News and Events:  2012

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Last updated:  12/04/2012

Santa Delivery 2012

Once again the Cranford Jaycees have agreed to sponsor the Santa Delivery program for us. If you are interested in participating you are asked to drop off an unwrapped toy to be given to a local charity. In return Santa and his Jaycee elves will deliver your wrapped present(s) to your home along with an escort from the Cranford Police or Fire Department!

 
 
PRESENT DROP OFF @ The Cranford Fire Department
(bring donated toy and your wrapped gifts together)
-Saturday, December 1st from 11am- 2pm
-Monday, December 3rd from 6pm - 8pm
-Wednesday, December 5th from 6pm - 8pm

SANTA DELIVERIES
Wednesday, December 12th from 6pm - 8pm
Friday, December 14th from 6pm - 8pm

Every effort will be made to accomodate your first choice for delivery day/time, but due to volume we ask you to be flexible. Any questions can be directed to Bob Orr (jlorko@yahoo.com) or Tim Goodwin (tim_goodwin@yahoo.com) of the Cranford Jaycees.
 
Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be
                                       Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Campaign
 
Law enforcement officers from Cranford will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign.  Beginning December 7, 2012 and running through January 2, 2013, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year.

“This is an important law enforcement initiative that can save lives during the holiday season where traditionally impaired driving increases by almost 10 percent,” said Chief Eric Mason.  “This program brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving.  Those who choose to drink and drive not only put themselves in grave danger but also every other person who shares the road with them.  We want everyone to be able to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.”

Last year in New Jersey, 152 people were killed as a result of alcohol-impaired crashes.  That number represents 24 percent of the 627 traffic fatalities reported in the state in 2011.
 
Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Year End 2012 crackdown offer the following advice:

• Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
• Spend the night where the activity is held.
• Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.  In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.
• Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle.  It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
• If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
 
Motorists are also asked to subscribe to the pledge of the Ensign John R. Elliot HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers: Drive sober, be a designated driver and don’t let friends drive drunk.  Under the effort, local businesses and community groups, law enforcement agencies, and schools work together to keep drunk drivers off the road.  Started in New Jersey by the Elliot family following the tragic death of their son John, killed in a head on collision with a drunk driver, the campaign has become a national model for preventing drunk driving.

School Route Plan for 2012-2013
With the start of the 2012-2013 school year approaching, the Cranford Police Department has established a “School Route Plan” for prescribing all elementary school children a recommended route to and from school by channeling students along prescribed routes.  This practice allows the township and schools to plan effective traffic control measures that will benefit the greatest number of students and will assure that no student is exposed to an unreasonable traffic hazard. The “School Route Plan” maps include locations of existing crossing guards and signalized intersections.  We encourage students to utilize the approved school routes.  Click on the link to view the School Route Plan.
 

Cranford Helps Promote Annual
“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day”
 

(Cranford, NJ) --   Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on October 10, 2012, 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.
  Last year in New Jersey, 627 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, up from 556 in 2010.  Although nationally there is a downward trend in motor vehicle fatalities in 2011 in New Jersey fatalities increased over 2010 by 71 deaths.
“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 Eric Mason 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 Mason added.
Additional information on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is available by logging on to www.brakesonfatalities.org .
 
 
 
 

Cranford Police to Host Prescription and Over The Counter Drug Collection Site
09/29/2012 10am-2pm
Operation Takeback

Cranford NJ - 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, September 29, 2012. 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 April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 tons—of pills.
 
 
 


                                Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be
                              Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Campaign
 
 
Cranford NJ -- Law enforcement officers from Cranford will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the summer 2012 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.  Beginning August 17 and running through September 3, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
 
A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the Labor Day holiday period.

“Many people believe that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety.  “Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger.”  

In 2010 alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 20 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities. As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2012 crackdown offer the following advice:

·         If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.

·         Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.

·         Spend the night where the activity is held.

·         Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.  In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.

·         Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle.  It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.

·         If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.
 
 
 
 

 
CRANFORD POLICE OFFICER ASSISTS WITH SPECIAL DELIVERY
 
On Friday, August 3, 2012 at approximately 9:28pm, Cranford Police officers were called to the parking lot of the Butcher Block (209 Centennial Avenue) on a reported woman in labor in a parked vehicle.  First to arrive on scene was Officer Matthew Nazzaro, a certified Emergency Medical Technician and a Basic Life Support Instructor with over ten years of pre-hospital emergency medical experience.  In the lot, he found Diego Ramos, of Cranford, and his wife, Teresa Pires-Ramos, who stated she was in labor.  The couple had been en route to the hospital, but stopped and contacted 9-1-1 when they realized they weren’t going to make it. 

Nazzaro immediately saw that the baby’s head was “crowning” and the birth was imminent.  Assisted by Sergeant Frank Williams, and Officers Robert Jordan and Michael Dubitsky, Nazzaro began preparations for the delivery.  With the vehicle seat reclined, and the mother pushing hard, Nazzaro was able to support the infant’s head and body while removing the umbilical cord from around the baby’s neck and averting a potentially life threatening complication.  The newborn baby boy was successfully delivered moments before the arrival of the Cranford First Aid Squad.

The Ramos family was transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center (Livingston NJ) by first aid personnel.  According to Diego Ramos, both mother and child were doing well.  Nazzaro has since been asked to sign the official birth certificate for baby Adam Ramos.
 
Chief Eric Mason had well wishes for the Ramos family and praise for his officers.  “I’m thrilled that everyone involved is healthy.  This is what they train for,” he noted of his personnel, “but it is still rewarding to see the immensely positive impact members of this department can have on people’s lives.  I’m proud of Officer Nazzaro and everyone that assisted out there. It was a great job.”
 
Photo, left to right, Patrolman Michael Dubitsky, Detective Robert Montague, Patrolman Matthew Nazzaro holding baby Adam, David Ramos, Diego Ramos, Teresa Pires-Ramos, and Evan Ramos.
 

National Night Out

The Cranford Police Department will be participating in the 29th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. near the Gazebo at the intersection of North Union Avenue and Springfield Avenue.  The free nationwide event is designed to promote crime prevention awareness.  It also allows the public to interact with members of the police department and obtain information about the department's many programs.

There will be displays of police vehicles, including a police car, zodiac boat, motorcycle, and emergency service unit.  A DJ, face painter, and magician will be on hand to entertain.  Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and the Westfield YMCA will be handing out literature and giveaways.  The Cranford Taekwondo Center will be putting on a free demonstration.  For the 4th year in a row, a blood drive will also be held during National Night Out.  This year the drive is being held to celebrate all that’s great about Cranford since the devastation left by Hurricane Irene.  Members of the Cranford PBA #52 will be on hand to give out free Italian ices to all in attendance.


Youth Police Academy Graduation 

The sixth class of the Cranford Police Department Youth Police Academy graduated on Friday, June 29th after completing a one-week course designed to expose them to the functions of the police department.

The academy program, designed to bridge the gap between the members of the police department and the youth of Cranford, included 31 cadets from Cranford between the ages of 11 and 14.  “The primary goal of the Youth Police Academy is to encourage open communication between Cranford youth and the members of the Cranford Police Department” said Cranford Police Chief Eric Mason.

Each academy day started with one hour of physical fitness and military drill practice led by Patrolman Joseph Stulpin followed by classroom lectures and demonstrations.  Detective Robert Montague and Patrolman Steven D’Ambola coordinated training sessions designed to familiarize the cadets with the roles of Cranford police officers, as well as the functions of various county and state law enforcement agencies.  During the week, cadets received classroom lectures and practical exercises on police department structure, patrol operations, motor vehicle stops, investigative techniques, DWI, first aid/CPR, firearms safety, gang awareness, and traffic investigations.

Demonstrations were presented by the Cranford Police Department’s Water Rescue Unit, Firearms Unit, Investigative Division, Traffic Division, and Juvenile Bureau.  Additional presentations were made by the Cranford Fire Department Emergency Medical Services, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Union County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, New Jersey State Police Gang Unit, Union County Bomb Squad, Union County SWAT/UCERT, Union County Homicide Task Force, and Union County Gangs, Guns, Drugs, and Violent Crime Task Force.

Family and friends of the cadets attended the graduation ceremony held at the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains.  Captain Joseph Van Bergen and academy instructor Patrolman Steven D’Ambola led the graduation ceremonies.  During the ceremony, family and friends were given an overview of the Youth Academy Program.  The highlight of the graduation was a video and slide show depicting the weeklong training experience.  All graduating cadets received certificates for their participation in the program.


CRANFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT 
RECEIVES TOP HONORS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT CHALLENGE
 
 
The Cranford Police Department was recently honored after receiving a first place finish in the 46-75 officer category of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Challenge for the fifth year in a row.  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 32% decrease in injury related crashes in 2011.
 
The Cranford Police Department also finished the competition with the highest overall score for all department categories.  For placing first overall, the department received a Whelen Liberty light bar from Mobile Fleet, LLC. valued at $3,500.  The Whelen light bar will be used to replace an older model currently in our fleet.

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.  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.
 

Youth Academy Session Now Accepting Applications 

The Cranford Police Department is proud to announce they will be hosting the Sixth Annual Cranford Police Youth Academy.   The Academy will begin Monday, June 25th and conclude Friday, June 29th.  Classes are run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  This law enforcement educational experience is for students graduating grades 6-8.  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 by clicking the following link Youth Academy Application.  The deadline for applications is Thursday, May 31st 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. 


Cranford, NJ – Motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts – beware.  The 2012 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization kicks off May 21 to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up. 

 

The Cranford Police Department is joining with other state and local law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country to help save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010 nationally, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash, compared to 42 percent during the daytime hours.

 

“Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy,” said Chief Eric G. Mason. “Our goal is to save more lives, so the Cranford Police Department will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.”

                                                                                                                                   

Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across America each year and the Cranford Police Department is helping spread the word. NHTSA statistics show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.

 

Yet, too many motorists may need a tough reminder. In 2010, 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA, and 51 percent of them were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.

 

Younger motorists and men are particularly at risk.  NHTSA data shows that among teen and young adult passenger vehicle occupants in 2010, ages 18-34, who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, 62 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash – the highest percentage of any age group.  The number jumps to 66 percent when just men in this age group are included.

 

While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 21 through June 3, motorists should know that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.

  

 

“Those who choose not to wear a seat belt will feel the heat from our officers who will be out cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators. Motorists should buckle up every time they go out, both day and night,” said Chief Mason. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone not buckled up…no warnings and no excuses. Click It or Ticket.

 
 

CRANFORD POLICE OFFICER HONORED WITH “TOP GUN” AWARD FOR DWI ARRESTS

An officer with the Cranford Police Department was recognized this week for his continued success in impaired driving enforcement.  Patrolman Steven D’Ambola was awarded a 2011 “Top Gun” award by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (DHTS) in recognition of his ongoing efforts in detecting and arresting drunk and impaired drivers.  The DHTS awards one “Top Gun” in each county and to each New Jersey State Police troop.

Patrolman D’Ambola received the award for 2011 after leading all Union County police officers with 26 impaired driver arrests.  D’Ambola is a seven year veteran of the Cranford Police Department and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  The Cranford Police Department reported a total of 85 impaired driver arrests in 2011.

Cranford Police Chief Eric Mason indicated that impaired driver enforcement is taken seriously by the entire department, which frequently participates in statewide enforcement crackdowns such as last December’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.  “Drunk driving is recognized nationwide as a phenomenon that needlessly and recklessly endangers countless innocent lives,” he stated.  “I applaud Officer D’Ambola, and all of the recipients of this award statewide, for their stellar efforts to protect motorists from those whose behavior often leads to tragedy.”  The Chief further noted that over 30% of all fatal crashed can be attributed in some way to alcohol.

The award was presented at the DHTS’ New Jersey Remembers ceremony at the Trenton War Memorial on April 24, 2012.  The ceremony is held annually to honor and remember those lives lost in crashes involving impaired drivers, and to spotlight officers that consistently excel in impaired driver enforcement. It is run by DHTS in cooperation with local and state law enforcement agencies, substance abuse prevention organizations, and traffic safety advocates.
 
                          

2012 Teen Safe Driving Summit
 
Calling all teens 14-16 years of age (and your parents)!
Don’t miss the teen driving event of the year!
 
 
The  Good Driving for Life  2012 Teen Safe Driving Summit is set for Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at theiPlay America/Encore Conference Center, 110 Schanck Road (off Route 9), Freehold, NJ.
 
You’ll soon be eligible to obtain a driver’s license which fosters independence, freedom, access and responsibility!  Join with teens from across the state to get the facts about NJ’s Graduated Driver License program so you and your friends are building skills that ensure Good Driving for Life!
 
Summit highlights include:
■ Teen-led interactive workshops including a hands-on distracted driving course
■ GDL, driver coaching, insurance, & vehicle selection workshops for parents
■ Marilyn Abbate, whose story is told in the feature film “The Fifth Quarter”
■ Lunch, giveaways and raffles
■ Discount admission to iPlay America indoor theme park (after the summit)
 
Admission is $15 per teen and one parent; $25 per family.
Don’t delay, registration is limited and closes May 4 
Visit www.ugotbrains.com/registration

GDL4U:  Good Driving for Life is sponsored by the New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition, a project of The Allstate Foundation in partnership with the National Safety Council.  Summit questions should be directed to njteendriving@gmail.com.  The Summit is one of two days of iDrive Safe events for teens and parents.
 

 CRANFORD POLICE TO HOST OPERATION TAKEBACK
MEDICATION COLLECTION SITE
 
The Cranford Police Department will be hosting an Operation Take Back local collection site as part of the Operation Take Back 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 28, 2012.  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 statewide effort, with the majority of New Jersey police departments participating, is being spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Jersey Division, 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 information on the program and local collection sites should visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.  
 
Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners.  In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds—nearly 500 tons—of pills. 
Eric G. Mason, Cranford Police Chief stated, “The abuse of prescription and over the counter drugs is too often overlooked as a public safety and community health issue, through our participation in Operation Take Back we are encouraging residents to properly dispose of their unwanted or expired medicines, and we are continuing to bring  this important issue to light.”
 
According to recent studies by Monitoring the Future, University of Michigan, between 1997 and 2007, treatment admissions for prescription painkillers increased more than 400 percent.  In addition, between 2004 and 2008, the number of visits to hospital emergency departments involving the non-medical use of narcotic painkillers increased 111 percent.  The proper disposal of unwanted medication will help reduce the potential for pharmaceutical diversion.  
 

"Share the Keys" - New Jersey Parent/Teen Safe Driving Orientation
Announced for May
 
The Cranford Police Department is pleased to announce they will be presenting the "Share the Keys" program on May 17, 2012 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 interesetd should contact Lieutenant Edward Davenport at 908-709-7334 or by email er-davenport@cranfordnj.org in order to register for this session.
 
A copy of the registration form can be found by clicking the following link:   Share the Keys 
 
 
 

This St. Patrick’s Day…

Don’t Depend on Dumb Luck—Designate a Sober Driver Before the Party Begins

 • For many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular night out to celebrate with friends and family.   Unfortunately, due to the large volume of drunk drivers, the night out has also become very dangerous.

• In 2009, there were 103 crash fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day. 

• Of these fatalities, 37 percent involved alcohol-impaired drivers and/or motorcyclists with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.  

• Whether meeting a few friends at the local pub after work or attending the local parade or party, if you plan on drinking alcohol, please don’t drive.

 

Drunk-Driving Prevention

Following these easy steps, drivers can enjoy a safe and festive holiday without jeopardizing their lives and the lives of others who may be on the road.  

• Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin and designate a sober driver.

• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.

• If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement.

• And remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

 
Impaired Driving Creates Serious Consequences
 

• The tragedies and costs from driving impaired do not end with potential death and injury.

• Driving a vehicle or riding a motorcycle while impaired is not worth the risk.  The consequences are serious and real.  Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant.

• Drunk driving violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work.

• Refusing to take a sobriety test in many jurisdictions may result in the loss of your license on the spot and enhanced penalties, not to mention the added embarrassment, humiliation, and consequences after informing family, friends and employers.

• Please remember if you’ve had a couple of drinks and are feeling “buzzed,” don’t drive.  Remember our motto, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Designate your sober driver before the St. Patrick’s Day parties begin.

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Search Warrant Leads to Narcotics Distribution Bust

The Investigative Division of the Cranford Police Department conducted a two month long investigation that resulted in narcotics charges being filed against a local man.

The investigation began in December of 2011 when Detective Michael Andrews obtained information that a suspect living in Cranford was distributing illegal narcotics from his home. A detailed undercover investigation began which included undercover surveillance and intelligence gathering by Detectives within the Investigative Division.  Ultimately, a search warrant was issued by a Union County Superior Court Judge and on February 2, 2012 members of the Cranford Police Department served that warrant.

Upon service of the warrant, over 2 pounds of marijuana and packaging material, with an estimated street value of over $12,000 was confiscated from the residence.  Arrested in connection to this investigation was Antonio Anderson, age 23, of Cranford NJ.  He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (marijuana) a fourth degree crime, Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (marijuana) and Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance within 1000 feet of a school (Hillside Ave School) both third degree crimes. Anderson was released after posting his $35,000.00 bail.

Cranford Police Chief Eric G. Mason was quick to acknowledge the thorough work involved in the case.  " Our Detectives remain vigilant and will persist in the eradication of narcotics possession and distribution in Cranford.  These types of crime will not be tolerated within our Town borders.  Criminals looking to set up shop in Cranford will be caught, and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." 

All charges against Anderson are pending in New Jersey Superior Court in Union County.
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Cranford, NJ – Chief Eric G. Mason would like to congratulate the Giants for representing the city of New York in the 2011 NFL Playoffs.  “While I encourage everyone to have fun cheering the Giants on to victory, I implore you to do so in a safe and responsible way,” Chief Mason said.  This is why the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is teaming with the National Football League (NFL) and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition to help endorse the very important safety message of not drinking and driving to all NFL fans. 
 
“If you are preparing to consume alcohol while you watch our beloved Giants play, we suggest that you do it sensibly, by handing over your keys to a designated driver,” said Chief Mason.  Just like the Giants will try to execute their game plan to win the game, anyone drinking during the games should carry out a designated driver plan to make sure they get home safe.  “Drafting a designated driver this weekend will be the correct play call for a sure win.”
 
In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher (.08 grams per deciliter or higher).
 
We are also asking all party hosts to use a prevent defense to discourage their guests from drinking and driving.  And make that extra effort to be sure everyone who will be drinking has assigned a sober designated driver. “Designated drivers are the real play makers for the team, because they make sure that their teammates get home safe,” said Chief Mason.   “We want everyone to make the right decision for this weekend and remember real NFL Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.”
 
The Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk message supports the league-wide designated-driver campaign called Responsibility Has Its Rewards.  Celebrating its ninth season in 2011, the campaign encourages fans to participate in designated-driver programs supported by beer and concessionaire companies at every NFL stadium nationwide.  Throughout the season, more than 175,000 fans made the responsible decision to be designated drivers. Those fans now have a chance to earn the ultimate reward – a trip to Super Bowl XLVI® in Indianapolis, IN at Lucas Oil Stadium.

PRESS RELEASE:  INVESTIGATION YIELDS BURGLARY & NARCOTICS ARRESTS

A two month long burglary investigation by the Cranford Police Department has resulted in burglary and narcotics charges being filed against 3 men. 

In December 2011, Cranford Police Department detectives identified a link between local burglaries and a suspected heroin distribution ring operating in Cranford Township.  Cranford detectives identified several suspects and initiated a detailed investigation.  Following an undercover surveillance operation in the area of several commercial burglaries on January 3, 2012, detectives stopped and arrested James Mattis, age 21, of Cranford NJ.  He was charged with two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Heroin & Cocaine), third degree crimes, as well as Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a School Zone (St. Michael’s School).  Mattis was committed to the Union County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail and all charges are pending in New Jersey Superior Court (Union County).

While investigating the same series of commercial burglaries to a North Ave. East business, as well as a Denman Road residence, Detectives Michael Andrews, John Swandrak, Robert Montague and Ryan Greco developed evidence and obtained an arrest warrant for Clifford Andrews (Age 28, Cranford NJ) charging him with three counts of Burglary and three counts of Theft.  On January 17, 2012, detectives located Andrews traveling in a vehicle operated by Michael Pascale (Age 46, Rockaway NJ).  During the stop of that vehicle, Andrews and Pascale were found to be in possession of over 100 paper folds of suspected heroin.  Andrews was also found to be in possession of suspected crack cocaine.  In addition to the Burglary and Theft charges, Andrews was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Heroin), two counts of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Heroin & Cocaine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was committed to the Union County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.  Pascale was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Heroin), Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Heroin), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  All charges are pending in New Jersey Superior Court (Union County).

Additional investigation by Detective Michael Andrews led to James Mattis being positively linked to one of the previous burglaries.  On January 19, 2012, Cranford detectives responded to the Union County Jail and served Mattis with an additional arrest warrant charging him with Burglary.  Bail on the Burglary charge was set at $15,000.  All charges are pending in New Jersey Superior Court (Union County).

The investigation is ongoing, and Cranford detectives are still investigating possible links between the arrested parties and other burglaries that have occurred in Cranford over the past 2-3 months.

Cranford Police Chief Eric G. Mason noted a frequent correlation between narcotics offenses and other serious crimes.  He also commended the detectives involved for their persistence and extensive efforts.  “According to the latest available figures, only 12.4% of burglaries are solved nationwide,” he said.  “Once again, Cranford detectives have defied that statistic and eliminated a threat to our community.  In addition to the property crimes that were solved, a considerable amount of narcotics destined for distribution in our neighborhoods has been intercepted.  These crimes affect innocent people and we will remain dedicated to eradicating them from Cranford.” 


Source for crime clearance statistic: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/crime-in-the-u.s.-2010/clearance

 

Cranford Police Department Awarded $6,000 Pedestrian Safety Grant

The Cranford Police Department was recently awarded a pedestrian safety grant funded by the federal government.  The goal of the grant is to lower pedestrian fatalities and injury rates.  The grant includes funding for overtime enforcement at pedestrian safety hot spots and educational outreach throughout the community. 
 
In 2010, 139 pedestrians were killed in New Jersey.  In this state, 25% of crash fatalities involve a pedestrian, well above the national average of 11%.  Furthermore, during the most recent five year period, more than 27,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in the state.
 
 Chief Eric G. Mason added that pedestrian safety is a continuing priority in the Township of Cranford.  “This campaign will be comprehensive, focusing on education, enforcement, and engineering.”   
 
 The pedestrian safety campaign will take place February 15th through March 21st, 2012.
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