South River Police Department

  • Agency: South River Police Department
  • Address: 61 Main St, South River , 08882 NJ
  • Chief: Wesley J Bomba (Chief of Police)
Phone: 732-238-1000
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South River Police Department is located at 61 Main St, South River , 08882 NJ. The Chief of Police of the department is Wesley J Bomba. The South River Police Department phone number is 732-238-1000.

South River Police Department News

**HIRING NOTICE** POLICE DISPATCHER The South River Police Department is accepting applications for the position of full-time Police Dispatcher. The position of Police Dispatcher is a non-sworn position under the direction of the Chief of Police that is responsible for, but not limited to, receiving and dispatching emergency and non-emergency police, fire and EMS calls for service by telephone, radio and/or computer, and providing information to the public. Minimum Qualifications: • Must be a United States citizen • Must be 18 years of age or older • Must possess a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED equivalent • Must have vision and hearing adequate to perform essential job functions • Must possess a valid New Jersey driver’s license in good standing • Must be able to pass an extensive background check Applicants should have the ability to: • Work 12 hour shifts (days, nights and weekends) • Work and multitask in a fast paced, stressful environment • Read, write and comprehend the English language • Effectively communicate Preliminary employment applications can be obtained online at www.southrivernj.org/forms or in person Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM at South River Borough Hall located at 48 Washington Street, South River, NJ. All applications must be submitted in person between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM at South River Police Headquarters located at 61 Main Street, South River, NJ. The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, November 2, 2018 at 4:00pm. The Borough of South River is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Today begins the start of National School Bus Safety Week. Nationally, an average of 13 students are killed and many more are injured each year while in the process of being picked up or dropped off by a school bus. Both students and motorists can do their part to help reduce the numbers by following these reminders.

** 10/8/18 – 10/14/18 BLOTTER ** Total Calls for Service: 520 Fire Calls: 11 EMS Calls: 29 Motor Vehicle Accidents: 6 Incident Reports: 23 NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS GAS LEAK, Holmes Avenue on 10/9 @ 0906 hours – Patrol units and South River Fire Department responded to a residence for an odor of natural gas. The cause was determined to be a stove which was accidentally left on. WARRANT ARREST, Veterans Memorial Bridge on 10/9 @ 2217 hours – A male was placed under arrest on an outstanding contempt of court arrest warrant after a motor vehicle stop. OVEN FIRE, Willett Avenue on 10/10 @ 2202 hours – Patrol units, South River Fire Department and EMS responded to a report of a fire in an apartment. An oven fire was subsequently extinguished and smoke was cleared from the residence by South River Fire Department. One individual was treated for smoke inhalation. POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, Water Street on 10/11 @ 2253 hours – A female was charged with possession of marijuana after a motor vehicle stop. VEHICLE FIRE, Union Avenue on 10/12 @ 1904 hours – Patrol units and South River Fire Department dispatched to a report of a vehicle on fire. The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames upon arrival of units. The fire was extinguished by South River Fire Department. DISORDERLY CONDUCT, Main Street on 10/12 @ 2146 hours – After patrol units were called to a business multiple times for an unwanted disorderly person, a female was placed under arrest and charged with disorderly conduct. THEFT, Leonardine Avenue on 10/13 @ 1526 hours – A report was taken for the theft of a bicycle from the side of a residence. The incident remains under investigation. DUI, Whitehead Avenue on 10/14 @ 0203 hours – A male driver was placed under arrest and charged with driving under the influence and other motor vehicle infractions. Our weekly police blotter highlights noteworthy incidents that occur on a day to day basis in order to keep our community informed. Please keep in mind that, in the case of any ongoing investigation, we are not able to release certain details and information. In the case of major incidents or investigations, press releases are typically issued at a later date. All charges are merely accusations; those charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The next time you call us, you may be asked to stream live video and photos to our dispatchers directly from your smartphone through a system called 911eye. Yesterday, with the assistance of Critical Response Group, we became the second law enforcement agency in the country to begin using this technology. Over the next several weeks, our dispatchers will be training on this system with the goal of fully implementing its use in the near future. 911eye does not require anyone to download or install an app. Instead, a text message containing a link is sent to the caller. By clicking on the link, a secure one-time-use live stream session is established between the caller and dispatcher. This allows the dispatcher to see the incident in real time via streaming video and photos, assess how serious it is and make a more informed decision on which resources are needed.

