Today is Overdose Awareness Day – if you know someone struggling with addiction, go to addictions.camdencounty.co
Help us find the suspect(s) who killed 8-year-old Gabrielle Hill Carter – the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible is now $76,000 thanks to contributions from many individuals and organizations including the FBI, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Norcross family, Pacetalk and Vahan and Danielle Gureghian.
If you have information, call the Citizens Crime Commission, tips can be submitted anonymously: (215) 546-TIPS or (877) 345-TIPS.August 26, 2016
Since its inception in 2013, the Camden County Police Department has relied on not only sworn officers, but a team of hard working and talented civilian employees to ensure that work vital to serving and protecting Camden residents is done.
So the department is proud to recognize four individuals as civilian employees of the month and analysts of the month for June and July.
For June, the Camden County Police Department honored Intelligence Analyst Meredith Griese as analyst of the month and Clerk Maria Pagan as civilian employee of the month.
Griese started with the Camden County Police Department in 2013 after an internship with the Philadelphia Police Department. She works in the department’s Strategic Analysis Unit where she assists with gathering intelligence for criminal investigations and does social networking analysis work that has helped advance several long-term criminal investigations in recent months.
“Meredith has done outstanding work in gathering intelligence that has helped us advance numerous investigations and identify persons of interest,” said Camden County Police Department Director of Criminal Intelligence & Analysis Kerry Yerico.
Pagan also joined the Camden County Police Department in 2013 as the department was launched. She is assigned to the Detective Bureau where she fulfills numerous duties, including records management for investigative reports and various crime logs and databases, working with other law enforcement agencies to prepare investigative report packages and assisting citizens who visit or call the Detective Bureau.
“The hard work that Maria does on so many levels in the Detective Bureau is critical and, she ensures that they always have the resources they need to do their jobs,” said Captain Richard Verticelli.
For July, the department has honored Crime Analyst Sydnie Giacomucci as analyst of the month and Police Aide Shimera Couse as civilian employee of the month.
Giacomucci joined the Camden County Police Department in January 2015 where she started in the Real-Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center. She moved to the Strategic Analysis Unit in 2016 to do intelligence work and assist on criminal investigations; she was instrumental in ensuring that crime data is accurate and that officers had daily bulletins on crime trends and patterns. She has recently returned to the RTTOIC where she is working to train new crime analysts.
“Sydnie has done an excellent job of making sure officers in the field have the most up to date intelligence regarding crime patterns,” said Director of Criminal Intelligence & Analysis Kerry Yerico.
Couse joined the Camden County Police Department in 2013 as the department launched and has worked in a number of departments including the RTTOIC, Central Booking and Communications where she fielded 911 calls. During a recent call from a woman involved in a domestic violence incident, Couse was able to help the woman remain calm and have her provide important details that allowed officers to identify the correct suspect.
“Police Aide Couse does an excellent job handling 911 calls by managing to keep callers calm and focused and eliciting important details that help officers responding to the scene,” said Lt. Anthony Moffa.
We’re proud to recognize these four individuals for their outstanding work and dedication as our civilian employees and civilian analysts of the month for June and July.
Below are each of the winners pictured with their nominating supervisor.August 25, 2016
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and the Camden County Police Department are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for the shooting of an 8-year-old girl.
The shooting occurred at 8:28 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 on the 900 block of South 8th Street. Responding officers from the Camden County Police Department found the victim who had been playing outside on the sidewalk when the shooting occurred. She was immediately transported to Cooper University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. She is listed in critical condition.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or the incident is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sherman Hopkins at (856) 225-8623 or Camden County Police Department Detective Michael Ross at (856) 757-7420.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
Information may also be emailed to email@example.com.
Distribution of the reward is solely at the discretion of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.August 23, 2016
(Camden, NJ) – Camden County Police Department officers have now saved the lives of 225 overdose victims using Narcan since they first began deploying with the anti-opiod medication in May of 2014.
On Monday, Aug. 22, at 7:40 a.m., officers responded to the 2600 block of Federal Street where a male who had used heroin was lying on the ground unconscious behind a building. Officer Christopher Devlin quickly administered Narcan, and the victim began to regain consciousness before being transported to Cooper University Hospital.
On Wednesday, Aug. 17, just after 2:45 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of South Broadway where they located a man who was struggling to breathe and unconscious. Officer Ralph Clark administered Narcan and the man began to regain consciousness before being transported to Cooper University Hospital.
On Sunday, Aug. 14, officers saved two lives in separate overdose incidents. At 3:24 a.m., Officer Gregory Germscheid responded to 7th & Clinton streets where he located a female overdose victim who was unresponsive. Officer Germscheid administered Narcan and the woman regained consciousness before being taken to Virtua Camden for treatment. Later that day, just after 3:30 p.m., officers responded again to 7th and Clinton streets where they located an unresponsive man who was struggling to breathe. Officer Nicholas Healy administered Narcan and the man was then taken to Cooper University Hospital where he regained consciousness after further treatment.
And on Saturday, Aug. 13, officers also saved two lives in separate incidents. At 7:26 a.m., Officer Healy responded to the corner of 5th Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard where a man experiencing an overdose was unconscious lying on the ground. Officer Healy administered Narcan and the man was then taken to Cooper University Hospital. And at 8:28 a.m., Officer Michael Grace responded to the corner of 7th and Mechanic streets where he located a male victim behind an abandoned building who was unconscious and struggling to breathe. Officer Grace administered Narcan and the man’s breathing improved. He was then taken to Cooper University Hospital for further treatment.
To date in 2016, there have been 412 recorded drug overdoses in the city, including 20 fatal overdoses.
The Camden County Police Department has issued public safety alerts about the danger to drug users purchasing narcotics in the city and has distributed informational cards throughout the city encouraging anyone who witnesses an overdose to immediately call 911 and report it. Anyone with information about the distribution, sale or use of drugs should call the department’s anonymous tip line at (856) 757-7042.
At an Oct. 7, 2015, ceremony honoring police officers who have used Narcan to save lives, Camden County Freeholder-Director Louis Cappelli Jr. announced the launch of Operation SAL, a pilot program to provide detoxification and addiction treatment/rehabilitation services to overdose victims in the county. For information about Operation SAL and other available treatment services for drug users and families, including crisis hotline numbers, visit the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force website at addictions.camdencounty.com. For addiction help call the CRISIS hotline at 877-266-8222 or call 911 in the event of an emergency.August 22, 2016
(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is looking for a missing adult from Fairview.
Raheef Hall, 26, was reported missing from his home on the 2900 block of Yorkship Square. He is described as a black male, 5’7” 150 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a navy blue shirt, tan pants, dark blue shoes, a blue Walmart hat and vest.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.August 22, 2016
(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is looking for a missing 16-year-old from Bergen Square.
Daniel Concepcion was reported missing from his home on the 800 block of South 8th Street. He is described as a Hispanic male, 5’11” 130 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a gray long-sleeve shirt, brown pants and earrings and may be in Mount Ephraim.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.August 19, 2016
This week, the Camden County Police Department recognizes Officer Michael Shirk for his outstanding work in the community.
Officer Shirk joined the Camden County Police Department in 2013 and is currently assigned to the Neighborhood Response Team – Central unit.
On Tuesday, Aug. 9, Officer Shirk was honored with a commendation from the Camden City Council for his continued commitment to community policing, including his dedication to engaging children in the city. Councilwoman Marilyn Torres showed a video to council members and residents in attendance which showed Officer Shirk dancing and doing push-ups with children at a recent event in Yorkship Square. This was just one example of how Officer Shirk regularly interacts with residents, particularly children, in a positive way. He regularly joins in pick-up basketball games, was a volunteer readers in the department’s Bookmates program this past year and finds other ways to engage children and ensure that they have a positive interaction with police.
“Officer Shirk consistently demonstrates what it means to engage in community policing by building relationships with residents,” said Lt. Gabriel Rodriguez.
For his dedication and hard work, we honor Officer Shirk as Camden County Police Department Officer of the Week. Also nominated were Officers Maria Holmes and Marvin Sandoval and Officers Jose Vale and Jordan Surgick.August 19, 2016
(Camden, NJ) – Starting today, the Camden County Police Department will be participating in the 2016 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign – a national effort to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by public educational efforts. The campaign, which runs from today through Sept. 5, is designed to curtail impaired driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.
“Many people believe that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger.”
Nationally, impaired driving accounts for almost 18,000 fatalities and approximately 250,000 injuries each year. In New Jersey, more than a quarter of all motor vehicle fatalities were caused by impaired driving in 2013.
As part of this initiative, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign.
Don’t put other drivers and yourself at risk:
- If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
- Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- Spend the night where the activity is held.
- Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
- If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.August 17, 2016
We’re proud to have been highlighted by The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing for our community policing work, including the implementation of body-worn cameras with public input. Check out the COPS Office’s interactive map on policy implementation at: http://cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2827
Read the full 21st Century Policing progress report here: http://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/TaskForce_Annual_Report.pdf← Older posts