Franklin Township Police Department

  • Agency: Franklin Township Police Department
  • Address: 1571 Delsea Dr, Somerset, 08873 NJ
  • Chief: Lawrence W. Roberts (Chief of Police)
Phone: 856-694-1415
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Franklin Township Police Department is located at 1571 Delsea Dr, Somerset, 08873 NJ. The Chief of Police of the department is Lawrence W. Roberts. The Franklin Township Police Department phone number is 856-694-1415.

Franklin Township Police Department News

***Serious Motor Vehicle Crash/Arrest*** On Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 at 1:40 pm Franklin Township Police Department was dispatched to the area of Coles Mill Rd. and Stanton Ave. for a serious motor vehicle crash. Officers arrived on scene and discovered both occupants were heavily entrapped with serious injuries. Franklin Township Fire Departments arrived on scene and were able to quickly extricate both occupants. Police investigation revealed that 40 year old Terrell Martinez of Newfield was traveling Weston Coles Mill Rd. in a 2007 Suzuki and crossed into the opposite lane of travel. Martinez's vehicle struck a 2007 Honda being operated by 55 year old Donna Jones of Woodbury Heights, who was traveling East on Coles Mill Rd. Both occupants were air lifted to Cooper Medical Center in Camden in critical condition. Martinez was charged with the following offenses: -Aggravated Assault by Auto -Driving while suspended and causing injury -Possession of CDS -Being Under the influence of CDS -Driving while suspended -DWI -Several motor vehicle violations Martinez will be remanded to the Salem County Correctional Facility upon release from the hospital. Fire Departments from Janvier, Star Cross, Malaga, and Franklinville assisted at the scene. The crash is under investigation by Ofc. Alex Fragoso of the Franklin Township Police Department.

***Weapon/Drug Arrest*** On Monday, May 28th, 2018 at approx. 5:30 pm 38 year old Earl Barley Jr. of Vineland was stopped in a motor vehicle by the Franklin Township Police Department in the area of Lincoln Ave. and Wheat Rd. in Buena Borough for a motor vehicle infraction. Police investigation led officers to contact a K-9 unit from the Vineland City Police Department to respond to the scene. Police seized a large amount of marijuana and a loaded handgun with hollow point bullets from the vehicle. Barley was charged with the following offenses: -Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose -Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute -Possession of a weapon by a convicted felon -Possession of a weapon during a CDS offense -Possession of CDS paraphernalia -Possession of Hollow point bullets Barley was lodged in the Atlantic County Jail pending a detention hearing. Ofc. John Borelli of the Franklin Township Police Department was the arresting officer.

***Hero's Breakfast*** The Franklin Township Police Department would like to sincerely thank the 6th grade students at Reutter School for hosting yesterday's Hero's Breakfast. Not only were we provided with a great meal, we also got a chance to interact with the students and listen to a few songs from the school chorus. It was a great event and it means a lot to us to be recognized by the future leaders of our community!!!

***Criminal Investigation*** The Franklin Township Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the above subject in reference to a Shoplifting incident that occurred at Vertolli's Liquor in Newfield Borough on May 19th, 2018. The unknown subject enters the store and removes an undisclosed amount of merchandise and then flees towards the Vineland City border. Anyone that can identify the subject please contact the Franklin Township Police Department Detective Division at 856-694-1415 ext 212.

