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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com, 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.
On Saturday, February 8th at 4:17 a.m., police were dispatched to Heather Court in the Country Walk development for a report of an individual looking into vehicles with a flashlight. Upon arriving in the area, police observed a female, later identified as Amanda Picard, 23 years old of Toms River, seated in a vehicle at the corner of Heather Court and Fieldcrest Drive. While speaking to the Picard, she was unable to explain why she was in the area and police noticed a wallet in the passenger side door. Picard turned the wallet over to police and it was determined to be stolen property from a resident in Country Walk. Picard also turned over two bags to police that contained various amounts of suspected heroin, crack cocaine, and drug paraphernalia, as well as other items that were believed to be stolen. Picard was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. While at police headquarters, Picard was found to be in possession of more drug paraphernalia, consisting of a crack pipe and a hypodermic needle and a small amount of CDS. Picard was charged with Receiving Stolen Property, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, and Possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. Picard was lodged in the Burlington County Jail in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.
Police are still investigating the connection of a second suspect that evaded police and is the suspect in the theft of a motor vehicle from Petticoat Bridge Road that occurred sometime between 3:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. that morning.
Any residents of Country Walk that have security cameras on their property are asked to contact police, as any footage of the culprits would be helpful to the investigation. Additionally, all residents are urged to lock their vehicles, homes, and sheds/out buildings to discourage easy access by thieves.
All residents are asked to review the following excerpt from the Township Code regarding parking on Township roads during snow storms. The township’s plow contractor will be reporting problem areas and police will be ticketing offenders. Your cooperation is requested to avoid the need for enforcement action. § 60-20. Parking prohibited on public roads, streets, right-of-ways or other improved road surfaces when snow exceeds three inches
A. No parking on any street when snow covered. Parking on any street, road, alley or other improved road surface used by motorized vehicles and maintained by the Township shall be prohibited when snowfall is in excess of three inches, as measured on the municipal parking lot and posted on the Township’s official website, or that sufficient ice or slippery conditions have developed so as to create driving and walking hazards. Vehicles found to be parked on said roadways shall be ticketed.
B. Violations and penalties. Unless otherwise in another section of this chapter or Title 39 of the New Jersey Statutes, any person who violates any provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction therefore, be subject to a fine of $50 for the first offense; $100 for the second offense; and $250 for the third and any subsequent offense.
C. Approved off-street parking. Off-street parking shall be permitted during such weather events in the following parking areas: Mansfield Community Park, Country Walk recreation area parking lot, Georgetown Park in the Mapleton Development.
D. Approved lawn parking. Lawn parking will be permitted for 48 hours following the conclusion of the storm event creating a minimum of three inches of accumulated snowfall. All vehicles must be removed from any lawn area at the conclusion of the 48 hours’ period or be subject to the same fines and penalties referred in this chapter.
E. Fire hydrant accessibility. Fire hydrants located on private property, or rights-of-way shall be kept clear of snow, ice and debris by the property owner. Hydrants located on public property shall be kept clear by the Township Fire Marshal, who shall be responsible for the enforcement of this provision.
The complete online codebook is available HERE.
In anticipation of the approaching winter storm system and the forecast including blowing snow, please be reminded that traffic signals equipped with energy efficient LED bulbs put out less heat and can become obstructed when snow accumulates on the face of the lens. This obscures the signal and causes a very dangerous situation for motorists. Please report any obstructed traffic signals immediately by calling the dispatch center at 609-723-8300.
The Mansfield Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office are asking for the public’s help identifying the driver of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian on Route 206 southbound at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21st in the area of the Imperial Inn.
A motorist contacted police after seeing the pedestrian walking along the highway during the snowstorm. The motorist then observed a vehicle in the rear view mirror swerve upon passing the area where the pedestrian had been seen walking.
The motorist turned around to check on the pedestrian and determined the vehicle believed to have been involved in the collision was a white sedan with only one working headlight. The pedestrian was discovered on the ground on the side of the road.
The injured person was described as a 69-year-old man. He was taken to a Trenton hospital and is listed in critical condition. His name is being withheld because his family has not yet been notified about the collision.
Anyone with information that would be helpful to investigators is asked to call Mansfield Township Police at (609) 723-8300.
On Saturday, December 20th at 11:12 p.m., police conducted a pedestrian stop on State Highway 130 in the area of Maple Avenue. The pedestrian, who was identified as Carolyn Vogel, 52 of Bordentown, was visibly under the influence of alcohol, failed to comply with the officer’s orders and attempted to flee the scene on foot. Vogel was apprehended and taken into custody. Vogel was transported to police headquarters, at which time she was processed and issued a summons for a pedestrian violation and charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law. Vogel was later released from custody pending a court appearance.
On Thursday, December 25th at 2:33 a.m. police were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash in the area of Old York Road and Kinkora Road. While police spoke to the driver, later identified as Devon Harper, 25 years old of Hainesport, the odor of alcoholic beverage was detected on Harper’s breath. Officers administered field sobriety tests, which Harper failed. He was then arrested for driving while intoxicated and transported to police headquarters for processing. He was issued summonses for Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. Harper was later released to the custody of a friend.
