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Report potholes

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With temperatures warming, potholes are becoming a major issue for drivers in our area. Potholes can damage your car and cause accidents when drivers don’t see them or when they swerve to avoid potholes.

Please report dangerous potholes so they can be fixed. For roads maintained by the City of Camden, contact the Camden Department of Public Works at (856) 757-7034 or publicworks@ci.camden.nj.us. For roads maintained by Camden County, call (856) 566-2980 or fill out the online form here: http://www.camdencounty.com/your-government/offices-departments/public-works/public-works-clean-green

Missing person – Tyreek Watkins

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is looking for a missing 15-year-old from East Camden.

Tyreek Watkins was reported missing from the 1600 block of Westminster Ave. He is described as a black male, 5’3” 140 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue shorts. He has been reported missing previously and is known to frequent East Camden.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.

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Telemarketing fraud – spotting scams

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How do you know when someone on the other end of the phone is potentially trying to scam you? A few common signals that the call is a scam designed to steal your money:

- You’ve won a “free” gift or prize, but you have to pay a postage or handling fee.

- If you don’t act right away the offer won’t be good.

- You must send money, give your credit card number or a bank account number.

- The caller says you don’t need to get more information on the company he or she represents.

The bottom line is that if you don’t know the company, charity, organization, etc. trying to get you to pay or donate and don’t feel 100 percent comfortable with what’s being offered/asked of you, don’t go along with it. Demand more information, in writing, and don’t be pressured into acting immediately. Legitimate businesses and organizations will gladly provide more information and give you time to make a decision.

Bike safety

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With the weather warming, kids will be riding bikes again. Parents, take steps to keep your kids safe:

- Make them wear a helmet. It’s the law in New Jersey for all bicycle riders under 17. And studies have shown that wearing a helmet can reduce head injuries by as much as 85 percent.

- Bikes should have front and rear reflectors.

- Teach children to follow the rules of the road, including to ride on the right side of the road in single file with the flow of traffic.

- Bikes should always be locked up, and the most secure are U locks that can go through the front wheel and the frame of the bike.

- Record the serial number on the bike, and keep the number and a picture of the bike on hand for identification if the bike is stolen. Having a unique number engraved on the bike can also help with identification if the bike is stolen.

Officers of the Week – Jorge Perez and Mark Pease

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This week, the Camden County Police Department recognizes the work of Officers Jorge Perez and Mark Pease.

Both joined the Camden County Police Department in October 2013. They are assigned to the Neighborhood Response Team in the city’s 4th District.

On March 21, around 8:40 p.m., Officers Perez and Pease conducted an abandoned property check on the 1100 block of Chase Street after observing that a rear door to the home was open. After entering the building, Officers Perez and Pease then checked the building and located an individual in a front room of the house who, upon investigation, was found to be in possession of a Smith & Wesson Airweight .38 Special loaded with hollow point bullets. The suspect was arrested and charged with weapons offenses.

“These two officers have been extremely proactive and no doubt have bright futures ahead of them with the Camden County Police Department,” said Lt. Kevin Wilkes.

For their efforts, we honor Officers Jorge Perez and Mark Pease as the Camden County Police Department Officers of the Week. Also nominated were Officer Douglas Dickinson and Detective Michael Shomo.

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Preventing bike thefts

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In the spring and summer months, the number of bicycle thefts tends to rise. There are simple things you can do to prevent yours or your child’s bike from being stolen. Foremost is do not leave bicycles unlocked in plain view – laying in the yard, on a porch even in a garage with the door open.  This is inviting thieves. Always lock your bike when it is outside, but better, store your bike inside, out of sight of potential thieves, when you’re not using it.

For Camden residents, if your bike is stolen, report it by calling us at (856) 757-7400 to file a report.

Camden County Officer apprehends suspect wanted for two counts of attempted murder

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(Camden, NJ) – Officer Joseph Olivio from the Camden County Police Department K-9 unit apprehended a wanted suspect in the attempted murder of two people on the 800 block of Spruce Street last night.

Around 6:30 p.m. Monday, Officer Olivio was on directed patrol addressing quality of life issues when he observed suspect, Shane Williams, 35, who was wanted for shooting at two victims in an incident that occurred on the 700 block of Division Street on March 23, at approximately 1:45 p.m. 

Williams was arrested, charged with two counts of attempted murder and related weapons offenses and remanded to the county jail with bail set at $700,000 cash or bond.

Must see: CBS Evening News calls CCPD an example of good policing

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Watch Jericka Duncan of the CBS Evening News report on the Camden County Police Department.  The story that ran on April 5 calls the CCPD an example of good policing.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/camden-police-force-makes-a-remarkable-comeback/

 

Officers of the Week

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(Camden, NJ) – This week, the Camden County Police Department recognizes five officers who volunteering their time representing the department in reaching out to the community – Officers Chris Sarlo, Cody Smith, Matthew DiDomenico, Louis Trocchio Jr. and Detective Rafael Martinez Jr.

On March 16, these five officers volunteered their time to play in a community basketball game at the Sacred Heart School gymnasium. The officers played a full, 50-minute game, against a team of North Camden residents. Despite having no substitutes and playing against a taller, deeper team of more than a dozen players, these officers played hard and represented the department admirably despite losing the game.

The players on the North Camden team were very appreciative to have played the game, and the officers involved are working on organizing future community games with other teams from around the city.

These kinds of positive interactions in the setting of a friendly game are helping to further connect residents and the police department and these five officers should be commended for volunteering their time to further this cause.

We honor Officers Sarlo, Smith, DiDomenico, Trocchio and Detective Martinez as the Camden County Police Department Officers of the Week. Also nominated were Officers William Poling and Officer Joshua Soper.

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Missing person – Tyreek Watkins

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is looking for a missing 15-year-old from East Camden.

Tyreek Watkins was reported missing today from the 2100 block of Westminster Ave. He is described as a black male, 5’3” 140 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a gray Puma sweat shirt with black lettering, black sweatpants and gray with black sneakers with a white Nike logo on them. He has been reported missing four times previously and is known to frequent East Camden.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.

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