Rockaway Police Department

  • Agency: Rockaway Police Department
  • Address: , Rockaway , 07866 NJ
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Rockaway Police Department is located at , Rockaway , 07866 NJ.

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This is an important update from your electric company, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L). JCP&L has received increased reports of scammers targeting utility customers. In the latest scam, a telephone caller poses as an electric utility company employee and threatens to shut off the customer’s power unless an immediate payment is made. In many cases, the customer is told to pay using a pre-paid debit card, such as a Green Dot/MoneyPak card, a money transfer service like Money Gram or Western Union, or in person at a physical location. Be aware that scammers often use Caller ID spoofing software to lead you to believe you are receiving a call from JCP&L, and/or provide you with a fake “verification” phone number. These call-back numbers may even include exact replicas of greetings and hold messages you would hear when calling JCP&L’s Contact Center. Facts to remember: • If your account is past-due, you will receive a written notice of your account status, with instructions on how to avoid disconnection of service. • While JCP&L representatives may call a customer whose bill is in arrears in order to remind them that a payment is due, the representative would explain how a payment can be made using JCP&L’s established payment options. • They will not demand a payment over the phone or at a particular physical location. • JCP&L does not accept prepaid debit cards or wire transfers as payment, and our representatives will not demand your bank information or credit card number over the phone. What you should do: • If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately. • If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, please contact your local police department or the state attorney general’s office. • If you have purchased a Green Dot card to pay your electric bill and would like to request a refund from Green Dot/MoneyPak, visit www.moneypak.com/refundrequest.aspx.* *FirstEnergy is not affiliated with Green Dot Corporation and is not responsible for any refunds associated with Green Dot purchases. Any questions regarding the MoneyPak Refund Request should be directed to Green Dot Corporation. Visit the Scam and Fraud Information section on the FirstEnergy website at www.firstenergycorp.com/scaminfo for updates on known scams and tips to help ensure the safety of your family, property and personal information.

Rockaway Township Police Department introduces newly sworn in Chief of Police Martin McParland. Congratulations!

HURRICANE JOAQUIN UPDATE… MORE GOOD NEWS TODAY AS OUR CONFIDENCE CONTINUESTO STEADILY INCREASE THAT WE WILL HAVE NO IMPACT FROM HURRICANE JOAQUIN. WHILE THE CONFIDENCE LEVEL IS NOT QUITE 100%, IT IS CLOSE AND THERE WOULD HAVE TO BE A MAJOR, DRASTIC CHANGE FOR THE TRACK TO SHIFT AND HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON OUR AREA. WE CERTAINLY WILL BE FOCUSED ON THE STORM THRU THE WEEKEND AND WILL KEEP A VERY CLOSE EYE, BUT AGAIN THERE IS HIGH CONFIDENCE IN THE OFFSHORE TRACK. THOUGH THE WEATHER IS UNSETTLED THE NEXT FEW DAYS THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY REAL ISSUES. EXPECT A STEADY RAIN TODAY, BUT THE LONG DURATION AND GENERAL LIGHT-MODERATE NATURE SHOULD MINIMIZE ANY FLOODING ISSUES. RAIN TAPERS TO SHOWERS FOR SATURDAY. WINDS THRU THE WEEKEND ARE GUSTY (15-25 MPH SUSTAINED, GUSTS AT TIMES 25-35), BUT NOT PROBLEMATIC. NO FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE ISSUED UNLESS A NOTABLE CHANGE OCCURS WITH JOAQUIN

***SECURE ITEMS AROUND YOUR PROPERTY*** As the storm approaches we will be out answering calls and have encountered problems with items in the past that get strewn about by the high winds. We ask for your help in securing items at your home or business to prevent damage or injury during the storm. This can be as simple as bringing items indoors or tying them down. Thank you and be safe!

***STORM PREPARATIONS*** While it is to early to predict the path of Hurricane Joaquin we want to remind people of a few simple steps. Planning ahead is the best prevention you can have so there is not a mad rush for food and fuel. Some tips from the National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

***JCP&L INFORMATION*** FirstEnergy customer call centers will be fully staffed. Customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the “Report Outage” link at www.firstenergycorp.com. FirstEnergy customers also can subscribe to email and text message alert notifications to receive important information in advance of major storms, and updates on extended power outages. Customers can also use two-way text messaging to report outages, request updates on restoration efforts, and make other inquiries about their electric accounts. More information about these communications tools is available online at www.firstenergycorp.com/connect. In the event of severe weather, customers should immediately report downed wires to their utility or their local police or fire department. Customers should never near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris. Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops. For severe weather, the company encourages customers to plan ahead for the possibility of electric service interruptions by following these tips: Safety Tips During Outages: • Keep flashlights and fresh batteries in your home. Avoid using candles to light your home, especially around children and pets. • If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water. • Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking. • Have a hard-wired telephone or a charged cell phone handy in the event you need to report your electricity is out. Mobile phones can be charged in your vehicle using a car charger when the power is out

Advisory: Severe Weather-Prepare now for possible severe weather. With the approach of Hurricane Joaquin and the possibility of severe weather impacting our area, NOW is the time to prepare yourself for future weather-related events such as loss of electricity and utilities, downed trees, and closed roadways. With these possibilities in mind, it is important to stay updated and informed. One way is to have a small battery operated radio with spare batteries available. The time to prepare for severe weather is before it arrives

"Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech."

