Recent News

Willingboro Officer receives PROCOPS award

October 1, 2021

The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office recognized Willingboro Police Department's Community Engagement Officer, Ofc. Sally Landrum, at their annual PROCOPS Award Ceremony. Ofc. Landrum continues to make extraordinary strides toward building a strong bond between the police department and the Willingboro community.

Congratulations on winning this award Ofc. Landrum, and thank you for all that you do!

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Retirement Announcement

September 9, 2021

On September 1, 2021 Officer Edward Foga retired from the Willingboro Police Department. Ed was raised in Willingboro and graduated from Willingboro High School.

Officer Foga came to the Willingboro Police Department in 1996 after graduating from the Camden County Police Academy. During his time in the department he served in the Patrol Division. As a patrol officer, Ed served on the Bicycle Unit and the Honor Guard.

 

Ed was most known for his time as a K-9 handler. The department selected Ed to be the handler for two K-9s, Rocco and Rock. He served as a K-9 handler for 14 years. During the time post 9/11, with the country at a heightened level of security, Ed and his K-9 partner conducted numerous bomb searches throughout the region.

 

Ed also represented law enforcement as a bicycle rider for several Police Unity Tours, which raises funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial.

 

Ed has moved on from police work, but his smile (or grin) will be remembered by all of the officers that work with him.

 

All the best, Eddie ! ! !

Public Safety Community Update

September 3, 2021

The Willingboro Police Department, Willingboro community leaders as well as the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office conducted a Public Safety Community Update that was held on 06/03/2021.  The update was consisted of panelists, including:  Mayor Tiffani Worthy; Councilman Nat Anderson; Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon; Captain Ian Bucs - Patrol Division Commander; Lt. Adam Donofrio Community Engagement Unit Commander , Lt. Jeffery Perez - Watch Commander, D/Sgt. Brandin Whitham, Criminal Investigations Supervisor, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina, and several others.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNITY UPDATE 

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Retirement Announcement

September 3, 2021

On September 1, 2021 Sergeant Timothy Reynolds retired from the Willingboro Police Department. Tim was raised in Willingboro and has been an active member of Corpus Christi Church and the Willingboro Knights of Columbus.


Tim came to the Willingboro Police Department in 1995. During his time in the department he served in the Patrol Division and on the K-9 Unit.
Tim served his whole career in the Patrol Division as an officer, Field Training Officer, K-9 handler, and a Sergeant. Tim and his K-9 partner, Krueger, served together for over ten years. He also served as the K-9 Unit supervisor.

 

Tim served as the President of both the officer’s Fraternal Order of Police Union, and the supervisor’s Law Enforcement Supervisor Association.
Tim was proud to call himself a midnight police officer as he served the majority of his career on the overnight shift.

 

Tim will be remembered for his tough exterior and his gravelly voice calling some police officer, “Junior” while telling them to get out of the station and back on the road.
 

We wish you all the best, Pop Pop! 

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August 31, 2021

The Willingboro Township Police Department is seeking assistance from the public regarding an investigation into a missing 23 year old adult male.

The Willingboro Police were contacted on Sunday August 29, 2021 by the family of Trevon Davis of 6 Hepburn Lane, Willingboro, NJ who reported him missing.

Trevon left the house on Saturday August 28th at approximately 1:00 pm to go to work at the Moorestown Mall. He finished his shift, but did not return home. He did speak with a family member via telephone on Sunday August 29th at approximately 9:20 am. His vehicle was located in Tabernacle, NJ with damage to the front end.

The Willingboro Police Department is releasing the attached flyer containing a photograph of Trevon Davis and his physical description. The Willingboro Police are seeking the assistance of the public and are asking anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Trevon Davis to call the Willingboro Police Department at (609) 877-3001.

Bensalem Man Arrested for Fatally Shooting Willingboro Teen

August 24, 2021

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Willingboro Township Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon announced that a 22-year-old Bensalem, Pa., resident was arrested yesterday for fatally shooting a teenager Saturday afternoon at a Willingboro Township gas station.

Tamir Phillips, of the 3000 block of Knights Road, was charged with Murder (First Degree), Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree) and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree).

 

He was taken into custody last night at the Prosecutor’s Office and lodged in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly. He will have a first appearance this afternoon in Superior Court. The Prosecutor’s Office will seek to detain him. The case will be prepared for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment.

