On April 6, 2016 Sgt. Sean Farrell conducted the first in a series of free Community CPR and AED training for the coaches and staff of the Pine Hill Youth Association. Ten coaches attended the initial CPR and AED training session, with another session scheduled in the near future to accommodate both baseball and softball coaches. An estimated 40 coaches within the Pine Hill Youth Association organization, including; baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer and softball will be trained prior to the start of their respective season.
The Pine Hill Police Department will be participating in the DEA Operation Take Back New Jersey on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00am until 2:00pm. The event will be held at the Police Administration Building located at 48 West Sixth Avenue. The Department will be providing a safe and legal method for the residents of Pine Hill and surrounding jurisdictions to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medication. Information will also be available for local drug addiction support services and Operation SAL. Since May 2014, the Pine Hill Police Department has responded to over 60 reported drug overdoses and has deployed lifesaving naloxone in over 30 of those incidents.
Officers from the Pine Hill Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers as part of the national distracted driving enforcement campaign; UDrive. Utext. Upay.
Beginning April 1st and running through April 21st, 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.
On Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at approximately 7:00am, South State Inc. will begin improvements to gas lines along Blackwood-Clementon Road (CR 534) between Spring Garden Street and Laurel Road. The work will be done between the hours of 7:00am and 3:30pm.
Blackwood-Clementon Road will be reduced to two lanes at the intersection of Blackwood-Clementon Road and Laurel Road / College Drive during the project, resulting in a lane shift.
On March 23, 2016, Pine Hill Police PT Instructors and SRO DiGiacomo joined the OHS spring sports for the bi-annual joint workout. Baseball, Softball, Tennis, and Track student-athletes joined officers in three groups during the “baseball workout”, consisting of flutter-kicks, squats, burpees and push-ups all separated by a 90ft sprint. The OHS Boys Baseball completed eight cycles in fifteen minutes, completing the exercises as a motivated group! Congratulations to all of the student-athletes who gave 100% during the workout, we look forward to joining you in the future.
The purpose of the joint-workout is to bring the students and officers together in a fun, motivated atmosphere, where the officers are a role-model figure, promoting healthy life choices. The group physical training session enables officers to interact in a non-law enforcement setting, greatly increasing the establishment of a trusting role-model relationship.
We look forward to future workouts with the motivated student-athletes of Overbrook High School!
On Monday, March 21, 2016 Pine Hill Mayor and Council promoted Officer Raynore to Sergeant and appointed SLEOII Martin Brennan as Police Officer on the motion of Public Safety Director Charles Warrington and recommendation of Chief Winters.
Officer Brennan has served as a SLEOII with the department since July 2015 and will be a welcome addition to the Patrol Bureau as an Officer. Sgt. Raynore has served the department for over fifteen years and will also be assigned to the Patrol Bureau.
Both Officers were supported at the meeting by members of the Pine Hill Police Department and other present and retired law enforcement officers. Officer Brennan was honored to have his Police Officer badge affixed by Retired Chief Reeve of the Washington Twp. Police Department and former Director of the Gloucester County Police Academy. Sgt. Raynore
had the unique privilege of having his son, Officer Ron Raynore Jr. of the Nashville Metro Police Department affix his Sergeant badge.
Congratulations to both Officers, and please join us in welcoming Officer Brennan to the department.
On Saturday, March 19, 2016, SRO DiGiacomo and SLEOII Brennan joined the Pine Hill Community Exploration Committee at the Pine Hill Middle School for their Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Officers distributed information on the dangerous of drug abuse and addiction, along with safety tips and child safety seat installation information. The mobile Project Medicine Drop Box was also on-site as part of the Departments effort to collect unused, unwanted or expired medication to reduce availability in the community.
On Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Patrolman Andrew Bruey graduated from the NJ Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.) Officer Training Course. In order for Officers to become certified Instructors they are required to attend a five day training course administered by NJ LEAD. During the five day course Officer Bruey was expected to prepare a full lesson plan each night and ultimately he presented to a sixth grade class at the James Lilley Elementary School in Gloucester Twp.
On Sunday, March 13, 2016 members of of the Delaware Valley for prayer service in the Sikh Gurdwara of Pine Hill. Prior to, and after the service, Officers shared a meal in the attached langar. The langar, or “free kitchen” is designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people of the world regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status.
Team Pine Hill represents the members of the Pine Hill Police Department in the Police Unity Tour. For the second year, Team Pine Hill will be joining officers from across the country in honoring Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The 2016 Police Unity Tour will begin May 10, 2016. Over the course of three days, Officers will bicycle from New Jersey to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC to raise awareness of Officers who have died in the line of duty and honor their sacrifices.
Thank you to the congregation of the Guru Nanak Sikh Society for welcoming Team Pine Hill in their prayer service and langar.
On March 10, 2016, the Pine Hill Police Department and Pine Hill School District joined the Camden County Women’s Center and Pine Hill Police Domestic Victim Response Team (DVRT) for a presentation to the student body of Overbrook High School focused on raising awareness for teen dating violence in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month, which is held annually in February.