Last week, our department held Distracted Driving presentations for all South River High School seniors. The presentations were done in conjunction with Keep Middlesex Moving Inc. and educated the senior class on the dangers and consequences of distracted driving.

**HYDRANT FLUSHING** A MESSAGE FROM SOUTH RIVER DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS The South River Water Department fall hydrant flushing program runs from October 15th until November 2nd. During hydrant flushing, there may be a decrease in water pressure as well as a discoloration in the water. This is not harmful and will not affect the safety of the water for drinking and sanitation purposes. If discoloration occurs, run your cold water for several minutes and flush your toilets once or twice to clear your lines. All residents are urged not to do laundry while hydrant flushing is taking place in their neighborhood. To find out when the area of South River you reside in will be affected, visit the following link: http://southrivernj.org/2018/Hydrant%20Flushing.pdf

Nearly half of all car seats are installed incorrectly. Residents had an opportunity to help change that statistic at our Child Safety Seat Check event yesterday. Officers who are nationally certified technicians were on hand to inspect and assist with proper installation of child safety seats. Couldn’t make it yesterday? Appointments for free child safety seat inspections are always available year-round with the South River Police Department. To schedule an appointment, call 732-254-1150 ext. 132 or 107.

Officers wearing pink shirts, pink patches on our patrol vehicles and pink pens - it’s all part of SRPD’s Breast Cancer Awareness efforts. Keep an eye out - our officers will be randomly handing out our pink pens. Who knows? You might end up receiving one! Use it to join us in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The South River Police Department will be hosting a Child Safety Seat Check event. Stop by Kinder Kastle (544 Old Bridge Turnpike) tomorrow, October 13th between 7:30am and noon. Officers who are nationally certified technicians will be on hand to inspect and assist with proper installation of child safety seats for any age - newborn through youth booster. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1-13 in the United States. The proper use of child car seats is one of the simplest and most effective methods available for protecting the lives of our young children in the event of a motor vehicle crash. However, 3 out of every 4 children in child safety seats are not properly secured, or even worse, not restrained at all. Only the correct use of child car seats will offer the protection your child needs. Can't make this event? Appointments for free child safety seat inspections are also available year-round with the South River Police Department. To schedule an appointment, call 732-254-1150 ext. 132 or 107. Child safety seat inspections are one of several no cost programs the South River Police Department offers to residents. Others include home security inspections, the South River Special Needs Registry, Operation Blue Angel, Project Medicine Dropbox and our anonymous tip line. For more information on these programs as well as the many community events our department offers throughout the year, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit us online at www.southriverpd.org.

**HIRING NOTICE** Special Law Enforcement Officer Class III The South River Police Department is currently accepting resumes for the position of Special Law Enforcement Officer. The Class III Special Police Officer will work under the direction of the Chief of Police. Class III Special Police Officers will be assigned to various Public Schools within the Borough where they will perform school safety and security details. Minimum Qualifications: • Must be a retired police officer who 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 live in New Jersey. • Must be retired from that agency in good standing, within three years of appointment to this position. • Must be less than 65 years of age at the time of appointment. • Must pass a psychological exam. • Must pass a medical exam and have a Doctor complete Medical Certification. • Must pass a drug test pursuant to Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Drug Testing Policy. • Must successfully pass a background investigation. • Possess a valid New Jersey Driver License. • Possess a NJ Police Training Commission Basic Police Officer Certification of NJ State Police Academy. Interested applicants must submit a resume outlining qualifications for this position to: Chief Mark E. Tinitigan South River Police Department 61 Main Street South River, NJ 08882 Applicants are requested to apply as soon as possible. The Borough of South River is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

