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On Saturday June 9, 2018 Captain John Roscoe and Sgt. David Glassford attended the Special Olympic Games at Trenton College of New Jersey in Mercer County and proudly gave out medals to the winners of various events.
The Avalon Police Department was one of 15 agencies that volunteered their time to Special Olympics of New Jersey.
It was very rewarding and a worthwhile event. If you have not attended these games before, it is well worth the time to watch these athletes compete!
The Avalon Police Department participated in the Annual Cape May County Chapter, Law Enforcement Torch Run on Friday June 8th. The mission is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement. The run starts in Cape May and finishes at the Cape May County Police Academy. Sgt. Robinson ran 20 miles, starting in Wildwood Crest. Chief Christopher and Sgt. Sykes ran almost 7 miles starting in Stone Harbor.
Records Clerk/Administrative Assistant, Avalon Police Department
Position: Records Clerk/Administrative Assistant
Department: Avalon Police Department
Status: Full Time
Available: September 4th, 2018
Summary: The Borough of Avalon has a full-time employment opportunity available as of September 4th, 2018. The position is the Records Clerk/Administrative Assistant for the Avalon Police Department. The successful candidate will be required to provide administrative and records management for the services of the Department. The candidate will manage and maintain all electronic and hard copy documents, reports, files, and databases for the Avalon Police Department. The candidate will support the Department with any administrative functions or projects on a daily, monthly, and annual basis, or as necessary.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, while a college degree with a concentration in business, administration, management, or other related field is preferred. Experience in an office setting and computer/data entry skills are required. A Notary Public certification is required and offered with Borough support in obtaining, if necessary.
Applications: Applications will be accepted by Chief Jeffrey Christopher through Friday, June 15th, 2018. A completed job application and resume are both required. The Borough is an equal opportunity employer.
Application can be found https://avalonboro.net/job-postings/
Seat Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign to be Conducted Locally as Part of Nationwide
Click It or Ticket Mobilization May 21 – June 3, 2018
Avalon, NJ — Law enforcement officers from the Avalon Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.
Beginning May 21 and running through June 3, the annual “Click It or Ticket” mobilization utilizes high visibility patrols, and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts.
“The use of seat belts saves many lives each year and this campaign helps to increase awareness and promote seat belt usage”, said Chief Jeff Christopher of the Avalon Police Department.
In 2016, it is estimated that more than 14,500 lives were saved nationally by the proper use of seat belts.
Avalon PD Welcomes the 2018 Police Unity Tour through Avalon on May 10, 2018. Sgt. Sean McNair, Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes and Ptm. Tujuan Baile are representing Avalon Police for the Unity Tour Ride. Good Luck!
The Division of Highway Traffic Safety is asking all police agencies in the state to join with us in the Distracted Driving 2018 Statewide Crackdown. This is part of a nationwide enforcement effort, with the slogan UDrive. UText. UPay.
The purpose of the campaign is to undertake visible, targeted enforcement during April, which is National Distracted Driving Month. Enforcement activities will specifically focus on driver behaviors that distract from the task of driving, such as talking on a hand-held cell phone or sending text messages.
The campaign will run during the following period: April 1 – 21, 2018.
The Avalon Police Department will be joining this campaign in an effort to make our roadways safer.
Ty Gandy from Cub Scout Troop 65 dropped by the Avalon Police Department with caramel popcorn from Cub Scout Troop 65 to show appreciation from the Troop for the hard work and dedication of the members of the Avalon Police Department. Ty, shown above is pictured with Sgt. William Robinson, Ptlm. James Savini and Captain John Roscoe.
From all members of the Avalon Police Department: Thank you Troop 65!
JEFFREY CHRISTOPHER NAMED NEW CHIEF OF POLICE IN AVALON
Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi conducted swearing in ceremonies for various members of the Avalon Police Department during the Borough Council meeting of January 24th, 2018. Jeff Christopher was named the new Chief of the Avalon Police Department, and John Roscoe was named the Department’s new Captain. Christopher replaces William McCormick, who concludes a 31 year career with the Avalon Police Department.
“This is a very proud day for the Avalon Police Department and the entire Borough”, said Mayor Pagliughi. “It’s a time to celebrate the achievements of the Department and our extremely talented individuals who work hard every day to make Avalon a safe and enjoyable community. And, we also welcome two new officers to the ranks of what I consider to be among the best police departments in the entire state of New Jersey”.
McCormick departs Avalon following an exemplary career in law enforcement. He joined the Avalon Police Department in 1986 before rising to the rank of Sergeant in 1998; to the rank of Captain in 2007; and to the rank of Chief in 2011. Chief McCormick was very instrumental in the design and construction of the current Avalon Public Safety Complex, and guided the Department’s initial accreditation process in 2011, and its reaccreditation four years later. He also assumed command of the Avalon Emergency Medical Services in 2014, and was named the Assistant Director of Public Safety under Mayor Pagliughi in 2016.
Chief Christopher was hired as a full-time police officer in Avalon in 2000. He completed the Cape May County Residential Police Academy ranked number one, and earned the Director’s award. Chief Christopher has become a certified drug recognition expert, and served on the Cape May County SWAT team for five years. He resides in Upper Township with his wife Suzanne and his three sons Tommy, Jason, and Danny.
Captain Roscoe has been with the Avalon Police Department since 1992 and is a graduate of Penn State University. As Administrative Sergeant, Captain Roscoe oversaw the Avalon Police Department’s successful reaccreditation. He lives in Middle Township with his wife Renee and two sons Kyle, and Ryan.
The Avalon Police Department filled two vacancies in its ranks of Sergeant with Matthew Sykes, who has been promoted to Sergeant, and with William Robinson III who has been promoted to Sergeant. Sykes joined the Avalon Police Department in 2007 and previously served as a detective. Robinson joined the Department in March, 2011 and served as a Patrolmen.
James Savini joins the Department as a Patrolman after serving the past three years as a seasonal officer. Also joining the Department is Christopher Nazha who graduated from West Chester University before starting his law enforcement career in 2017 as a seasonal officer in Avalon.
Photos by Avalon Business Administrator Scott Wahl.