Join Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal for a Town Hall on Wednesday, June 3rd at 11:30 AM. They will be having a candid conversation on investigating officer involved shootings and other use of force incidents, strengthening trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. Please click here to register.
Visits by black bears are a regular occurrence in our township and today we have confirmation of another one paying a visit. The bear was observed in the last hour on Mill Lane, then on Manchester Court off of Hedding Road, and moments ago crossing Route 206 onto New York Avenue. Since this was the first sighting of the year, we are reminding the community that they should exercise caution if they see a bear. You can review the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Bear Safety Tips HERE. Residents are urged to move bird feeders indoors to avoid attracting bears. Notification is being made to the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife.
Any bear sightings can be reported to police by calling the dispatch center at 609-723-8300. Additionally, sightings, black bear damage, or nuisance behavior can be reported to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s 24-hour hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).
The Mansfield Township Police Department is saddened to announce the passing of Retired Officer William “Bill” Stricker, Badge# 3351. Officer Stricker gave 28 years of service to the community as a special law enforcement officer with the police department. In addition, he was a volunteer member of the Franklin Fire Department and the Mansfield Township Ambulance Corps. for many years.
Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Law enforcement is monitoring a statewide pattern where perpetrators telephone victims and claim that their grandchild or member of the family has been involved in a motor vehicle accident or incident that resulted in their arrest. The perpetrator arranges to meet at the victim’s residence to retrieve the money. There are currently 28 known cases across 10 counties.
If you or someone you know you is contacted by someone claiming one of your family members is need of bail, or claiming to be a law enforcement agency collecting bail, please contact your local police department to assist in verifying the information before making payment.
Yesterday, Mansfield Township realized our first confirmed case of COVID-19. We encourage everyone to heed the guidance being provided by the CDC and follow the spirit of the stay at home mandate issued by the governor. The Mansfield Township community has been supportive, understanding, and cooperative with our officers throughout this week. We appreciate your continued assistance in that respect.
You’ll find our officers maintaining their distance if you have contact with them, possibly asking to meet with you outside instead of in a building or closed area. We have restricted access to the police station and non-sworn personnel are reporting on a limited basis when necessary. Some incidents will be handled via phone, but officers will respond to emergencies at any time. All of these measures are intended to promote the health and longevity of our officers in order to maintain police services for the community.
On Thursday, December 5th the Mansfield Township Police Department welcomed Assistant Prosecutor Brian Faulk of the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office to Homestead at Mansfield for a presentation on elder fraud. The presentation was part of a new effort by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office to combat the growing victimization of senior citizens. The information provided aimed to expose the various tactics used by fraudsters and educate our residents on how they can protect themselves. We want to thank A.P. Faulk and BCPO for providing the information to our community.
Here are some important points to remember:
- Never give personal information over the phone, especially if they contacted you first.
- Routinely review bank statements and credit reports for unusual transactions or activity.
- If you aren’t sure a solicitation or call is legitimate, discuss it with someone you trust or contact local police.
- Stay up to date on new scams by visiting the Federal Trade Commission’s website: www.ftc.gov and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs website: www.njconsumeraffairs.gov
- If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
This is a reminder that a curfew was established under Chapter 28 of the Mansfield Township Code.
The curfew applies to any person under 18 years old and is in effect on:
- October 28th, 29th, & 30th from 8:30 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the next day.
- October 31st from 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the next day.
On Wednesday, September 25th, a resident of Kinkora Road reported a burglary to their residence. The incident occurred between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Police continue to investigate this case and ask anyone who noted anything suspicious on Kinkora Road or in the Hedding area yesterday to report it by calling 609-298-4411 or emailing us at email@example.com
Residents are reminded to secure the windows and doors of their homes, garages, and vehicles to avoid being an easy target.
Residents of the Four Seasons development may have noticed a significant police presence in the area earlier this evening. Police were searching for an individual who was reported missing by family members. The subject has been located and returned home. We want to reassure the community that there is was no danger to public safety and the incident has been resolved.
On Friday, September 13th at approximately 7:45 PM, police were dispatched to Boyd’s Pharmacy in Homestead Plaza II on Columbus Road for a reported armed robbery. A black male armed with a knife entered the business and demanded employees give him prescription narcotics. The suspect was wearing a black Nike hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and wore white sneakers. Another distinguishing characteristic was that the suspect had bandages on his face. If anyone can identify this person or provide information that may assist in this investigation, please contact the Mansfield Township Police Department at 609-298-4411 to speak to an officer.