Atlantic Highlands Police Department

  • Agency: Atlantic Highlands Police Department
  • Address: 100 1st Ave, Atlantic Highlands , 07716 NJ
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Phone: 732-291-1212

Atlantic Highlands Police Department is located at 100 1st Ave, Atlantic Highlands , 07716 NJ. The Atlantic Highlands Police Department phone number is 732-291-1212.

Atlantic Highlands Police Department News

Sergeant Murtha this morning at our school.

AHPD encourages you to WEAR ORANGE on Friday June 1, 2018 in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day to honor and remember all victims of gun violence and to express a desire for change!

Atlantic Highlands intersections are now open.

Update regarding the power outage: The power is out in town and several towns south of us for an unkown preriod of time. The intersections at First Ave & Grand Ave are closed to crossing traffic. Residents that need to cross Highway 36 to get in and out of town may use the traffic lights in Leonardo at Leonard Ave & Highway 36, Thompson Ave & Highway 36, Appleton Ave & Highway 36 and Avenue D & Highway 36.

This came in the mail today. Pretty cool to see this after many years.

Thanks to Sergeant Brian Phair and Patrolman Christopher Inglis for securing this grant for the Borough of Atlantic Highlands.

Sergeant Murtha and Patrolman Zudonyi having lunch with the Third graders at Atlantic Highlands Elementary School.

Safe Syringe Disposal: Please contact the Atlantic Highlands Police Department should you find a discarded syringe in a public area. Do not touch the syringe. Our officers will safely remove the syringe. The Atlantic Highlands Police Departmeht will not accept personal medical waste such as syringes that is generated from a household. Please refer to the following guidlines for safe syringe dispoasl taken from the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission # 1: OPTIONS REGARDING SAFE SYRINGE DISPOSAL: 1) Contact your local health department for syringe disposal facilities in your area (ex. local hospitals) 2) Ask own physician if they will take used syringes once placed in a proper container. 3) Household Waste - Follow these steps to safely dispose of your syringes in your municipal trash. Your syringes must be placed in rigid containers that will protect people from needle sticks and use containers that are unlikely to break open on the way to the landfill. Rigid Container - You may use empty laundry detergent bottles or 2-liter soda bottles or other rigid containers with screw-on caps to dispose of needles and syringes. Check the pharmacy. Ask if it sells commercial containers specially designed to hold sharps for disposal in your household trash. Label/Warning: Place a large label with a warning on the empty container. Ex: SYRINGES - DO NOT RECYCLE Seal: Seal the bottle tightly with its original lid and wrap duct tape over the lid after you fill the bottle with syringes. Disposal: You may then dispose of the tightly sealed full container of syringes in your household garbage - NOT in your recycling bin. Your used syringes can transmit germs. Loose syringes thrown in your trash can seriously hurt people. It is important to do your part to help keep our environment clean and safe.

Patrolman Sodon with our local Brownie Troop at Jersey Mike’s where they are selling Girl Scout cookies.

Chief Jerry Vasto reports that the Atlantic Highlands Police Department received a report from the captain of a Seastreak Ferry on 2/14/18 at approximately 8:20 PM. The complaint was regarding a green high powered laser being shined into their wheel house (location they operate the vessel from) causing vision issues. Sergeant Harry Murtha conducted an investigation determining that the laser appears to be originating from the area of Ocean Blvd between Mount Mitchill and Lawrie Rd off of Ocean Blvd. When the laser was active, it was steady and then flashing the closer the boat got to Atlantic Highlands Harbor lasting for about 45 minutes. Officers were not able to specifically track it at the time as the caller reported the incident after the laser had been shut down. Sergeant Murtha noted that an almost identical incident had occurred on December 3, 2017 at approximately 9:15 PM originating from the same area. He notified the New Jersey State Police Marine Division, US Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security of the incident. The act of using a laser to interrupt mass transportation and possibly cause harm is a serious offense. If anyone has any information regarding the suspect(s) or location that the laser is originating from, please contact police headquarters. As always, all calls and information remains confidential.

The traffic light at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Highway # 36 is back in service. JCP&L is working on related power issues in town with no time frame for restoration of power.

The traffic light at Highway # 36 and Grand Avenue is still not working and vehicles cannot cross. First Avenue and other area traffic lights are working. Please cross at an alternate location. Residents remain without power and trees- lines are down. We have been in touch with JCP&L throughout the night and do not have an estimated response time. Please avoid areas with downed trees - wires. These areas are not safe.

