News and Events:  2014

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Last update: 11/18/14

 
 
 

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CRANFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT 
AWARDED 3RD PLACE FOR NEW JERSEY LAW ENFORCEMENT CHALLENGE
 

The Cranford Police Department was recently honored after receiving a third place finish in the 26-75 officer category of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Challenge.  The Law Enforcement Challenge is a competition between similar sizes and types of law enforcement agencies.  It recognizes and rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in the United States.  The areas of concentration include efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding.  The wining safety programs are those that combine officer training, public information, and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within its jurisdiction.  The Township of Cranford saw a 13% decrease in injury related crashes in 2013.
 

The Cranford Police Department finished the competition with the seventh highest overall score for all department categories.  For placing seventh overall, the department received a Stalker hand-held radar unit valued at $1,500.  The radar unit will be used by the Patrol Division to assist with our enforcement efforts.


The Law Enforcement Challenge is financed through a grant awarded to the International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Both of these organizations believe an increase in traffic enforcement in a community results in a decrease in motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities. 


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Cranford Police Department Helps Promote Annual

“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day”

Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on October 10, 2014, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the State’s roadways fatality free for one-day.

Known as Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, the national initiative was designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by encouraging motorists to obey all traffic laws, including buckling up, every ride; driving the posted speed limit; avoiding distractions while driving; and always being safe and sober behind the wheel. Our goal is to experience a day when all roadway users are extra vigilant and there are no fatalities on our roadways.

Last year in New Jersey, 542 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, down from 589 in 2012.  The decline continues a downward trend in motor vehicle fatalities, and in 2013 we recorded the lowest number of motor vehicle related deaths in the State since the 1940s.

“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 James Wozniak 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 Wozniak added.

Additional information on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is available by logging on to www.brakesonfatalities.org .


Communications Officer Applications Now Available
 
 The Cranford Police Department is seeking candidates for the position of Communications Officer.  The position offers a competitive salary and full benefits. 
Applications can be picked up at the Cranford Police Department, 8 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016 or downloaded from http://www.cranford.com/uploads/police/forms/Communications_Officer_Application_2014.pdf

Return completed application with a $40.00 non-refundable certified or cashier’s check made payable to the Cranford Police Department.  No cash or personal checks will be accepted. The deadline for all completed applications is September 12, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.  All prior candidates must submit a new application.


Cranford Police Youth Academy
The Cranford Police Department is proud to announce they will be hosting the Eight Annual Cranford Police Youth Academy.   The Academy will begin Monday, July 7th and conclude Friday, July 11th. Classes are run daily from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This law enforcement educational experience is for students graduating grades 7-8.  The primary goal of the Cranford Police Youth Academy is to encourage open communication between the youth of Cranford and members of the Cranford Police Department.    The program gives Cranford youth the opportunity to see some of the aspects of the Cranford Police Department.  Applications for the Cranford Police Department Youth Academy can be found at the front desk of Police Headquarters or at http://www.cranford.com/uploads/police/forms/CPD_Youth_Police_Academy_Application_2014.pdf .  The deadline for applications is Tuesday, June 17th at 3:00 p.m.   There is a $60 registration fee.  Please contact Patrolman Steven D’Ambola with any questions (908) 272-2222.
 

ALL CURRENT POLICE APPLICANTS - Emails on your status were sent 05/20/14. Check your in box and reply that you received it. 
 
***Important Notice for all Current Cranford Police Applicants***
 
The Physical Qualification Test scheduled for Friday, May 16, 2014 has been RESCHEDULED due to the heavy rain and thunderstorms forecast.

WRITTEN TEST INFO:

Candidates who submitted an application for patrolman are hereby notified that the Cranford Police Officer Written Test will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014.

The written test will be given at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey.  

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the test will begin at 6:00 p.m.  No one will be admitted after 6:00 p.m.

Candidates must email acknowledgement of this announcement to j-vanbergen@cranfordnj.org

Candidates shall report with a Government issued photo identification and No. 2 pencils.

In addition, all bags, electronics (including cell phones) or other items will not be permitted in the testing room.

Only those who submitted an application by the May 2nd deadline will be permitted into the testing site.

Candidates that do not pass the written test will be disqualified from progressing to the next step of the selection process. 

PHYSICAL QUALIFICATION TEST INFO:

Candidates who successfully pass the written test will be notified via email that they are to attend the Physical Qualification Test on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

The Physical Qualification Test will be given at the Memorial Field Sports Complex, 401 Centennial Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey.  Access is made from the Centennial Avenue Pool parking lot. 

Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the test will begin at 1:00 p.m.  No one will be admitted after 1:00 p.m.

Candidates shall report with a Government issued photo identification and be dressed appropriately for physical activity.

The Physical Qualification Test (PQT) will consist of four timed tests: Push Ups, Sit Ups, 75 Yard Pursuit Run, and 1.5 Mile Run.

Be advised the 1.5 mile run will be completed on a track and the Pursuit Run will be conducted on a turf surface.

Applicants that do not pass the PQT will be disqualified from progressing to the next step of the selection process.


"BE THE SEATBELT"
Internet Safety and Social Media Awareness Presentation
 

On June 5, 2014, the Cranford Police Department will be presenting a new social media and Internet safety program for parents.  The hour long program will begin at 7:00pm at the Cranford Community Center, located at 220 Walnut Avenue.

 

The new presentation, dubbed “Be the Seatbelt” in reference to parents providing safety measures as children navigate the information superhighway, will be coordinated by Detective Sergeant Gerard Quinn.  Sergeant Quinn is a 20 year veteran Cranford police officer with over 14 years of experience conducting and supervising criminal investigations involving technology, social media, and the Internet.  He was a founding member of the Union County High Tech Task Force and is a Cybercrime Investigations instructor at the John H. Stamler Police Academy.  Sgt. Quinn has conducted numerous technology crime awareness programs both in Cranford and neighboring communities.

 

“Be the Seatbelt” will address the most common social media applications available to children and adolescents, such as Instagram, Vine, SnapChat, Ask.fm, and others.  It will also address the positive uses for technology and discuss the potential pitfalls faced by children without a concept of the public and permanent nature of the Internet.  After comparing the current technological expansion to the past development of cable television, video games and video cassette recorders, the presentation will conclude with tools parents can use to expand their knowledge and understanding of online socialization and connected devices.

 

“Technology is always changing and progressing,” stated Sgt. Quinn.  “As smartphones, tablets and other connected devices channel the online world for school work, homework and social interaction, parents need to develop a basic understanding of the tools and media available to their children.”  He stressed that since technology cannot be totally avoided or ignored, parents need enough information to set limits and provide guidance and good habits to younger users.

 

Cranford Police Chief James Wozniak believes the program will help make Cranford a safer place.  “No one is better positioned than parents when it comes to positively influencing our community’s children,” he said, “and any time we get a chance to expand their toolbox and help them make our community safer, we will always be on board with that.” 

 

The material presented in the “Be the Seatbelt” program is aimed at adults only.  Children will not be allowed at the presentation.


***Important Notice for all Current Cranford Police Applicants***
 
Candidates who submitted an application for patrolman are hereby notified that the Cranford Police Officer Physical Qualification Test will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014.
 
The Physical Qualification Test will be given at the Memorial Field Sports Complex, 401 Centennial Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey.  Access is made from the Centennial Avenue Pool parking lot.  Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the test will begin at 1:00 p.m.  No one will be admitted after 1:00 p.m.
 
All candidates must check their email for confirmation of this announcement.  Candidates must email acknowledgement of this announcement to j-vanbergen@cranfordnj.org
 
Candidates shall report with a Government issued photo identification and be dressed appropriately for physical activity.
The Physical Qualification Test (PQT) will consist of four timed tests: Push Ups, Sit Ups, 75 Yard Pursuit Run, and 1.5 Mile Run. Applicants that do not pass the PQT will be disqualified from progressing to the next step of the selection process. 
Only those who submitted an application by the May 2nd deadline will be permitted into the testing site.
 
Be advised, the written examination will be conducted on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, NJ.  Additional details will be provided after the PQT for those moving on to this step.
 

 
CPD Seeking Candidates for Patrolman
 

The Cranford Police Department is seeking candidates for the position of patrolman.  The position offers a competitive salary and full benefits.  Applications can be picked up in person at Cranford Police Headquarters, 8 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016 or downloaded from the department's website. 

 

Return the completed application with a $75.00 non-refundable certified or cashiers check made payable to the Cranford Police Department.  No cash or personal checks will be accepted.  Deadline for the return of all applications is Friday, May 2, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Final selection of qualified applicants may be classified in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A: 14-123.1a.  

 

All prior candidates must submit a new application. You can download the application from this link:

http://www.cranford.com/uploads/police/forms/Police_Officer_Application_2014.pdf

 

  


Cranford Police Officers to Honor Fallen Heroes In Police Unity Tour
Three Cranford Police officers will represent the township’s police force on the upcoming Police Unity Tour bicycle ride to honor the sacrifices of police officers killed in the line of duty.  Officers from around the United States will converge on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. on Monday, May 12, 2014.  Lieutenant Guy Patterson and Officers Derek Farbanec and Joseph Stulpin will be the second group of Cranford officers to participate in the annual event, traveling over 300 miles by bicycle.  Lt. Patterson and Off. Farbanec also participated in the 2013 event. They will depart New Jersey on Friday, May 9, 2014.

The Police Unity Tour was organized in May 1997 by Chief Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park Police Department, with the hope of bringing public awareness of Police Officers who died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. The first event included 18 riders on a four day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Over time, the event has grown to encompass eight chapter organizations consisting of nearly 1600 members nationwide.  In addition to officers representing 40 different states, participants have traveled to the event from Australia, Canada, England, India, Israel and Italy.

Through obtaining sponsorship and donations, officers participating in the Police Unity Tour raise funds that are donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).  The May 2013 event resulted in over 1.72 Million Dollars being donated to the NLEOMF, bringing total donations to the fund since inception to nearly 14 Million Dollars.  The three participating Cranford officers have committed to raising over $2000.00 each through their participation in the tour.

According to Lt. Patterson, the tour represents an ongoing opportunity to challenge himself for a good cause.  “It’s a lot of work, but it’s always worth the effort.  I think this ride is an excellent way for the three of us, and for the whole department and all of our supporters, to show respect for these fallen officers and their families.”  The officers have been training regularly for several months in anticipation of the upcoming trip.

Cranford Police Chief James Wozniak is an outspoken supporter of his officers’ participation in the Police Unity Tour.  “The Cranford Police Department is all about giving back to the community,” he stated, “and whether that means our local community, our schools, or the broader law enforcement community, I will wholeheartedly commend any officers that make an extra effort to make a difference.  These officers are involved in a great program for a great cause and I support them 100 percent.”

Anyone interested in supporting this cause can utilize the links below:

Guy Patterson - http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/guypatterson/2014-police-unity-tour-chapter-1
 

Joseph Stulpin - http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/josephwstulpin/2014-police-unity-tour-chapter-1

Mail Address for General Donations:

Police Unity Tour Chapter I

P.O Box 528

Florham Park, New Jersey 07932


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