THE PRESS RELEASE  Archive

 

2011

Dec

22nd

Local Animal Hospital Donates Oxygen Masks to County's K-9 Unit

 Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that Dr. Robert Fitzpatrick, DVM of Abri Animal Hospital in Cape May County donated a dozen muzzle oxygen masks to the Cape May County Sheriff's K-9 Unit.

These masks will provide supplemental oxygen in an emergency situation to Sheriff Officers’ K-9 partners. Some examples of when these masks are used include shock, trauma and smoke.

 Sheriff Schaffer said, “These masks are used similar to human applications which may be critical in life threatening injuries to their K-9 Partners. With the expense of training these dogs and with our unit responding to more and more critical situations, these masks could prove a valuable asset in saving a life of a K-9.  I would like to personally thank Dr. Fitzpatrick for his contribution.”

Dec

6th

Cape May County Participates in State-wide Sweep Sheriffs’ Officers Across New Jersey Arrest 953 In Three-day Statewide Child Support Sweep

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer reports that 32 subjects were arrested for child support warrants with a total of 40 non-support warrants served. Officers attempted to locate and serve 73 active warrants. The total amount due on the warrants is $ 352,326.84. The arrested individuals were brought before the court who ordered money collected and a court ordered payment schedule. Total amount collected on warrants was $ 15,474.43.  Twelve offenders were lodged in the correctional center with 8 of the 12 released after posting payments.   Three additional subjects were arrested for outstanding warrants from municipalities.

Also, the Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey (SANJ) President, Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano announced the apprehension of 953 delinquent parents in the second of the bi-annual Child Support Warrant Sweep for the fiscal year 2011. The goal of the three-day intensive Non-Support Sweep is to apprehend non-custodial parents who have failed to pay their court-ordered child support. Additional targets included parents who have failed to appear at court hearings to establish a child support order or order for medical support.

The Sweep is done in cooperation with the New Jersey Office of Child Support Services (OCSS). The Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey (SANJ) is the lead agency in this event as per the Sheriff IV-D Cooperative Agreement between OCSS and the Sheriff’s Association, as authorized under Federal Regulation 45 CFR 302.34.  The OCSS has commended both the Sheriffs’ Association and the Judiciary for collaboratively supporting the Sheriffs’ final procedures and data report for t he Sheriff Child support Warrant Sweep.  Sheriff’s Officers from the 21 Sheriffs’ Offices, with assistance from other agencies, canvassed the state in search of offenders over the course of the three-day Child Support Sweep.  A total of 953 warrants were served and out of an outstanding $14,300,385.75 owed, approximately $233,141.10 was collected.

“I hope that our efforts during this statewide round up will help to bring a little joy into the lives of many children for the holiday season – helping those children who have not had the benefit of child support in some time,” said, Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano.

The following is a list of persons arrested during the sweep:

Bounasis,Michael

N. Wildwood

12/6/2011

$468.06

$468.00

Garrison,Troy

N. Wildwood

12/6/2011

$16,589.83

0

Cresci,Michael

Dennis Twp

12/6/2011

$11,510.00

$2,000.00

Cruzan,Eric

Lower Twp.

12/6/2011

$2,976.96

$200.00

Galindo,Jose

Lower Twp

12/6/2011

$3,545.00

$300.00

Fitzpatrick,Christopher

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$5,506.37

$150.00

Akers,Charles

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$61,228.62

$100.00

Chiaro,Anthony

Lower Twp

12/6/2011

$3,566.00

$500.00

Lapworth,William

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$22,763.30

$60.00

Greer,Gerald

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$7,674.63

$800.00

Greer,Gerald

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$5,779.40

0

Greer,Gerald

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$447.97

0

Conrey,Christian

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$13,405.80

$1,000.00

Adams,kelly

Dennis Twp

12/6/2011

$12,717.07

$750.00

Doughterty,Patrick

Lower Twp

12/6/2011

$1,730.00

 

Clayville,Jimmie

Dennis Twp

12/6/2011

$750.00

$1,450.00

Qualli,Jonathan

Lower Twp

12/6/2011

$1,114.99

 

Furey,Thomas

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$12,710.68

$750.00

Furey,Thomas

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$9,852.09

0

Garth,Joseph

Atl. County

12/6/2011

$1,304.43

$1,304.43

Vasquez,Kathleen

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$8,584.20

0

Gorman,Shaun

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$1,409.00

$300.00

Shaw,Edward

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$2,669.00

 

Lee,Steven

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$1,950.00

$200.00

Blake,Jeffrey

Lower Twp

12/6/2011

$33,522.32

$1,000.00

Murphy,Chester

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

5,637.60

$70.00

Wareham,Diane

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$4,452.00

$150.00

Coleman,Ronald

Middle Twp

12/6/2011

$31,097.00

$700.00

Deoliveira,Matthew

Lower Twp

12/7/2011

$3,013.00

$1,000.00

Calvery,Howard

Wildwood Cst

12/7/2011

$2,730.00

0

Busby,Marvin

Atlantic Co

12/7/2011

$261.00

$35.00

Cimini,Phillip

Middle Twp

12/7/2011

$16,323.60

$500.00

Cimini,Phillip

Middle Twp

12/7/2011

$2,056.52

0

Cimini,Phillip

Middle Twp

12/7/2011

$2,580.61

0

Cimini,Phillip

Middle Twp

12/7/2011

$1,996.22

0

Cimini,Phillip

Middle Twp

12/7/2011

$2,008.46

0

Ruggiano,Denise

Salem Co

12/7/2011

$1,687.00

$1,687.00

Pelzer,Sidney

Wildwood

12/8/2011

$4,982.00

 

Gallo,Michael

Wildwood

12/8/2011

$15,518.27

 

Gallo,Michael

 

12/8/2011

$14,207.84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL COLLECTIONS

 

 

$352,326.84

15474.43

In addition to the non-support warrants executed, the following were arrested on municipal warrants.

1.  1. Chester Murphy was arrested on warrants from Hamilton Township Municipal Court in the amount of $1,309.00.

2. Michael Bounasis was arrested on warrants from Middle Township Courts in the amount of $1,500.00

3. Jonathan Qualli was arrested on warrants from Middle Township Courts in the amount of $500.00 and Pleasantville Municipal Court in the amount of $82.00.

 “I would like to thank all our officers for a job well done especially Sgt. Knoedler who coordinated 4 teams of officers, holding cells, processing and along with Cpl. Bittner who coordinated the I.D. Bureau. Our Correctional Officers who processed into the Correctional Center a large number in a short period of time showing true dedication and commitment to getting the job done. These officers are to be commended for their efforts and extra work that goes into an operation like this.  We have throughout the year and will continue to pursue non-support warrants aggressively,” said Sheriff Schaffer.

Dec

6th

Cape May County Project Lifesaver Receives Donation From Chiefs of Police Association

Sheriff Gary Schaffer recently accepted a $1,000 donation for Project Lifesaver from the Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association. The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism and other related conditions or disorders.  Project Lifesaver is funded entirely through donations.

Sheriff Schaffer said, “This donation from our local Chiefs of Police Association could not have come at a better time. We currently have twenty active clients on Project Lifesaver, two inactive clients due to hospitalization or rehabilitation. Nine clients are children and eleven are adults. We currently have five people on our waiting list, with a possibility of five more, awaiting the return of five applications sent out this month. This is the most active the program has been.”

The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome.

Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery time for Project Lifesaver clients averages 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations.

“It costs approximately $270 to outfit a client with a transmitter and batteries for one year. Our officers volunteer their time to change client’s batteries monthly. It costs approximately $72 per year for batteries to maintain a client for one year,” added Sheriff Schaffer.

According to Chief Robert Matteucci, President of the Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association, “When the Sheriff asked our association for financial assistance with Project Lifesaver, we immediately responded. Not only does this program save our personnel and resources incurred during a detailed search, it also has proven time and time again to save lives and find the missing person quickly. I encourage our citizens and other civic groups to join us as we support this worthy public service.”

The holiday season can be a particularly challenging time for both children with autism and their families. The value of planning for the holidays cannot be overestimated for those with sensory sensitivities, who thrive on routine and are easily disoriented. The holidays are filled with sights, sounds and smells. The average household is turned into a busy, frantic, festive place. The stores are brightly lit, excessively noisy with holiday music and busy with shoppers rushing in every direction. All of these sudden and dramatic changes for a child on the spectrum can easily create a sensory overload, making the holidays a difficult time for both the child with autism and their parents. Additionally with visiting elder relatives who are not familiar with the area and tend to wander, this can be most stressful.

According to Sheriff Schaffer, “Every Sheriff’s Office in New Jersey participates in Project Lifesaver as well as 33 other states. Additionally, equipment compatibility enables clients of Project Lifesaver and their families to relax and enjoy vacation time.  The entire State of New Jersey and many other parts of the country are covered by law enforcement agencies utilizing Project Lifesaver.  We have the ability to locate Project Lifesaver clients visiting Cape May County, no matter where they live and other agencies can locate our clients, should they wander while on a trip.  All the caregiver needs to do is provide the Law Enforcement agency conducting the search with the Project Lifesaver frequency number. Prior to leaving the state, caregivers should call ahead to their destination to ensure that area is covered by Project Lifesaver.”

Schaffer concluded, “Our officers donate their personal time meeting with clients, changing batteries and offering assistance. I am very thankful to our officers for their commitment to this program as well as the civic organizations that continue to see the value and support us in this area. I encourage our civic organizations or anyone to join our Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association and support Project Lifesaver in Cape May County so no one has to be on a waiting list.”

Nov

16th

Cape May County Participates in the American Medicine Chest Challenge

Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that over 58 pounds of outdated and unused prescription drugs were turned over to the Cape May County Sheriff's Office this past weekend during the American Medical Chest Challenge.

 The American Medicine Chest Challenge is a community based public health initiative, with law enforcement partnership, designed to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and provide a nationwide day of disposal of unused, unwanted and expired medicine that was held on November 12, 2011 in communities across the country.

 Sheriff Schaffer said, "Prescription drug abuse is a problem in our country. The 2007 National Study of Drug Use and Health found that 70% of people who abuse prescription pain relievers indicated they got them from friends or relatives, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse

(NIDA) reports that upwards of 9 million people use prescription medication for non-medical uses."

 Sheriff Schaffer suggests the following:

 Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine Secure your medicine. Please visit OTCsafety.org for more information Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine in your home at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site.

 Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse...they are listening. For tips visit The Partnership at DrugFree.Org, and topMedicinceAbuse.com Sheriff Schaffer added, "I want to thank all the residents that participated by turning in their outdated and unused prescription drugs. This small step goes a long way in helping prevent prescription drug abuse and I encourage all residents to participate in future events such as this."

Nov

7th

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer to Lead National Event to Raise Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse in Cape May County

Unused, Unwanted, and Expired Medicine Disposal locations to be held in all 21 Counties

On November 12, 2011, a historic and lifesaving event --- The American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) --- a public health initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse will be held in communities throughout New Jersey, including Cape May County.

The New Jersey event is being coordinated by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey (SANJ), and Drug Enforcement Administration – New Jersey.

This initiative will challenge Cape May County residents to take the Five-Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:

·     Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine

·     Lock your medicine chest

·     Dispose of your unused, unwanted and expired medicine in your home or at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site

·     Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed

·     Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse

AMCC is based on the success of the nationally recognized Operation Medicine Cabinet New Jersey (OMC-NJ). OMC-NJ was the first in the nation statewide day of disposal, held in November 2009 with a one day, four-hour, state-wide event that netted over 9,000 lbs. of medicine, with a street value of over $35 million, while simultaneously garnering over a million dollars in in-kind media attention on the issue of prescription and over the counter drug abuse. The program was recognized in the 2010 Drug Strategy of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy , the New Jersey Ad Club, Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association, the Public Relations Society of New Jersey, and the National Association of Government Communicators.

