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Officer Down: Sergeant James Smith Shot and Killed by Suspect

Sergeant James Smith Iowa State Patrol, Iowa End of Watch Friday, April 9, 2021 Sergeant Jim Smith was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject who had assaulted and disarmed another law enforcement officer during a traffic stop near Grundy Center. The subject initially fled as officers attempted to stop him but stopped and confronted them and antagonized them to shoot him. The man then assaulted one of the officers and disarmed him after placing the officer in a chokehold. He was able to get back into his car and fled to his home at 305 G Avenue. Responding officers established a perimeter around the home and established an arrest team. When the arrest team entered the home, the man opened fire with... Read more →


Alleged Racial Incident Involving Juveniles is Being Investigated by GCPD

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (April 6, 2021)--The Gloucester City Police Department released a statement, April 5, about an alleged rumor being circulated on the social site, Facebook. The statement reads in part; "There have been some rumors on Facebook regarding an incident, involving juveniles, over the weekend. While we cannot comment on the facts of a juvenile matter, we would like to stress that the matter was, in fact, documented in a police report and it is being actively investigated. We cannot, and will not, discuss the matter on Facebook Messenger or through the comment section of our posts. If anyone has any information about the matter, please contact the Detective Bureau at (856) 456-7797. Searching Facebook we discovered a... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Lieutenant James Kouski, Killed by Car

James Kouski Hometown Police Department, Illinois End of Watch Saturday, April 3, 2021 HOMETOWN, ILLINOIS--Lieutenant James Kouski was struck and killed by a vehicle while investigating a prior DUI-related crash at about 3:00 am. He was standing on the side of South Pulaski Road, near the intersection of 91st Street, when he was struck. The driver of the car that struck him fled the scene but was arrested later in the day. Lieutenant Kouski had served with the Hometown Police Department for 34 years. RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial Page CNB Crime Blue Line CNBNews Tips and Snippets CNBNews Point of View BREAKING NEWS published Gloucestercitynews.net | April 8, 2021 Read more →


Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Christopher Wilson Knight Stabbed to Death by Prisoner

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Wilson Knight Bibb County Sheriff's Office, Georgia End of Watch Tuesday, April 6, 2021 Bibb County, Georgia--Deputy Sheriff Christopher Knight was stabbed to death by a prisoner at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center at about 2:45 am. He and another deputy were moving the prisoner to an observation area after the man-made suicidal comments. The inmate began fighting with both deputies and was able to gain control of Deputy Knight's knife, which he used to stab both deputies. Deputy Knight was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds one hour later. Deputy Knight had served with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office for three years. He is survived by his 2-year-old child and mother. Age 30 Tour 3... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: U.S. Capital Police Officer William Evans Killed by a Vehicle

Police Officer William Evans United States Capitol Police, U.S. Government End of Watch Friday, April 2, 2021 Police Officer Billy Evans was struck and killed by a vehicle whose driver was attempting to breach a barricade at the United States Capitol. Officer Evans and other officers were stationed outside of the north vehicle access point along Constitution Avenue when the driver intentionally drove into Officer Evans and a second officer. The driver then exited the car after crashing into a retractable barricade and attempted to attack other officers with a knife. The man was shot and killed at the scene. Officer Evans was transported to a nearby hospital in a patrol car but died a short time later. Officer Evans had served with the United... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: TEXAS Trooper Chad Walker Shot & Killed; Suspect Commits Suicide

Trooper Chad Walker succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained five days earlier when he was ambushed while stopping to assist what he believed was a disabled vehicle near Mexia, Texas. Trooper Chad Walker Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas End of Watch Wednesday, March 31, 2021 He was traveling on FM 2838, near U.S. Highway 84, when he observed the vehicle parked on the shoulder at about 7:45 pm. As he pulled behind the vehicle, the driver exited and opened fire with a handgun, shooting through the windshield of the patrol car before it had come to a full stop. Trooper Walker was struck in the head and abdomen. The driver fled into a wooded area and remained at large until committing... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Officer Robert McFarland & Nurse Lorena Schulte Beaten to Death

