News and Events:  2014

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Last updated:  04/07/2014

  


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


Cranford Detectives Receive Award from FBI
 

Cranford Police Department detectives have been recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for their efforts in solving a series of armed bank robberies that occurred between November 2013 and September 2013, and spanned four counties. 

 

The robberies included the August 10, 2013 robbery of Garden State Community Bank in Cranford and the September 11, 2013 robbery of Lusitania Savings Bank in Hillside NJ.  The investigation culminated in the arrest of Andrew Thomas and Jennifer Pinto following the Hillside robbery.

 

At a ceremony held on February 12, 2014 at the Newark Field Office of the FBI, Special Agent in Charge Aaron Ford presented certificates of appreciation to members of the Cranford Police Department Investigative and Traffic Divisions.  The United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman, was in attendance, as was Cranford Police Chief Eric G. Mason.

 

The following officers received certificates and letters of recognition from the FBI:

 

D/Lt. Edward Davenport

D/Sgt. Gerard Quinn

D/Sgt. Christopher Polito

Det. John Swandrak

Det. Robert Montague

Det. Ryan Greco

Det. Russell Luedecker

 

Current Cranford Chief of Police James Wozniak cited the interagency cooperation that led to the arrests.  He stated, “Crime doesn’t always recognize municipal and county borders, and to ensure our continued success we need to constantly develop and maintain working relationships with our neighboring agencies.”

 

Also recognized in the ceremony were investigators from Clark, Woodbridge, Hillside, Watchung, Edison, Newark, and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.  


"Share the Keys" - New Jersey Parent/Teen Safe Driving Orientation
 
The Cranford Police Department is pleased to announce they will be presenting the "Share the Keys" program on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue. 
 
The program was developed by Kean University in partnership with the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety and New Jersey State Police.  There is no cost and parents/guardians and their teens in the pre-GDL/GDL stage of licensure are encouraged to attend together.
 
Those interested should contact Detective Russell Luedecker at 908-709-7336 or by email r-luedecker@cranfordnj.org  in order to register for this session. There is no cost for this presentation.
 
A copy of the registration form can be found by clicking the following link:   Share the Keys

 
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
Cranford Police will be out in force on Halloween to make sure Trick-or-Treaters are safe.  Here is some information from Chief Eric Mason and the Cranford Police Department to ensure a safe and Happy Halloween.

Parents
Always escort your children and carry a flashlight after dark.
Be familiar with the neighborhood where your children will be trick-or-treating.
Set a specific time for your child/children to be out.
Always know who is trick-or-treating with your children.
Walk on the sidewalks and not in the middle of the street.
Instruct your children NEVER to enter any homes.
Stay in well-lighted areas.
Inspect all treats before allowing children to eat them.
Choose fireproof comfortable costumes made of light colored material so they can be easily seen in the dark.
Consider placing reflective or glow in the dark tape on your children’s costumes.
Have children avoid wearing eye makeup or masks, which will restrict their vision.
Avoid having children carry replica firearms, swords, or toys which can be mistaken for the real thing.
Give out only commercially wrapped candy.
Teach children their home and/or parent’s cellular phone number in case they get lost.

Trick-or-Treaters
Do not trick-or-treat by yourself.
If props are carried, they should be made of soft rubber, Styrofoam, or other pliable material.
Obey all traffic signals and look in all directions when crossing the street.
Don’t run!  Walk to your intended destination and don’t dart in and out of cars or driveways.  If there are no sidewalks stay as far left of the roadway as possible.
Walk in the direction facing traffic.
Only trick-or-treat at homes with their porch light on.  Never approach a car offering candy.
Wait until you get home before eating any treats.

Homeowners
Turn on your porch light so children know it is all right to visit your home.
If you are placing a Jack-O-Lantern on your porch, place a glow stick inside instead of a candle.
Hand out only commercially wrapped candy.
Never invite children into your home.
Maintain clear walkways that are free from obstruction.
If using candles, keep them away from the path of children.
Immediately notify law enforcement of any suspicious activity.

Motorists
Drive slowly and cautiously.
Look for children walking on the street, running, and darting in between parked vehicles.
Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways.
 


***Important Notice for all Current Cranford Police Applicants***

Candidates who submitted an application for patrolman are hereby notified that the Cranford Police Officer Written Test will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013.

The written test will be given at the John H. Stamler Police Academy, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, 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.

All candidates must check their email for confirmation of this announcement.  Candidates must email acknowledgement of this announcement to j-wozniak@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 September 13, 2013 deadline will be permitted into the testing site. 

Directions to the Police Academy can be found at http://ucnj.org/government/prosecutor/john-h-stamler-police-academy/school-driving-directions




CRANFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT PATROLMAN
 
     The Cranford Police Department is seeking candidates for the position of patrolman.  The position offers a competitive salary and full benefits.  Applications must 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 September 13, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Final selection of qualified applicants shall 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 Police Officer Application 2013.pdf
 
  

Cranford Police to Host National Night Out Program on August 6th!


