Press Release

Avalon to Participate in 2018 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign




CONTACT: Chief Jeffrey Christopher, 609-967-3411


This Labor Day, and Every Day: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Each year, Americans mark the end of summer with the Labor Day holiday weekend, a time to celebrate the hard work and many accomplishments of our country. Friends and families eagerly await pool parties, backyard barbecues, and other occasions to enjoy the last days of summer sunshine. Sadly, the Labor Day holiday is one of the deadliest, with drunk drivers endangering themselves and others on their way home from these holiday festivities. This year, the Avalon Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from August 17 through September 3, 2018.

Sadly, the statistics prove that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving. According to NHTSA, 10,497 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2016. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2012 to 2016—one person killed every 50 minutes in 2016.  This is why The Avalon Police Department is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to Labor Day festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

“We need our community to understand: It’s up to them to make the smart decision to drive sober—Labor Day, and every day.  Drunk driving is simply not acceptable” said Chief Jeffrey Christopher. This isn’t about a ticketing campaign. This is a campaign to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal and it takes lives.

The Avalon Police Department and NHTSA are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely. “It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the party. Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely.

The Avalon Police Department recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

  • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (, and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: ( SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
  • Use the Jitneys, Taxi-cabs or Uber/Lyft type services
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Avalon Police Department immediately.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit

Avalon to Participate in 2018 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign 2018-08-16T11:47:06+00:00

Avalon Officers Receive Donation of Sunblock

On Wednesday July 18, 2018 Margie Flannery dropped off 14 sunblocks (one for each car and extra for the station) to the Avalon Police Department. A few weeks ago her brother (a police officer in Harrison) came home with bad sunburn after working a traffic detail. Her sister, a melanoma survivor came up with the idea to supply police departments with sunblock in the hopes it would spread awareness and encourage departments to advise their men and women to wear sunblock at all times. Living by the shore, she had to get involved. She contacted Chief Christopher of Avalon PD and he was more than happy to be my first recipient.

Thank you to my sponsors for your generous donations to this department and several others I am in the process of covering. Court House Fitness, Uncle Bills Stone Harbor, and Mary Kay.

Pictured here are Chief Christopher, Captain Roscoe, and Sergeant Paluch. Protect yourself guys…while protecting others!

Approximately 4 years ago, Sgt. Paluch’s wife Shelley passed away after a battle with melanoma. This is a topic that the Avalon Police Department feels strongly about. We also participated in the Run From the Sun 5k race, as part of Team Shelley, to help spread awareness.

Thank you Margie for getting the word out!

Avalon Officers Receive Donation of Sunblock 2018-07-20T14:48:38+00:00

Avalon Officers run in the Run from The Sun 5K Race July 15, 2018

Avalon Police’s Chief Christopher, Sgt. Paluch, Sgt. Sykes, Det. Armstrong, Ptlm. Peahota, Ptlm. Ardelean, Disp. Schroter, Disp/SLEO 1 Hagner representing Team Shelley at the annual Run from the Sun 5K held in Avalon on July 15th.

Avalon Officers run in the Run from The Sun 5K Race July 15, 2018 2018-07-16T15:32:01+00:00

Avalon Officers Volunteer for 2018 Special Olympic Games

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!

Avalon Officers Volunteer for 2018 Special Olympic Games 2018-06-13T13:47:45+00:00

Avalon Officers Run in 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run

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.

Avalon Officers Run in 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run 2018-06-08T15:46:26+00:00

Avalon Police Records Clerk Job Opening

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



Avalon Police Records Clerk Job Opening 2018-05-11T13:31:03+00:00

Click it or Ticket May 21 through June 3 2018

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.

Click it or Ticket May 21 through June 3 2018 2018-05-11T14:27:24+00:00

Cops n Coffee Event Scheduled for May 12, 2018

Avalon Police will be holding a Cops N Coffee meet and greet on Saturday May 12, 2018  from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Avalon Coffee Shop located at 29th and Dune Drive.

Cops n Coffee Event Scheduled for May 12, 2018 2018-05-10T12:56:55+00:00

UDrive. UText. UPay Campaign

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.

UDrive. UText. UPay Campaign 2018-03-30T13:38:21+00:00