Correctional Officer Robert McFarland and Nurse Lorena Schulte were assaulted and beaten to death by two inmates in the Anamosa State Penitentiary infirmary during an escape attempt. The inmates had developed a ruse to gain access to the infirmary by claiming to be there as part of the prison repair program. Once inside they attacked Officer McFarland and Nurse Schulte with hammers, inflicting fatal skull fractures on both. Another inmate inside the infirmary attempted to protect Officer McFarland and Nurse Schulte but was also attacked and suffered a skull fracture. The two inmates then attempted to use a grinder to break through the exterior window and protective bars but were unsuccessful. They briefly took another nurse hostage before fleeing back into the prison where they... Read more →


Officer Down: Corporal Kyle Davis Attacked by Prisoner

KYLE JEFFREY DAVIS Corporal Kyle Davis died after being assaulted inside of the Washington County Correctional Facility while booking a prisoner. Seventeen subjects had been arrested as part of a large multiagency narcotics investigation and were being booked into the jail. One of the men began to struggle with officers while being booked and struck Corporal Davis in the chest, causing him to suffer a ruptured aorta. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away approximately one hour later. Corporal Davis had served with the Washington County Sheriff's Office for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and two children. RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial Page CNB Crime Blue Line CNBNews Tips and Snippets CNBNews Point of View BREAKING NEWS published... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley KILLED

Police Officer Eric Talley Boulder Police Department, Colorado End of Watch Monday, March 22, 2021 Police Officer Eric Talley, 51, was shot and killed at about 2:30 pm while responding to an active shooter incident at the King Sooper grocery store at 3600 Table Mesa Drive. Officer Talley was the first officer to arrive at the scene and was shot as he engaged the gunman. The subject was taken into custody a short time later after being wounded. The subject murdered a total of 10 people, including Officer Talley, during the incident. Officer Talley had served with the Boulder Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife, seven children, and parents. RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial Page CNB Crime Blue Line CNBNews... Read more →


John E. Park, Camden City Auxiliary Police Officer, Cub Scout Leader

Little Egg Harbor, formerly of Gloucester City, NJ, passed away on March 24, 2021. Age 76. Born in Camden, NJ, he was a resident of Gloucester City, NJ until moving to Little Egg Harbor in 2011. He was the son of the late Mary M. Park, and was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Barbara in April of 2020. John is survived by his son, John R. Park (Dianne Rene); grandchildren, Trinity, Ashleigh, Danielle, Debra, Nicole, Jonathan, Tyler; great grandchildren, Natalie and Remy. John worked for more than 50 years as a mechanic/ boiler maker with Aluminum Shapes in Delair, NJ. He also worked as an Auxiliary Police Officer for the City of Camden for 25 years, was a projection operator at the Blackhorse... Read more →


4th Correctional Officer Charged with Misconduct

Faschan Complaint 1 | Faschan Complaint 2 TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced charges against a fourth correctional police officer in the ongoing criminal investigation of an incident in which inmates were assaulted and seriously injured at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in the early morning of Jan. 12, 2021. Three other correctional police officers were charged on Feb. 4. Sgt. Matthew D. Faschan, 33, of Hackettstown, N.J., a suspended correctional police officer, was charged today by complaint-summons with two counts of second-degree official misconduct and one count of third-degree tampering with public records or information. The charges were filed in an ongoing joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) and the Hunterdon County... Read more →


SEPTA Worker Beaten by Gang; Union Calls for SEPTA Police Chief to Resign

Transport Workers Union Calls for SEPTA Chief of Transit Police Thomas J. Nestel III to Resign or to be Removed ...The transit police are currently either unwilling or incapable of protecting SEPTA workers and riders, said Willie Brown, president of TWU Local 234. Violent attacks on SEPTA transit workers like the one seen in the video have become an unacceptable daily occurrence. PHILADELPHIA (March 18, 2021)– Transport Workers Union Local 234, the largest union representing transit workers at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), released a video today showing a track worker being beaten in an unprovoked attack by a violent street gang at Philadelphia’s 15th Street Station earlier this week. Watch the video here. Attacks of this nature have become a daily occurrence. The... Read more →


Officer Down: Police Officer Gary Hibbs Has Heart Attack Attempting to Arrest Suspect, Dies 8 Days Later

Police Officer Gary Hibbs Chicago Heights Police Department, Illinois End of Watch Friday, March 12, 2021 Police Officer Gary Hibbs suffered a fatal heart attack while attempting to arrest a subject at an apartment on 14th Place. He and other officers had responded to the apartment on March 4th, 2021, to investigate a domestic violence call. During the investigation, he attempted to place a subject under arrest, but the man resisted and began fighting with him. Officer Hibbs collapsed during the struggle. Officer Hibbs was transported to Franciscan Hospital where he remained until passing away on March 12th, 2021. Officer Hibbs had served with the Chicago Heights Police Department for 25 years. His son also serves as a police officer with the agency. RELATED: Via... Read more →