***Narcotics Search Warrant*** The Franklin Township Police Department Detective Bureau concluded a two month investigation today into the illegal sale of narcotics with the arrest of 31 year old Michael Haller of Malaga and 29 year old Kelly Pensmith of Cushing, GA. A search warrant was executed in the 600 block of Dutchmill Rd. at 7 am this morning by Detectives from Franklin Township and Clayton Borough. Also assisting at the scene were K9 officers from the Monroe Township Police Department. Police seized large quantities of cocaine, marijuana, MDMA, and methamphetamine during the raid. Also seized were two handguns, hollowed point bullets, CDS packaging material, and scales. The individuals arrested were charged with the following offenses: Michael Haller: -Distribution of Cocaine(3rd degree) -Possession with intent to distribute marijuana(3rd degree) -Possession with intent to distribute MDMA(3rd degree) -(4) Counts of Possession of CDS(3rd degree) -Unlawful Possession of a weapon(3rd degree) -Possession of a weapon during CDS offense(2nd degree) Kelly Pensmith: -Possession with intent to distribute marijuana(3rd degree) -Possession with intent to distribute MDMA(3rd degree) -(4) counts of Possession of CDS(3rd degree) -Unlawful Possession of a weapon(3rd degree) -Possession of hollowed point bullets(4th degree) -Possession of a high capacity magazine(4th degree) Haller was lodged in the Salem County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing. Pensmith was released pending court. The case was investigated by Det. Dan Farid of the Franklin Township Police Department.

***Attention Buena Residents*** The Franklin Township Police Departement responded to the area of Rte. 54/40 today for a critical incident. Based on the incident we immediately placed Cleary Elementary in lockdown for precautionary reasons. At this time there is no danger to the public and the incident is currently being investigated by the New Jersey State Police. Additional information will be released at the conclusion of this investigation.

***Criminal Arrest*** Back in February we posted images obtained from MVP Sports Bar in Buena Borough and Kavanaughs Irish Pub in Malaga of a suspect who broke into several vehicles while patrons were inside the establishments. Our networking and help from the community paid off!!!! On Monday, April 30th, 2018 47 year old Darien Forrest of Millville was taken into custody by Detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department and New Jersey State Police. Forrest was charged with (4) counts of Burglary and Theft for the cases in Franklin Township and Buena Borough. Forrest was additionally charged by the New Jersey State Police for similar incidents in their jurisdiction. The arrest was made by Detective Dan Farid of the Franklin Township Police Department. We would like to thank the public for providing information on this case and as always please continue to check our Facebook page for happenings in Franklin Township, Buena Borough, and Newfield Borough.

**Sgt. Gonzalez Memorial Cleanup** Our yearly tradition of cleaning up the Sgt. Gonzalez Memorial took place today as several officers cleaned,trimmed bushes, mulched, and placed flowers around the monument in honor of our fallen officer. We will never forget the ultimate sacrifice that Sgt. Gonzalez made in the line of duty for this community. This time of year also marks the beginning of National Police Week and the start of the Police Unity Tour on May 10th. Seven Franklin Township Police Officers will take part in this year's Unity Tour and as always we will be riding in memory of Sgt. Gonzalez.

***Attention Residents*** Beginning Monday, April 16th, 2018 our records department will be in a new location. Police records will now be located upstairs in the old township clerks office. Residents can access this area from the front of the municipal building to the left of the court entrance utilizing the door labeled "Records". All police record requests, firearms applications, and tow reports can be accessed from this new location. The police department lobby will remain the same. If you need an officer you can pick up the red phone in our lobby and one will be dispatched. If you have any questions you can contact records at 856-694-1415 option 3 or police dispatch at 856-694-1414.

***Drug Distribution Arrest*** The Franklin Township Police Department concluded a two month investigation today into the illegal sales of marijuana in the 600 block of Lincoln Ave. with the arrest of two residents on drug distribution charges. A narcotics search warrant was executed at 10 am this morning by Franklin Township Police Detectives and Tactical Unit officers along with Detectives from the Clayton Police Department. Arrested during the raid were John W. Caldwell, 19, and Joseph R. Ayala Jr., 19, both of Franklinville. Police seized nearly a pound of marijuana, 25 vials of hashish, drug packaging materials, digital scales, and $4200 in cash. Caldwell and Ayala were charged with the following offenses: -Distribution of CDS(2 counts)-3rd degree -Possession of over 5 grams of hashish-4th degree -Possession of over 50 grams of marijuana-4th degree -Possession of CDS paraphernalia-Disorderly persons offense Caldwell was lodged in the Salem County Correctional Facility and Ayala was released pending a court appearance. Also arrested at the residence was Justin Thornton-Bernard, 20, of Franklinville. Thornton-Bernard had active warrants for his arrest and was turned over to the Glassboro Police Department. The investigation was led by Detective Dan Farid of the Franklin Township Police Department.