** 10/1/18 – 10/7/18 BLOTTER ** Total Calls for Service: 487 Fire Calls: 3 EMS Calls: 45 Motor Vehicle Accidents: 9 Incident Reports: 16 NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS THEFT, Beryl Street on 10/1 @ 1532 hours – A report was taken for the theft of a package from the porch of a residence. The incident remains under investigation. LEWDNESS, Old Bridge Turnpike on 10/2 @ 1109 hours – While on patrol, units observed a male urinating in front of a business. The individual was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with lewdness. MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT, Prospect Street on 10/2 @ 1750 hours – Patrol units and South River EMS responded to a motor vehicle accident involving three vehicles. One individual was treated for minor injuries. DISORDERLY CONDUCT, Obert Street on 10/5 @ 1402 hours – After patrol units responded to an unrelated incident, a female was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after creating a disturbance inside a business. DUI, Whitehead Avenue on 10/6 @ 0045 hours – A male driver was placed under arrest and charged with driving under the influence and other motor vehicle infractions. MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT, Prospect Street on 10/6 @ 1300 hours – Patrol units and EMS responded to a motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles. One individual was treated for minor injuries. WARRANT ARREST, Pulawski Avenue on 10/6 @ 1728 hours – After patrol units responded to an unrelated incident, a male was placed under arrest on an outstanding contempt of court arrest warrant. WARRANT ARREST, Prospect Street on 10/7 @ 1938 hours – A male was placed under arrest on an outstanding contempt of court arrest warrant after a motor vehicle stop. Our weekly police blotter highlights noteworthy incidents that occur on a day to day basis in order to keep our community informed. Please keep in mind that, in the case of any ongoing investigation, we are not able to release certain details and information. In the case of major incidents or investigations, press releases are typically issued at a later date. All charges are merely accusations; those charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Today is Walk to School Day, a day meant to highlight the benefits of walking to school. Learn more about the efforts in South River and how to get involved by visiting South River Safe Routes to School. Read more about the benefits of walking to school by visiting www.walkbiketoschool.org

Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on October 10, 2018 designed to increase awareness about safe driving and traffic behaviors. Known as Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day and taking place annually on October 10th, the national initiative was designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by practicing safe driver and pedestrian habits for the day, then carrying those habits forward through the rest of the year. Every driver, pedestrian, motorcyclist and bicyclist is encouraged to be exceptionally careful so that for at least one day, there will be no fatalities on New Jersey's roads. All of the state’s roadway users are asked to do their share (obey all traffic laws, drive the speed limit, avoid distractions, drive sober, buckle up, stop for pedestrians, use crosswalks and obey crossing signals). Our goal is to experience a day when all roadway users are extra vigilant and there are no fatalities on our roadways. To support this effort, the South River Police Department will keep an extra sharp eye out for motorists who are driving while distracted or failing to follow the rules of the road. In addition, our department will aim to educate and raise public awareness through the use of message boards and social media in the days leading up to October 10th. Last year in New Jersey, 624 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle related crashes, up from 604 in 2016. There were 166 pedestrian fatalities in New Jersey, which represents over 27% of the state's motor vehicle fatalities. When compared to the national average of 15%, New Jersey is clearly overrepresented and must continue to take action. To help battle this growing problem, the State’s #77 alert system is used to report all forms of dangerous driving, from those operating a vehicle while looking at a cell phone to those driving while impaired. “Clearly, this effort will go a long way in our continuing efforts to stem the tide of tragedies that occur every day on New Jersey’s roadways,” Chief Mark Tinitigan said. “Shining the spotlight on this one day can help create a groundswell of support for good driving behaviors that can carry over throughout the year.” “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day not only raises awareness about the individual responsibility we have for our driving behaviors, but also engages drivers in making positive changes behind the wheel every day of the year,” Chief Tinitigan added. Additional information on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is available by logging on to www.asce.org/brakesonfatalities

**UTILITY ALERT** **WATER MAIN BREAK** A MESSAGE FROM THE SOUTH RIVER DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS Due to a water main break on Wilcox Avenue, the following areas will be without water service while repairs are made: - George Street - Birchwood Place - Darrow Street between Wilcox Avenue and Albourne Street - Colfax Street between Snapper Avenue and Albourne Street - John Street between Main Street and George Street - Virginia Street between Main Street and George Street In addition, other residents in the area may lose water service during the repair process. Area residents may experience low water pressure and/or discolored water. Repairs are estimated to be completed by approximately 4:00pm. Running your cold water for several minutes as well as flushing your toilets once or twice may clear up any discoloration in some cases. If experiencing discolored water, avoid doing laundry until the color returns to normal.