According to AMCC Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the PDFNJ, Angelo M. Valente, “the goal of this community based public health initiative is to inform New Jersey families of the need to dispose of their unused, unwanted, and expired medicine because these excess medicines can be a danger lurking in the family home.”

 “The American Medicine Chest 5-Step Challenge will help save the lives of your children,” Valente explained.

Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, president of SANJ, explained, “The Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey is proud to be taking a leadership role is the important lifesaving initiative for New Jersey residents. The SANJ will coordinate local collection sites in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties on November 12, 2011. Residents in any county of New Jersey, who want to dispose of their unused, unwanted, and expired medicine on November 12th, should visit www.americanmedicinechest.com to find out where in their community a collection site will be held.” 

Provenzano added, “The AMCC is designed to bring to light the dangers of prescription drug abuse and the easy accessibility within the home by generating unprecedented media attention to the issue of prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse, to create a way for adults to anonymously, legally, and safely dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine, and to encourage families to take the five step American Medicine Chest Challenge.”

According to SAMHSA’s 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtained them from friends or relatives, the same survey showed that the scale of the problem is vast: more than 6 million Americans used a prescription medication for non-medical purposes in the past 30 days. As alarming, is the fact that, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy there has been a 400% increase in substance abuse treatment admissions for people abusing prescription drugs.

The AMCC website www.americanmedicinechest.com is a comprehensive repository of information on the November 12, 2011 event as well as prescription drug abuse.  

AMCC is being supported by numerous organizations in New Jersey including the New Jersey Broadcaster’s Association, New Jersey Prevention Network, the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.  National sponsors include PhRMA, The Partnership at Drugfree.org, the American College of Emergency Room Physicians, and Catalent Pharma Solutions, Covanta Energy, and Generic Pharmaceutical Association. The parent organization of AMCC is the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.

“With over 500 community, government, and local law enforcement partners in 46 states, including the District of Columbia and two Indian Nations,  we are on our way to a truly historical nationwide awakening to the dangers of prescription drug abuse,” explained Valente.

Nov

7th

First Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System

  On Wednesday, November 9th at 2:00pm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.  The test will last approximately 30 seconds and will be transmitted via television and radio stations across the U.S.

 The national Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system can be activated by the President, if needed, to provide information to the American public during emergencies. While the system is often tested in local markets (a test which you and the American public should be very familiar with), a nationwide test will be instrumental in evaluating and improving the system, should it ever be needed.

  If you have questions, please direct them to FEMA, External Affairs: 202-646-4600 or FEMA-News-Desk@dhs.gov and/or FCC: nationwideEASTest@fcc.gov.

Nov

4th

Cape May County Sheriff Announces Promotion of Frank L. Germanio Jr.

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that Sergeant First Class Frank Germanio Jr. was promoted to Lieutenant within the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Division. Lt. Germanio finished number one on the New Jersey Civil Service Examination and will be filling a current vacancy.

Lieutenant Germanio began his career as a Correctional Officer in September 1994. He completed the Camden County Correctional Academy in April of 1995.  He transferred in September 1997 and was appointed to Sheriff Officer. He graduated the Cape May County Police Academy in 1998. During this tenure he served with the Transportation Unit, Identifications Bureau, Court Security Unit and the K-9 Unit.

 In January 2008 he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to the Park Unit and later transferred to supervise Court Security Unit. He then also assumed the duties of the Transportation Unit and School Resource Officers.  On January 21, 2011 he was promoted to Sgt. First Class taking on additional responsibility of supervision of 18 officers and one sergeant.

Lt. Germanio is a certified Public Manager and is currently enrolled in the New Jersey Association of Chief’s of Police Command and Leadership Program. He is also the Terminal Agency Control Officer (TAC), a Police Training Commission firearms instructor, Glock Armorer and an AR-15 Operator.

Sheriff Schaffer said, “Lt. Germanio brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and skills to our management team and I look forward to his advice and direction as we continue to move this organization forward. He is a true leader and has the respect of the officers he supervises. I am thrilled to have Frank in a position to help us accomplish our long range goals.”

Oct

31th

Cape May County Sheriff Announces Corrections Officer of the Year 2011

Warden Donald Lombardo and Corrections Officer of the Year 2011 Kourtney Perry


Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that Officer Kourtney Perry was awarded Corrections Officer of the Year at the annual New Jersey Wardens Association Conference held in Atlantic County last week.

 Corrections Officer Kourtney Perry was hired as a Corrections Officer on April 3, 2006 by the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office.   In November of 2010, Perry was assigned as the Internal Affairs Investigator for the Cape May County Correctional Center.  Perry is responsible for all investigations within the institution and assists in background investigations for all new Corrections Officers.

 In February of 2011, Corrections Officer Perry received national recognition as a result of her diligent investigation concerning the smuggling of Suboxone into the institution through coloring book pages.  This far reaching investigation ultimately resulted in five arrests. 

 From January thru October 2011, Perry criminally charged 51 inmates for offenses that occurred while incarcerated; this volume of criminal charges was unprecedented within the institution.  One of the many positive results of this proactive investigatory practice has been a noticeable decline in the damage to facility property by the inmates. 

 During Perry’s tenure, the Sheriff’s Office has been contacted by representatives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, local police agencies and the court system in regards to her level of excellence. 

 Sheriff Schaffer said, “Officer Perry has distinguished herself and has brought recognition to the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office.  She is more than deserving of the Corrections Officer of the Year Award for Cape May County. Her excellent work ethic is the kind I would like to find in any officer I come in contact with. She is to be commended.”

July

27th

Cape May County Sheriff’s Officers Arrest 28 In Child Support Sweep

July 26, 2011- Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today the apprehension of delinquent parents in their bi-annual Child Support Warrant Sweep for the fiscal year 2011. The goal of the three-day intensive Non Support Sweep is to apprehend non-custodial parents who have failed to pay their court-ordered child support. Additional targets included parents who have failed to appear at court hearings to establish a child support order or order for medical support.

 

Cape May County Sheriff’s Officers arrested a total of  twenty eight persons, twenty five persons on non-support warrants for failure to pay child support payments ordered by the courts and three persons for warrants from municipal courts.

 

Sheriff Schaffer said, “I want to commend the officers of the Sheriff’s Office, especially our ID Unit and warrants teams that participated in the state wide sweep. We continue to do everything possible to ensure court ordered child support payments are collected. We encourage the public to report to us the location of persons who they know are wanted to failure to make child support payments. Anonymous tips can be texted to our TIP411 hot line. See our web site www.cmcsheriff.com for information on forwarding tips.”

 

The OCSS has commended both the Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey and the Judiciary for collaboratively supporting the Sheriffs’ final procedures and data report for the Sheriff Child Support Warrant Sweep.

Sheriff’s Officers from state-wide Sheriffs’ Offices, with assistance from other agencies, canvassed the state in search of offenders over the course of the three-day Child Support Sweep. A total of 1074 warrants were served and approximately $211,453.27 was collected out of $18,736,796.97 that was owed.

 

Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey President, Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, Sr. stated, “Our 21 County Sheriffs and their officers work extremely hard during the year and especially during these sweeps to make sure that the children of our state receive the support they are supposed to receive and the support they most definitely need."

 

The Sweep is hosted in cooperation with the New Jersey Office of Child Support Services (OCSS). The Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey (SANJ) is the lead agency in this event as per the Sheriff IV-D Cooperative Agreement between OCSS and the Sheriff’s Association, as authorized under Federal Regulation 45 CFR 302.34.

 

SANJ has provided the statistics for each county indicating the number of warrants executed and

the amount of child support owed and collected.

 

The following are the names of the subjects arrested from Cape May County during the raid and the township they were arrested in:

 

Christopher Balma                                          Wildwood

Robert McBride                                               Wildwood       

Wesley Donahue                                             Wildwood

Thomas Sigafuse                                            Wildwood

Crystal Smith                                                    Wildwood

Arthur Nelson                                                   Middle Township

Stanley Brown                                                  Middle Township

Phillip Cimini                                                    Middle Township

Cyrus Frazier                                                   Middle Township

Mark Tilsner                                                     Middle Township

Edward Shaw                                                  Middle Township

Albert Hamilton                                                Lower Township

William Crabill                                                 Lower Township

Wayne Holman                                                Lower Township

Ryan Dougherty                                               Lower Township

Ernest Bender                                                  Lower Township

David Williams                                                 Lower Township         

Herman Poehler                                               Lower Towhship

John Riley                                                         Lower Township

Joseph Leipold                                                Lower Township         

Morris Fitzpatrick                                             Woodbine

Joseph Small                                                   Woodbine

Robert Tigro                                                     Sea Isle City

Gary Wilson                                                      Somers Point

Zachery Lowery                                                Burlington Co.

 

Sheriff Raid Reported Collections

 

County                 Warrants Served    Total Amount Owed              Collections

 

Atlantic                                   67                    $657,063.35                          $12,522.79

Bergen                                   57                    $847,184.15                          $25,072.38

Burlington                               56                    $1,043,488.31                       $14,574.00

Camden                               105                    $1,849,885.52                         $9,550.00

Cape May                              32                    $212,863.90                          $12,910.00

Cumberland                           33                    $1,029,475.23                         $2,351.43

Essex                                     48                    $1,251,387.75                         $4,265.65

Gloucester                             39                    $703,441.56                            $6,200.00

Hudson                                   37                    $326,642.54                            $2,875.33

Hunterdon                              15                    $132,129.80                          $14,725.00

Mercer                                 113                    $3,050,618.52                       $40,823.43

Middlesex                              94                    $1,861,657.37                         $9,535.00

Monmouth                              66                    $972,258.36                            $6,074.00

Morris                                     33                    $838,075.12                          $15,034.00

Ocean                                     98                    $1,383,059.63                       $20,989.52

Passaic                                  35                    $493,301.90                          $0.00(Stats not in)

Salem                                     61                    $879,616.08                            $5,053.00

Somerset                               33                    $429,286.09                            $4,486.00

Sussex                                     9                    $206,578.00                               $760.00

Union                                      25                    $207,032.44                               $890.00

Warren                                   18                    $361,751.35                            $2,761.74

 

STATE TOTAL                1074                    $18,736,796.97                    $211,453.27

Passaic County was not available at the time of publication.

 

July

7th

 

Officer Beth Perednas and her dog Jaxx, Sheriff Gary Schaffer, Officer Nolan Harris and his dog Axel.

Click here to see the NBC40 Video about this.

Cape May County Sheriff’s Officers Graduate State Police K-9 Academy

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that Officers Beth Perednas and Nolan Harris have graduated from the New Jersey State Police K-9 Academy on July 7, 2011.  The ceremony was held at the New Jersey Police Training Academy in Sea Girt, New Jersey.

Officer Beth Perednas and her partner “Jax” completed both the eighteen-week patrol dog training class and the twelve-week narcotic scent detection class. Officer Nolan Harris and his partner “Axel” completed the fourteen-week explosive detection class and are scheduled to attend the patrol dog class.  Both K-9 dogs are Belgian Malinois.

