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Manchester Township Police Administer Physical Agility Test for the Position of Police Officer/Class II Special Officer

On January 31, 2016, the Manchester Township Police Department administered the Physical Agility Examination, the first phase of testing for the position of Police Officer and Class II Special Officer.  Over 200 applicants participated in the event which took place at the Manchester High School between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The event began with Manchester Police Chief, Lisa Parker welcoming the applicants. “This is the first step in the process of becoming a member of the best police department in the state. I expect each and every one of you to put forth your very best effort, good luck”, Chief Lisa Parker said.

The Physical Agility Examination consisted of the following exercises: Pull-ups, Push-ups, Sit-ups, Squat Thrusts, and a 1 mile run. Those applicants who achieved a minimum combined passing score, advanced to the boxing component which consisted of each applicant boxing against another applicant for a period of one minute. The test was administered by members of the Manchester Township Police Department, three of which were certified, NJ Emergency Medical Technicians. A pedestrian/vehicular safety plan was developed and implemented by Manchester Police Traffic Safety Officer, Antonio Ellis and staffed by Manchester Township Auxiliary Police Officers: Sgt. Miceli, Aux. Milecki, and Aux. Mancini. The Manchester Township Police Department also received the voluntary assistance of martial arts expert Master Paul Prendergast, owner and lead instructor of Paul Prendergast Karate Schools (Brick and Toms River). Master Paul Prendergast, a 6thdegree black belt was asked by Manchester Police Lt. Vincent Manco, a former student of Paul Prendergast Karate if he would assist the Police Department by supervising/officiating the boxing component. When asked, Master Prendergast jumped at the opportunity and stated, “Absolutely, it would be an honor to help, just tell me when and where.”

Those applicants who successfully completed all phases of the physical agility examination were provided with a study guide which will help them to prepare for the written examination that is scheduled to take place on February 8, 2016. Manchester Mayor Kenneth Palmer and Manchester Councilman Craig Wallis were also in attendance at the event.

Mother Hides Heroin and Cocaine Under her 19 Month Old Child

A motor vehicle stop conducted by members of the Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team resulted in the seizure of a quantity of heroin and crack cocaine which was found concealed underneath of the driver’s 19 month old child.

On Monday, January 25, 2016, at approximately 5:30 pm, the Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team conducted a motor vehicle stop on a 2001 BMW in the area of Route 571 near Ridgeway Boulevard for a motor vehicle violation. During the stop, the officers determined that the driver of the vehicle, 26 year old Tara Worthy of Kettle Creek Road in Toms River, was driving with a suspended driver’s license.

The vehicle was also occupied by a front seat passenger, 21 year old Shayla Solis of Teamer Drive in Manahawkin. Solis also had a suspended driver’s license and was not able to assume responsibility for driving the car.  While on the traffic stop, officers determined that Worthy had concealed a small hand bag underneath of her seat.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the hand bag that Worthy had concealed contained drug paraphernalia associated with heroin use. A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of the drug paraphernalia and a hypodermic needle.

Both Worthy and Solis were placed under arrest and transported to Manchester Police Headquarters.  Worthy’s 19 month old child was also transported to police headquarters using the child safety seat which was taken out of the BMW by Worthy. While at headquarters, the child was removed from the child safety seat at which time officers recovered heroin, crack cocaine and other drug paraphernalia.

The child was soon after turned over to the custody of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency at Manchester Police Headquarters. As a result of the investigation, Worthy was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, possession of heroin, possession of crack cocaine, hindering apprehension and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $50,000.00 and she was later transported to Ocean County Jail.

Solis was charged with possession of a hypodermic needle and she was later released on a complaint summons.

Also assisting with this investigation was the Ocean County Sheriff’s Officer Michael Fiorentino and his K-9, Utah.

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Chief Lisa D. Parker announced today that a team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Sunday, February 7, 2016, to examine all aspects of the Manchester Township Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

“Verification by the team that the Manchester Township Police Department meets the Commission’s “best practice” standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accredited status, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence”, Chief Lisa Parker said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or email. The public may call (732) 849-8359 on Monday, February 8, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. E-mail comments can be sent to tmalland@manchestertwp.com.

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standards are available for inspection at the Manchester Township Police Department, 1 Colonial Drive, Manchester, NJ. Please contact Capt. Todd Malland at 732-657-2009 ext. 4103.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Manchester Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email the Accredition Program manager at hdelgado@njsacop.org or to write New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12, Marlton, NJ 08053.

The Manchester Township Police Department must comply with 105 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Chief Lisa Parker indicated, “Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community support and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.”

The Accreditation Program Manager for the NJSACOP is Mr. Harry J. Delgado. “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status”, Harry J. Delgado stated.

Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police through its New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission is the legitimate authority and accreditation agency in the state of New Jersey.  For more information regarding the Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, please write the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12, Marlton, NJ 08053

Media Contact:

Capt. Todd Malland
Manchester Twp. Police
1 Colonial Drive
Manchester, N.J. 08759
(732) 657-2009 ext. 4103

Manchester Township First Responders Critical to Snow Storm Response

During the blizzard this past weekend, the Manchester Township Police Department’s Communications Section answered hundreds of calls for service, ranging from first aid calls, to disabled or stuck vehicles to residents reporting storm-related damage and everything in between. Many do not realize that behind the scenes, the unseen first, first responders are prepared and standing by for calls coming in from the public for assistance.

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Telecommunicators Jessica Francis, Mark Pellecchia (also OEM Deputy Coordinator), Jasmine Vaccaro, Domiano del Pino (Communications Supervisor), and Tyler Riker

Prepared for the worst, Manchester Township’s Public Safety Telecommunicators, led by Supervisor Dom del Pino, camped out at Police Headquarters during the storm, some for the entire weekend. “We are an important part of the emergency response system and you cannot have someone fail to show for work because the roads are impassable. For this reason, we encouraged our team to stay at police headquarters instead of risking dangerous driving conditions,” said Supervisor del Pino.

During the storm, dispatchers were treated to homemade chili, snacks, hot cocoa, and a relaxed dress code. Additionally, cots were provided by the Office of Emergency Management.

Manchester Public Works assisted police, fire and medical personnel by clearing roads and shoveling so that stretchers and other emergency equipment could reach our residents. Manchester’s three fire departments also assisted First Aiders by shoveling and clearing snow so they and police officers could reach snowbound residence. “This was truly a group effort by all to assist every resident who was in need,” said Chief Lisa Parker.

Whether paid or volunteer, First Responders are never off duty. This is especially true during States of Emergency such as this past weekend’s storm. Many First Responders, from the firefighters, First Aiders, Deputy OEM Coordinator, and Police Officers, all pulled extra duty some even camped out at their respective headquarters waiting for calls from the public.

Pictured: Telecommunicators Jessica Francis, Mark Pellecchia (also OEM Deputy Coordinator), Jasmine Vaccaro, Domiano del Pino (Communications Supervisor), and Tyler Riker.

Manchester Township Police K-9 Unit Receives Donation from Deerfield Women’s Club

The Manchester Township Police Department is grateful for the generous donations recently presented by the Deerfield Women’s Club (Crestwood Village) that will directly benefit the K-9 Unit. The donations, which were spearheaded by Kathleen Wannemacher, will be put to good use to purchase items such as training equipment, canine related vehicle equipment, and additional training for the unit.

“Our community has been extremely receptive of our K-9 Unit since its formation one year ago, and it is encouraging for us to see that they support our efforts to keep our community safe,” said Lt. Vincent Manco, who supervises the unit. “We’re thankful to all the members of the Deerfield Women’s Club for their kind gesture of support.”

The Manchester Township Police K-9 Unit was formed in January of 2015 and includes Officer Marc Micciulla and K-9 Storm, and Officer Steven Wendruff and K-9 Lynk. Donations like this help offset the cost for care, maintenance, and training for the K-9 Unit and reduce the usage of township funds.

The Manchester Township Police Foundation is a non-profit organization which provides funding for youth and community outreach programs, police charities, investment in advanced education and training, and funding for specialized equipment and technology in order to help our police officers better perform their duties. To donate please visit the Manchester Township Police Website at: www.manchesterpolicenj.com and click on the “POLICE FOUNDATION” tab.

Toms River Woman Arrested for Possession of Crystal Meth

A motor vehicle stop conducted by members of the Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team resulted in the seizure of a quantity of crystal methamphetamine.

The investigation began on Monday, January 18, 2016, at approximately 10:00pm after officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on a 2007 Toyota Camry on Route 37 in the area of Northampton Boulevard. The vehicle was stopped for tailgating another vehicle while traveling on Route 37.  During the course of the stop, officers observed drug paraphernalia inside of the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of a quantity of crystal methamphetamine, hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia associated with heroin use.

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, 43 year old Angela Ruggiero of Woodstock Drive in Toms River was arrested. She was charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine, possession of hypodermic needles/syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.00 and she was later transported to Ocean County Jail. She was also issued motor vehicle summonses for following too closely and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle.

Also assisting in this investigation was Manchester Township Police K-9 handler Marc Micciulla and his partner Storm.