 

The investigation began August 21 just before 3 p.m. when Willingboro Township police officers were called to the Phillips 66 gas station in the first block of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive for a report of a shooting.

 

Upon arrival, they learned that the victim, 14-year-old Jesse Everett of Willingboro, had been transported in a private vehicle to Virtua Willingboro Hospital. He was then airlifted to Cooper University Medical Center in Camden, where he was pronounced dead at 5:24 p.m.

 

Phillips, who is known to stay in Willingboro, was immediately identified as a suspect in the shooting, and charges were filed against him in the early morning hours of August 22.

 

The investigation revealed that a day before the shooting, the owner of a 2014 Honda Civic had contacted township police to report that the vehicle had been stolen. It was determined that the owner of the Civic would frequently allow Phillips to use the car.

 

The investigation further revealed that just prior to the shooting, Phillips was riding in a vehicle being driven by his girlfriend, Chelsea Holman, 29, of Willingboro, when they spotted the stolen car at the pumps of the gas station.

 

Holman pulled into the gas station and came to a stop behind the Civic, which was being driven by Everett. Phillips exited and went to the driver’s side of the Civic, where he confronted Everett before firing a single shot into the vehicle, striking him in the head. Two other people were inside the car with Everett but did not sustain injuries.

 

Holman and Phillips drove away after the shooting. She was charged with Hindering Apprehension (Third Degree) and Obstruction of Justice (Fourth Degree). She was not detained. They will be prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Jamie Hutchinson.

 

The investigation was conducted by the Willingboro Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, with assistance from the City of Burlington Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, which includes the Burlington County Sheriff's Department.

 

The lead investigators are WTPD Det. James Benedict, BCPO Det. Dan Schules and BCPO Det. Kevin Merrigan.

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Request for Assistance

August 20, 2021

On 07/15/2021, the suspect pictured, was observed leaving the scene of a Burglary/Theft at a Willingboro residential home.


Victim describes the suspect listed above as a light skin toned, black male, age approximately 25 years, slender build, approximately 6ft 2in -6ft 4in with tattoos on his neck, chest, and arms, grey hooded sweat suit, and dark sneakers.


Items stolen: Male Bulldog with blue eyes “Dyson” & Female Yorkie "Suki"
 

If anyone is able to identify the suspect pictured above, or has information on the whereabouts of the dogs please contact the Willingboro Police Department, specifically Detective B. Smith #16202 at 609-877-2200 Ext: 1083

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Officer Recognition and Promotions

August 17, 2021

At our quarterly ceremony to recognize our officers' achievements, we congratulated Sgt. Michael Lippincott and Sgt. Curtis Hankey on their promotions to the rank of sergeant.

Also, we presented the Officer of the Quarter award to Det. Brandon Smith. Det. Smith was nominated for his actions during a barricaded suspect incident. The suspect had just committed an act of domestic violence and then barricaded himself inside the victim's residence. Det. Smith was contacted to use his Crisis Negotiations training. Det. Smith used active listening and empathy, to build a rapport with the suspect, ultimately convincing him to surrender without the need for force.

Congratulations to Sgt. Lippincott, Sgt. Hankey, and Det. Smith.

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Retirement Announcement

August 6, 2021

On August 1, 2021 Lieutenant Courtney Ellington retired from the Willingboro Police Department. Courtney was raised in Willingboro and graduated from Willingboro High School. Courtney served his country in the United States Army prior to joining the police department.

Courtney came to the Willingboro Police Department in 1995. During his time in the department he served in both the Patrol and Criminal Investigative Divisions.

While serving in the Patrol Division, Courtney was part of the department’s Bicycle Unit and the S.W.A.T. Team. His tireless work effort resulted in his selection as Officer of the Year more than once.

 

Courtney was an integral member of the department’s Field Training Officer Unit. He served as a training officer, FTO Unit supervisor as a sergeant, and FTO Unit commander as a Lieutenant. Courtney was responsible for training or part of the hiring process for every officer currently employed by the police department.

 

Courtney finished his career with the Criminal Investigative Division serving as the division’s commanding officer.

 

Courtney’s influence will a part of this police department for years to come. His mentorship and leadership will be missed by the department, but his smile can still be seen and his laugh can still be heard.