Clarence "Chuck" Pierce, Jr., Past Runnemede Police Officer, former Football and Baseball Coach

Clarence "Chuck" Pierce, Jr., on March 13, 2021, of Runnemede. Age 87. Beloved husband of the late Theresa (nee Sacchetti). Devoted father of Wayne Pierce (Sherry), John Pierce (Ann Marie), Patricia Phillips (the late Steve), and Danny Pierce. Loving grandfather of Krista (Ricky), Gabrielle (Gary), Pierce, Derek, Matthew, Kaitlyn, and Kelly. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and his beloved daughter-in-law Daria. Chuck was born in Camden. He proudly served with the US Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was a Runnemede Police Officer for many years and then worked for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, retiring in 2005. Chuck was a member of PBA Local #30 and the Retired Police and Fire Association and a former football and baseball coach in Runnemede.... Read more →


Three Gloucester Township Officers Assaulted By Male In Crisis

(GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ)(MARCH 16, 2021)(CNBNEWS)--On Monday March 15, 2021, at approximately 9:04 PM, the Gloucester Township Police and EMS were dispatched to Brookshire Road for a male who was making threatening statements against others including threats to kill police officers. The accused, Robert Gillpatrick, left his residence on foot prior to police arrival. CNBNews graphics A short time later Gillpatrick was located walking in the neighborhood. Gillpatrick appeared to be upset and officers attempted to de-escalate the situation by communicating with him. While communicating with him, mobile crisis outreach was contacted and advised he should be transported to a local hospital for a crisis evaluation. The suspect refused to cooperate with officers and would not get off of the ground. Officers then helped him off... Read more →


Ocean State Job Lot’s First Responder Discount Week               

First Responders and Public Safety Professionals Save 25% During All First Responders - Current or Retired - with a Valid ID are Eligible North Kingstown, RI - (March 11, 2021) – Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL), the region’s premier privately-held discount retail chain with 142 stores in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, will offer a 25% discount for First Responders and Public Safety Professionals from March 18th through March 24th during First Responder Discount Week. OSJL provides an ever-changing array of household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (such as holiday, gardening, patio, pool and beach supplies), kitchen-pantry staples, a broad offering of gourmet and international specialty foods and station/firehouse necessities and the discount applies to almost everything* in any Ocean State... Read more →


Police Chief in Gloucester City Also Serving As City Administrator

Mayor Dan Spencer (left) and Acting City Administrator Brian Morrell Corrected/updated GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 11, 2021)--Gloucester City Mayor and Council are presently searching for a City Administrator. The contract for the previous administrator, Jack Lipsett, which expired on December 31, 2020, was not renewed. Lipsett was hired on December 29, 2008, at a salary of $95,000 to replace Paul Kain. According to the 2019 salary ordinance he was being paid $130,000. Presently Gloucester City Police Chief Brian Morrell is doing both his job and the City Administrator's position. When asked for the status of the City's search, Mayor Dan Spencer said. "Brian is the Acting City Administrator. As you know, we advertised for the position in the professional government publications and received 19 resumes.... Read more →


From Prof to Professional: Sgt. Carrie Rathof ’97

by Rachael O​wen '23 GLASSBORO, NJ - In 1994, Carrie Rathof had completed her associate’s degree at Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She moved to New Jersey to attend Rowan University and compete for the swim team. This would be the beginning of her love for Rowan University and it continues to this day. Rathof had known Rowan’s swimming & diving coach at the time, Tony Lisa, ever since she was young. “[I] lived in Florida at the time and how I got to know Tony Lisa when I would come up [to New Jersey] to visit my grandparents, who lived very close by,” says Rathof. “I would go, and I would swim with Tony’s college kids, so I could keep in shape... Read more →


Saddle Brook Police Chief Ordered On-Duty Officers to Perform Escorts for his Funeral Home

Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler has been charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and corruption of public resources. According to Public Records, in 2016 Robert Kugler J. was employed by the Township Of Saddle Brook at an annual salary of $200,081. This salary is 297 percent higher than average and 754 percent higher than median salary in Township Of Saddle Brook. TRENTON – Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler was charged today with ordering on-duty police officers under his command to perform police escorts for his private business – a funeral home – using police department vehicles. Kugler, 59, of Saddle Brook, N.J., was charged today by complaint-summons with the following offenses: Conspiracy (2nd Degree) Official Misconduct (2nd Degree) Corruption of Public Resources (3rd Degree)... Read more →