On Saturday, January 3rd at 12:20 p.m. police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 206 after it was reported that an erratic driver was traveling northbound swerving all over the roadway. The vehicle, a 1990 Acura Integra, was being operated by a subject who was later identified as Andres Ortiz-Tzul. Investigation on scene revealed that Ortiz-Tzul had consumed some amount of alcoholic beverages prior to driving. After failing to satisfactorily perform a series of field sobriety tests, Ortiz-Tzul was taken into custody. At police headquarters, Ortiz-Tzul was charged with DWI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane and Unlicensed Driver. After the completion of his arrest processing, Ortiz-Tzul was released to the custody of a friend.
Police were dispatched to Locust Avenue for a report of a dispute on Saturday, January 3rd at 7:58 p.m. The caller, Mary Thornton, 46 of Columbus, was highly intoxicated and repeatedly interfered with the police investigation. Thornton failed to comply with the officer’s instructions and was taken into custody. Thornton was charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law and was later released pending a court appearance.
On Thursday, January 8th at 9:43 p.m., police performed a motor vehicle stop on Route 206 for a moving violation. During the motor vehicle stop, a check of the driver, Edward D. McIlwee, 44 of Mount Holly, revealed that he was wanted on a warrant issued by Mount Holly Municipal Court. McIlwee was then taken into custody for processing and later released after posting bail.
On Monday, January 12th at 8:52 p.m. police were dispatched to Route 206 for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Investigation revealed that the driver involved, Lonnie Perry, 60 of Philadelphia, PA, had consumed some amount of alcoholic beverages prior to driving. After he failed to pass a series of field sobriety tests, Perry was placed under arrest. At police headquarters, Perry was issued motor vehicle summonses for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, open container of alcohol in motor vehicle, and failure to exhibit registration card. After the completion of arrest processing, Perry was released from custody pending a mandatory court appearance in the Mansfield Township Municipal Court. As a result of the crash, no injuries were reported.
The negative sentiment toward police is currently so pervasive in our society, it seemed important to take this opportunity to highlight one recent example of the good works our officers quietly do that most people would never hear about.
On December 27th at 1:54 a.m., Patrolman White of the Mansfield Township Police Department came upon a transient male walking along the shoulder of Route 68. After speaking with the man, it was determined that he was unemployed, homeless, and in need of shelter from the cold temperatures that night. The man told police he was trying to make his way to Philadelphia, where he felt he had a better chance of finding safe shelter while he continued his search for a job.
In effort to obtain shelter for the man, Patrolman White and Sergeant Mueller spent several hours speaking to the social service hotline, various shelters and charitable organizations, but were unable to find a shelter willing to take in the man, due to his transient status and because he was not a New Jersey resident. The officers, unable to find assistance for the man, made arrangements with the owner of the Pine Motel, Margaret Wang, and the officers paid for a room for the man to stay at the motel overnight. Additionally, they purchased a Riverline train ticket to transport him to Camden and then onto Philadelphia. The officers also gave the man a Wawa card for food purchases. The officers are extremely grateful to Mrs. Wang for her willingness to work with them and provide the room at a discounted rate.
These officers are commended for their actions going beyond any requirement or expectation to intervene in this situation. I am proud of the men and women that wear the uniform and wanted to share one of the untold positive stories that generally never see the light of day.
- Chief Ronald Mulhall
On Wednesday, December 3rd at 2:55 p.m. police witnessed a male enter a parked vehicle in the Sale Lot of the Manheim Auto Auction at 730 Route 68. The officer noted the subject moving around in the back seat of the vehicle and then exit while adjusting something underneath his jacket. Upon being confronted by the officer, it was determined that the subject, Orlando DeJesus Ramirez, 24 years old of Jamaica, NY, had stolen interior trim pieces from the parked vehicle and concealed them beneath his jacket. Ramirez was taken into custody, charged with theft of movable property and trespassing. Ramirez was processed and released pending court.
On Sunday, December 7th at 3:19 pm, police conducted a motor vehicle stop on State Highway 206 in the area of the Imperial Inn. The vehicle was being operated by Brenda D. Sanchez, 49 of Trenton. Investigation revealed that Sanchez had warrants issued by the Trenton City Municipal Court for her arrest. Sanchez was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters, at which time she was processed and issued a motor vehicle summons for Driving with a Suspended License. Sanchez was later released pending a court appearance.
On Wednesday, December 10th at 8:21 am, police were dispatched to Manheim Auto Auction at 730 Route 68 for a report Criminal Mischief. At the auction, police learned that two individuals, who were identified as Nichai Maksim, 34 year old of Ocean City, MD and Aleksejs Buinovskis, 37 years old of Selbyville, DE, had tampered with vehicles that were prepared for auction. The males were taken into custody and transported to police headquarters, where they were each processed and charged with committing an act of Criminal Mischief. After processing, both Masksim and Buinovskis were released pending a court appearance.
On Friday, December 19th at 3:19 p.m., police conducted a motor vehicle stop on State Highway 68 in the area of Aaronson Road. The vehicle was being operated by Joseph J. Ferrara Jr., 54 years old of Wilmington, DE. Investigation revealed that Ferrara had an active warrant issued by the Pennsville Municipal Court. Ferrara was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters where he was processed and issued a motor vehicle summons for Driving with a Suspended License. Ferrara was later released on bail, pending a court appearance.
On Saturday, December 20th at 7:55 a.m., police were dispatched to Petticoat Bridge Road for a property damage complaint. On scene a resident reported hearing a load crash sometime around 4:00 a.m. only to later realize their mailbox had been damaged. Officers found mailboxes from several neighboring homes were also damaged by an unknown model Cadillac. Due to the lack of evidence and witnesses, police have not identified a suspect at this time.