Effective September 1, 2015 – Changes to NJ Child Passenger Safety Law Any child under the age of 8 years old and a height of 57 inches shall be secured as follows in the rear seat of a motor vehicle: A child under the age of 2 years and 30 pounds shall be secured in a rear-facing seat equipped with a 5-point harness. A child under the age of 4 years and 40 pounds shall be secured as described in (a) until they reach the upper limits of the rear-facing seat, then in a forward-facing child restraint equipped with a 5-point harness. A child under the age of 8 and a height of 57 inches shall be secured as described in (a) or (b) until they reach the upper limits of the rear-facing or forward-facing seat, then in a belt positioning booster seat. A child over 8 years of age or 57 inches in height must be properly secured by a seat belt. If there are no rear seats, the child shall be secured as described above in the front seat except that no child shall be secured in a rear-facing seat in the front seat of any vehicle that is equipped with an active passenger-side airbag. The aforementioned is acceptable if the airbag is de-activated.

Gooch's Garlic Run 2015

Gooch's Garlic Run 2015

Gooch’s Garlic Run tonight on Route 80 The evening commute on Route 80 tonight will be slower than usual, particularly around 6:30 p.m. More than 2,000 motorcyclists are expected to participate in the 28th annual Gooch’s Garlic Run, which is scheduled to depart from Rockaway Townsquare mall at 6:30 p.m. under sunny skies with the temperature in the 70s. The annual benefit ride — which raises money for New Jersey children with physical and catastrophic illnesses — will travel 30 miles to Ferry Street in the Ironbound District of Newark. The massive biker caravan is known for drawing thousands of spectators as it travels east along routes 80 and 280 to McCarter Highway (Route 21). Some people host informal parties on Route 80 overpasses to cheer on the riders. Drivers along those routes also frequently pull their cars over to watch and take photographs while the bikers pass by. The event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years, choosing new recipients of the funds every year. Proceeds from this year’s ride will benefit three young New Jersey residents: Anthony L. Longo, 6, of Wantage, who has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia and is being treated at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown. Aryanna Tamsyn Brahs, 2, of Newton, who was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, which affects the development of bones and other tissues of the head. Joseph Hayden, 16, of Franklin (Sussex County), who suffers from Congenital Hypoventilation Syndrome and Hirschprung Disease. Joseph undergoes treatments at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Ramp Closure Please be advised that Route 15 South ramp, merging onto Route 80 East will be closed from 10:00 PM on 06/12/2015 to 6:00 AM on 06/13/2015, for paving. Please follow the detour signage.

The Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, New Jersey Chapter 9, will sponsor its 28th annual Gooch’s Garlic Run from Rockaway Township to the Ironbound in Newark on Wednesday, June 17. This is the largest motorcycle club mid-week event on the East Coast. Signups for the ride will start at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall at 4 p.m. and the run will begin at 6:30 p.m. sharp. The registration fee is $20. The event will feature food by Hot Rods BBQ, vendors, a bounce house and face painter for the kids and music by Duck and Cover. More than 2,000 motorcyclists are expected to ride to raise money for children with physical and catastrophic illnesses

Police Unity Tour- 2015

Police Unity Tour-2015

PICATINNY ARSENAL *UPDATE* INCIDENT 'ALL CLEAR' GIVEN No explosive threat has been found in the vehicle at the truck gate as reported in earlier news releases. While the truck gate will remain closed, normal operations will commence through the front entrance. Additionally, gate operations will continue through the Mount Hope gate for a limited time

TRAFFIC UPDATE Route 15 all lanes have been reopened. Please be aware that several of our local roadways will still be impacted due to the large volume of vehicles.

TRAFFIC UPDATE Route 15 both Northbound and Southbound remain closed from Berkshire Valley Road to Route 80, due to a Department of Defense Investigation at the Picatinny Arsenal. Traffic is heavy on several of our local roads due to this ongoing situation. Please plan alternate routes. Our Officers are being assisted by multiple local, county and federal agencies to handle the traffic congestion. We ask that you be patient during this ongoing situation.

INCIDENT AT PICATINNY ARSENAL CLOSES TRUCK GATE PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. – At approximately 11:30 a.m., a driver tried to gain access to U.S. Army installation Picatinny Arsenal through the post’s truck gate. At that time security personnel noticed something suspicious with the vehicle and are treating the situation it as if it were an explosive threat. The installation has been coordinating with local, state and federal agencies. Entrance on the post has temporarily halted. Personnel are working to return the area to safe traveling conditions and will announce when the road leading to the truck gate can be traveled upon again. At 1:44 p.m., Arsenal employees were instructed to leave the post. Currently Berkshire Valley Road is closed from Taylor Road to Route 15 and Route 15 is closed from Route 80 to Berkshire Valley. At this time we do not have specific details

Due to an on-going Department of Defense Investigation within the confines of Picatinny Arsenal all lanes of Route 15 (North and South) are closed until further notice. Plan an alternate route. Business' located on Route 15 between Berkshire Valley Road and Route 80, and residences located on West Union Turnpike have been evacuated. There is a 5-mile aircraft diversion. Again these measures are precautionary, due to this on-going Department of Defense Investigation.

Route 15 between Route 80 and Berkshire Valley Road is closed, both Northbound and Southbound lanes. This is due to an on-going Department of Defense Investigation. Plan an alternate route. Business' between Route 80 and Berkshire Valley Road, and residences located on West Union Turnpike have been evacuated as a precaution. At this time these are the only areas evacuated. There is a 5-mile aircraft diversion. Again, these measures are precautionary, due to the on-going investigation.

Speeders Beware! The nice weather is finally upon us! With the nice weather our residential neighborhoods become active with adults and children walking, riding bikes and playing. The Rockaway Township Police Department has received numerous complaints of cars exceeding the posted speed limit on residential streets. The police department takes these complaints very seriously and will be aggressively cracking down on speeders in residential neighborhoods. Please help us by spreading the word to SLOW DOWN and keep our roadways safe. Thank You!