 

Best wishes Court !!!

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Rivercreek Domestic Violence Response Team is Seeking Volunteers

August 6, 2021

The Rivercreek Domestic Violence Response Team, in collaboration with the Providence House and the Willingboro Township Police Department is seeking volunteers to serve victims of domestic violence.
Volunteers will receive free training to assist victims of Domestic Violence.

 

The training begins on September 11, 2021.
 

If you are interested or would like more information please contact either:

Lt. Robert Welch
Willingboro Township Police Department Email: welch@willingboropolice.com
609-877-2200 ext. 1135

OR

Ptlm. James Howard
Willingboro Township Police Department Email: howard@willingboropolice.com
609-877-2200 ext. 1055

Special Thank You to the Karagoz Brothers

August 3, 2021

The Willingboro Township Police Department would like to thank Ogun and Emre Karagoz, owners of Pepperoni's Pizza (71 Springside Road, Westampton, NJ 07060), for providing the residents of Willingboro Township with pizza and pasta during our National Night Out event last night.

The Karagoz brothers also generously donated patrol bicycles and equipment to revive our Bicycle Unit. The unit is designed to make the police officers more approachable to the community. Be sure to look for the officer on bicycles and say hello.

(pictured L to R: Officer Boyd, Detective Galiazzi, Ogun Karagoz, Captain Bucs, Emre Karagoz)

New Officer Completes Field Training Program

July 27, 2021

On 07/23/2021, Timothy Young graduated the Field Training Program. He has completed fourteen weeks of training and is now in the community serving the citizens of Willingboro.

The Willingboro Police Department is excited to see the positive impact he makes in our community. When you see Officer Young please join us in welcoming him to our Willingboro family.

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* * * Text Scam Alert * * * 

July 20, 2021

New Jersey residents are receiving fraudulent text messages claiming to be from the New Jersey DMV.  The message read to the effect: “Please update your Driver License to date, this was instructed by the Motor Vehicle Commission of the New Jersey, please click here [link] to get started now.”

 

If you receive one of these messages - DO NOT CLICK THE LINK!  Please report the message to the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell at https://www.cyber.nj.gov/cyber-incident/

 

If you think you may have already fallen victim to one of these scams, please call the Willingboro Police Department at 609-877-3000 to make a report, or make a report online at https://www.willingboropolice.com/citizens-online-police-reporting

New Officer Completes Field Training Program

July 20, 2021

On 06/09/2021, Robert James graduated the Field Training Program. He has completed fourteen weeks of training and is now in the community serving the citizens of Willingboro.

The Willingboro Police Department is excited to see the positive impact he makes in our community. When you see Officer James please join us in welcoming him to our Willingboro family.

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Academy Graduates

June 17, 2021

On 06/17/2021, Allen Kolenovic #241 and Daque Wilcox #242 graduated from class #78 of the Camden County Police Academy, and have become our department's newest officers. Next they will report for duty and begin the Field Training Officer program.

The Willingboro Police Department would like to congratulate these officers on their achievement. We have high expectations for their future service to the citizens of Willingboro Township.

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Community Conversations Episode 5

June 7, 2021

This month we talk with Captain Ian Buc, Commander of the Patrol Division.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

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Willingboro Ordinance Regarding ATV's

June 3, 2021

The following is the Willingboro Township Ordinance regarding off-road vehicles or All Terrain Vehicles (also known as ATVs).

CLICK HERE FOR THE ORDINANCE

ATV LEGAL UPDATE

ATV's in Willingboro Township

June 2, 2021

Please take a moment to learn about riding ATVs in Willingboro Township.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Retirement Announcement

June 2, 2021

Yesterday, after 27 years of service to the Township of Willingboro and the Willingboro Police Department, Shirley Johnson has retired.

 

Shirley’s career was highlighted with hard work and dedication. The police records division benefited from her steady leadership as supervisor. Her knowledge and ability to train new employees will be hard to replace.

 

Shirley will be sorely missed.

 

We would like to wish Shirley all the best in her future endeavors, but mostly a happy and healthy retirement.

 

Congratulations Shirley!!!

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Public Safety Community Update

June 2, 2021

Join us on June 3rd from 6PM - 8Pm for a public safety community update via Zoom.