Officer Down: Captain Justin Williams Bedwell Succumbs to Gunshot Wound

Captain Justin Williams Bedwell Decatur County Sheriff's Office, Georgia End of Watch Monday, March 1, 2021 Decatur County, Georgia--Captain Justin Bedwell succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier following a vehicle pursuit of two brothers that started in neighboring Seminole County. The pursuit started when Seminole County deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a pickup truck for reckless driving. The vehicle fled and the occupants opened fire on the deputies, who pursued them into Decatur County. The vehicle stopped in the driveway of a residence near the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 and State Road 310 and the occupants attempted to force entry into the home by shooting through the door. The homeowner returned fire, prompting the subjects to abandon their... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Special Agent Wayne Snyder died from COVID 19 complications

Special Agent Wayne Douglas Snyder Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia End of Watch Saturday, January 23, 2021 Special Agent Wayne Snyder, age 61 died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. Special Agent Snyder had served with the Georgia Department of Corrections for seven years and was assigned to the Office of Professional Standards. He had previously served with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice for one year after retiring from the Atlanta Police Department with 30 years of service. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons. In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Reserve Deputy Constable Martinus Mitchum, age 38, Shot and Killed

Reserve Deputy Constable Martinus Mitchum Second City Court of New Orleans Constable's Office, Louisiana End of Watch Friday, February 26, 2021 NEW ORLEANS, LA--Reserve Deputy Constable Martinus Mitchum, age 38, was shot and killed outside of George Washington Carver High School while escorting a disorderly subject off the property during a high school basketball playoff game. The subject had been denied entry into the game and became engaged in an altercation with a staff member. Deputy Constable Mitchum, who was working a security detail at the game, intervened in the disturbance and escorted the subject out of the building. Once outside, the subject drew a handgun and shot Deputy Constable Mitchum in the chest, killing him. Members of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, who were... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: K9 Luna Shot and Killed

LUNA Duluth Police Department, Minnesota End of Watch Thursday, February 25, 2021 DULUTH, MINNESOTA--K9 Luna was shot and killed in the 2300 block of West Fourth Street while performing an apprehension. Officers had responded to a home for reports of a domestic disturbance and learned that the male subject was wanted on felony warrants. The man refused to surrender and K9 Luna was deployed for an apprehension. The subject opened fire, killing K9 Luna. The man was later found deceased in the home. K9 Luna had served with the Duluth Police Department for two years. RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial Page CNB Crime Blue Line CNBNews Tips and Snippets CNBNews Point of View BREAKING NEWS published Gloucestercitynews.net | March 1, 2021 Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Police Officer Nick Winum Shot and Killed During Traffic Stop

DOMINIC J. WINUM Stanley Police Department, Virginia End of Watch Friday, February 26, 2021 STANLEY, VIRGINIA--Police Officer Nick Winum, age 48, was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop near Judy Lane at approximately 3:30 pm. An occupant of the vehicle got out and opened fire on Officer Winum before he was able to get out of his patrol car. The subject fled the scene after the shooting and was located hiding in a barn a short distance away. The man was shot and killed as he attempted to reach for a weapon as deputies and other officers attempted to take him into custody. Officer Winum had served with the Stanley Police Department for five years and had previously served with the Virginia State... Read more →


Officer Down: Texas Corrections Officer IV Tawiwo Obele

TAWIWO OBELE Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas End of Watch Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Corrections Officer IV Tawiwo Obele, age 68 died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among employees and inmates at the Beto Unit in Palestine, Texas. Officer Obele had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for two years. In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19. RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial Page CNB Crime Blue Line CNBNews Tips and Snippets CNBNews Point of View BREAKING NEWS published Gloucestercitynews.net | February... Read more →


Avalon the Latest to Move to Cape May County Central Dispatch

AVALON, NJ--The Avalon Borough Council became the latest community in Cape May County to join the centralized dispatch services provided by Cape May County. Council approved a Shared Services Agreement with the County that results in a five year agreement that begins on March 1, 2021. “The move to County dispatch not only increases the level of services provided to the Borough, but also saves money in our municipal budget”, said Avalon Council President John McCorristin. “We always explore options to enhance public service and we are confident that this new agreement will work very well for the Borough as both emergency and non-emergency calls will move through the County’s dispatch center, providing an unparalleled high level of efficiency for appropriate response”. All emergency and... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Lieutenant Eugene Lascondiana, Stabbed to Death by Inmate