As part of National Crime Prevention month, the South River Police Department is offering residents a reminder of two options to report non-emergent issues. The first is our tip line which allows concerned residents to report crime or suspicious activity information. Reports can be submitted by dialing 732-613-3099. The tip line allows citizens to leave a voicemail which is then reviewed by a Detective. If you wish to remain anonymous, you do NOT have to provide your contact information. However, if you wish to receive a phone or email response from an officer or would like to discuss the information further with an officer, please provide a phone number or an email address where you can be reached. The second is POLICE•it which is part of DO•it, the borough’s suite of online services. POLICE•it allows residents to submit reports online for concerns including parking issues, traffic problems, criminal activity and drug activity. Police-it can be accessed at southrivernj.org/policeit Neither of these options are emergency lines and should NOT be used to report crimes in progress or emergency situations. These services are not a replacement for 9-1-1. Residents should also keep in mind that reports submitted online or via the tip line are reviewed during the normal business hours of 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. If you witness or are experiencing an emergency situation, please call 9-1-1 immediately. An emergency is any serious medical problem (chest pain, seizure, bleeding, etc.), any type of fire (business, car, building, etc.), or any life-threatening situation (fights, person with weapons, etc.) or any crime in progress (when the suspect is still on scene or has just fled). Non-emergency calls should be directed to 732-238-1000 which is the South River Police Department’s non-emergency telephone number. A non-emergency incident is property damage, break-in to a vehicle (when suspect is gone), theft of property (when suspect is gone), vandalism (when suspect is gone), panhandlers, intoxicated persons who are not disorderly, or cars blocking the street or alleys. Our tip line is one of several no cost programs the South River Police Department offers to residents. Others include home security inspections, the South River Special Needs Registry, Operation Blue Angel, Project Medicine Dropbox and child safety seat inspections. For more information on these programs as well as the many community events our department offers throughout the year, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit us online at www.southriverpd.org.

** 9/24/18 – 9/30/18 BLOTTER ** Total Calls for Service: 506 Fire Calls: 9 EMS Calls: 31 Motor Vehicle Accidents: 9 Incident Reports: 24 NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS DISORDERLY CONDUCT, East Street on 9/26 @ 0712 – Patrol units responded to a report of a disturbance in the street. A male was subsequently arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT, Reid Street on 9/27 @ 2147 hours – Patrol units and South River Rescue Squad responded to a motor vehicle accident in which a vehicle struck a utility pole. One individual was treated for minor injuries. WARRANT ARREST, Veterans Memorial Bridge on 9/28 @ 2225 hours – A male was placed under arrest on an outstanding contempt of court arrest warrant after a motor vehicle stop. DUI, Old Bride Turnpike on 9/29 @ 2205 hours – Patrol units were checking the area for a vehicle involved in a hit and run accident in another jurisdiction. A vehicle matching the description of the fleeing vehicle with damage consistent with the accident was located. The female driver was placed under arrest and charged with driving under the influence and other motor vehicle infractions. WARRANT ARREST, Whitehead Avenue on 9/29 @ 2309 hours – While patrol units were checking on a vehicle in a park after hours, a male was placed under arrest on multiple outstanding contempt of court arrest warrants. WARRANT ARREST, Whitehead Avenue on 9/30 @ 0859 hours – After patrol units responded to an unrelated incident, a male was placed under arrest on multiple outstanding contempt of court arrest warrants. Our weekly police blotter highlights noteworthy incidents that occur on a day to day basis in order to keep our community informed. Please keep in mind that, in the case of any ongoing investigation, we are not able to release certain details and information. In the case of major incidents or investigations, press releases are typically issued at a later date. All charges are merely accusations; those charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

After a short delay, the trophies from last weekend’s Special Olympics Plane Pull are in! In case you missed it, take a look at our post from earlier this week for the full story on second place finishes in two categories. The 20 person team was comprised of employees and officers from Brunswick Memorial Home, Spotswood Police Department and East Brunswick Police Department in support of the New Jersey Special Olympics.

A few photos from National Coffee with a Cop Day earlier this week. The South River Police Department sends our thanks to all who attended. We enjoyed chatting with and spending time with all of you! A very special thank you to Bagel One of South River for their generous donation towards this event. Keep an eye on our social media pages for future "Coffee with a Cop" dates and times.

**COLUMBUS DAY SCHEDULE CHANGES** Residents, please note the following changes due to Columbus Day: South River Borough Offices, Department of Public Works, Police Records and Municipal Court will be closed Monday, October 8th. Yard waste normally picked up on Mondays will not be collected this week. The next pick up date will be Monday, October 15th. The recycling center will be open Saturday, October 6th. Normal hours and schedules resume on Tuesday, October 9th.