Hear from Willingboro Township Director of Public Safety Kinamo Lomon, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina, as well as police officers and command staff from the Willingboro Police Department.

We will address topics affecting our community including:  recent incidents in Buckingham Park, changes to the marijuana laws, updates on the police camera project, enforcing laws related to ATV's, and more.

Please submit any questions you would like the panel to slandrum@willingboropolice.com.  You can also submit your questions during the Q&A session following the presentation.

WEBINAR ID: 838 1757 9316

PASSCODE:  895780

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Community Conversations Episode 4

May 12, 2021

In this installment of Community Conversations we speak with Detective Elijah Hart.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

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Juneteenth Day Festival - Calling All Vendors!

May 10, 2021

CALLING ALL VENDORS!

Do you have a business, brand, service or just information you want to get exposed to a big group of new potential customers.?

APPLY NOW!

Be a part of our Willingboro Juneteenth Festival happening June 19 from 12 noon - 4PM.

Visit this link to join the event page to stay in the know as well for the details concerning this celebration of freedom.

Event page link:

https://fb.me/e/46LX5X2E4

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Juneteenth Day Festival - SAVE THE DATE!

May 10, 2021

June 19, 2021 - 12 noon - 4PM

Visit this link to join the event page to stay in the know of the details for this celebration of freedom.

 

Event page link:

 

https://fb.me/e/46LX5X2E4

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Shooting Incident on Baldwin Lane

April 29, 2021

On Thursday April 29, 2021 at approximately 0200 hrs, Patrols responded to the unit block of Baldwin Lane for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival they encountered an adult victim suffering a gunshot wound to the lower leg and a two year old with a graze wound to the buttock, both victims were transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life threating injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information related to the shooting is asked to call Detective James Benedict at (609) 877-2200 ext. 1067 or the Willingboro Police Tip Line at (609) 877-6958.

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Willingboro Man Fatally Shot Outside of Residence

April 23, 2021
 

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Willingboro Township Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon announced that an 18-year-old township resident was fatally shot last night outside of his home.

The investigation began after officers from the Willingboro Township Police Department were called to the first block of Barrington Lane just before 11:30 p.m. for a report of shots fired.

Upon arrival, they discovered the body of Yahsinn Robinson, who was a senior at Willingboro High School. He had been struck by gunfire multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will be performed today by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood.

No arrests have been made. The investigation is being conducted by the Willingboro Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. The lead investigators are WTPD Detective Brandon Smith and BCPO Detective Leah McHale.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to call the Willingboro Township Police Department Tip Line at 609-877-6958, or Burlington County Central Communications at 609-265-7113. Information can also be provided be sending an email to tips@co.burlington.nj.us.

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Operation Take Back

April 15, 2021
 

On Saturday April 24, 2021, the Willingboro Township Police Department will once again be participating in Operation Take Back which is sponsored by the DEA. Residents will be able to surrender expired or unused prescription medications. Residents will also be able to surrender vape pens or other e-cigarette devices ONLY after the batteries are removed from the devices.


The Willingboro Police Department will accept the medications, vape pens, and other e-cigarette devices from 10a-2pm in the side area (where the police vehicles are parked) at 1 Rev. Dr. MLK. Jr. Drive. Syringes or other sharp instruments will not be accepted during this program. 

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Virtual Speakout Night

April 14, 2021
 

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2021, Contact of Burlington County is hosting a virtual speakout event, Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 7:00PM EST. Historically, public speak-outs provide a safe and empowering space for individuals to share their experiences, challenge the misconceptions and stereotypes of sexual violence, and come together as a community.

Share your story, artwork, poetry, music, narratives, and more, in a supportive and safe space. If you are interested, registration is required.

 

You are welcome to register through their Facebook event page.

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Search warrant leads to arrest, seizure of narcotics and stolen gun

April 5, 2021
 

During the month of March 2021, the Willingboro Street Crimes Unit conducted an investigation into Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) activity on Eastbrook Lane. A search warrant was executed by the Willingboro SWAT team. A quantity of crack cocaine, oxycodone pills, a stolen 9mm handgun with a 30 round capacity magazine, and $5,614.00 were seized during the operation.

Target: Kamau T. Sowell, male, 25 years old, Eastbrook Lane Willingboro, NJ was arrested and charged with multiple CDS and firearms related crimes. Mr. Sowell was lodged in the Burlington County Jail pending a court hearing.