***Robbery Arrest*** The Franklin Township Police Department arrested a 33 year old Williamstown man and 28 year old Voorhees woman yesterday in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred in the 700 Block of Main Rd. last weekend. Thomas Conners is accused of forcing entry into the victim's residence, assaulting him, and stealing prescription medications. Police Investigation revealed that Conners was brought to the residence by a female who had a previous relationship with the victim. The victim sustained facial and upper body injuries during the assault. Conners was arrested at his Green Ave. residence in Williamstown on Thursday by detectives with the Franklin Township Police Department and Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office Fugitive Unit. Conners was lodged in the Salem County Correctional Facility on the following charges: Robbery-2nd degree Aggravated Assault-2nd degree Burglary-3rd degree Theft-4th degree Also charged in connection to the investigation was Chelsea Tabler of Voorhees. Tabler was processed and released pending a court appearance. She was charged with the following offenses: Conspiracy to commit Robbery-2nd degree Conspiracy to commit Burglary-3rd degree The investigation was conducted by Ofc. Mark Idler and Lt. Matthew DeCesari of the Franklin Township Police Department.

**Now Hiring-Class II & III Officers** The Township of Franklin Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of Class II Special Officer. Applicants are required to be a US citizen, 18 years of age or older, hold a high school degree or its equivalent, be a resident of New Jersey during the appointment term, and currently hold a PTC certification for Class II Special Officer. Applicants must be able to successfully pass a physical fitness test, written test, psychological evaluation, and urinalysis. Applicants must be of good reputation and be of sound moral character, possess a valid New Jersey Driver's License and undergo a complete background investigation. Starting salary is $15.00 per hour. The Township of Franklin Police Department is also accepting applications for the position of Class III Special Officer. Applicants must be a retired police officer who has previously served as a duly qualified, fully-trained, full-time officer in any municipality or county of this state, or as a member of the New Jersey State Police, and must be living in New Jersey. They must also be retired in good standing and have a letter of good standing issued by the agency from where the officer retired, listing the date and type of retirement. A copy of the letter will be submitted to the Police Training Commission. They must be less than 65 years of age for appointment, pass a psychological and medical exam. They must pass a drug test pursuant to the Attorney General's Law Enforcement Drug Testing Policy and have an updated background investigation completed. Limited break in service: During the first year of the program(July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018), a new SLEO III's break in service may not exceed five(5) years. Starting July 01, 2018, a new SLEO III's break in service many not exceed three(3) years. Interested applicants can pick up an application for both positions at The Township of Franklin Police Department located at 1571 Delsea Dr. Franklinville, NJ 08322 or by visiting www.franklintownship.com. All applications and resumes must be submitted no later than 4 pm on Friday, May 4th, 2018. The Township of Franklin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

***Distracted Driver Campaign*** The Franklin Township Police Department will be participating in a statewide crackdown on those that text and drive. Beginning April 2nd through April 21st, Franklin Township officers will be conducting added patrols as part of the "U Drive, U Text, U Pay" Campaign. Franklin Township was awarded this grant through the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office Highway Safety Initiative.

***Unity Tour Day*** "Team Franklin" and the entire Franklin Township Police Department would like to thank Dr. John and his staff at Enhanced Chiropractic for hosting such a great event yesterday. Dr. John donated $10 from every patient that he saw yesterday to the 2018 Police Unity Tour. We would also like to thank those that were so generous by giving us donations and buying our T-shirts and signs. Each year we raise money that goes towards the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. We would not be able to give back to the family members of officers who have died in the line of duty without the continued support of our township residents and businesses. We truly do appreciate all of your support.

***Missing Person Update*** Jose Cruz has been located and is back safe with his family. We would like to thank everyone for sharing our post.