Officers are busy responding to downed trees and wires. Stay away from the trees - wires, as they could be energized and you could be electrocuted. JCP&L has been contacted and will be responding to the power wires that we know are down. It is not a good night to be walking around outdoors. Please be aware of your surroundings and be safe. Special thanks to our volunteer Fire Police who have been assisting our officers throughout the night.

Grand Ave at Highway 36 is closed due to a power outage. There will be no vehicle traffic able to cross Highway 36 at the intersection. All other traffic lights are functining at this time. Highway 36 North Bound between Grand Ave & Seventh Ave is down to one lane due to wires down. Please use caution and avoid the area if possible.

The Atlantic Highlands Police Department will be conducting a distracted driver enforcement detail today. We will be utilizing roaming patrols and stationary officers during this detail. Remember heads up phones down. Thank you and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Chief Jerry Vasto reports the following activity: On February 1, 2018, Sergeant Murtha and Patrolman Zudonyi conducted a speed enforcement detail on Grand Avenue from 8:30 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. One vehicle was stopped and a warning was issued. Patrols under the direction of our Traffic Safety Officer, Sergeant Brian Phair, will be conducting speed enforcement details at different pre determined locations on a regular basis. In addition to the details, each patrol car is equipped with a radar unit which is always monitoring speeds while officers are on routine patrol. Residents and visitors are asked to SLOW DOWN. On February 1, 2018 at 10:10 A.M., Sergeant Harry Murtha checked on an 84 year old resident who failed to call police headquarters for Operation Reassurance. Upon arrival the subject was observed through a window sitting in a chair watching TV. The subject advised he slept late and forgot to call. Operation Reassurance is a program where elderly or at risk residents who live alone can register to call police headquarters on a daily basis. If one of our dispatchers does not hear from the resident by 10:00 A.M. an officer is sent to check on their well being. Residents interested in participating in the program can call police headquarters at 732-291-1212. On February 2, 2018 at 12:23 A.M., Patrolman Travis Sodon conducted a traffic stop on Highway # 36 which resulted in the arrest of William J. Maier, age 20, Red Bank, for possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. Maier was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and drug possession by a motor vehicle operator. On February 4, 2018 at 4:04 P.M., Patrolman Travis Morgan and Sergeant Stephen Doherty were dispatched to an Ocean Boulevard residence after a caller reported smoke coming from the residence. Upon arrival the officers were able to determine that the smoke was coming from a dryer vent. Fire Chief Brian Sheehan was advised of the officer’s findings and he cancelled Fire Department response. On February 5, 2018 at 1:01 A.M., Patrolman Adam Gurian checked a suspicious person who entered a First Avenue business after hours. Investigation revealed the subject was a tenant who was working late. On February 7, 2018 at 6:33 P.M., Detective Sergeant Thomas Stone and Sergeant Stephen Doherty responded to a First Avenue high rise building where water was streaming down the elevator shaft. Investigation revealed the condition was caused by a broken water line in a second floor apartment. On February 8, 2018, Patrolman Zudonyi conducted background checks on firearms applicants from 1:30 AM. until 3:00 A.M. On February 8, 2018 at 2:54 A.M., Patrolman Adam Gurian moved the mobile sign board to First Avenue where it was programmed and set up to read – Slow Down – Speed Limit 25 – Radar Detail Ahead. The sign board was set up for the morning commuter traffic. On February 8, 2018 at 8:27 A.M., Patrolman Travis Morgan checked a vehicle with its trunk open. Patrolman Morgan was able to secure the trunk and left his business card asking the vehicle owner to contact police headquarters when they returned. On February 8, 2018 at 12:19 P.M., Sergeant Stephen Doherty and Patrolman Travis Morgan responded to a residence to assist the home owner with getting his wife, who just had surgery, into the house. The officers were able to assist the woman into her home. On February 8, 2018 at 9:42 P.M., Patrolman Adam Gurian and Patrolman Christopher Inglis responded to a residence after a neighbor reported a subject yelling and screaming. Upon officers arrival the neighbor advised the subject left the area in a vehicle. The neighbor advised the vehicle struck a parked car on the way out. Investigation revealed the subject was upset that his ex girlfriend was with a new boyfriend. The subject’s vehicle was located at his residence in Middletown Township however he would not answer the door. The vehicle was impounded for case investigation and the subject was issued summonses for leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, and careless driving. On February 10, 2018 at 5:05 P.M., Sergeant Murtha and Patrolman Zudonyi investigated a harassment complaint brought about by an ex wife sending unwanted messages to her ex husband saying that he was a bad father. On February 11, 2018 at 9:10 A.M., Patrolman Zudonyi reported flooding at a First Avenue business due to a clogged gutter drain. The emergency contact was phoned and responded to take care of the problem. On February 13, 2018 at 9:57 A.M., Patrolman Adam Gurian responded to police headquarters in reference to a stolen credit card. The victim reported the card was later used to make purchases. The matter is under investigation. On February 13, 2018 at 11:51 A.M., Patrolman Adam Gurian checked a suspicious vehicle in the Atlantic Highlands Harbor. Investigation revealed the driver was playing Pokémon on his phone and cleaning the screen of a television that he was in the process of looking to pawn. The subject was checked for wants/warrants and sent on his way. Between February 1, 2018 and February 15, 2018 there were 511 calls for service. Calls for service are made for anything an officer does in the course of duty. This police blotter reflects a small portion of the police work that our officers do on a daily basis.

