It is with great honor I announce the retirement of our first certified Police Canine, K9 Cliff. Cliff, a four year old German Sheppard at the time, joined the Department in December of 2007. On December 4th, 2007, shortly after joining the Department, Cliff and Ptl. Christopher Witts began the extensive 18 week Patrol Certification School as part of the 23rd Patrol Class of the NJSP Canine Training Academy. Ptl. Witts and K9 Cliff became the first certified PHPD K9 Team on April 3rd, 2008. As a sign of positive things to come, K9 Cliff’s first call for service resulted in the successful wooded area track of a burglary suspect and his ultimate surrender apprehension.
On Thursday, November 20th, 2014 South State Paving will begin road improvements along Cross Keys Road, between the Camden County Vocational and Technical School and New Freedom Road. The improvements will include milling and overlay. The work will be done between 8:00pm and 6:00am and is expected to be completed on Friday, November 21st, 2014.
On Thursday, November 13th, DARE Instructors Officer Marino, SRO Rowello and Officer DiGiacomo introduced “Keepin It Real” to the 7th graders at the Pine Hill Middle School. The program is an extension of the elementary school DARE program currently being instructed by Officer Marino (John H. Glenn) and Officer DiGiacomo (Dr. Albert Bean). The curriculum is based on the Decision Making Model teaching risk, stress communication, peer pressure and positive decision making.
Beginning Monday, November 17th, 2014 Asphalt Paving Systems will begin road improvements along Turnersville Road, between North Drive and Bittle Avenue. The improvements will include mill and overlay, handicap ramp improvements, storm sewer improvements, replacement of selective curb, driveway aprons, sidewalks, and traffic striping. On Monday, November 17th and Tuesday, November 18th, improvements will be made between 9:00am and 5:00pm.
The most frequent missing children’s case type seen by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) is runaways. An analysis conducted by NCMEC showed that over 80% of our cases in the last 5 years were identified as endangered runaways.* An endangered runaway is a child who is missing of his or her own accord and whose whereabouts are unknown to their parent(s) or legal guardian.
On Saturday, October 25th at approximately 9:30pm Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Country Club Road for the report of a possible hit and run motor vehicle crash. Witnesses indicated there was an altercation between two males in a silver Dodge Dakota pickup. One of the involved parties was reported to be bleeding and carrying brass knuckles. The vehicle involved in the altercation fled towards Turnersville Road and was reported to have a broken tail lamp. Investigating Officers were unable to locate any of the parties involved.
On October 26th, 2014 at 8:36pm Pine Hill Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of E. Clearview Avenue for the report of a domestic violence incident. Initial arriving Officers were advised by family members the suspect was armed with a large knife and had threatened to harm the residents and himself and was in crisis. Assisting Officers from the Lindenwold, Clementon and Berlin Boro Police Departments assisted in securing the scene while Pine Hill Officers trained in Crisis Intervention attempted to communicate with the subject to resolve the incident.
The Pine Hill Police Department encourages safety and supervision during the annual Trick-or-Treat season. Below are a few safety rules for parents to help ensure a safe and fun Halloween.
On October 23, 2014 at approximately 9:20am Pine Hill Officers were dispatched to the area of the Timberline building in the Chalet Gardens Apartments for the report of person shot. Responding units were advised an individual was seen fleeing from the scene immediately after gunshots were heard in the area. Arriving officers located the victim, a 38 year old male, suffering from a gunshot wound to his back. Kennedy EMS transported the victim to Cooper Hospital for treatment.
The Camden County improvement project on Blackwood-Clementon Road (CR534) between Spring Garden Street and Wauseon Avenue will continue Monday, October 20th 2014 and continue for the duration of the week, weather permitting. The work will be done between 6:00am and 3:00pm each day.