***Missing Person Investigation*** The Franklin Township Police Department is currently investigating a missing person from 153 Sandra Way. Police are looking for 20 year old Jose Angel Cruz who resides on Sandra Way in the Star Cross section of the township. Cruz left his residence around 7:30 pm and was last seen wearing khaki pants, a black camo jacket and grey Adidas sneakers. Cruz is described as a Hispanic male with Brown eyes and Brown hair, 5'10, and weighing 130 pounds. Cruz is believed to be on foot and often frequents developments along Williamstown Rd. Anyone who has seen Cruz is asked to contact Franklin Township Police at 856-694-1414.

***Winter Storm Toby-Update*** The State of Emergency in Franklin Township has been rescinded. ACE is working diligently to restore power in our area and has cut the number of outages in half over the past two hours. The American Red Cross will continue to be at the community center where residents can get warm and charge their devices. If you see a Fireman, EMT, or Police Officer in passing, make sure you thank them. They worked very hard over the past 24 hours to keep our community safe.

***Warming Center*** The Franklin Township Office of Emergency Management and Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management under the direction of the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Franklin Township Committee have opened up a warming center for those without power at the Franklin Township Community Center(1584 Coles Mill Rd.). Light refreshments will be provided along with cell phone charging stations and free wifi. The center will be open until 7pm. We are working hard with county officials and representatives from Atlantic City Electric to restore power as soon as possible.

***Additional Updates*** The Franklin Township Committee will be opening up the Community Center tomorrow at 7am as a warming center. The American Red Cross will be there at 11 am to officer their services. Residents who are experiencing power outages can come to the Community Center to get warm and charge their devices. The travel ban instituted by the Franklin Township OEM is until 6:30 am tomorrow morning. The State of Emergency has been instituted due to over 4300 residents without power. Please remain safe throughout the night. Our first responders and public works department are working hard to ensure your safety.

***Winter Storm Toby-Update*** The Emergency Operations Center is still open and we are experiencing a very high level of call volume. The Franklin Township Office of Emergency Management has also declared a State of Emergency for Franklin Township until further notice. There is also a travel ban in effect until 0630 hours tomorrow morning. We still have many roads that are not passable due to downed trees and wires. Please stay off of the roadways to allow our first responders and department of public works to operate. On March 22nd, 2018 at 1100 hours The American Red Cross will be establishing a warming center at the Franklin Township Community Center located at 1584 Coles Mill Rd. Franklinville. At this time we do not have an ETA for electric to be restored in our area.

***Winter Storm Toby-Update*** Here is our view from the Emergency Operations Center, which is now open. Representatives from Police and Fire are available to assist residents with any issues they are having during the storm. Please contact 856-694-0826 if you need assistance. We will continue to keep everyone updated about power outages and road conditions in our area.

***EOC-Update*** The Emergency Operations Center will not open until 1pm. Residents can call 856-694-0826 if they are experiencing any problems during the storm. We will be closely monitoring power outages, hazardous road conditions, and trees/wires down. Please try to remain indoors until the storm is over.

***Unity Tour Day-Postponed*** Our event tomorrow at Enhanced Chiropractic has been postponed due to inclement weather. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018. See flyer for additional details. Please book your appointments now and support Team Franklin for the 2018 Police Unity Tour!!!

**Emergency Operations Center** With Winter Storm Toby quickly approaching our area, the Franklin Township Office of Emergency Management will be activating the Emergency Operations Center. The EOC, located at Franklinville Fire House, will be open tomorrow from 10am-8pm depending on the conditions. Residents that need assistance during the storm are asked to contact the EOC at 856-694-0826. Representatives from Fire, Police, and Public Works will be readily available to assist residents during the storm. Warming stations will also be made available in case of power outages.

***Arrest Update-Buena Borough*** On Friday, March 9th, 2018 Franklin Township Police arrested Felipe Delgado who was wanted out of Buena Borough for Drug distribution charges and weapons offenses. Acting on a tip, Franklin Township and Atlantic County Prosecutors Office detectives located Delgado inside the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Delgado was placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Atlantic County Correctional Facility in Mays Landing. Delgado's charges stem from a narcotics search warrant that was executed at his Central Ave. residence on February 27th, 2018.