The Belgian Malinois is also used extensively by Unit Oketz of the Israel Defense Forces.  Malinois are the perfect size to be picked up by their handlers, while still being able to attack their targets and for their shorter coats and fair and neutral colors making them less prone to heatstroke, all these are advantages over the previously used dog breeds.

Sheriff Schaffer said, “I am extremely proud of both of these officers. It takes special commitment and dedication to be a successful K-9 Officer. It is a 24/7 responsibility not only to your job but to your K-9 partner. Each officer must continue to maintain exceptional physical conditioning and be devoted to constant training requirements to maintain their certification. These are two exceptional officers.”

“Our agency applied for and was awarded a $50,000 grant from the New Jersey Detect and Render Safe Task force to train a K-9 handler for explosives. The grant paid for the training, the K-9 and the vehicle. Officer Harris is now a member of the State Task Force and has the elite training that goes with it. This program was a great opportunity to get a fully funded K-9 Unit at no cost to our local taxpayer,” added Sheriff Schaffer.

The 18-week patrol training class focuses on instructing the canines to assist their handlers in apprehending criminal suspects, explosives detection, scent tracking, article and suspect searches and search/rescue operations.  During the scent-training course, the canines are taught to detect various types of explosive components as well as narcotics; including cocaine, crack, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and hashish.

The extensive training program focuses on establishing a strong bond between the handler and the canine.  Canines selected for the program must be willing workers with a great play drive and a good temperament.  Patience and understanding are primary requisites for the handler, as canine performance is dependent on such traits.

Officer Beth Perednas has been a Sheriff’s Officer since January 2003. She served 4 years with the 82nd Airborne Division. She received the US Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Ribbon, Expert Qualification Badge and Marksman Qualification Badge with the M-4 rifle. In 2002 she received the Governor’s Award for workplace safety. She is currently a certified physical fitness instructor and drill instructor at the Cape May County Police Academy and was appointed to the K-9 Unit in October 2010. Effective July 15, 2011 Officer Perednas will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assume command of the K-9 Unit, replacing Corporal Stephen Carty who is retiring.

Officer Nolan Harris has been a Sheriff’s Officer since April 2007. He has worked for the Court Security Unit, the Transportation Unit and the Field Support Units of the Law Enforcement Division of the Sheriff’s Office. He has his Associate Degree in Law Enforcement and is an Active Member of the NJ National Guard 50th Brigade Combat Team and served in Iraq for one year from 2008-2009. He has been a member of the K-9 Unit since March 2011.

“Since becoming Sheriff my goal was to reorganize the K-9 Unit and to cross train our dogs for criminal apprehension, search and scent detection. I wanted to reduce the number of single use K-9 dogs to have multiple use dogs. The implementation of multiple use dogs has allowed the unit to be reduced from 13 dogs to 9 dogs; while at the same time continue to provide immediate response for apprehension, drug detection, accelerant detection, explosives detections and blood hounds used for man tracking. This is more cost efficient use of officers and dogs as well as saving on food bills, training costs and veterinarian costs; while still having the best trained dogs available to serve Cape May County,”  concluded Sheriff Schaffer.

Last year, the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit received 888 hours of mandatory K-9 certification training, an additional 223 hours of non K-9 related law enforcement officer training and responded to 309 direct calls for service last year. Additionally, the K-9 Unit routinely supplements local police forces as requested.

June

23rd

Cape May County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center

Celebrates 7th Birthday

Cape May Court House – Freeholder Leonard Desiderio and Sheriff Gary Schaffer invite the residents of Cape May County to join with them and Shelter staff in celebrating the seventh birthday of the Cape May County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center.  The week-long celebration, to commemorate the Shelter’s opening in July of 2004, includes reduced adoption fees, free services and tours of the facility.

On Friday, July 15, 2011 from 1 to 3 p.m. join the Animal Shelter and Adoption Center’s staff for an open house complete with refreshments and a tour of the facility.  Also, starting July 15th through July 21st, all adoption fees will be cut in half.  Adoption fees include spay/neuter procedures, micro-chipping, vaccinations and a free vet visit. 

 Sheriff Schaffer, who oversees the operation of the shelter, said, “We appreciate how generous and supportive our residents have been to the Animal Shelter.  Throughout the week, we will be offering some free services to pet owners as a way of giving back to the community.”  Sheriff Schaffer added, “Also, we hope visitors will spread the word about the wonderful cats and dogs that are presently up for adoption at our Shelter.” 

 County residents can call the Shelter and make an appointment to receive free nail trimming and micro-chipping for their cats and dogs.  The micro-chipping includes lifetime registration with Home Again, a nationwide pet recovery service.

The Cape May County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center is located at 110 Shelter Road in the Crest Haven Complex (exit 10 off the Garden State Parkway). The Shelter is open to the public Monday through Friday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For additional information go to capemaycountygov.net and click on Animal Shelter or visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page or call 609-465-8923.

June

20th

CAPE MAY COUNTY “WE CHECK FOR 21” PROGRAM KICKOFF"

Cape May Court House – If you’re too young to buy don’t even try that’s the slogan of the We Check For 21 Program which officially starts in Cape May County on Thursday, June 23, 2011.  The event will take place at the Wildwoods Convention Center located at 4501 Boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey.  Two training sessions on fraudulent identification documents such as New Jersey and out of state licenses and international passports will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for employees of liquor license establishments in Cape May County.

Presentations will be made by the NJ Motor Vehicle Division and the Division of Alcohol Beverage Control, among others. Each session will run approximately an hour and a half. 

This is the 19th anniversary of the program that originated in Cape May County and has since been implemented statewide. The initiative started in 1993 with forty businesses and now there are more than 100 participating.

The "We Check for 21" program is a unique collaborative effort bringing together the public and private sectors of our county in the fight against underage drinking.  The program has been successful in raising awareness that underage drinking is not tolerated in Cape May County.

The Program is sponsored by the Cape May County Municipal Alliances in cooperation with the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, CMC Licensed Beverage Association, the Prosecutor’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office and the CMC Chiefs of Police Association and is funded by a NJ Division of Addiction Services grant received by Cape Assist and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse.

For more information call 465-1055.

June

10th

Cape May County Sheriff’s Officers Graduate Leadership Program

Photo: (left to right) Cape May County Warden Don Lombardo, Captain Kathy Krych,

Sgt. Scott Knoedler and Executive Undersheriff John Maher

 Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that Captain Kathleen Krych and Sgt. Scott Knoedler graduated from the New Jersey Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Program after 14 weeks of training. Sheriff Schaffer said, “For a program of this caliber, law enforcement professionals who are selected make more than a casual commitment; it is an intensive, demanding, graduate level course that will pay dividends for the participant and our department.”

 In 1993, NJSACOP officials traveled to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to work with the Academy's department of behavioral sciences and leadership to adapt the West Point model of command and leadership to the needs of law enforcement.  The result of this collaboration is the NJ Chiefs of Police Command & Leadership Academy, a unique blend of theory and application. Candidates with the greatest leadership potential are selected for this highly competitive program from all areas of the State.

 Captain Krych was appointed as a Correction Officer in September 1990.  She was promoted to Sergeant in 2002, Lieutenant in 2006 and Captain in 2009.  She has an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and is also a Certified Public Manager having completed the course by Fairleigh Dickinson University.  She has received the Exceptional Duty Medal, Honorable Service, Perfect Attendance and Unit Citation awards during her career. Captain Krych is currently the Chief Operations Commander at the Cape May County Correctional Center.

 Sheriff Schaffer said, “Captain Krych is an extremely competent leader and an important part of our management team. She is a “go to” person that knows how to get things done. She has the ability to recognize problems before they occur and prevent them from occurring.  She is truly the type of leader anyone would want on their management team.”

 Sergeant Scott Knoedler was appointed a Sheriff Officer in October 1998 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2008.  He currently supervises the specialized Warrants Unit/ID Unit and Court Security, responsible for service of all warrants and tracking of fugitives, as well as, security within the Courthouse.  Also, he completed the Certified Public Manager Program and completed the Leadership and Supervision Program sponsored by the FBI.  Sergeant Knoedler completed the Incident Management/Unified Command Management Course sponsored by Texas A & M University/Department of Homeland Security. He has received the perfect attendance award three years, Unit Citation award and a letter from the US Congress for assisting in a rescue and recovery effort.

 Sheriff Schaffer said, “Sergeant Knoedler is a valuable supervisor in our organization. His leadership skills are a proven asset to this organization. He has drive and initiative that any leader would hope to find in their personnel.”

 The Command & Leadership students study, learn and apply:

·  Leadership as a science with logic, critical thinking, methodology and vision

·  Using organizational theory in a law enforcement context with police-oriented case studies

·  Behavioral and motivation theories

·  Individual communicating and counseling

·  Inter-group conflict management

·  Decision making

·  Participants learn to be the leader - the decision maker / communicator / counselor

·  Stress- manager - in a complex organization.

Sheriff Schaffer added, “As a previous police academy director, I recognize the need for continuing education within the Sheriff Office, for the rank and file officers but especially when it comes to supervision and management.  These two officers join seven other members of the Sheriff’s Office that have completed this training course.

May

12th

Cape May County Correctional Center First in the Country

To Offer Visitation of Inmates Over The Internet

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today that the Cape May County Correctional Center is the first facility in the country to offer visits of inmates from any location in the world through the use of the Internet. After successfully watching the development of a beta test site in Washoe County, Reno, Nevada; our program was officially launched on May 1, 2011.

Sheriff Schaffer said that he first began exploring the possibility of visits over the Internet after watching his wife SKYPE with his granddaughter. Researching various potential options led to the test site in Reno. There are facilities that offer off site visits; but none that offer the ability to visit from anywhere in the world.

Sheriff Gary Schaffer said, “I am excited about this new technology and pleased to be the first in the country to contract with Rob Avery of iWebVisit.com to offer this service. First and foremost, it will benefit our officer’s safety by very rarely moving inmates throughout the facility for visits and at the same time generate revenue to offset expenses and “save the taxpayer’s money.”   Also it will make visits easier for the average person as they can visit from anywhere for a small fee and save the cost of driving to the correctional center.”

Sheriff Schaffer cited the following benefits to the program:

Safety for the Correctional Officers – Officers will very rarely have to move inmates through the correctional center for visits. Visitation Units have been installed in the day rooms of all the housing units of the cell blocks along with other strategic locations in the facility. Inmates will complete a 20 minute visit without having to leave the housing unit. This reduces inmate to inmate contact; which diminishes the chances of contraband being passed. In addition, there is also a reduction in the staff’s contact with inmates.

Revenue Generating Program – This program is fee based and is designed to generate revenue based on family and professional visits. People will quickly realize the convenience of internet visitation and based on the visits in 2010; I anticipate the generation of significant revenue. This revenue will be transferred to the county treasurer as a means of offsetting various costs associated with operating the correctional center.

Inmate Visitation Will Increase – Prior to the implementation of this new system, visitation was restricted because of space, time slots available and officers needed during visiting hours. An inmate might average a 20 minute visit per week. This system will allow an inmate to have up to three visits per day / seven days per week. Many inmates feel isolated and this will allow them more contact with the family.

Convenience For Family and Friends – This system will allow families to visit from anywhere in the world for a small fee. The $10 fee for a 20 minute visit will definitely be a significant savings for families and friends at the present cost of gas, public transportation, and other expenses associated with traveling to the correctional center for a visit. Families and friends who struggle to visit once in a great while can now visit multiply times per day

Families and friends, especially children, will not be exposed to the harsh realities of a correctional center setting. They can avoid lengthy waiting periods and can now visit from the safety of their home. Multiple persons can be conferenced in on one visit to allow family members and friends to visit together.