Manchester Narcotics Officers Arrest Two In Connection with Heroin Distribution

A surveillance operation conducted by members of the Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team resulted in the seizure of 100 bags of heroin and a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro as well as the arrests of two local men on narcotics charges.

The investigation began on Tuesday afternoon, January 19, 2016, when officers from the Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team began surveilling two individuals in their 2012 Chevrolet Camaro in the Pine Lake Park section of the township. During the course of the surveillance, one of the vehicle’s occupants was observed by members of the unit engaging in a narcotics transaction.

Later that evening, a motor vehicle stop was conducted on the Chevrolet Camaro which was occupied by 24 year old, Ahmid Fisher of Twelfth Avenue, Manchester and operated by 20 year old Peter Degrazio of Martin Road, Toms River. The subsequent investigation led to the recovery of 100 wax paper folds containing heroin which was found to be concealed on both individuals. Additionally, assorted drug paraphernalia was located inside of the vehicle.

Both subjects were arrested and charged with possession of heroin, while Fisher was also charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, hindering apprehension and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additionally, Degrazio was charged with possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the heroin purchased was destined for resale in the Manchester area.  Also assisting in this investigation was the Manchester Township Police Investigations Bureau and the Manchester Township Police K-9 unit.

Bail for Fisher was set at $15,000.00 and he was later transported to Ocean County Jail. Degrazio was released on complaint summonses.

Daisy Troop 339 Visits Headquarters

We were pleased to welcome Daisy Troop 339 to our headquarters this past week. Detective Richard Jupinka led their tour, demonstrating how fingerprints work and showing them around the Municipal Court, our Communications center, and other areas of headquarters. Chief Lisa Parker and Capt. Todd Malland greeted the Troop and spoke about the job of a police officer. Thank you for being such great guests!

Officer Douglas Higgins Honored with Corporal Recognition

The Manchester Township Police Department is proud to announce that veteran officer Douglas Higgins was recognized with the Corporal distinction during a ceremony Wednesday morning at the Municipal Complex Civic Center.

Cpl. Higgins is a decorated officer who joined the Manchester Township Police Department in 1988 after serving four years as a seasonal officer in Lavallette. He graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy Class No. 50 and has been a member of the Traffic Safety Section since 2002. Cpl. Higgins is a highly respected expert in his field who holds numerous professional certifications and has been recognized by his department and other agencies for his dedication to law enforcement.

“Given his long and distinguished career, there is no question that Cpl. Higgins is well deserving of this recognition. I could not be more proud to see him honored in front of his peers and set the bar for what a Manchester Township Police Corporal should be,” said Chief Lisa Parker.

Officer Higgins is the second Manchester Township Police Officer to receive the Corporal recognition, along with Cpl. Scott Thompson, who received the honor posthumously in 2015. While his sons Tyler and Austin, girlfriend Sandy, and his brother officers looked on, Cpl. Higgins was presented with his badge by Tracy Thompson, Cpl. Thompson’s wife.

“This badge is about honor. The Corporal recognition was an important achievement that Scott Thompson advocated for and I’m proud to be the second recipient within the Manchester Township Police Department,” said Cpl. Higgins.

Cpl. Thompson introduced the idea of instituting the Corporal recognition in the Manchester Township Police Department shortly after Chief Parker took her oath in March of 2015. He felt it was important to have this distinction to recognize veteran officers with 20 or more years of service who consistently exhibit outstanding commitment to their department and profession.

“Today Cpl. Scott Thompson’s vision became a reality for his brother officer, Cpl. Douglas Higgins,” said Chief Parker.

The department was honored to have Mayor Kenneth Palmer in attendance at the ceremony. He spoke about Cpl. Higgins’ dedication to law enforcement and his willingness to go above and beyond to help not only Manchester’s residents, but those elsewhere in need of his expertise.

Also in attendance were Eleanor (Mom) and John Tobias, mother and brother of Ptl. Robert Tobias, who was killed in the line of duty in 1975, as well as a number of retired Manchester officers. Following the recognition ceremony, Cpl. Higgins’ first official duty was to present Tracy Thompson with a plaque from the American Federation of Police awarding Cpl. Thompson with the American Police Hall of Fame Medal of Honor.

Pledge Not to Text and Drive in 2016

If you haven’t made a New Year’s resolution yet, consider this – pledge not to drive while distracted. According to the most recent national data, 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving all distracted drivers in 2013, which includes texting and driving. Further, an estimated 424,000 people were injured in distraction-affected crashes that year. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which is like driving blind at 55 mph for the length of an entire football field

Please, pay attention to the road, don’t text and drive or operate other electronic devices, and remember to always wear your seat belt. Let’s all stay safe in 2016!


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