 

*All subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Search warrant leads to arrest and seizure of narcotics

April 5, 2021
 

During the month of March 2021, the Willingboro Street Crimes Unit conducted an investigation into Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) activity on Snowdon Lane. A search warrant was executed by the Willingboro SWAT team. A quantity of heroin, crack cocaine, ecstasy pills, mushrooms, cocaine, marijuana, and $1,218.00 were seized during the operation.

Target: Darrelle Poole, male, 32 years old, Snowdon Lane, Willingboro, NJ was arrested and charged with multiple CDS related crimes. Mr. Poole was lodged in the Burlington County Jail pending a court hearing.

 

*All subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Autism Awareness Fundraiser

March 30, 2021
 

Please support the Willingboro Police Department with raising funds and awareness for autism.  Beginning April 1st, you can purchase an autism awareness bundle that includes an autism awareness pin, silicone wristband and banadana for $7.

 

Please see the attached flyer or link for more information about the AUTISM AWARENESS FUNDRAISER.


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Promotion - Sergeant

March 17, 2021
 

Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon is proud to announce the promotion of Detective Michael Lippincott to the rank of Sergeant effective February 2021.

 

Sgt. Lippincott has over 12 years’ experience with the department and most recently worked as a detective. He is currently assigned as a supervisor in the Patrol Division. Good luck Mike!

New Officer Completes Field Training Program

March 16, 2021
 

On 11/02/2020, TiYonna Beverly began the Field Training Program. She has completed fourteen weeks of training and is now in the community serving the citizens of Willingboro.

The Willingboro Police Department is excited to see the positive impact she makes in our community. When you see Officer Beverly please join us in welcoming her to our Willingboro family.

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UDrive, UText, UPay - Distracted Driving Crackdown

March 11, 2021
 

The Willingboro Township Police Department will be participating in the “UDrive, UText, UPay” Distractged Driving 2021 Crackdown Grant starting April 1 through April 30, 2021.

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These distractions include:

Texting

Using a cell phone or smartphone

Eating and drinking

Talking to passengers

Grooming

Reading, including maps

Using a navigation system

Watching a video

Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

 

Officers will be assigned to high targeted crash locations to conduct enforcement in marked, semi-marked and unmarked police vehicles beginning April 1 through April 30, 2021

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Now Hiring - Animal Control Officer

March 1, 2021
 

The Willingboro Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Animal Control Officer.  

CLICK HERE FOR JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATION DETAILS

Community Conversations

March 1, 2021
 

This is our third episode of Community Conversations.  This month we are talking to Sgt. Erin Harry.  Please enjoy this video and if you have any requests for officers you would like to see interviewed, please email Ofc. Sally Landrum at slandrum@willingboropolice.com

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO

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Now Hiring - Crime Analyst

February 16, 2021
 

The Willingboro Police Department is seeking applicants for the full time position of Crime Analyst.  Application deadline is March 15, 2021.

CLICK HERE FOR JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATION DETAILS

Officer of the Quarter

February 11, 2021
 

The Willingboro Police Department is pleased to announce the selection of Officer Patrick DeGrazia as the Officer of the Final Quarter for 2020.

Officer DeGrazia’s leadership skills and his work with his K-9 partner, Niko, led to his selection for the Officer of the Quarter. His seniority within the department, his Field Training Officer experience, and his role as both a patrol and K-9 officer prove an invaluable resource to the department.

Please join us in congratulating him!

Behavioral Health System, Willingboro Police Partnership Leads Way to New Initiative

February 8, 2021

 

Re-Post from:  RLS Media
 

SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc. and the Willingboro Police Department have joined forces on an initiative to increase awareness and provide training for law enforcement on intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Officials said recent months, the Black Lives Matter movement has exposed several vulnerable groups that may face severe challenges when confronted by law enforcement officials. 

 

One of those groups includes individuals with I/DD. The Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability reports that these individuals may be up to seven times more likely to encounter police than their neurotypical peers.

 

According to officials another study, published by Cornell University in 2017, found that people with emotional, physical, cognitive, or sensory disabilities are 44% more likely to be arrested by age 28. The percentage of Black men with disabilities who are arrested by age 28 is even higher—a rate of 55%. 