Professional Visits – This system allows for professional visits from attorneys, case management workers, probation, bail bondsman, etc. Also, time out of the office (windshield time) will dramatically be reduced, transportation expenses will decline and there will be more convenient times and options offered in regards to visits.

Security – The system will record both audio and video visits, with the exception of professional visits that are confidential, and will enable our staff to better monitor intelligence, gang activity and potential criminal activity. The system software will enable better intelligence gathering capabilities than we have in place now.

Sheriff Schaffer said, “I believe this will be the wave of the future for visitation at correctional facilities. It will enable entire families to visit together from different parts of the world by being conferenced in by the system. The convenience of being home or at the office and not have to submit to screening at the correctional facility is a great benefit especially for young children. The advantage of not having to drive, the savings in travel time and fuel expenses and the luxury of additional visiting time benefits everyone. The added benefit of officer safety and revenue generation makes this a win-win for everyone.”

In 2010 the Cape May County Correctional Center logged 3,150 commitments of inmates to the center. There were 8,083 inmate visits with families and another 1,904 inmate visits with professionals. This could substantially increase as visiting hours are increased with this program and revenue would be substantial.

The system has the ability to conference in up to eleven people on one visit from multiple locations throughout the world. The system allows the user to invite others to the visit, paying for the other person or allowing the person to pay for themselves. Scheduling a visit is easy by going to the Cape May County Sheriff’s website www.cmcsheriff.net and clicking on the iWebVisit.com icon.

For more information See our VISITATION page or contact:

Sheriff Gary Schaffer at 609-463-6431 or email at sheriff@cmcsheriff.net

Warden Donald Lombardo at 609-465-1256 or email him at dlombardo@cmcsheriff.net

See the Article  about this in The Cape May County Herald

 

May

12th

Cape May County Sheriff Hosts “Think Safety Day” at Cape May County Park

  Cape May Court House – Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer will host “Think Safety Day” at the Cape May County Park and Zoo on Saturday, May 21, 2011.  This free public event will take place from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the front section of the County Park located on Route 9 in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.

 There will be information tables, safety demonstrations and safety checks throughout the day.  Also, the public is invited to bring your bicycles for free safety      inspections.  Child safety seat inspections will be conducted, as well, and officers will be doing finger printing and DNA identification for children.

  Mascots, including “Splash”, “Eddie Eagle” and McGruff” will be on hand to greet youngest and pose for Photos.

Apr

20th

Left to right:  Warden Don Lombardo, Robert Padilla Volunteer of the Year, Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer

Cape May County Sheriff Recognizes Correctional Center Volunteers

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer recognized 79 active regular volunteers and the approximately 150 to 200 on call volunteers at a breakfast held on April 19, 2011 at the Holiness Camp, 470 Seashore Road, Erma, NJ.   The program was designed to thank the volunteers for more than one thousand volunteer hours given to the Correctional Center in 2010, as well as, to provide training to volunteers.

 Sheriff Schaffer presented Robert Padilla, who is affiliated with the Cape May Baptist Church in Marmora, with the Volunteer of the Year Award. Mr. Padilla has been volunteering at the Correctional Center for the last 23 years.  

“There isn’t enough money in the budget to do what these volunteers do. You couldn’t afford to purchase their time. They are truly committed to helping their fellow man. Mr. Padilla is a perfect example of a dedicated individual who makes a difference in people’s lives. These folks are to be commended for their service,” said Sheriff Schaffer

 In 2010 at the Cape May County Correction Center, these volunteers participated in 129 AA Meetings, 47 NA Meetings, 89 Bible Studies, 242 Church Services, and 1,494 religious contacts, as well as, contacts on behalf of inmates.

 Additionally, over 400 education classes including GED, ABE, computer, parenting, financial and literacy classes targeting pregnant women with alcohol and drug abuse problems were offered.

 Sheriff Schaffer added, “I need to personally commend Jean Crean and her staff for the outstanding job she does along with her staff coordinating all the programs offered to the inmates at the Correctional Center. Their dedication and performance exceeds expectations.”

 

Mar

31st

 

Final Suspect in Soboxone Investigation at Cape May County Correctional Center Arrested
 

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer today announced that the fifth suspect in the case of distribution of a controlled substance at the Cape May County Correctional Center has been arrested.  An outstanding warrant had been issued for the arrest of Katelyn Mosebach of Trevose, Pennsylvania. for Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous substance along with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a school zone. Twenty- four year old Mosebach turned herself in today at the Cape May County Correctional Center.  Mosebach was released after posting bail which was set at $25,000 (10% option).  Four others, three inmates and one civilian, had already been charged and arrested in the on-going Suboxone investigation. 

 Zachary Hirsh, inmate, who is incarcerated in the Cape May County Correctional Center, received additional charges for Conspiracy and Attempt to Commit a Crime. His bail was set at $50,000 with 10% option.  Charles Markham, inmate, who is incarcerated in the Cape May County Correctional Center, received additional charges for Conspiracy and Attempt to Commit a Crime. His bail was set at $15,000.  Paul Scipione, inmate, who is incarcerated in the Cape May County Correctional Center, received additional charges for Conspiracy and Attempt to Commit a Crime. His bail was set at $15,000.  Debbie Longo, West Wildwood, was arrested and then released from the Cape May County Correctional Center. She was charged with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous substance along with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a school zone. Her bail was set at $25,000.

 This final arrest comes after a two month investigation by officers of the Cape May County Correctional Center.  In the beginning of February, Corrections Officer Richard Harron Jr. received information from a confidential source that contraband, specifically Suboxone (also known as Buprenorphine) was being channeled into the Cape May County Correctional Center through inmate mail.

 Information was developed that Suboxone pills/film were being dissolved into a paste (usually orange in color) and then painted into a children’s coloring book page. This information received by Officer Harron was forwarded to Internal Affairs Officer Kourtney Perry for further investigation. Officer Perry along with Training Sergeant Charles Magill created an informational training notice for assigned mail room officers to alert them on how contraband could be entering the correctional center.

 Suboxone is a narcotic medication indicated for the treatment of opioid dependence and must be taken under a doctor’s care. This medication is available in pill or film form. Treatment is designed to be given under close medical supervision and can cause breathing problems or death if not taken correctly.

 By the second week of February, mail room Officer William Coombs Sr. discovered incoming correspondence that contained a coloring book page with crayon colored on it along with an orangey substance blotted on the page. This orangey substance at first glance looked like water color paint a child would use on an art project.  The page was confiscated for further investigation.  This confiscated coloring book page was sent to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Laboratory for testing and tested positive for Suboxone. As the investigation continued two more correspondences were received and tested positive for Suboxone.

 “As a result of the officers’ diligent law enforcement work, excellent training and communication, three inmates and two civilians have been charged and arrested.  These officers are to be commended for outstanding work,” said Sheriff Schaffer

Mar

28th

 

Diligent Law Enforcement Work Results in Criminal Charges at Cape May County Correctional Center
 

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer  today announced that after a two month investigation by officers of the Cape May County Correctional Center three inmates and two civilians have been charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, conspiracy and attempt to commit a crime.

In the beginning of February, Corrections Officer Richard Harron Jr. received information from a confidential source that contraband, specifically Suboxone (also known as Buprenorphine) was being channeled into the Cape May County Correctional Center through inmate mail.

Information was developed that Suboxone pills/film were being dissolved into a paste (usually orange in color) and then painted into a children’s coloring book page. This information received by Officer Harron was forwarded to Internal Affairs Officer Kourtney Perry for further investigation. Officer Perry along with Training Sergeant Charles Magill created an informational training notice for assigned mail room officers to alert them on how contraband could be entering the correctional center.

Sheriff Schaffer said, “Suboxone is a narcotic medication indicated for the treatment of opioid dependence and must be taken under a doctor’s care. This medication is available in pill or film form. Treatment is designed to be given under close medical supervision and can cause breathing problems or death if not taken correctly. Our concern was immediate when this was brought to our attention and the officers did an outstanding job educating officers and with the follow-up investigation.”

By the second week of February, mail room Officer William Coombs Sr. discovered incoming correspondence that contained a coloring book page with crayon colored on it along with an orangey substance blotted on the page. This orangey substance at first glance looked like water color paint a child would use on an art project.  The page was confiscated for further investigation.

This confiscated coloring book page was sent to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Laboratory for testing and tested positive for Suboxone. As the investigation continued two more correspondences were received and tested positive for Suboxone. “I have nothing but praise for the Prosecutor’s Lab and chemist. Their professionalism and turnaround time for analysis greatly helped this case. Without this lab we could still be waiting for results,” added Sheriff Schaffer.

“As a result of the officer’s diligent law enforcement work, excellent training and communication, three inmates and two civilians have been charged and warrants issued. These officers are to be commended for outstanding work,” said Sheriff Schaffer.

Zachary Hirsh, inmate, who is incarcerated in the Cape May County Correctional Center, received additional charges for Conspiracy and Attempt to Commit a Crime. His bail was set at $50,000.00 with 10% option.

Charles Markham, inmate, who is incarcerated in the Cape May County Correctional Center, received additional charges for Conspiracy and Attempt to Commit a Crime. His bail was set at $15,000.00.

Paul Scipione, inmate, who is incarcerated in the Cape May County Correctional Center, received additional charges for Conspiracy and Attempt to Commit a Crime. His bail was set at $15,000.00.

Debbie Longo, West Wildwood, was arrested then released from the Cape May County Correctional Center. She was charged with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous substance along with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a school zone. Her bail was set at $25,000.00.

An outstanding warrant is issued for the arrest of Katelyn Mosebach of Trevose, Pa. for Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous substance along with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a school zone. No bail has been set at this time.

If anyone has information on the location of Katelyn Mosebach or further information on this incident they are encouraged to contact the Correctional Center at 609-465-1029 or anonymously contact crime stoppers at 609-465-2800 or by texting tips anonymously to the Sheriff’s tip line – text to 847411 and start your text with cmcso.

See the Channel 6 ABC New clip about this case.

 

Feb

4th

 

CAPE MAY COUNTY WARDEN NAMED SECRETARY OF STATE ASSOCIATION

 Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer today announced that Warden Donald Lombardo was elected Secretary of the New Jersey Jail Warden’s Association.

 On February 2, 2011 the new Executive Board of the New Jersey County Jail Warden’s Association was sworn in by Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive of Hudson County, in Jersey City, New Jersey.  The new members of the board are:

                        Director Oscar Aviles, President, Hudson County

                        Warden Roy L. Hendricks, Vice President, Essex County

                        Warden Joe Bondiskey, Treasurer, Atlantic County  

                        Warden Donald J. Lombardo, Secretary, Cape May County

 Sheriff Schaffer said, “Warden Lombardo brings a lot to the table for the Warden’s Association. His management and leadership skills have helped form and direct some major changes at the Cape May County Correctional Center that have increased the safety for our officers as well as running an efficient and cost saving operation. Don is going to be a tremendous asset to the Executive Board of the New Jersey Warden’s Association.”

 The Association was formed in 1959 to provide a forum for county jail administrators to share information concerning the operation of county jails and to unify efforts in reaching objectives to improve the operation of these facilities.  At the monthly meetings representatives share information from the New Jersey Department of Corrections, Attorney General’s Office, Police Training Commission, New Jersey Association of Counties and several additional state agencies.  The Association has representation on the Police Training Commission, New Jersey Association of Counties and work closely with the New Jersey Sheriffs’ Association. 