The Cranford Police Department will be participating in the 30th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. near the Township Gazebo at the intersection of North Union Avenue and Springfield Avenue.  This free nationwide event, developed by the National Association of Town Watch, began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods were organized and fighting back against crime.  The event provides an excellent opportunity for residents to interact with members of the Cranford Police Department in an informal setting.  Residents and visitors may also obtain information about the Department's many youth, educational, safety and public awareness programs.

Numerous police and emergency vehicles will be on display, including a marked police patrol car, a zodiac jet powered rescue boat, a police motorcycle, emergency service unit utility vehicles and equipment from the Union County Office of Emergency Management. Public Safety personnel will be on hand to answer questions or demonstrate equipment.

A DJ, face painter, and magician will be on site to provide entertainment for children and adults, and the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway and the Westfield YMCA will be handing out literature and giveaways.  In addition, the Cranford Taekwondo Center will be conducting a free demonstration. 

For the 5th year in a row, a blood drive will also be held during National Night Out.  This year the drive is being held in recognition of the men and women of the Cranford Police Department, Cranford Fire Department and our Emergency Medical Services. 

As in the past, members of the Cranford PBA Local #52 will be on hand to give out free Italian ices to all in attendance.

Cranford Police Chief Eric Mason believes the National Night Out program provides a unique opportunity for residents to meet with officers and other public safety personnel.  “Although we are tasked with watching over and protecting this community,” he stated, “we want to stress very much that we are part of this community.  We all have a vested interest in working together to keep our neighborhoods and our downtown safe for everybody.”  Chief Mason noted that Cranford’s National Night Out event is being coordinated by Det. Robert Montague.


YWCA of Eastern Union County Seeking Volunteers!
 
 

Cranford Police Department Earns 2nd Place in Law Enforcement Challenge
  
The Cranford Police Department was recently honored after receiving a second place finish in the 46-75 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 14% decrease in overall crashes in 2012.
 
The Cranford Police Department also finished the competition with the third highest overall score for all department categories.  For placing third overall, the department received a portable Drager Alcotest 6510 screener valued at $450.  In addition to the portable alcotest unit, Drager will also train the entire department on the use of the device at no cost.
 
The Law Enforcement Challenge is financed through a grant awarded to the International Association of Chiefs 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.  The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police has established its own state Challenge program along with the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
 
 
 

Cranford Police Youth Academy Registration
 
The Cranford Police Department is proud to announce we will be hosting the Seventh Annual Cranford Police Youth Academy.   The Academy will begin Monday, July 8th and conclude Friday, July 12th. Classes are run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This law enforcement educational experience is for students graduating grades 6-8 this year.
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 on the department website.  The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 12th at 3:00 p.m.   There is a $40 registration fee.  Please contact Detective Robert Montague or Patrolman Steven D’Ambola with any questions (908) 272-2222.
 

 
Seat Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign to be Conducted Locally as Part of Nationwide
Click It or Ticket Mobilization May 20 – June 2, 2013
 
   Law enforcement officers from the Cranford Police Department will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.  Beginning May 20 and running through June 2, the annual initiative includes high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as well as local and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts. 
 
   “Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.   "In 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.”  Last year, the front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey declined for the first time in 15 years, to 88.29%.  Poedubicky noted that the goal for this year’s campaign is to once again move the usage rate above 90%.  “To meet our goal, we must continue both enforcement and public outreach efforts that educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up, every ride,” he said.  Poedubicky added that the campaign will focus on rear seat passengers, as well.  Despite laws requiring adult back seat passengers to buckle up, adult back seat belt use stands at only 36 percent.
 
   During the 2012 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 425 police agencies participated in the two-week initiative.  As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 29,307 seat belt citations, 4,951 speeding summonses and made 861 drunk driving arrests.
 


CRANFORD POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN 6TH NATIONWIDE PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISPOSAL PROGRAM
The Cranford Police Department will be hosting a local medication collection site as part of the National Take Back Initiative medicine disposal day.  The event will take place at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013.  This initiative, open to all residents, was organized to encourage local community residents to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine.  Police will be on hand to accept medication for disposal.  No identification will be required and disposal is completely voluntary and anonymous.  Needles, syringes and other sharp instruments will NOT be collected.

This national effort, with the majority of New Jersey police departments participating (and 4,268 agencies nationwide), is being spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Statewide partners include the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the NY/NJ HIDTA, and the New Jersey National Guard.  Cranford residents looking for additional information on the program and local collection sites should visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills.

Cranford Police Chief Eric G. Mason is a staunch supporter of the program.  He stated, “The abuse of prescription and over the counter drugs is often overlooked as a public safety issue. Through our participation in the Take Back Initiative we are encouraging residents to properly dispose of their unwanted or expired medicines, and in doing so we are protecting vulnerable members of our community from the host of issues that accompany the abuse of these medicines.”
 

 
CRANFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT
JOB OPENING:
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
 
The Cranford Police Department is seeking candidates for the position of Communications Officer.  The position offers a competitive salary and full benefits.

Applications must be picked up in person at the Cranford Police Department Headquarters located at 8 Springfield Ave, Cranford NJ 07016.

The deadline for all completed applications is Friday, April 19, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
 
All prior candidates must submit a new application
 
Please return applications to:
Cranford Police Department 
Att: Chief Eric Mason
8 Springfield Ave
Cranford, NJ 07016
 

 

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