 

Unfortunately, many experts expect these numbers to increase as people struggle to cope with the stress brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and several months of isolation. 

 

“Right now, during these uncertain times, training law enforcement to better serve individuals with I/DD is more essential than ever,” said Kristina Swindle, Director of Behavior Support Services at SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc.

 

Last month, Swindle led weekly classes at the Willingboro Police Department to help bridge the gap between individuals with I/DD and law enforcement according to officials. 

 

Expanding on the department’s required trainings, Swindle’s courses covered a wide range of topics including the characteristics of I/DD, what influences behavior, and how to respond to and prevent unwarranted situations. 

 

Individuals with I/DD may have difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication. They may not comprehend verbal commands, tone of voice, eye contact, or gestures. This could lead to serious complications when confronted by law enforcement, according to Swindle. 

 

“If they are not approached and questioned in an appropriate manner, an individual with I/DD could become violent, angry, or confused,” Swindle said. “All of these traits could be considered suspicious or defiant by law enforcement.

 

But with this training, officers who respond to calls for assistance involving individuals with I/DD will have the education, perception, and understanding they’ll need in order to deescalate situations that could become unpleasant or even dangerous.” 

 

All 62 officers in Willingboro’s police department attended Swindle’s classes. 

“Training police on what to look for and how to interact with people who live with cognitive, developmental, or mental health disabilities is critical,” said Captain 
Ian S. Bucs of the Willingboro Police Department.

 

“Having our entire department trained and prepared to respond to a call for help for a person with I/DD is ideal.

 

“We are extremely grateful to have had Kristina Swindle and the SERV Behavioral Health team help develop and conduct this training for our officers,” he added.

“Individuals with I/DD need to know that when they interact with law enforcement, they will be respected and treated fairly. We look forward to further educating our officers and building stronger lines of communication between the Willingboro Police Department and the mental health community.”

 

SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit behavioral healthcare organization that provides integrated services to children, youth, and adults who are coping with chronic mental illness, substance use disorder, or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

 

SERV has facilities in 11 counties in New Jersey and serves approximately 1,800 consumers a year. Programs include a continuum of residential services, partial-care services, and outpatient care focusing on individual needs. 

 

The organization also advocates on a number of social issues including homelessness, hunger, addiction recovery, senior care, diversity and tolerance, and education.

 

For access to care, call 1-833-CAN-SERV or email accesstocare@servbhs.org.

Retirement Announcement

February 4, 2021
 

On February 1, 2021 Detective Pierre Deissler retired from the Willingboro Police Department. Pierre was raised in Willingboro and graduated from Willingboro High School.

Det. Deissler came to the Willingboro Police Department in 1996. During his time in the department he served in both the Patrol and Criminal Investigative Divisions.

As a patrol officer, Pierre spent much of his time training new officers. He was an instructor at the Police Academy and a Field Training Officer for the department.

 

Along with these duties he was a Bicycle Officer, a Drug Recognition Expert, and a Verbal Judo Instructor. Pierre’s efforts to serve the citizens of Willingboro was recognized by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) for his Impaired Driving Enforcement.

 

In 2005, Pierre made Detective and began his investigative career. He worked numerous high-profile investigations many of which with outside law enforcement agencies. During his time as a detective, Pierre’s conversational skills led the department to send him to be trained as a Hostage Negotiator.

 

Pierre may be gone, but his stories can still be heard throughout the department. All of us here at the Willingboro Police Department will miss the smiles he brought to us.

 

Congratulations, Dice !!!

Retirement Announcement

February 2, 2021
 

On February 1, 2021 Sergeant Robert “Bob” Kelley retired from the Willingboro Police Department. Bob was raised in Willingboro and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. After high school he proudly served this country in the United States Navy.

Sgt. Kelley came to the Willingboro Police Department in 1996. During his time in the department he served in both the Patrol and Criminal Investigative Divisions.

 

Along with his years of investigative duties he also shaped the careers of new officers as a Field Training Officer, and served as an operator on the departmental SWAT Team. He spent time representing other officers as an executive board member of Willingboro Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #38.

 

In 2019, Bob was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division as a supervisor.

 

Bob will be missed by all of his brothers and sisters here at the Willingboro Police Department, but we are happy for him as he begins the next phase of his life.