Jan

26th

COUNTY SHERIFF ANNOUNCES PERFECT ATTENDANCE

 Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today that 21 employees received commendations for perfect attendance during the year 2010. Sheriff Schaffer highlighted three officers who have had perfect attendance for more than 10 years. Lieutenant Thomas Bland - 19 years, Corrections Officer Robert Ginder - 17 years and Sheriff Officer Randy Mistic with 11 years are setting the example for others to follow.

 “It is this type of dedication to the Sheriff’s Office and work ethic I would like to find in all our employees. I want to personally congratulate and thank these officers and employees who had perfect attendance for a job well done.”

 The following officers and employees had perfect attendance for 2010: 

C/O     Jennifer Armstrong                                            Sgt.      Charles Magill, 2nd       

S/O      James Atkinson, 2nd                                         Lt.        Scott Mason, 9th          

S/O      John Baltuskonis, 7th                                        S/O      Randy Mistic, 11th       

Capt.    Thomas Bland, 19th                                         C/O     Russell Norcross, 2nd   

S/O      Ryan Clary, 2nd                                               S/O      Ryan Osmundsen, 3rd

S/O      Nathaniel Dickinson, 4th                                              S/O      Michael Pastore

Sgt.      Timothy Flannery, 7th                                                    C/O     Stephen Prince, 2nd

C/O     Robert Ginder, 17th                                          S/O      Erick Teasenfitz, 5th

S/O      William Gouse, 5th                                           S/O      Raymond Tomlin

S/O      Thomas Hegarty, 4th                                        S/O      Mark Wilson, 5th

Capt.    Kathleen Krych, 2nd

2010

Dec

13th

Sheriffs’ Officers Across New Jersey Arrest 953 In Three-day Statewide Child Support Sweep

 Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey (SANJ) President, Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, announced the apprehension of 953 delinquent parents in the second of the bi-annual Child Support Warrant Sweep for the fiscal year 2010.

 The goal of the three-day intensive Non Support Sweep is to apprehend non-custodial parents who have failed to pay their court-ordered child support. Additional targets included parents who have failed to appear at court hearings to establish a child support order or order for medical support.

The Sweep is hosted in cooperation with the New Jersey Office of Child Support Services (OCSS). The Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey (SANJ) is the lead agency in this event as per the Sheriff IV-D Cooperative Agreement between OCSS and the Sheriff’s Association, as authorized under Federal Regulation 45 CFR 302.34. The OCSS has commended both the Sheriffs’ Association and the Judiciary for collaboratively supporting the Sheriffs’ final procedures and data report for the Sheriff Child support Warrant Sweep.

Sheriff’s Officers from the 21 Sheriffs’ Offices, with assistance from other agencies, canvassed the state in search of offenders over the course of the three-day Child Support Sweep. A total of 953 warrants were served and out of an outstanding $14,300,385.75 owed, approximately $233,141.10 was collected.

 “I hope that our efforts during this statewide round up will help to bring a little joy into the lives of many children for the holiday season-helping those children who have not had the benefit of child support in some time,” said Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, President of the Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey.

 Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer reports that 24 subjects were arrested for child support warrants with a total of 38 non-support warrants served. Officers attempted to locate and serve 68 active warrants. The total amount due on the warrants was $ 438,364.56.  The arrested individuals were brought before the court which ordered money collected and a court ordered payment schedule. The total amount collected on warrants was $7,700.   Thirteen offenders were lodged in the correctional center pending payments.

 In addition to the non-support warrants executed, the following were arrested on municipal warrants.

            1.  Michael Needham -  ATS Warrant    - out of North Wildwood Court - $ 500.00

            2.  William P. Smith – ATS Warrant   - out of Middle Township Court - $ 938.00

3.  Tracy Steere – ATS Warrant – out of Wildwood Crest Court  - $ 34.00

4.  James Spyropoulos – ATS Warrant – out of Lower Township Court - $ 119.00

5.  William Mcclurkin – ACS Warrant – out of Wildwood Court - $ 528.00

6.  Clifford Hyson - Criminal Warrant – Violation of probation Warrant

 “I would like to thank all our officers for a job well done especially Sgt. Knoedler who coordinated four teams of officers, holding cells, processing and Cpl. Bittner who coordinated the I.D. Bureau. Our Correctional Officers who processed into the Correctional Center a large number in a short period of time showed true dedication and commitment to getting the job done. These officers are to be commended for their efforts and extra work that goes into an operation like this while still performing required day to day functions.  We have throughout the year and will continue to pursue non-support warrants aggressively,” added Sheriff Schaffer.

Dec

1st

CAPE MAY COUNTY SHERIFF APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF STATE COMMITTEE

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer has been appointed Chairman of the New Jersey Police Training Commission Appeals and Legislation Committee. Sheriff Schaffer has served on the Commission for more than seven years.

The New Jersey Police Training Commission is responsible and overseas law enforcement training in New Jersey.  The Commission has 18 members representing various entities in the state. Deputy Attorney General John Quelch is assigned by the New Jersey Attorney General as Director of the Commission. The Commission is divided in two sub-committees; the Standards Committee and the Appeals and Legislation Committee. 

Sheriff Schaffer replaces Commissioner Cathy Frank-White as Chairperson of the Appeals and Legislation Committee.  Sheriff Schaffer said, “It has been a privilege to serve on the Commission.  I have served on the Standards Committee for most of my tenure and now on the Legislation and Appeals Committee. Commissioner Frank-White has done an outstanding job as Chairperson and I have always admired her leadership ability. I look forward to continuing the positive direction she had taken the Police Training Commission on important decisions that must be made.”

Oct

21st

Cape May County to Lead National Event to Raise Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse in New Jersey

Unused, Unwanted, and Expired Medicine Disposal locations to be held in all 21 Counties

 Millburn, NJ --- On November 13, 2010, a historic and lifesaving event --- The American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) --- a public health initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse will be held in communities throughout New Jersey.

 The New Jersey event is being coordinated by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey (SANJ), Drug Enforcement Administration – New Jersey, and the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.

 AMCC is based on the success of the nationally recognized Operation Medicine Cabinet New Jersey (OMC-NJ). OMC-NJ was the first in the nation statewide day of disposal, held in November 2009 with a one day, four-hour, state-wide event that netted over 9,000 lbs. of medicine, with a street value of over $35 million, while simultaneously garnering over a million dollars in in-kind media attention on the issue of prescription and over the counter drug abuse. The program was recognized in the 2010 Drug Strategy of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy , the New Jersey Ad Club, Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association, the Public Relations Society of New Jersey, and the National Association of Government Communicators.

 According to AMCC Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the PDFNJ, Angelo M. Valente, “the goal of this community based public health initiative is to inform New Jersey families of the need to dispose of their unused, unwanted, and expired medicine because these excess medicines can be a danger lurking in the family home.

 “The American Medicine Chest 5-step challenge will help save the lives of your children. The steps include -- taking inventory of your medicine, securing your medicine chest, take medicine only as prescribed by your doctor, dispose on unused, unwanted, and expired medicine, and most importantly, talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drugs,” Valente explained.

 Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, president of SANJ, explained, “The Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey is proud to be taking a leadership role is the important lifesaving initiative for New Jersey residents. The SANJ will coordinate local collection sites in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties on November 13, 2010. Residents in any county of New Jersey who want to dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine on November 13th, should visit www.americanmedicinechest.com to find out where in their community a collection site will be held.”

 I According to SAMHSA’s 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtained them from friends or relatives, the same survey showed that the scale of the problem is vast: more than 6 million Americans used a prescription medication for nonmedical purposes in the past 30 days. As alarming, is the fact that, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy there has been a 400% increase in substance abuse treatment admissions for people abusing prescription drugs.

The AMCC is designed to bring to light the dangers of prescription drug abuse and the easy accessibility within the home by generating unprecedented media attention to the issue of prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse, to create a way for adults to anonymously, legally, and safely dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine, and to encourage families to take the five step American Medicine Chest Challenge.

 The AMCC website www.americanmedicinechest.com is a comprehensive repository of information on the November 13, 2010 event as well as prescription drug abuse.

 AMCC is being supported by numerous organizations in New Jersey including the Health Care Institute of New Jersey, the New Jersey Prevention Network, the Poison Control Center of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.  National sponsors include PhRMA, The Partnership at Drugfree.org, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. The parent organization of AMCC is the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.

 The national event comes on the heels of President Obama’s signing of Senate Bill S3397, a law that will allow for prescription drug collection and disposal programs to be conducted with greater ease.

 “With over 500 community, government, and local law enforcement partners in 33 states, plus the District of Columbia, we are on our way to a truly historical nationwide awakening to the dangers of prescription drug abuse,” explained Valente. 

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Oct

21st

Sheriff Announces Promotions at Correctional Center

From left to right in the picture are:

 Lt. Deni, Col. Lewis, Sgt. Faircloth, Sgt. Magill, Lt. Campbell, Capt. Krych, Sheriff Schaffer, Warden Lombardo

Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced the promotions of three correctional officers to supervisor and management positions to replace officers that have retired. Officers Grady Faircloth 3rd and Charles Magill Jr. were promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Sergeant Robert Campbell Jr. was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. 

Lt. Campbell was hired as a Corrections Officer in December 1997. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in May of 2006.where he was assigned as squad supervisor at the Correctional Center. Lt. Campbell served as the correctional center coordinator for the Gang Intelligence Committee which assimilates information regarding gang members incarcerated in the facility. He is a certified instructor at the Cape May County Police Academy. He was recently assigned as the Inmate Affairs Officer and now is assigned as the facility’s Squad Commander.

Officer Grady W. Faircloth, III was hired in September 2002 as a Corrections Officer. He recently served as a primary processing officer within the facility while also functioning as his squad’s primary investigating officer for institutional charges. He presently also serves as a member of the Gang Intelligence Committee and will be assigned as a squad supervisor.

Officer Charles W. Magill, Jr. was hired in July 2001 as a Corrections Officer. He served as a primary processing officer within the facility. He is a certified instructor at the Cape May County Police Academy and a certified Firearm’s Instructor.

During the past year he served as the training coordinator for the correctional center. He will be assigned as a squad supervisor was also assisting in coordination of training for all officers.

Sheriff Schaffer said, “These three officers are extremely dedicated and talented. They will bring a whole new level of commitment and performance to the Sheriff’s Office Correctional Division and I look forward to their participation on our management team and the input and ideas I know they will bring to this organization. I congratulate these officers and look forward to their active participation and leadership skills they bring to this organization.”

Oct

5th

Joseph C. McCorriston was awarded the Cape May County Corrections Officer of the Year

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that Corrections Officer Joseph C. McCorriston was awarded the Cape May County Corrections Officer of the Year by the Jail Warden’s Association of New Jersey at their annual training conference in Long Branch, New Jersey.

Sheriff Schaffer said, “Officer McCorriston starting working at the Cape May County Correctional Center in February of 2004 and has been an outstanding employee.”

Officer McCorriston was awarded the Exceptional Duty Medal by the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office in 2010 for his actions in reference to an incident that occurred on March 27, 2010. Officer McCorriston was assigned an outside security post at the Correction Center due to a major power outage that was caused by a motor vehicle accident with the vehicle fleeing the scene. During his patrol and post assignment, Officer McCorriston observed and stopped the vehicle involved in fleeing the scene and detained the person for Middle Township Police. The driver was later charged with driving under the influence.