Chief Jerry Vasto is pleased to announce the Atlantic Highlands Police Department has received an $ 11,000.00 Pedestrian Safety Grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Officers will be working specialized details to foster public awareness about pedestrian safety in an effort to ultimately reduce injuries and deaths. Drivers are reminded that they must stop and stay stopped for any pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk and yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. Pedestrians are reminded that they shall not sudenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to stop or yield. On a roadway such as First Avenue with a 25 MPH speed limit, a vehicle would need at least 102' feet to safely stop for a pedestrian. Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmaked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway. Pedestrians are reminded to use due care for his/her safety. Patrolman Christopher Inglis was instrumental in securing the grant for the Borough of Atlantic Highlands.

Become A Volunteer Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence: Training Begins April 16th You can be the change you want to see in the world by joining 180’s life-saving and life-changing mission today. 180 Turning Lives Around (180), a private non-profit organization in Monmouth County, continues to provide support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence in the aftermath of a highly emotional and traumatic experience with the assistance of its dedicated response team volunteers. 180 will be conducting a 40-hour mandatory training course for new Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) Victim Advocates April 16th-May 10th, Mondays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6:00pm-9:30pm, at Hazlet Police Headquarters, 255 Middle Road. Training will be provided to successful applicants. 180’s volunteer DVRT Advocates are civilian members of the community who work collaboratively with law enforcement to provide support, information, and resources to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters. Advocates also discuss with victims safety planning and their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. By providing empathy and a crucial perspective of the situation, these specially-trained advocates help to empower victims to make informed decisions for themselves and their families. Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include that they must be eighteen years of age or older, have access to reliable transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, participate in an interview process, submit to background investigations and fingerprinting, and successfully complete the mandatory training. The police departments and 180 are committed to culturally and socially diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is helpful. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous. For an application or additional information, please contact Tina Morgan, Assistant Coordinator, Victim Support Program, at or 732 264-4360, Ext. 4272. Please mention the town where you reside. Deadline to submit an application is April 6th. Applications are also available for download at The free, confidential service of the DVRT program is available for victims of domestic violence, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, at police departments throughout Monmouth County. For over forty-years, 180 Turning Lives Around has been dedicated to providing emergency safe housing, counseling, support, prevention, education, and advocacy in Monmouth County for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. If you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance, please call the 180 Turning Lives Around Confidential Hotline at 732-264-4111 or 888-843-9262, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Visit for more information. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Home made video from two 17 year old from Manalapan High School students. During the last school year my 17-year-old son Steven Rahor and his friend Julia Cafero were faced with an assignment of creating a video by choosing a song and layering pictures and video onto it to address a current political issue. They chose a song called Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons and decided they wanted to show the pain and suffering that police in our communities endure to protect and serve the people of their jurisdictions. The video was supposed to be featured at the Manalapan High School National History Day presentation but it somehow got omitted from the program at the last minute. The kids were devastated. There is a bright side though. I was so proud of the kids’ effort and of its’ message that I posted the video on my Facebook. Thanks to Law Enforcement Today and other “police centric” pages the video was viewed over 125,000 times. We received messages from CHP, RCMP, and other police agencies across the country and the world expressing their appreciation for the efforts Steven and Julia put forth. There were numerous messages from active and retired LEOs who were deeply touched by the video. One noteworthy message came from a Connecticut police officer who reached out to tell me how his uncle, who is also a police officer, was seen in the video carrying a child out of a burning building. Moreover, his uncle brought that child back by administering CPR. The officer thanked Steven and Julia for the video and for showing his uncle. Finally, there were messages from widows and orphans of police officers across the country who loved the job these kids did.