Lieutenant Eugene Lascondiana Department of Correction, Indiana End of Watch Sunday, February 21, 2021 Michigan City, Indiana-Lieutenant Eugene Lasco, age 57, was stabbed to death by an inmate at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Indiana. The prisoner was being escorted through a common area when he began to assault another corrections officer. When Lieutenant Lasco came to the officer's assistance the inmate stabbed him as well before being subdued by other officers. Lieutenant Lasco and the other wounded officer were transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City. Lieutenant Lasco succumbed to his wounds at the hospital. The inmate, who was serving a sentence for three murders in Marion County, was charged with murder was charged with Lieutenant Lasco's murder and other offenses. Lieutenant Lasco... Read more →


Officer Down: Police Officer Horacio Sebastian Dominguez Killed in Auto Crash

Police Officer Horacio Sebastian Dominguez Miccosukee Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police County of Collier, Florida End of Watch Sunday, February 21, 2021 Police Officer Horacio Dominguez, 43, was killed in a vehicle crash on I-75 near mile marker 51 in Collier County at about 1:20 am. One of the rear tires on his patrol blew out, causing his vehicle to go out of control and overturn several times. Officer Dominguez suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Officer Dominguez was a U.S. Marine Corps and Army National Guard veteran. He is survived by his wife and young daughter. RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial Page CNB Crime Blue Line CNBNews Tips and Snippets CNBNews Point of View BREAKING NEWS published Gloucestercitynews.net | February 22, 2021 Read more →


Officer Down: New Mexico State Police Patrolman Darian Jarrott, Shot and Killed by Suspect

Patrolman Darian Jarrott New Mexico State Police, New Mexico End of Watch Thursday, February 4, 2021 Patrolman Darian Jarrott was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop of a known offender on I-10 near milepost 101 in Luna County. The driver of the vehicle was the subject of an ongoing narcotics investigation and was en route to Las Cruces to participate in a drug deal. Patrolman Jarrott was assisting members of the United States Homeland Security Investigations when he stopped the vehicle. The man opened fire on Patrolman Jarrott, fatally wounding him, before fleeing in the pickup truck. Other officers began pursuing the vehicle along I-10. At one point the subject stopped and shot at officers before fleeing again. As the vehicle entered Las... Read more →


Officer Down: Chief of Police Tim Sheehan, age 51 Suffers Fatal Heart Attack

Chief of Police Tim Sheehan California Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania End of Watch Thursday, February 11, 2021 Chief of Police Tim Sheehan, age 51, suffered a fatal heart attack the day after responding to a call in which he had to perform CPR on a citizen. He had returned to duty the following morning when he suffered a heart attack while clearing snow from his vehicle. Chief Sheehan had served with the California Borough Police Department for 15 years. He also served as a firefighter with the Brownsville Fire Company #1. He is survived by his wife, three children, and mother. RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial Page CNB Crime Blue Line CNBNews Tips and Snippets CNBNews Point of View BREAKING NEWS published Gloucestercitynews.net | February... Read more →


*CNBNews Blue Line: How the Police Bank Millions Through Their Union Contracts

Related: CNBNews Blue Lines The next Camden County sheriff will be a double-dipper – and possibly a triple-dipper The public funds six-figure “sick day” payouts, $2,500 “perfect attendance” bonuses, and lucrative “extra duty” assignments identified in a ProPublica, Asbury Park Press analysis of New Jersey police union contracts. by Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press, and Agnes Chang, Jeff Kao and Agnel Philip, ProPublica Feb. 8, 5 a.m. EST Matt Chase, special to ProPublica ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. One town’s police contract guaranteed a retiring lieutenant $121,000 for unused sick time. Another’s promises officers six months pay with no work required as a parting retirement benefit. In another... Read more →