During 2010, in his primary role as processing officer, Officer McCorriston developed a plan to house special management inmates in the Cape May County Correctional Center. Not only did he develop the plan, but implemented the process that was ultimately adopted as a new policy in the facility.

 Sheriff Schaffer added, “The utilization of this policy and unit has proved invaluable in the correctional facility and has helped alleviate some of our problems in regards to overcrowding and housing of inmates with special management issues. Officer McCorriston is to be commended for his job performance and for being recognized by the State of New Jersey Jail Warden’s Association as Correctional Officer of the Year from Cape May County.”

Oct

5th

Warden completes a week long National Jail Administration Course

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer today announced that Donald Lombardo, the Warden at the Cape May County Correctional Center, completed a week long Jail Administration Course presented by the National Institute of Corrections in Aurora, Colorado.  Jail Administrators from 17 states from California to Florida to New Hampshire attended this course which is completely funded by United States Department of Justice at no cost to local taxpayers. 

 The program was divided into several modules including managing risk, the workforce, budgets, inmate behavior, jail standards, staffing needs, jail operations, policies and procedures and the role of the jail administrator in the community.

Also, the class forum consisted of small group exercises where action plans were developed to ensure the jail administrator provided effective jail operations.

 The National Institute of Corrections provides assistance through training, informational services and technical assistance. NIC is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Institute is headed by a Director appointed by the U.S. Attorney General. A 16-member Advisory Board, also appointed by the Attorney General, was established by the enabling legislation (Public Law 93-415) to provide policy direction to the Institute.

 Sheriff Schaffer said, “This was a tremendous opportunity for Warden Lombardo to attend a quality course on operations, management, leadership and specialized areas based on value-centered principles and best practices that will continually enhance organizational and professional performance. Through cooperative agreements, funds to support this course were made available for our use. Warden Lombardo has been a positive leader at the Cape May County Correctional Center and I can only anticipate even greater success with the knowledge Warden Lombardo has obtained from attending this course.”

Aug

2nd

Inmate Records Now on Sheriff’s Web Site

Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today that information on incarcerated inmates is now available on the Sheriff’s Office Web Site www.cmcsheriff.net. Information will include inmate’s name, age, inmate ID number, committed date, committing authority, charges, bail, and any detainers.

“This information is public record and our officers and our county MIS department have developed a program that enables us to transfer this state information to our web site. This information will assist the law enforcement, public and the local media with current up to date information on incarcerated inmates,” according to Sheriff Schaffer.

The list will be updated at least once per day, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The "Correctional Center Population List" is updated as frequently as possible and is subject to change without notice.

Sheriff Schaffer said, “By posting this information, I anticipate a reduction in phone calls to our staff on bail inquiries, criminal charges, detainers, law enforcement requests on inmates, media requests for information and status of inmates, and calls reference to status for visitation. Last year alone we had almost 9800 visitation and thousands of phone call requests for various information that the posting of this information should reduce. Valuable officer’s time in the records bureau will be freed up for other important tasks.”

To see the Current Incarceration List go to the Current Incarcerations Link on the left side of the site.

July

15th

 

Cape May County’s Sheriff’s Office implements new FLASHbrief, 20 second or less, Mass Alert Notification System to alert business district, residents and emergency personnel.

Retired local police officers and businessmen secure Orlando-based FLASHbrief to provide “lightning fast arm of emergency notification” for Cape May County, New Jersey.

Cape May County, New Jersey – On August 2, 2010, thanks to two retired Lower Township Police Officers, Bob Martin and Jack Trombetta the  Cape May County Sheriff’s office will officially activate their FLASHbrief 20 Second or less notification service to provide Cape May emergency officials the ability to send nearly instant, emergency or advisory alerts to every Internet FLASHbrief connected computer anywhere in the county, state and world in less than 20 seconds while simultaneously disseminating the message through email and text messaging if necessary, depending on the service selected.  The speed of delivery to cellular units is based on individual carrier policies.

According to Sheriff Gary Schaffer, “After researching various systems in the marketplace, we discovered that there truly was no faster way to notify individuals, via computer to computer, of a relevant non-emergency advisory or impending emergency than this system. With the additional simultaneous transmission through email and text based mobile platforms if necessary, we get the best of both worlds; nearly instant computer to computer notification with the redundancy of cellular email and or text notification.”

“I have known both Bob and Jack for years, not only working as law enforcement professionals together, but on a personal basis. Bob and I worked as undercover narcotics investigators together and Jack and I worked on several criminal cases together as well as both of these officers being instructors at the police academy. We discussed the possibility of this new system and I was thrilled when they offered this service to the Sheriff’s Office to be used to benefit all the residents of Cape May County at no cost,” said Sheriff Gary Schaffer.

“We have set up the program, organized alert forms, and have set up though our WEB site for members of the public to sign up for notifications. I envision using this system for all kinds of alerts to the public from public safety alerts, hazardous weather alerts, as well as Emergency Management alerts. I also anticipate meeting the members of our businesses in Cape May County to set up an alert system just for them that would notify them of potential criminal scams from bad checks, credit card fraud and other alerts designed to help protect them from various forms of theft and fraud. I know from my law enforcement experience that by the time we get a handle on a person passing bad checks or using fraudulent credit cards in the north end of the county, they have already traveled and passed bad checks  and used those cards in the southern end. This system would enable us once we receive the information to alert all business within 20 seconds of the information being posted,” continued Sheriff Schaffer.

These alerts will appear on your computer screen even if you have a pop up blocker in use. If your computer is turned off, the alerts will appear once you restart your computer. A relevant non-emergency advisory will appear in green on your screen and an impending emergency will appear in red. There are also two separate tones associated with each alert.

Jack Trombetta is also a local business owner and high school teacher.  Bob Martin is a principle with a worldwide systems security provider and law enforcement instructor.   The two partners, since working with the Lower Township Police Department, felt that they were in a position to give something back to the residents of Cape May County, New Jersey.  They are donating the FLASHbrief system to the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office for implementation.

About FLASHbrief, LLC

 FLASHbrief a division of Critical Systems Security Group headquartered in Orlando, Florida and is comprised of software and network security experts, former military and nationwide law enforcement, local, county, state and federal investigators. Critical Systems Security Group is fully committed to mass alert notification technology and the war against terror and is constantly striving to bring innovative products to the marketplace.

To sign up for these notifications go the Cape May County Sheriff’s Web Site at www.cmcsheriff.net and click on the Flash Brief link in the navigation bar to the left. Select "by Identification Number" on the left side of the page.  Type in your email address and our ID number that corresponds to your status (For Residents use the code: 1266874057; For Businesses use: 1266874055).  Emergency Response Personnel can contact us at  jcohen@cmcsheriff.net to get a separate code. To begin click here. FlashBrief

There is no cost for this program and you can also remove your registration at any point.

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June

28th

Sheriffs’ Officers Across New Jersey Arrest Delinquent Parents In Three-day Statewide

Child Support Sweep

June 28, 2010- Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today that the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office participated in the bi-annual Child Support Warrant Sweep for the fiscal year 2010.

 Sheriff’s Association of New Jersey (SANJ) President, Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano said, “The goal of the three-day intensive Non Support Sweep is to apprehend non-custodial parents who have failed to pay their court-ordered child support. Additional targets included parents who have failed to appear at court hearings to establish a child support order or order for medical support.”

 The Sweep is hosted in cooperation with the New Jersey Office of Child Support Services (OCSS). The Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey (SANJ) is the lead agency in this event as per the Sheriff IV-D Cooperative Agreement between OCSS and the Sheriff’s Association, as authorized under Federal Regulation 45 CFR 302.34. The OCSS has commended both the Sheriffs’ Association and the Judiciary for collaboratively supporting the Sheriffs’ final procedures and data report for the Sheriff Child support Warrant Sweep. Sheriff’s Officers from statewide Sheriffs’ Offices, with assistance from other agencies, canvassed the state in search of offenders over the course of the three-day Child Support Sweep. A total of 965 warrants were served and out of an outstanding $ 13,695,010.42 owed, approximately $ 267,883.31 was collected.

 Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey President, Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano stated, “Our 21 County Sheriffs are dedicated to making sure the needs of our children are met. It is imperative for the well-being of the children that law enforcement is vigilant in enforcing these child support orders”.

 Sheriff Gary Schaffer said, “Our Sheriff’s Officers attempted to serve 108 warrants over this three day period of time resulting in 23 arrests and the collection of $10,194.85 in back support payments.  Additionally, three ATS warrants were served with total bail amounts of $2,926.00 and three ACS warrants were served with total bail amounts of $3,672.00.”

 “The Cape May County Sheriff’s Office is committed to serving these non-support warrants as well as apprehending criminal violators as we continue to use the latest technology to improve our Warrants and Identification Unit, whose job is to track down and apprehend these persons. I want to commend all the officers involved for an outstanding effort last week,” said Sheriff Schaffer.

 Sheriff Schaffer continued by saying, “Even as we make improvements to our Warrants and Identification Units and step up enforcement, the key to even greater success is public involvement and information supplied to us through our various tip lines. I encourage the public to be as proactive as possible with their tips. I can assure you that every tip is actively followed up and most times eventually lead to the apprehension of the wanted person.”

June

4th

CMC Sheriff Announces Promotion of Captain Thomas Bland

Lieutenant Thomas Bland was promoted to the rank of Captain in the Sheriff’s Office on June 4th, 2010.

Captain Bland began his career 24 years ago with the Sheriff’s Office in August 1986 as a Correctional Officer. In 1989 he was appointed Sheriff’s Officer and graduated from the Cape May County Police Academy 3rd municipal class. Bland worked the Park Security Unit and was also a mounted police officer.

Captain Bland was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2003 and supervised the Court Security and Transportation Unit. He was then promoted to Lieutenant in 2005 and became the Commander of the Court Security, Transportation and County Security Units.

Captain Bland completed the Supervisory Management Certified Public Managers Program, levels one, two and three in 2006. He completed the Certified Public Managers Program and received his certificate and certification in May 2009. He also completed the West Point Command and Leadership Program in May 2009.

He has been a certified Police Training Commission Instructor since 1993 and a Certified PTC Firearms Instructor. In 2007 he received his Firearms Range Master Certification from the NJ Police Training Commission and currently is a range master and instructor for the Cape May County Police Academy.

Captain Bland has had perfect attendance for 19 years and received a Unit Citation Award for security and safety during four murder trials.

Sheriff Schaffer said, “It was a loss for this office when Chief Nolan announced his retirement. However the leadership and management skills of Captain Bland will assist us in taking this organization to the next level. His work ethic is second to none. To attend and complete both the Certified Public Managers Program and West Point Command and Leadership programs at the same time was a remarkable task.”

Sheriff Schaffer continued by saying, “Captain Bland not only has the skills necessary to supervise and manage the Law Enforcement Division, but he leads by example. To have 19 years of perfect attendance only supports my opinion of leading by example. I congratulate Captain Bland on a great career and look forward to his advice as we continue to move this organization forward.”

Captain Bland is married to his wife Drenda for 36 years. They have two boys ages 33 and 35 and have six grandchildren


 

June

4th

NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ INSTITUTE

1450 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 · Phone (703) 836-7827 · Fax (703) 838-5349, CONTACT:  Fred G. Wilson (703) 838-5322  

FOR LOCAL COMMENT FROM CAPE MAY COUNTY SHERIFF GARY SCHAFFER CALL (609) 463-6430

 

    Cape may county SHERIFF Gary G. Schaffer 

Completes 98th Session of National Sheriffs’ Institute

 

Co-sponsored by NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CORRECTIONS (NIC), NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION (NSA)

 Longmont, Colorado—Sheriff Gary G. Schaffer of the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office completed participation in the 98th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI) held in Longmont, Colorado, April 18-24, 2010.  The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs.  This no-cost program is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).  Sheriff Schaffer is the first sheriff of Cape May County to graduate from the NSI.   

Sheriff Schaffer joined 29 other sheriffs from across the country for training on contemporary challenges facing America’s sheriffs today.  In light of those challenges, the sheriffs explored the role of the local sheriff in providing effective leadership for the public good in such areas as public safety, criminal justice system policy, community relations, and organization effectiveness and efficiency.

 Fred G. Wilson, NSA Director of Operations, said, “Sheriff Schaffer is a leader with vision for the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office.  It is an honor to have Sheriff Schaffer join the over 2,400 graduates of the NSI since 1973.” 

The NIC is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons.  It is the primary federal source of technical assistance, training, and information services for state and local corrections.  NIC provides a wide variety of services to the nation’s jails, most of which are the responsibility of sheriffs.

The NSA is a non-profit professional association located in Alexandria, Virginia.  NSA represents the nearly 3,100 elected sheriffs across the nation and has more than 18,000 members, including law enforcement professionals, state and federal government employees, concerned citizens, students, and others.  Since 1940, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for law enforcement professionals.  NSA also provides management training for sheriffs and their personnel in court security, crime victim services, domestic violence, homeland security initiatives, jail operations, and traffic safety.  Additionally, NSA administers the highly successful Neighborhood Watch and Triad programs.

 

May

24th

Cape May County Sheriff’s Office Receives Free Transmitters for Project Lifesaver Program

Cape May Court House – Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today that the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office is receiving free transmitters for the Project Lifesaver Program in Cape May County.  Through a grant from the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office will be able to continue to supply free transmitters for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

Project Lifesaver International, a non-profit organization that helps rescue persons who are prone to wander due to Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, Down's Syndrome  and other cognitive disorders, was awarded grant funding to assist in education, awareness, equipment and public policy efforts to expand the Project Lifesaver program across the country – directly helping individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease.

As part of the grant funding, the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office was awarded two free Project Lifesaver transmitters, plus a year’s supply of batteries and bands. These Project Lifesaver transmitters will be used directly to benefit two individuals, in the community, who have Alzheimer’s disease. Sheriff Schaffer said, “I commend Officer Paul Shelton for securing this grant and the great job he does managing this program for us.”

 Project Lifesaver is a certified training program designed for public safety agencies to help quickly find those with cognitive conditions who wander. Individuals wear a personalized, wrist-watch sized radio transmitter that allows first responders to rapidly locate them. Rescue personnel receive specialized training from Project Lifesaver, not only on how to operate the tracking equipment and on search and rescue procedures, but also to provide public safety personnel with skills to address the behavioral and communication challenges specific to persons with cognitive conditions – skills that are critical to gaining the missing person’s trust and facilitating a safe escort home.

Sheriff Schaffer states, “Over 5,000,000 people in the USA have Alzheimer's. That number will triple by 2050. Well over 50% of these people wander and become lost. A lost person with Alzheimer's or other dementia represents a critical emergency. They are unaware of their situation; they do not call out for help and do not respond to people calling out to them. Nearly half of them will die and many can become injured or fall victim to predators if they are not located within 24 hours. The number of people, families and communities experiencing this risk will grow dramatically in the next several years. If you are not yet touched in some way by Alzheimer's or a related disorder, chances are that you will be within the next several years. You will find it among neighbors, your friends, co-workers and their families, and perhaps within your own family.”

The Cape May County Sheriff’s Office currently has 19 clients on the Project Lifesaver Program. Sheriff Schaffer added, “We are pleased to continue to offer this service free of charge to the citizen’s of Cape May County. This grant along with contributions we receive from businesses and organizations enable us to continue to provide this valuable service. Our officers donate their personal time on a monthly basis meeting with clients, changing batteries and offering assistance. I am very thankful to our officers for their commitment to this program as well as the civic organizations that continue to see the value and support us in this area.”

Additionally, equipment compatibility enables clients of Project Lifesaver and their families to relax and enjoy vacation time.  The entire State of New Jersey, and many other parts of the country, is covered by law enforcement agencies utilizing Project Lifesaver.  We have the ability to locate Project Lifesaver clients visiting Cape May County, no matter where they live, and other agencies can locate our clients, should they wander while on a trip.  All the caregiver needs to do is provide the Law Enforcement agency conducting the search with the Project Lifesaver frequency number. Prior to leaving the state, caregivers should call ahead to their destination to ensure that area is covered by Project Lifesaver.

To learn more about the no-cost enrollment process in Cape May County or to make a donation, please contact Sheriff Officer Paul Shelton Jr. at 465-6831 or email him at pshelton@co.cape-may.nj.us

May

9th

News Release – Correctional Officer Graduation

Sheriff Schaffer, Captain Kathy Kyrch, Warden Don Lombardo

Front  Officer James McNulty and Officer Jenifer Wyers

Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced the graduation of two correctional officers from the 19th Correction Academy Class on Friday May7th at the Atlantic County Police Training Center. Officer James McNulty and Officer Jenifer Wyers will be the newest New Jersey Police Training Commission certified officers joining the Sheriff’s Office Correctional Division replacing two officers who retired previously.

Officer Wyers received the New Jersey Police Training Commission Merit Award at graduation. The merit award is an award voted on by all recruits in the class and given to the officer they believe will be the best correctional officer from Class # 19. Sheriff Schaffer said, “There is no greater recognition than to be recognized by your peers as an outstanding officer and leader. She is to be commended and I anticipate a bright future for her in the correctional field.” 

Officer McNulty received the Physical Fitness Award as the best overall physically conditioned officer in the class. Officer McNulty also received the Firearms Proficiency Award finishing first with a 99.4% average. He finished second in the class academically with a 95.99% average. “I offer sincere congratulations to Officer McNulty on his accomplishments. As a member of the New Jersey Police Training Commission and former academy director, I know what effort and dedication went into this accomplishment. I can only expect great things from Officer McNulty in the future with our organization,” said Sheriff Schaffer.

Warden Donald Lombardo congratulated both officers on their achievement and their decision to assume this important responsibility. After a Field Training Officer Program both these officers will take up positions in the Cape May County Correctional Center.

April

9th

 

COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICERS VISIT LOCAL HOSPITAL

Cape May County Sheriff’s Officers visit Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House as part of the Easter Bunny Foundation’s mission to visit children in hospitals during Easter Week.

The Cape May County Sheriff’s Department participates in this special program each year which brings the Easter Bunny, gifts and smiles to sick children during the holiday season.  Cpl. Richard Urquhart and Officer Randy Mistic accompanied the Easter Bunny during his recent visit with children at Cape Regional Medical Center.

March

9th

 

 

Cape May County Sheriff Honors Volunteers

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer and members of the Sheriff’s Correctional Division today recognized nearly one hundred volunteers for their assistance and personal time to various programs at the Cape May County Correctional Center at a breakfast sponsored by the Seashore Church of Nazarene and Erma Holiness Group.

Sheriff Schaffer said, “In 2009, during any given week, there were approximately 190 inmates attending volunteer based programs. Presently 56% of our inmate population is participating in some type of program involving these volunteers.”

Thousands of hours of volunteer services are given each year.  To list a few, there were 146 Alcoholic Anonymous Meetings, 68 Narcotic Anonymous Meetings, over 100 Bible Studies, 542 Church Services, continual GED programs, and more than 200 Individual Counseling Sessions.

Warden Donald Lombardo added, “Without these volunteers, our job would be more difficult.  I am grateful for the support of our volunteers and their dedication to assisting us and to their mission.”

Additionally, volunteers have donated hundreds of books to the recreational library; religious reading materials for disbursement, hundreds of Bibles; and one local church and school donated over 70 pairs of reading glasses for indigent prisoners.  Also, one church collected winter coats and gave them to the correctional facility to give to prisoners who were admitted during the summer but were released during the winter months.

Jean Crean, Coordinator of Inmate Services and Programs said, “Some of these volunteers have been coming to the Correctional Center every month for over 20 years.”

“Most people don’t realize that running a Correctional Center is like running a small city but more complex. We must address housing needs, food, medical, dental, education, transportation, recreation, spiritual services, social services, counseling, and even provide barber and hair cutting services.  These volunteers are a valuable source to draw on to make this operation run smoothly and provide all the necessary services required morally and legally,” concluded Sheriff Schaffer.

The following groups, organizations and churches are regular volunteers who support us on a consistent basis.

     • Our Lady of Angels – Monthly Mass and Confessions
     • Church of Resurrection – Legion of Mary/Prayer Services
     • St. Augustine’s Church – Legion of Mary/Prayer Services
     • St. John of God – Legion of Mary/Prayer Services
     • St. Raymond’s Church – Legion of Mary/Prayer Services
     • Narcotics Anonymous – weekly for self help group meetings
     • Alcoholic Anonymous – twice weekly for self help group meetings
     • Christian Services Associates – weekly Women’s Bible Study
     • Christ Gospel – twice per month for Men’s Bible Study and twice per month for 
        Women’s Church Services
     • Lighthouse Church – twice a month for Men’s Bible Study
     • Second Cape May Baptist Church – weekly for Men’s Church Service, once a month, for
        Women’s Church Services, multiple weekly appointments for one on one spiritual   
        counseling and Bible study
     • Cornerstone Church – Once a month for a Men’s Church Service
     • Tabernacle United Methodist – 2-3 times a month for a Men’s Church Service
     • First Latin Pentecostal – weekly for Spanish Language Church Services

February

4th

 

Graduation of New Correctional Officers

Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today that three Officers assigned to the Cape May County Correctional Center have successfully graduated from the 18th Corrections Officer Class of the Atlantic County Police Training Center. The following officer successfully completed the New Jersey Police Training Commission requires to be certified as county correctional officers:

Amy C. Maguire, who was formerly employed by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office in the victim/witness office.

Heather C. Johns, is the granddaughter of retired Wildwood Crest Police Chief Carl Hudson 

Officer David C. Douglass, Jr., is the son of David C. Douglass, Sr., a Lower Township Police Officer killed in the line of duty February, 1994

 

Officer David Douglass was the recipient of the Physical Training Award, having finished first in his class in physical conditioning. Officer Heather Johns was the recipient of the “Intensity” Award” which is the award that is given to the officer with the most drive, ambition and determination to succeed.

Sheriff Schaffer said, “I am extremely proud of these officers and their individual accomplishments while at the academy and now look forward to them becoming part of an outstanding team of correctional officers from the Sheriff’s Office. We have the most dedicated group of officers at our correctional center who not only give over 100% to their job but are also involved individually and as a group in many organizations and charity events that benefit our community.”

All three officers are assigned to squads in the Cape May County Correctional Center and will begin a field training officer program.

February

1st

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer today announced that 31 employees received commendations for perfect attendance for the year 2009.

Additionally, Sheriff Schaffer recognized four officers for having perfect attendance for more than 10 years. Sheriff Schaffer said, “Lieutenant Thomas Bland 18 years, Corrections Officer Robert Ginder, 16 years and Lt. Edward Deni and Cpl. Richard Urquhart, 10 years are setting a positive example for others to follow.”

“It is this type of dedication to the Sheriff’s Office and work ethic I would like to find in all our employees. I want to personally congratulate and thank these officers and employees who had perfect attendance for a job well done,” added Sheriff Schaffer.