**SUSPICIOUS PERSON UPDATE** The East Brunswick Police Department has confirmed that there was no criminal activity in regards to the incident reported on Monday, October 1st at approximately 2:30pm on Willow Street between Arthur Street and New Street. Investigation has revealed the suspect in question is visiting from another country and has family in the area. The incident has been determined to be a misunderstanding. Once advised of the situation, the suspect fully cooperated with the investigation and the incident is no longer considered to be suspicious. Thank you to the public for your response which allowed the individual to be quickly identified. The numerous tips received were critical in resolving this incident.

**SUSPICIOUS PERSON** UPDATE ON 10/4 @ 4:00pm: The East Brunswick Police Department has confirmed that there was no criminal activity in regards to the incident reported on Monday, October 1st at approximately 2:30pm on Willow Street between Arthur Street and New Street. Investigation has revealed the suspect in question is visiting from another country and has family in the area. The incident has been determined to be a misunderstanding. Once advised of the situation, the suspect fully cooperated with the investigation and the incident is no longer considered to be suspicious. Thank you to the public for your response which allowed the individual to be quickly identified. The numerous tips received were critical in resolving this incident. The East Brunswick Police Department is investigating a suspicious incident in which a juvenile reported being chased by an adult male after getting off his school bus. The incident occurred on Monday, October 1, 2018 at approximately 2:30pm on Willow Street between Arthur Street and New Street. The juvenile advised responding officers that after exiting the school bus, a black male, approximately 30 years of age, wearing a long sleeve white shirt and blue jeans, asked him what his name was. The juvenile immediately ran from the unidentified male, who started chasing after the juvenile. The male stopped running after the juvenile in the area of New Street. The suspect was last seen walking north on Old Bridge Turnpike on the South River Borough side. South River and East Brunswick Police Departments are both conducting increased directed patrols of the area. The East Brunswick Police Department's Investigative Bureau is investigating the incident. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the East Brunswick Police Investigative Division at 732-390-6990. Anonymous confidential tips are accepted by dialing 732-4EBTIPS (328477) or by emailing tips@ebpd.net.

Join us TOMORROW from 9:00am - 11:00am for National Coffee with a Cop Day and SRPD Open House. Meet your South River Police Officers and tour our headquarters. Coffee and refreshments will be provided courtesy of South River PBA Local 62 and Bagel One of South River. More details & info here: http://nixle.us/AFC7W

Think you can pull a 93,000 pound United Airlines Boeing 737 12 feet down the Newark Airport tarmac? That’s exactly what a team comprised of employees and officers from Brunswick Memorial Home, South River Police Department, Spotswood Police Department and East Brunswick Police Department managed to do this past weekend at the annual New Jersey Special Olympics Plane Pull. In their first ever showing at the event, they finished in second place for both the fastest pull (7.06 seconds) and the pull with the lowest combined team member weight (7 guys @ 1,393 pounds). Most important - the event supported a fantastic cause in Special Olympics New Jersey and the NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run. Over $150,000 was raised for the athletes by the more than 50 participating teams at the event.

The South River Police Department will be hosting a Child Safety Seat Check event. Stop by Kinder Kastle (544 Old Bridge Turnpike) on Saturday, October 13th between 7:30am and noon. Officers who are nationally certified technicians will be on hand to inspect and assist with proper installation of child safety seats for any age - newborn through youth booster. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1-13 in the United States. The proper use of child car seats is one of the simplest and most effective methods available for protecting the lives of our young children in the event of a motor vehicle crash. However, 3 out of every 4 children in child safety seats are not properly secured, or even worse, not restrained at all. Only the correct use of child car seats will offer the protection your child needs. Can't make this event? Appointments for free child safety seat inspections are also available year-round with the South River Police Department. To schedule an appointment, call 732-254-1150 ext. 132 or 107. Child safety seat inspections are one of several no cost programs the South River Police Department offers to residents. Others include home security inspections, the South River Special Needs Registry, Operation Blue Angel, Project Medicine Dropbox and our anonymous tip line. For more information on these programs as well as the many community events our department offers throughout the year, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit us online at www.southriverpd.org.

**WATER UTILITY ALERT** A MESSAGE FROM THE SOUTH RIVER DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS Due to fire hydrant repairs taking place in the area of Wilcox Avenue and Garwood Street, area residents may experience low water pressure and/or discolored water. Residents in the immediate area may lose water service during the repair process. Repairs are anticipated to be completed by approximately 3:30pm. Running your cold water for several minutes as well as flushing your toilets once or twice may clear up any discoloration in some cases. If experiencing discolored water, avoid doing laundry until the color returns to normal.