Officer Michael Perry of the Lower Township PD, Promoted to Sergeant

Lower Township Deputy Mayor David Perry congratulates his son Michael on his promotion The Lower Township Police Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Perry to the rank of Sergeant. He took the Oath of Office at the Lower Township Council Meeting on Monday, January 4, 2021. Sergeant Michael Perry - Badge #178, is a lifelong resident of Lower Township and graduated from Lower Cape May Regional High School in 1999. He was hired just out of High School as a Class 2 Special Law Enforcement Officer with the Lower Township Police Department. In September of 2003, he was hired as a Corrections Officer with the Cape May County Sheriff’s Department. In June of 2004, Michael was hired as a full-time Police Officer... Read more →


Lower Township Police Officers Promoted

Lower Township Police Chief William Priole is proud to announce the promotion of four officers to the rank of Corporal or Detective First Class. CPL. Matthew Gamble Corporal Matthew Gamble is married to his wife, Veronica, and is the father of two children, Aubrey and Matthew. Cpl. Gamble started his career in August 2011, and graduated the Cape May County Police Academy’s (CMCPA) 32nd Basic Course for Police Officers (BCPO), January 2012. He has served honorably with the Patrol Division for over 9 years and previously held the rank of patrol officer. He has also served as an assistant and acting Squad Leader, prior to his promotion. He is also a certified field-training officer (FTO). Gamble has had an extensive amount of training and experience... Read more →


*HELP WANTED: Gloucester City PD Accepting Applications for Crossing Guard

Gloucestercitynews.net graphics GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (January 28, 2021)--The Gloucester City Police Department will be accepting applications for the position of School Crossing Guard in order to fill a vacancy. Applicants must be a resident of Gloucester City. This is a 15 hour/week position with morning and afternoon report times. Applications will be available at Police Headquarters (313 Monmouth St.) beginning at 8:00 am on Friday, January 29, 2021. All applications must be picked up in person and completed applications must be turned in no later than Monday, February 15, 2021, at 4:00 pm. Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Two FBI Agents Shot and Killed by Alleged Child Porn Suspect

Agent Laura Schwartzenberger and Specail Agent Daniel Alfin Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were shot and killed while executing a search warrant in Sunrise, Florida, as part of an investigation involving child pornography and violent crimes against children. A team was making entry into the apartment at 10100 Reflections Boulevard when a subject inside opened fire. Special Agent Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Alfin were fatally wounded, and three other agents suffered non-life-threatening wounds. The subject was found deceased inside of the apartment a short time later. Special Agent Schwartzenberger had served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 15 years and was assigned to the Miami Field Office Innocent Images National Initiative. Special Agent Daniel Alfin and Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: K9 Figo died from injuries sustained in a vehicle crash

K9 Figo Cullman County Sheriff's Office, Alabama K9 Figo recently died from complications of injuries sustained in a vehicle crash on February 11th, 2020. K9 Figo's handler was responding to a call when his patrol car slid on the wet surface of Highway 69 near County Road 8 in Bremen. The patrol car went down a ravine and the site of the crash was not located for almost an hour. His handler and K9 Figo both suffered critical injuries as a result of the crash. K9 Figo continued to undergo rehabilitation for his injuries but passed away on January 5th, 2021. K9 Figo had served with the Cullman County Sheriff's Office for three years. RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial Page CNB Crime Blue Line CNBNews... Read more →


Congratulations to Lower Township Police Sgt. First Class Ryan Hansberry

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Ryan Hansberry LOWER TOWNSHIP, NJ--The Lower Township Police Department proudly promoted a Sergeant First Class (SFC) on Monday January 11, 2021. Sergeant First Class (SFC) Ryan Hansberry is married to his wife, Diana, and is the father of two children, Shaylin and Declan. SFC Hansberry started his law enforcement career in August of 2002 and graduated the Cape May County Police Academy’s (CMCPA) 16th Basic Course for Police Officers in January of 2003. He has served honorably with the Patrol Division for over 18 years and previously held the rank of Patrol Sergeant and Corporal, where he served as a Patrol Supervisor and Squad Leader. SFC Hansberry will be assigned as the Administrative Sergeant as part of the police administration. He... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Lieutenant Michael Boutte Shot and Killed Responding to Suicide Call

Lieutenant Michael Boutte Hancock County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi End of Watch Monday, February 1, 2021 Lieutenant Michael Boutte was shot and killed after responding to a call involving a subject attempting suicide. Lieutenant Boutte responded to a report of an attempted suicide on Caesar Necaise Road in the town of Necaise. He was shot and critically wounded as he exited his patrol car. The subject was shot and wounded by another deputy who responded to the scene. Lieutenant Boutte was airlifted to a hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he died several hours later. Lieutenant Boutte was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He had served with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office for eight years and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps Civilian... Read more →


