Recent News

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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

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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 * * *

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!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO

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!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO

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!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO

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!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO

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!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO

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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!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO

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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.

CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

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:

https://www.facebook.com/Willingboro.NJ/videos/704008143860635

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.

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Community Conversations

October 20, 2020

This is our first Community Conversations video. CLICK HERE This is a new program in which our officers will be interviewed about their personal and professional lives. This will give our residents the opportunity to get to know the officers that serve them.

Please let us know what you think of this interview and we would love your input on future questions, as well as requests for whom (person or position) you would like to see interviewed next time.

 

Please email your suggestions to our Community Engagement Officer, Ofc. Sally Landurm, at slandrum@willingboropolice.com

 

Today's conversation is with Ofc. Thomas, our Officer of the Quarter. Enjoy!

Bicycle Rodeo

October 20, 2020

On October 17th the Willingboro Police Department along with the Willingboro Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services held our first Bicycle Rodeo at the Kennedy Center. A bicycle rodeo is a community event which focuses on bicycle safety and teaches children skills to ride bicycles safely. The event featured a bicycle safety check conducted by the Burlington County Bike Shop, free helmet fitting and giveaway from Cross County Connection and a guest appearance by Mike Plasha, an SE sponsored rider. The rodeo also had bicycle obstacle courses designed to challenge participants while reinforcing balance and agility skills. The rodeo was a great event that was fun for both the participants the first responders!

Firearms Permit Information

October 8, 2020

The Willingboro Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit would like to offer the community the opportunity to ask any questions they have in regards to applying for a Firearm’s Identification Card and/or Handgun Permit.  Please submit your questions to firearms@willingboropolice.com

 

Once your questions have been reviewed, members of the Criminal Investigations Unit will respond as quickly as possible.  Please realize that we have had an over 500% increase in Firearm Applications this year compared to years past, so it may take longer than usual to respond.

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Officer of the Quarter - 3rd Quarter 2020

September 29, 2020

Officer Thomas was nominated by his supervisors and selected by the command staff of the police department as the Officer of the Quarter for his continuous efforts in our community engagement strategy.

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

 

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

 

Vitrual Citizen's Forum

September 15, 2020

The Willingboro Police Department has announced a Virutal Citizen's Forum that will be presented on Zoom and will cover 21st Century Policing in Willingboro Township.

Learn about important functions in the police department that most people don't get to see.

Each session will include presentations followed by a Q & A with the instructors.

Open to ALL Willingboro residents.

To register for one of the sessions, please contact Officer Sally Landrum at slandrum@willingboropolice.com or (609) 877-2200 x1070 and provide your name, address, phone number and email address.

Session #1

Modern Policing for Historically Marginalized Communities

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

7:00 PM

Session #2

Building Trust and Legitimacy in the Community

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

7:00PM

Session #3

Police Accountability

Wednesday, November 5, 2020

7:00PM

Operation Chill - 2020

September 9, 2020

The Willingboro Police Department is proud to announce we will be participating in Operation Chill again this year.

During the month of September, officers will be awarding free Slurpee coupons to youth observing safety rules or performing good deeds.

Youth, we look forward to seeing you in the community!

** Special thanks to 7-Eleven for donating the Slurpee coupons to us!

Virtual Story With A Cop - Week #5

September 3, 2020

This is the fifth and final week of our Virtual Story with a Cop program. We hope you have enjoyed it.

If you would like to see us do more Virtual Story with a Cop videos in the future, please contact our Community Engagement Officer and let us know! We always appreciate the feedback we recieve from our community.

 

Ofc. Sally Landrum

slandrum@willingboropolice.com

609-877-2200 x1070

Virtual Story With A Cop - Week #4

August 27, 2020

This is week four of our Virtual Story with a Cop program.

 

This week we have one of our patrol officers, Ofc. Pillot, reading, and our book this week is Be Who You Are.

 

We hope you enjoy this week's video!

Virtual Story With A Cop - Week #3

August 21, 2020

This is week three of our Virtual Story with a Cop program.

 

We have a new officer reading this week. The past two weeks have featured Ofc. Landrum, the department's Community Engagement Officer.

 

This week we have Ofc. Norris, our School Resource Officer.

Please enjoy this week's video.

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Volunteers Needed

August 17, 2020

The Rivercreek Domestic Violence Response Team, in collaboration with the Providence House and the police departments from Willingboro Township, Edgewater Park Township, Delanco Township, Beverly City, Burlington City, Burlington Township, and Florence Township are seeking volunteers to serve victims of domestic violence.

Volunteers will receive free training (46 hours conducted over an 8 week period) to assist victims of Domestic Violence in a variety of ways, ultimately providing support and information to help them make informed decisions about the options available to them. 

Volunteers must be:

     1.  18 years of age or older

     2.  Resident of, or employed in, the Burlington County area

     3.  Valid NJ Driver's License and access to transportation

     4.  No criminal history (which is verified by a free background check)

     5.  Ability to communicate well with others

     6.  Be a good listener and be sensitive to victim's feelings and concerns

     7.  Desire to help others

The classes will begin on Saturday, September 20, 2020.

Classes with be both virtual and in-person.

Classes will be held:

Thursday, September 10th     6PM-9:30PM

Saturday, September 12th     10AM-5PM

Thursday, September 17th     6PM-9:30PM

Thursday, September 24th     6PM-9:30PM

Thursday, October 1st            6PM-9:30PM

Saturday, October 8th            10AM-5PM

Saturday, October 11th          6PM-9:30PM

Thursday, October 15th         6PM-9:30PM

Thursday, October 29th         6PM:9:30PM

Saturday, November 7th        10AM-5PM

Note:  All Saturday classes are in-person, but socially distant.  Thursday classes will be virtual.

If you are interested, please contact either:

Sgt. Jennifer Mitnick

Willingboro Township Police Department

Email:  mitnick@willingboropolice.com

609-877-2200 ext 1069

OR

Ptlm. James Howard

Willingboro Township Police Department

Email:  howard@willingboropolice.com

609-877-2200 ext 1055

OR

Lt. Robert Welch

Willingboro Township Police Department

Email:  welch@willingboropolice.com

609-877-2200 ext 1135

Virtual Story With A Cop - Week #2

August 12, 2020

Welcome back to week #2 of the Willingboro Police Department's virtual Story with a Cop.  Click the button below to hear Ofc. Landrum read this week's story!

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Citizens Online Reporting System

August 12, 2020

Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon is pleased to announce that Police Department has launched an online reporting platform for non-emergency incidents. Incidents that can be reported online include Custody Order Violations, Harassing Phone Calls, Identity Theft, Lost Property, Theft, Traffic Complaints, Vandalism, and Vehicle Vandalism. The purpose of this new system is to make it easier for residents to utilize police services while reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Using this new system, residents can submit police reports from their computers, tablets, or smartphones 24 hours a day.

Online reporting should NOT be used for emergencies, crimes in-progress, violent offenses, thefts/frauds in excess of $1,000.00, and domestic violence offenses. In all of these instances, residences should call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency line 609-877-3000.

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Story With A Cop Returns Virtually

August 7, 2020

The Willingboro Police Department had a program called Story with a Cop. Officers would meet with kids at the Willingboro Library every month and read books to them.

Unfortunately, the program has been suspended for several months due to COVID-19 precautions. However, we liked the program so much, we wanted to take it virtual. Once a week for the next 5 weeks, we will post a video of a Willingboro Police Officer reading a childrens' book.

 

We hope that you can find a few quiet minutes and enjoy these videos with your children.

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.

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.