Gloucester Township Press Release
The community relations initiatives and events either conducted or managed by the Community Relations Bureau grew dramatically since 2009. In 2009 there were 1,302 events and in the year 2011 there were 2,494. New initiatives such as the 7th Grade DARE Program, expansion of the Community Notification System, record attendance at the Citizens Policy Academy, and development of a Jr. Police Academy Summer Camp are just a few of the many achievements of the Community Relations Bureau over the past two years.
The promotion of Sgt. Barton to Lieutenant serves as an example of the Gloucester Township Department’s commitment in having a policing strategy that involves the community members as partners. The Departments’ Investigations Bureau (Detectives), Administrative Services Bureau, and Traffic Services Bureau are all commanded by a Lieutenant. The Community Relations Bureau will now be commanded by a Lieutenant which serves as a symbol that building a relationship with community members is a critical mission of the Gloucester Township Police Department and fully necessary for effective modern day policing.