Good News: Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation Distributes PPE to Deptford Police

Members of the Deptford Police Department recently picked up their PPE donation from the Ocean State Job Lot store located at 409 Almonesson Road in Deptford, NJ Recipients include first responders in all 142 communities in which OSJL operates North Kingstown, RI – January 12, 2021 - Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation has leveraged its global supply chain to provide hundreds of thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare organizations and municipalities. In continuation of that effort, the Foundation is currently distributing more than $1.7 million worth of additional PPE to police and fire departments in the 142communities where Ocean State Job Lot stores are located across the Northeast. The donations include pallets of PPE including... Read more →


After 25 Years of Service Gloucester City Police Corporal Bill Lessig Retires

CORRECTED Gloucester City, NJ (January 28, 2021)--The Gloucester City Police announced today the retirement of Corporal William Lessig who served the residents of the City for the past 25 years. . We would like to congratulate Cpl. William Lessig on his retirement today.Cpl. Lessig retired with 25 years of service to the residents of Gloucester City.Throughout his career, he was a Patrolman, Corporal, and Accident Investigator. Cpl. Lessig had several letters of commendation and was named Officer of the Year.We wish him well on his future endeavors. image courtesy of https://frontlinerehab.com/ Read more →


Gloucester City Police Lt. Stephen Burkhardt Retires After 25 Years

Corrected/Updated : Lt Jason Flood Lt. Steve Burkhardt (Ret) (Gloucester City, NJ)(January 28, 2021)--The Gloucester City Police Department today announced the retirement of Lt. Stephen Burkhardt. We would like to congratulate Lt. Stephen Burkhardt on his retirement today.Lt. Burkhardt retired with 25 years of service to the residents of Gloucester City.Throughout his career, he was a Field Training Officer, Emergency Vehicle Operations Course Instructor at the police academy, K-9 Handler, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and Lieutenant.Lt. Burkhardt was well respected in the policing field.We wish him well on his future endeavors. Replacing Lt. Burkhardt is Sgt. Jason Flood at a salary of $119,657. Assuming the position of sergeant is Officer Blaise O’Donnell at a salary of $109,977. Read more →


KAISER HEALTH NETWORK: Police Often Break Own Rules Using ‘Rubber Bullets’

Fractured Skulls, Lost Eyes: By Liz Szabo and Jay Hancock and Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY and Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY Megan Matthews thought she was dying. “I thought my head was blown off,” said Matthews, 22, who was hit in the eye with a sponge-tipped projectile fired by law enforcement at a May 29 protest in Denver. “Everything was dark. I couldn’t see.” Matthews, a soft-spoken art major who lives with her mother, had gone to the demonstration against police brutality carrying bandages, water bottles and milk so she could provide first aid to protesters. “I couldn’t really grasp how bad my injury was,” said Matthews, who sustained injuries including a broken nose, fractured facial bones and multiple lacerations on... Read more →


ProPublica : Investigating New York City's Police Force, The Largest in The Nation

SERIES: THE NYPD FILES Images from videos obtained by ProPublica and THE CITY show New York City Detectives using chokehold. Source ProPublica Still Can’t Breathe How NYPD officers continue to use chokeholds — which can be deadly and are explicitly prohibited by the department — on civilians, while officers with substantiated claims of abuse go without any meaningful punishment. by Topher Sanders, ProPublica, and Yoav Gonen, THE CITY, video by Lucas Waldron, ProPublica Jan. 21, 5 a.m. EST Investigating America’s Largest Police Force ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. This story was co-published with THE CITY. The New York Police Department patrol guide is clear about chokeholds: They are... Read more →


Gloucester Township Police Sock Drive

Help us help those who are in need, and THANK YOU to those who have donated a LARGE quantity so far! We are collecting NEW, unused socks at the GTPD Watch Desk, located at the front bottom floor of 1261 Chews Landing Road, Gloucester Township, NJ 08021 until February 19th! Those new socks will be be distributed to those in need this winter through one of our local homeless outreach programs. The first batch of sock distribution began on January 19th by our friends at One Love South Jersey. They delivered the socks to OperationKindness, Joseph's House of Camden, Anna Sample House, and Weekend Foundation! Great work, and thank you! Address/Location Gloucester Township Police Department 1261 Chews Landing Rd Gloucester Township, NJ 08021 Read more →


Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Adam Gibson and K-9 Riley Shot and Killed by Active Parolee

Deputy Sheriff Adam Gibson Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California End of Watch Monday, January 18, 2021 SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CALIF(January 18, 2021)--Deputy Sheriff Adam Gibson, age 31 and K9 Riley were shot and killed in the parking lot of the Cal Expo and State Fair facility following a vehicle pursuit of a parolee. K-9 Riley (5 Years Old) Deputies noticed the subject and vehicle, which matched the description of one used in a recent burglary series, in a parking lot near Arden Way and Avondale Avenue. The deputies contacted the occupant and learned that he was on active parole. As they prepared to search the vehicle the man fled, leading deputies on a pursuit. The vehicle became disabled when it entered the state fair parking lot... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Corporal Christine Peters, Greenbelt Police Department, Maryland

Corporal Christine Peters Greenbelt Police Department, Maryland End of Watch Thursday, January 14, 2021 Corporal Christine Peters, age 49, succumbed to injuries sustained 12 days earlier when she was struck by a vehicle on Edmonston Road, north of Cherrywood Lane, while assisting officers from the United States Park Police at the scene of a crash at about 10:00 pm. Another vehicle struck Officer Peters while she was outside of her vehicle. She was flown to a local hospital where she remained until succumbing to her injuries. Corporal Peters had served with the Greenbelt Police Department for 22 years and had previously served with the University of Maryland Police Department. She was posthumously promoted to the rank of Corporal. RELATED: Via Officer Down Memorial Page CNB... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Jay Hughes Kalispel Tribal PD Dies during Arrest of Suspect

Police Officer Jay Hughes Kalispel Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police End of Watch Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Police Officer Jay Hughes, age 64. suffered a fatal heart attack while he and two other officers responded to an altercation on the gaming floor of the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Spokane, Washington. They were detaining one of the subjects when Officer Hughes suddenly collapsed. The other officers immediately started CPR. Officer Hughes was transported to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center where he passed away two days later. Officer Hughes had served with the Kalispel Tribal Police Department for 4-1/2 years and had previously served with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office for 40 years. He also served as a volunteer firefighter for Spokane County Fire District... Read more →


Officer Down: Toledo PO Brandon Stalker, age 24, Shot and Killed

Police Officer Brandon Stalker Toledo Police Department, Ohio End of Watch Monday, January 18, 2021 Police Officer Brandon Stalker, age 24, was shot and killed at about 6:30 pm during a barricade involving an arson suspect. At approximately 2:20 am the front doors of the historic Rosary Cathedral had been set on fire and racial statements were spray painted onto the walls. At approximately 3:30 pm officers spotted the suspect near his house in the 2300 block of Fulton Street and attempted to talk to him. The man drew a handgun and ran into a home where he barricaded himself inside. The department's SWAT team responded to the scene and, after negotiations failed, fired a chemical irritant into the home in attempt to force him... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Master Corporal Brian LaVigne Killed by Suspect

Master Corporal Brian LaVigne Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida End of Watch Monday, January 11, 2021 Master Corporal Brian LaVigne was killed when his patrol car was intentionally rammed by another vehicle on West Lumsden Road, near South King's Avenue, in Brandon. Deputies had responded to an apartment complex nearby after a man started throwing furniture and clothing off his balcony. A short time later, the man disrobed and started throwing food at neighbors. The man attacked responding deputies, striking one of them multiple times in the head. Attempts to stop the attack with electric control weapons failed. The subject broke free, got into a car, and drove through a closed gate. The man intentionally drove across multiple lanes of traffic and struck Corporal LaVigne's... Read more →


Officer Down: Agent Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena Shot and Murdered During Arrest

Agent Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena Carolina Municipal Police Department, Puerto Rico End of Watch January 11, 2021 Agent Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena and Agent Luis Marrero-Díaz, of the Puerto Rico Police Department, were murdered while attempting to arrest a man who had just murdered Agent Luis Salamán-Conde, of the Carolina Municipal Police Department. Agent Salamán-Conde had responded to a vehicle crash on Avenida Roberto Clemente. One of the drivers involved in the crash opened fire on him with an AK-47 rifle, killing him. The man then carjacked another vehicle and fled onto the Baldorioty de Castro Expressway. Officers from the Carolina Municipal Police Department and Puerto Rico Police Department pursued the vehicle along the expressway until it stopped near the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. The subject opened fire... Read more →