This GTPD Video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/YfiSlBlS93c
(Gloucester Township, NJ)(December 2, 2020)--Message from Chief David Harkins: "On Thursday November 19, 2020 we presented and filmed our virtual awards ceremony. I want to congratulate all of the officers who were awarded, both those who attended and those that were unavailable to attend today. Special thanks to the Award Committee, Captain John Stollsteimer, Lt. Jason Gittens, and the Community Relations Unit for making this happen.
I wanted to share with each of you my remarks made at the ceremony: To begin, I would like to offer a moment of silence to remember the 253 Line of Duty Deaths of Law Enforcement Officers in 2020….This number is up from 148 Line of Duty Deaths in 2019.
I want to thank all who have been involved in putting together this important event to honor the great work done by our officers, our partners, and the civilians who have had should an impact on our community.
Thank you to Camden County College President Borden, Security Chief John Schuck and all of the staff of Camden County College who allowed us to have this important ceremony.
I want to thank Gloucester Township, New Jersey Mayor Mayer who was instrumental in setting up this ceremony, and for his unwavering support of the police department especially during this unprecedented pandemic. There has never been a time during this crisis, when I have not been able to reach him and consult with him, and for this I thank him.
I also want to recognize my right hand, Deputy Chief Anthony Minosse who is always there to check me and provide much needed advice on critical issues. In addition I want to recognize my Command Staff, Captain Brian McKendry, Captain Brendan Barton, and Captain John Stollsteimer, who have carried out the directives and continue to provide leadership in the face of these difficult times.
The police department has been able to continue our service and mission because of the outstanding leadership provided by the Supervisors of the police department. The Lieutenants and Sergeants have had an instrumental role in keeping our officers safe, and to provide leadership and guidance on these great examples of police work that we will hear about today. But it is the Detectives, Officers, Dispatchers, and Civilian Staff whom I am most proud of. They are where the rubber meets the road. I can’t imagine that anyone could have done it better over these difficult days, and I am forever grateful for the service and dedication they provide to our community.
The reason we are here today is to honor the great police work done by the men and women of the Gloucester Township Police Department, and our partners. We typically hold this event as part of our Police Appreciation Week activities in May. But no one could have predicted what has happened in March 2020. The pandemic struck which brought about an unprecedented way of having to do emergency services and police work. No one has done it better than the Gloucester Township Police Department. The commitment, dedication, and “can do” attitude of the members of the Gloucester Township Police Department, has left me speechless at times.
I am in awe of the way the Department has stepped up to the challenges that we have been presented with. I have never doubted our abilities to handle these challenges. Our officers put themselves on the line every day. We will continue to do it, as we are all called to serve.
The commitment to service to our community has never shown clearer than it has over the past year. This is why it was so important for us to honor those receiving awards today.
I want to congratulate all of the Officers, Dispatchers, and Civilians being honored today. It has been humbling to see the work being done here in Gloucester Township.
I have never been prouder to serve with the men and women of the Gloucester Township Police Department. Congratulations to all of the award recipients and thank you for all that you do."
Gloucester Township Police Department
1261 Chews Landing Rd
Gloucester Township, NJ 08021