Chief Jerry Vasto is pleased to announce that the Atlantic Highlands Police Department has begun the process to achieve Accreditation Accreditation is a progress and time-proven method of assisting law enforcement agencies to calculate and improve their overall performance. The foundation of Accreditation lies in the adoption of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these standards and objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained, independent assessors verifies that the applicable standards have been successfully implemented. Accredited status represents a significant professional achievement. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective. The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police has pursued the concept and development of a voluntary statewide law enforcement accreditation program for New Jersey which has resulted in the formation of the NJSACOP Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, consisting of commissioners with the overall responsibility of adoption of program standards, as well as review of all assessment reports and approval of all recommendations for the granting of accredited status of applicant agencies. The attitudes, training and actions of personnel of New Jersey's law enforcement agencies best reflect compliance with the standards contained in this program. Policy and procedure based on Accreditation will not insure mistake-free policing or a crime-free environment for citizens. Nor will it ensure an absence of litigation against law enforcement agencies and executives. However, comprehensive and effective leadership through professionally based policy development is directly influenced by a law enforcement program that is thorough, complete, and obtainable, and based on standards that reflect professional best practices. The Accreditation process should take a little over a year.

A bit of Atlantic Highlands history from July 24, 1973 when the entrance to our harbor was named Sutton Walk after John "Smiley" Sutton. A fine gentleman and everyday presence around town.

Chief Jerry Vasto reports the following activity: On January 22, 2018 at 11:56 A.M., Patrolman Michael Zudonyi conducted a traffic stop on Center Avenue and subsequently arrested Patricia Cyrta, age 20, Atlantic Highlands for possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. Cyrta was also charging with driving with a suspended registration. On January 22, 2018 at 12:53 P.M., an Atlantic Highlands Water Department employee reported a suspicious person in the area of the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. Sergeant Harry Murtha responded and located Stephen B. Bigotto Jr., age 57, Atlantic Highlands, standing behind a First Avenue business. Investigation revealed Bigotto was consuming alcoholic beverages in public and had urinated on the building. Bigotto was issued Borough Ordinance summonses for the violations and advised to leave the area. On January 24, 2018 at 12:32 A.M., Patrolman Travis Sodon conducted a traffic stop on Center Avenue and subsequently arrested Thomas Schnoor Jr., age 21, Belford, for possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. The driver of the vehicle, Courtney Henton, age 20, Leonardo was issued summonses for having an obstructed windshield and possession of a controlled dangerous substance while operating a motor vehicle. On January 24, 2018 at 4:18 P.M., Patrolman Travis Morgan responded to a West Highland Avenue business where a Jackson Township resident reported a hubcap was stolen and her lug nuts loosened. The woman advised the incident either happened on West Highland Avenue or in Old Bridge. Patrolman Morgan was able to review surveillance video from the business and it was determined that nothing took place while the vehicle was parked on West Highland Avenue. The woman advised she was going to file a report in Old Bridge. On January 24, 2018 at 5:25 P.M., Patrolman Travis Morgan was dispatched to East Washington Avenue where a resident reported a opossum walking up and down the sidewalk near her home. Patrolman Morgan observed the opossum and contacted animal control who advised that it was normal for the opossum to be out and that it was likely searching for food. The resident was advised of Patrolman Morgan’s findings. On January 24, 2018 at 6:19 P.M., Patrolman Travis Morgan located a disabled motorist on Ocean Boulevard near Upper Prospect Road. The motorist advised she was waiting for AAA to respond and change a flat tire. While on location a resident advised the motorist that he would change her tire if she could get her car into his driveway. Patrolman Morgan was able to assist the motorist with moving her vehicle into the resident’s driveway and the tire was changed. On January 25, 2018 at 1:47 A.M., Patrolman Adam Gurian reported a street light outage on West Avenue. Dispatcher Duncan faxed a form to JCP&L advising them of the street light outage. On January 25, 2018 at 12:18 P.M., an Asbury Avenue resident reported a wire had fallen onto her car as she was driving down Asbury Avenue. Patrolman Travis Morgan and Sergeant Stephen Doherty responded and closed the roadway using cones and caution tape. Verizon was contacted to make the repairs. On January 25, 2018 at 1:30 P.M., Sergeant Stephen Doherty taught lesson 6 (alcohol) to the 5th grade LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) students at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. On January 26, 2018 at 12:39 A.M., Patrolman Gurian and Sergeant Phair responded to a Bay Avenue apartment when a caller reported a loud radio and a beeping noise coming from the apartment of a tenant who is not at home and leaves the radio on. The officers were able to determine that the beeping was coming from a smoke detector in a common area hallway which was in need of a battery change. No further noise was coming from any of the other apartments. On January 26, 2018 at 1:58 A.M., Patrolman Christopher Inglis conducted an audit of the property room. On January 26, 2018 at 7:15 A.M., Sergeant Murtha and Patrolman Zudonyi conducted roll call training on the seizure and safe keeping of weapons and watched a training video on the 1995 murder of Investigator John McLaughlin and Patrolman John Norcross who were fatally shot while attempting to serve a warrant in Hadden Heights. Patrolman Norcross’s brother, Patrolman Richard Norcross, was also shot and survived the incident. A year before the incident dozens of residents had protested a proposed raise for Hadden Heights officers, arguing that they dealt with few serious crimes in the quiet borough of leafy front lawns and two story homes. On January 26, 2018 at 7:58 A.M., Patrolman Zudonyi conducted the morning traffic detail at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. On January 26, 2018 at 10:46 A.M., Sergeant Harry Murtha checked a suspicious vehicle parked on Avenue A near the waterfront. Investigation revealed the vehicle operator was a beach comber who decided it was too cold to walk on the beach and was talking to a friend on her phone. On January 26, 2018 at 11:10 A.M., Patrolman Michael Zudonyi chalked tires on First Avenue for time limit parking enforcement. On January 26, 2018 at 12:34 P.M., Patrolman Michael Zudonyi conducted a motor vehicle stop on Sutton Walk. As a result of the stop, Shaun R. Leiby, age 29, Fairless Hills, PA, was placed under arrest for a warrant out of Logan Township. Leiby posted the $ 1500.00 bail and was released. On January 27, 2018 at 7:04 A.M., Patrolman Zudonyi and Sergeant Murtha responded to a motor vehicle crash on Highway # 36 near the Bayshore Plaza. Investigation revealed the motorist lost traction and spun out due to black ice on the roadway. Officers had Dispatcher Gardiner contact the State DOT for salt trucks due to the hazardous road conditions. Officers assisted Middletown Police with a roll over on Highway # 36 a short time later. On January 27, 2018 at 11:06 A.M., Patrolman Zudonyi and Sergeant Murtha were dispatched to an Eighth Avenue residence where the 85 year old resident reported hearing noises in the basement. The officers were able to locate a squirrel in the basement. The resident and his home health aide were advised to contact a pest control company. On January 28, 2018 at 9:29 A.M. Patrolman Zudonyi responded to police headquarters where a resident reported being harassed by a neighbor. Patrolman Zudonyi spoke with the other party in an attempt to mediate the matter. The resident was appreciative of Patrolman Zudonyi’s efforts to resolve the problem and was advised to call police headquarters should anything else happen. On January 29, 2018 at 4:40 P.M., Sergeant Harry Murtha spoke with two 14 year olds who were riding their bicycles without helmets on Simon Lake Drive. A check of our in house record system revealed the boys were warned by Patrolman Zudonyi on October 11, 2017 of the same thing. Sergeant Murtha spoke with the boy’s parents and summonses are pending. On January 29 ,2018 at 11:11 A.M., Patrolman Travis Morgan and Sergeant Stephen Doherty responded to Police Headquarters in reference to a restraining order violation. The victim advised her ex boyfriend had shown up at her job in violation of the restraining order. Investigation revealed the restraining order had been dropped. The victim advised she wanted to apply for a new restraining order and would come back to police headquarters after work. The victim returned after her shift ended and the officers assisted her in obtaining a restraining order against her ex boyfriend. On January 31, 2018 at 8:21 P.M., Patrolman Travis Sodon conducted a motor vehicle stop on Highway # 36. Subsequent to the stop, Michael K. Moore, age 22, Port Monmouth, was arrested for under 50 grams of marijuana. The driver of the vehicle, Lucy Casale, age 24, Middletown, was charged with having an obstructed windshield and possession of a controlled dangerous substance while operating a motor vehicle. Between January 20, 2018 and January 31, 2018 there were 388 calls for service. Calls for service are made for anything an officer does in the course of duty. This police blotter reflects a small portion of the police work that our officers do on a daily basis.