Burlington County, NJ man with burglary and other offenses after an alert neighbor reported seeing him break into a nearby home.

On February 17, 2013, a local resident contacted police at 2:56 a.m. stating he observed a male in his neighbor’s yard, peering into the windows with a flashlight. Upon arrival, Officers observed Michael McCool, age 23, from Moorestown, NJ smashing a rear sliding glass door to gain entry. He was apprehended after a brief foot chase. Subsequent investigation revealed damage to several other nearby homes which was attributed to McCool.

 McCool was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, trespassing and resisting arrest. He was released after posting $25,000.00 full cash bail set by the Hon. George Neidig of the Avalon Municipal Court.

 The case was investigated by Sgt. Jeffrey Christopher and Ptlm. Robert Hampf. Residents are urged to report any suspicious behavior by contacting the Avalon Police Department at (609)967-3411 or dialing 9-1-1.

Information from Avalon Police Regarding Post-“Sandy” Contractors

    Now that the clean-up from Hurricane Sandy is underway, the Avalon Police Department would like to remind homeowners seeking to employ home improvement contractors to check for proper licensing and insurance prior to signing any contract. Do not allow yourself to be victimized by unscrupulous opportunity seekers, check contractor’s references and registration status at   https://newjersey.mylicense.com/verification/

     The Avalon Construction Office also reminds residents to apply for proper permits when any electrical, plumbing or structural work is to be done. For any questions on permits, please call the Construction Office at (609)967-4220.

    State Law requires contractors to be licensed with the State of New Jersey. Failure to register as a contractor could result in being charged with a fourth degree crime. Contractors wishing to obtain additional information can visit the following web sites:

http://www.contractors-license.org/nj/NewJersey.html

http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/HIC/

Avalon Police Rescue Despondent Male From Atlantic Ocean

On October 11, 2012, Avalon Police were notified that a despondent male may be in their jurisdiction, armed with a handgun. Acting on information from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Det. Eric Heisman and Det. Sgt. Joseph Gaughan located the individual on the 31st Street beach.

    When approached by the Detectives, the male entered the ocean, wearing jeans and a sweat shirt. A Multi-jurisdictional response converged on the beach in an effort to retrieve the male from the water which was estimated to be approximately 65 degrees at the time of the incident.

    After treading water for forty five minutes to an hour, the male was pulled into an Avalon Fire Department boat by a rescue team consisting of: Sgt. Greg Jackson, Stone Harbor Police Department; Ptlm. David Glassford, Avalon Police Department; and S.O. Ryan Osmundson, Cape May County Sheriff’s Department.

    The unidentified male was treated by the Avalon Rescue Squad and Medic 9 for hypothermia and transported to Cape Regional Medical Center for further evaluation. The original report of a handgun was not substantiated.

     Responding agencies included the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Cape May County Sheriff’s Department, Stone Harbor Police Department, NJ State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard.