This week played host to several vehicle burglaries in the Meadows at Mansfield development off of Mount Pleasant Road. In the early morning hours of Monday, August 31st, the suspects burglarized several vehicles along Waverly Drive. They entered one vehicle and used the garage door opener remote to gain access to the garage. Fortunately, the resident heard the door open and alerted police. The suspects fled on foot and a police K-9 unit was called in to aid with the search. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
Don’t make your home or vehicle an easy target, lock your doors and remove valuables from your vehicles.
Notice to Residents:
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (MDL) has announced live fire artillery training at the Dix ranges starting today, Friday, August 21st through August 28th. The training will occur during daylight hours and could produce ground shaking and considerable noise in surrounding communities. Base officials noted that overcast weather can intensify the noise.
The Mansfield Township Police Department (Burlington County) is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Proposed salary range is $42,393 to $80,682 plus fringe benefit package. Applicants with three years full-time police experience may be offered higher starting salary.
Candidates may request an application during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) or by appointment beginning Monday, June 29, 2015 through Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at the Mansfield Township Police Department located at 190A Atlantic Ave, Columbus, NJ 08022. Closing date for the return of applications will be 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2015. All applicants must pick up their application in-person.
Eligibility Criteria for the Mansfield Township Police Officer Position:
- Must be not less than 21 years of age or more than 35 years of age, unless currently enrolled in Police and Firemen’s Retirement System;
- Must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of New Jersey;
- Must possess a valid New Jersey driver’s license;
- Must have completed a minimum of 60 college credits or possess an Associate’s Degree at the time of application, otherwise this provision must be satisfied within one year of hiring;
- Must have a minimum of two years of satisfactory employment or military experience indicating the maturity of the applicant;
- Must be currently enrolled in or a graduate of the Basic Course for Police Officers from a New Jersey Police Training Commission certified police academy. Applicants with SLEO II certification may be considered, if eligible for a waiver to satisfy the basic training requirement.
- Must have a good reputation and be of sound moral character and must not have been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude;
- Must be able to demonstrate ability to qualify with required weapons;
- Must be able to satisfactorily complete job-related practical exercises.
Mansfield Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Mansfield Township Police Department is proud to announce that earlier this month our agency was re-accredited by the New Jersey State Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. This achievement has been our pursuit since receiving initial accreditation in 2011 and is a resounding testament to the men and women that comprise the sworn and civilian staff of the organization. As an accredited agency we endeavor to follow the best practices of our profession and to provide exceptional police service to all those we serve. Both the community and agency can take pride in their department, knowing that it represents the very best in policing.
On Monday, June 22nd at 6:04 a.m., police were dispatched to the Liberty 2 Diner on Route 130 for a reported assault in progress. Upon arriving, police met with the victim, a male employee of the diner, who reported that a white male was hitting and kicking the victim’s car that was parked behind the diner. The victim said when he walked out to confront the suspect and was immediately attacked by the man who punched him several times. The victim’s coworker came to his aid and the suspect fled in a white pick-up truck prior to police arriving on scene.
While on scene investigating the incident, police learned of a motor vehicle crash in Fieldsboro that resulted in the driver running from the crash location on foot and being struck by a passing NJ Transit River Line train. Mansfield officers worked with NJ State Police and NJ Transit investigators to confirm that it was the same individual, later identified as Paul Brophy of Mount Laurel, who had committed the assault at the Liberty 2 Diner. The suspect’s motive for attacking the diner employee remains unclear.
The assault victim from the diner sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Township police officers arrested two individuals during the weekend for driving while intoxicated in similar, but unrelated calls to assist disabled motorists. Both incidents occurred on Saturday, March 14th. The first incident was at 5:20 a.m. when police were dispatched to Public Road for a disabled motor vehicle that was off the roadway in a ditch. The vehicle, a 2002 Ford Focus, was being operated by Tracey Menefield, 24 years old of Mount Holly. During their contact with the driver, police determined Menefield had been drinking alcoholic beverages prior to driving. Menefield was taken into police custody for driving while intoxicated after failing field sobriety tests. At police headquarters, Menefield was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. After the completion of his arrest processing, Menefield was released to a friend pending a court appearance, without incident.
Less that eighteen hours later, at 10:53 p.m., police responded to another disabled vehicle call, this one involving a disabled Ford Mustang on Mount Pleasant Road. After locating the vehicle and speaking to the driver, identified as Robert Cowgill, 58 years old of Mount Holly, the officer smelled the odor of alcoholic beverages coming from his breath. Cowgill was unable to pass field sobriety tests and was determined to be intoxicated. Cowgill was arrested and transported to the police station where he was processed and issued several motor vehicle summonses, including Driving While Intoxicated, before being released to a friend.
On Wednesday, February 25th at 11:14 a.m., police were dispatched to Manheim Auto Auction on Route 68 for a report of trespassers on the property. Police responded and were informed that Luo Tudeng, 29 years old of Queens, NY, and Yeshi Tseten, 25 years old of Woodside, NY, were both escorted off the property by a police officer earlier that same day and told they were not permitted to return to the facility. Upon Tseten and Tudeng returning to the property that morning, they were then taken into custody and each charged with trespassing. Both men were released on their own recognizance pending a court appearance.
On Friday, February 27th police responded to a residential burglary on Route 206 in the area of the Mansfield Township Municipal Building. The incident occurred sometime between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. The suspect(s) made forced entry into the residence. If any suspicious activity was observed in this area during the reported time frame, please contact the Mansfield Township Police Department at (609) 298-4411.
Police stopped a motor vehicle on Monday, March 9th at 8:08 p.m. on East Main Street for a moving violation. During the motor vehicle stop a check returned that Ann Bryant-Oliver, 49 years old of Beverly, was wanted on a criminal warrant. Bryant-Oliver was taken into custody for processing and was later released after posting bail and receiving a motor vehicle summons.
On Monday, March 9th police responded to a residential burglary with the township. The incident occurred on Route 68 between 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The suspect(s) made entry by forcing the front door open. A green car, unknown make and model, was reported in front of the residence during the time of the burglary. If any suspicious activity was observed in this area during the reported time frame, please contact the police.
The Mansfield – Springfield Municipal Court has cancelled the court session scheduled for Thursday, March 5th due to the impending winter storm. All matters will be rescheduled for a future court date. Any questions can be directed to the court office at 609-298-0649.
A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Sunday, March 8th, 2015, to examine all aspects of the Mansfield Township Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
The assessment team is tasked with verifying that the Mansfield Township Police Department meets the NJSACOP Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission’s ‘best practice’ standards as part of a voluntary process to maintain accredited status, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The Mansfield Township Police Department has been accredited since 2011 and must submit to periodic verification to maintain its accredited status.
If members of the public would like to provide comments to the assessment team, they may do so by telephone. The public may call 609-298-0408 on Monday, March 9th, 2015, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Email comments can be sent to email@example.com.
Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Mansfield Township Police Department, 190-A Atlantic Avenue, Columbus, NJ. Please contact Lieutenant Eric Campbell at 609-298-4411 for additional information.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Mansfield Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them by email to Harry J Delgado, Ed.S., Accreditation Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone 856-988-5880, or write to the New Jersey State Association of Chief’s of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North West, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.
The police department has to comply with 100 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.
The Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Mr. Harry J Delgado, Ed.S, stated, “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted continued accredited status.”
Accreditation is valid for a three-year period, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission please write the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North West, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.
On Monday, January 19th at 5:02 p.m., police performed a motor vehicle stop on Route 206 for a moving violation. During the stop, a check of the driver, Shaun Potter, 30 years old of Sicklerville, revealed he had a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on multiple warrants. Potter was taken into custody for processing, issued several motor vehicle summonses, and later released with new court dates.
Police stopped a vehicle on Wednesday, January 28th at 9:03 p.m. on Route 206 for a moving violation. During the motor vehicle stop, a check returned that the driver, Anthony Ammirato, 44 of East Brunswick, was wanted on traffic warrants and that his driving privileges were suspended. Ammirato was taken into custody for processing and was later released after posting bail and receiving several motor vehicle summonses.
On Sunday, February 1st at 11:47 p.m. police stopped a vehicle after a random check indicated that the registered owner’s driver license was suspended and he was wanted on an outstanding warrant. After confirming the owner was operating the vehicle, Jamie L. Thompson, 38 years old Lumberton, was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. Thompson was issued a motor vehicle summons and was later released after posting bail.
On Wednesday, February 4th at 9:00 a.m., police observed Beka Dokvadze, 24 of Brooklyn, NY, removing an on board navigation system disk from a BMW at Manheim Auto Auction on Route 68. Police observed Dokvadze place the DVD into his pocket and begin walking away. Investigation revealed that Dokvadze had committed a theft and was taken into custody. Dokvadze was charged and released pending a court appearance.
Police stopped a motor vehicle on Thursday, February 5th at 11:23 p.m. on Rt. 206 for a non-moving violation. During the stop a check of the driver, Hilton J. Bunce, 56 of Browns Mills, revealed he was a wanted person by the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department. Bunce was taken into custody and was later transported to the Burlington County Jail after receiving a motor vehicle summons.
On Tuesday, February 10th at 2:06 p.m., police performed a motor vehicle stop on Rt. 206 for a moving violation. During the motor vehicle stop, a check of the driver, Mark A. Labajo, 40 of Bordentown, revealed he had a criminal warrant issued for his arrest. Labajo was taken into custody for processing and was later released after posting bail.