 

Good Luck BK !!!

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Domestic Violence Response Team is Seeking Volunteers

February 2, 2021
 

Burlington County is looking to grow its Domestic Violence Response Team.  This team consists of volunteers who work with Providence House, Domestic Violence Services and local police departments to help people who experience domestic violence by empowering and advocating for victims.

Click the flyer for additional details.

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New Officers Complete Field Training

January 29, 2021
 

On 07/03/2020, Jackie Osborn Jr., Robert Boyd, and Joseph Abadia began the Field Training Program. They have completed fourteen weeks of training and are now in the community serving the citizens of Willingboro.

The Willingboro Police Department is excited to see the positive impact these officers make in our community. When you see Officer Osborn, Officer Boyd, and Officer Abadia please join us in welcoming them to our Willingboro family.

Promotion - Sergeant

January 28, 2021
 

Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon is proud to announce the promotion of Officer Sean Malone to the rank of Sergeant effective October 2020. Sgt. Malone has over 16 years’ experience with the department to include tenure as a K-9 officer. He is currently assigned as a supervisor in the Patrol Division. Good luck Sean!

Promotion - Sergeant

January 28, 2021
 

Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon is proud to announce the promotion of Detective Brandin Whitham to the rank of Sergeant effective October 2020. Sgt. Whitham has over 17 years’ experience with the department and most recently worked as a detective. He is currently assigned as a supervisor in the Detective Division. Best of luck Brandin!

Promotion - Lieutenant

January 28, 2021
 

Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon is proud to announce the promotion of Sgt. Jeff Perez to the rank of Lieutenant effective October 2020. Lt. Perez has been with the department for 18 years. In that time, he has served as a Field Training Officer, a member of the SWAT Team, a detective, and most recently a detective sergeant. Lt. Perez has been assigned as the Deputy Watch Commander of the Patrol Day Shift. All the best Jeff!

Caroling Cops

December 23, 2020
 

Enjoy this video of our officers singing a Christmas classic. On Tuesday our Caroling Cops visited several residents around Willingboro that needed a little extra cheer to brighten the end of a very long year.

 

Happy Holidays!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO

Virtual Story With A Cop - Kwanzaa

December 23, 2020
 

Continuing our Story with a Cop - Holiday Edition, we are reading a Kwanzaa book.

 

Please share and enjoy!

 

Happy Holidays!

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Virtual Story With A Cop - Holiday Edition

December 22, 2020
 

Continuing our Story with a Cop - Holiday Edition, we are reading a Christmas book today. Please share and enjoy!

Come back tomorrow; we will have a Kwanzaa book for your enjoyment.

 

Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Covid Safety Tips

December 21, 2020
 

Please watch our quick video about safety tips for preventing of the spread of COVID during the holidays.

Happy Holidays and Stay Safe!

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Virtual Story With A Cop - Holiday Edition

December 21, 2020

Continuing our Virtual Story with a Cop - Holiday Edition, we are reading a Christmas book in Spanish. Please share and enjoy!

Come back for more stories. Tomorrow we will have a Christmas book in English and Wednesday we will have a Kwanzaa book.

Happy Holidays!

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Virtual Story With A Cop - Holiday Edition

December 16, 2020

We are continuing our Virtual Story with a Cop program with a Holiday Edition. The first story we are reading this holiday season is a book about Hanukkah, which started on December 10th and ends on Friday, December 18th. So please sit back and enjoy the story.

More holiday stories will follow soon, so please check back with us.

Happy Hanukkah!

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Community Conversations

December 10, 2020

This is our second episode of Community Conversations. This month we are interviewing Ofc. Mark Clauss. Enjoy!

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Community Survey Results

December 8, 2020

During the summer of 2020, the Willingboro Township Police Department released our first community survey about crime and policing in Willingboro. The survey was designed to evaluate the quality of police services in our town. Respondents were asked a variety of questions related to satisfaction with the department including community engagement, officer visibility, and perception of safety.

 

Overall, 356 individuals completed the survey. Their responses are shared in this report at a group level. The Willingboro Township Police Department appreciates the time each respondent took to provide open and honest recommendations on how we can improve the services we provide. This is one of many steps we have been and will be taking in an effort to partner with the community to make more informed decisions moving forward.

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Officer of the Quarter

November 26, 2020

Officer Anderson was nominated by his supervisors and selected by the command staff of the police department as the Officer of the Quarter for his investigative skills.  

Today, Captain Bucs presented him with the Officer of the Quarter Championship Belt.

Congratulations Officer Anderson on your achievement. It is well deserved!

Willingboro Officer Recognized for Service

November 19, 2020

Director of Public Safety Kinamo Lomon is very proud to announce that Ofc. Sally Landrum has been selected to receive the United States Attorney General’s Distinguished Service in Policing Award. The criteria for this award is demonstrating active exceptional performance in one of three areas: Innovations in Community Policing, Criminal Investigations, and Field Operations.

Ofc. Landrum was nominated for her success in Innovations in Community Policing. The criterion for the nomination in this area includes, “engaging in significant problem-solving activities, the creation of productive community partnerships, or the implementation of new policing programs or initiatives that have a significant impact on public safety problems, building and enhancing trust, or respect for police and community satisfaction or have led to reductions in violent crime.”

The US Department of Justice identified the following actions by Ofc. Landrum as the reason she won the award:

“When the Willingboro Police Department named Officer Sally Landrum its inaugural Community Engagement Officer, she became the face of the department in her community. Her goal was to build trust and legitimacy by engaging residents of all backgrounds in positive interactions and she found a myriad of ways to do that. Officer Landrum dove into her new role with gusto, quickly earning the respect of local religious leaders and community organizations. Her initiatives include recruitment events; story times where police read to children at the local library; anti-drug programs in the schools; toiletry drives for the homeless; training on how to spot telephone scams and mail fraud for older adults; breast and prostate cancer awareness campaigns; food, coat, and toy drives; a resiliency program for officers in distress; and a community service diversion program for young offenders. Through these efforts, community residents now know they have a friend in the Willingboro Police Department, and both the department and the community are better for it.”

This award was open to officers nationwide. 214 officers across the country were nominated by leaders in their respective law enforcement agencies, all of whom believed they met the criteria for this award. Only 23 were selected and Ofc. Landrum is one of them. To give some context to the prestige of the accomplishment, there are approximately 800,000 active law enforcement officers in the United States and ONLY 23 are receiving this award!

See the award presentation ceremony here:

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Now Hiring!!!  SLEO Class II

November 5, 2020

The Willingboro Police Department is looking to hire individuals currently holding a Police Training Commission Special Law Enforcement Officer Class II certification.  Click on the notice for details.  All interested candidates should forward their resumes to Lt. Perez at perez@willingboropolice.com.

No Shave November

November 4, 2020

Once again officers of the Willingboro Township Police Department are participating in No Shave November. Officers that make donations to support several forms of cancer research as well as St. Jude's Children's Hospital will be allowed to grow facial hair for the month on November. We will display their furry results at the end of the month.

Covid-19 Halloween Guidance

October 21, 2020

To find out about Willingboro Township's Halloween - Celebration- Guidance, and to be able to print out this flyer click on this link - 

 

https://www.willingboronj.gov/police/police-announcements/738-halloween-celebration-guidance

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to print the flyer.

Man Charged with Fatal Shooting Outside Willingboro Home

October 21, 2020

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Willingboro Township Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon announced that a 29-year-old township resident has been charged with fatally shooting a man earlier this month in the Millbrook Park neighborhood.

 

Kwacey Q. Owens, of the first block of Echo Lane, was charged with Murder (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree), and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree). He was served with the warrant yesterday in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly, where he has been held since being arrested last week on a weapons charge related to this case.

 

On October 8, Willingboro Township police officers were called to the first block of Maplewick Lane just after 1:30 a.m. for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they found the body of Barry Barino, 28, outside the rear door of his home. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Burlington County Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood ruled the death was caused by a gunshot wound to the head.

 

The investigation revealed that Barino and Owens were acquaintances, and that Owens had been inside the victim’s home a short time earlier before luring him outside to shoot him. The motive for the killing remains under investigation.

 

The weapon believed to be used in the shooting, a .45 caliber pistol, was recovered inside Owens’s residence.

 

The investigation was conducted by detectives from the Willingboro Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. The lead investigators are Willingboro Detective Elijah Hart, BCPO Major Crimes Unit Detective Tony Luyber and BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit Detective Kevin Sobotka.

 

All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.