The following officers and employees had perfect attendance for 2009:

     S/O James Atkinson Sgt.          Sgt. Scott Knoedler, 4th
     S/O John Baltuskonis, 6th         C/O Julius Krenzien, 3rd
     SEC. James C. Bauer, 2nd       Capt. Kathleen Krych
     Lt. Thomas Bland, 18th             Lt. Scott Mason, 8th
     C/O Stephen Carty, 3rd            S/O John McKeown
     C/O Christopher Chin               SEC. Gerard Mittleberger
     S/O Ryan Clary                        S/O Theresa McKnight, 7th
     Lt. Edward Deni, 10th              C/O Russell Norcross
     C/O Nathaniel Dickinson, 3rd   S/O Ryan Osmundsen, 2nd
     Sgt. Timothy Flannery, 6th        S/O Peter Perry
     Sgt. Donald Fulk, 9th                S/O Scott Ridgway, 4th
     S/O Jay Gaskill, 2nd                 S/O Erick Teasenfitz, 4th
     Sgt. Frank Germanio, 4th          Sgt. Vincent Terinoni
     C/O Robert Ginder, 16th          Cpl. Richard Urquhart, 10th
     S/O William Gouse, 4th            C/O William Weatherby
     S/O Thomas Hegarty, 3rd

2009

December

17th

 

CAPE MAY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE FIRST IN NEW JERSEY TO IMPLEMENT

IRIS RECOGNITION BIOMETRIC TECHNOLOGY SYSTEM

 Cape May Court House - Cape May County Sheriff Gary G. Schaffer is pleased to announce that his office has received a $10,000.00 grant to purchase Iris Recognition Biometric Technology. This system will be multi-facetted and will be used for inmate control, a sexual assault offender registry, aiding senior citizens and children protection.

Sheriff Gary Schaffer said, “This grant award enables us to lead the way in the State of New Jersey with the implementation of this innovative technology for the citizens of Cape May County.  I want to thank my staff and Undersheriff Jack Reemmer for their efforts in applying for this grant and their on-going commitment to protecting our citizens. Thanks to their efforts, we are able to implement The Child Project, Senior Net, advanced inmate security and participate in SORIS – a national sexual offender registry system.”

“Additionally, I am pleased to be joining sheriffs in 39 other states who have already implemented this remarkable technology and I am proud to be the first Sheriff and law enforcement agency in the State of New Jersey to be offering this service to the citizens of Cape May County. Truth be told, there aren’t any available funds in these difficult economic times for something like this so we are grateful for this grant," added Sheriff Schaffer.

Peter Y. Flynn, retired Sheriff of Plymouth County, Massachusetts and Co-Founder of The Child Project and BI2 Technologies said, “We are honored that Sheriff Schaffer has taken such a leadership role in this national effort. Through the hard work and determination of the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office, they have successfully accomplished what few other elected officials have been able to - secure private funding specifically to benefit the families, children, seniors and law enforcement of Cape May County.”

Flynn continued, “The Child Project” is a secure nationwide network and registry that enables law enforcement and social service agencies to enroll, locate and positively identify missing children and adults who wander because of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia with this iris biometric recognition technology. Through this network, The Child Project compares the unique features contained in the iris against a database of individuals who voluntarily enroll throughout the country to determine identity. Participation is entirely voluntary, just as it is now with fingerprinting, photo ID and DNA.”

Sheriff Schaffer adds, “The voluntary programs along with mandatory scanning of inmates into a national data back and our participation with SORIS will enhance law enforcement capabilities in Cape May County and New Jersey. I look forward to providing this added protection.”

Iris recognition biometric technology positively determines the identity of an individual by capturing a high resolution digital photograph of the individual’s iris. The unique features contained in the iris are compared against a database and the identity of the individual determined. The technology is non-intrusive. Iris recognition is proven to have the highest biometric accuracy with no false matches to date.

 Sheriff Schaffer concluded, “This technology can tell the difference between twins or even an individual’s right or left eye. The image of the iris is captured simply by looking into a camera. Eighteen to thirty positive ID’s can be made in one minute of enrolled offenders, suspects or wanted persons.  I am very pleased to implement this innovative and important program. This will enhance our effort to help identify and locate missing children, as well as seniors who may wander due to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and help law enforcement with additional investigative tools.”

 This system was developed by Biometric Intelligence & Identification Technologies (BI2 Technologies) of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

November

4th

CAPE MAY COUNTY CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS GRADUATE

Cape May Court House – Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer today announced that two Correctional Officers have completed their training at the Camden County Correctional Academy.

Officer Brian Vergantino and Officer Kenneth Hill were part of the 77th Class of Correctional Officers at Camden County Correctional Academy that started on July 20th and completed with graduation on October 16, 2009.

 Sheriff Schaffer said, “I am extremely proud of both of these officers who represented our agency with dedication and professionalism. Also, I want to commend Officer Hill who earned the Highest Academic Award with a 96.57%.  I look forward to these officers using the skills they have learned and become a permanent part of a team of the finest correctional officers in the State of New Jersey.”

November

4th

CAPE MAY COUNTY SHERIFF INTRODUCES GUN SAFETY PROGRAM

Cape May Court House – Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer is pleased to announce that the Sheriff’s Office is offering a new educational program on gun safety for children from pre-K to grade 3.  Sheriff Schaffer said, “The purpose of the program isn't to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children.”

 The program makes no value judgments about firearms, and no firearms are ever used in the program. Like swimming pools, electrical outlets, matchbooks and household poison, guns are treated simply as a fact of everyday life.   Sheriff Schaffer stated, “With firearms found in about half of all American households, it's a stance that makes sense.”

The program is complete with its own mascot – Eddie Eagle.  The Sheriff’s Office already has McGruff the crime fighting dog, who educates our children on the dangers of strangers, bullying, drugs, alcohol and gangs and now Eddie Eagle who will assist with youth education programs that teach young people the dangers of firearms.

“I am thrilled that the Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association has seen a value in this program and have also joined in sponsoring the program.  I am thankful that they have purchased the Eddie Eagle costume to enable us to advance this program to the youth of our county, added Sheriff Schaffer.

Chief of County Detectives James Rybicki, President of the Chiefs of Police Association, said, “Promoting the safety of our youth is a priority of the members of our Association and our support of the Sheriff’s initiative increases the children’s awareness of gun safety.”

At the March 2002 annual mid-winter conference, the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) formally endorsed The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program. This program is funded in part by the National Rifle Association. Eddie Eagle is never shown touching a firearm, and he does not promote firearm ownership or use. The program prohibits the use of Eddie Eagle mascots anywhere that guns are present. The Eddie Eagle Program has no agenda other than accident prevention -- ensuring that children stay safe should they encounter a gun. The program never mentions the NRA, nor does it encourage children to buy guns or to become NRA members.

The United States has an estimated 200 million guns under private ownership. Our nation has approximately 80 million gun owners. Among children, fatal firearm accidents have been reduced more than two thirds since the inception of the program, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. According to Sheriff Schaffer, “Gun accident prevention programs such as Eddie Eagle are a significant factor in that decline.”

Since 1988, the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program has been taught to more than 19 million children, by 25,000 school teachers, law enforcement officers and community safety activists. Just as Smokey Bear teaches children not to play with matchbooks, Eddie Eagle teaches them not to play with firearms with a simple, memorable four-part plan:

If you see a see a gun: STOP! Don't Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.

Sheriff Schaffer concluded, “We have experienced some unfortunate incidents in Cape May County with children and firearms. Teaching gun safety presents a challenge. Our children routinely see unsafe and irresponsible gun handling on television and in the movies. The difference between “pretend” and “real” activities and consequences is often not clear to a child. Our children need to know: REAL GUNS ARE NOT TOYS.”

For additional information or to request an educational session please contact Officer Paul Shelton at 609-465-6831 or email him at pshelton@cmcsheriff.net .

Oct

1

Correctional Officer of the Year

Corrections Officer Steven Sumler (left) receiving the 2009 Cape May County Corrections Officer of the Year award from Warden Don Lombardo (right) at the annual NJ Wardens Conference at the Grand Hotel & Conference Center in Cape May on Wednesday, September 23, 2009.

 

 Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that Officer Steven Sumler, a 20 year veteran of the Correctional Division was named 2009 Correctional Officer of the Year at the annual NJ Wardens Conference at the Grand Hotel & Conference Center in Cape May on Wednesday, September 23, 2009.

 According to Sheriff Schaffer, “Officer Sumler has done an excellent job in preparing and updating the policy and procedures for the annual state inspection.  The State Inspectors took the time to bring to my attention the outstanding performance by Steve and gave accolades in regards to the fine job he had done. The inspectors told me Officer Sumler’s performance, knowledge and cooperation was the best they encountered throughout the state.”

 Sheriff Schaffer continued by saying, “Officer Sumler gave suggestions that and help direct the implementation of a totally revamped the visitation system at the Correctional Center.  The new appointment system for visitors has been a great success. It is more convenient for visitors and offers better control and security to our institution.”

 I need to commend all the members of the Correctional Division for their outstanding work during this past year. Many changes have been implemented to increase security and reduce cost that came as a direct result of suggestions made by officers. New camera placements, electronic control of the visiting area, rearming of Correctional Officers who now are used for transports and other functions, an electronic money deposit system that allows for tracking of money deposited to inmates and no cash being handled, a new secure server for computers at the facility linking the entire Sheriff’s Office are just a few samples of concrete changes that resulted from suggestions received from the officers.

“Officer Sumler’s dedication, hard work and loyalty to the organization are an example for all officers. Having Officers like Steve enable Warden Lombardo to make directed changes to increase officer safety, efficiency and reduce cost much easier, according to Sheriff Schaffer.

 

Aug

25th

FREEHOLDERS AND SHERIFF ANNOUNCE MOUNTED UNIT PATROL AT CAPE MAY COUNTY PARK AND ZOO

   Cape May Court House – Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer today introduced the new Mounted Unit Patrol at the Cape May County Park and Zoo.

   The Patrol will initially be on duty Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the month of November. One additional part-time officer will be assigned to supplement Sheriff Officers and County Personnel already providing security to the facility.

   Freeholder Director Dan Beyel said, “This new unit of the Sheriff’s Department will have a positive impact on our County Park and Zoo as well as enhance security efforts.  Additionally, the officer and the horse have become very popular with our visitors, often being asked to pose for a photo.”

   Sheriff Gary Schaffer added, “This increased visibility acts as a natural deterrent to the criminal element.  Also, the mounted unit is able to get to areas that vehicles and bicycle patrols are unable to access.  The mounted unit is just a natural fit into the County Park and Zoo.”

   Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Beisel has been assigned to the Mounted Unit.  Working with horses for 15 years, Officer Beisel comes to the Sheriff’s Office with a tremendous amount of experience. He is a retired police captain who was operations commander of the Ocean City Police Department. He also supervised the Detective Division and was the Officer in Charge of Internal Affairs. Warrant Officer Beisel was a SWAT team member, and is currently a NJ Police Training Commission Firearms Instructor as well as a certified range master. He holds his bachelor degree in Criminal Justice and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

   Sheriff Schaffer said, “I am getting a quality individual with a vast amount of experience that will not only assist me with the Mounted Unit but also with Internal Affairs and other investigations as needed. By eliminating security positions through attrition and adding this one permanent part-time employee that is armed and has law enforcement authority, I am reducing costs while achieving better law enforcement coverage at the park and zoo.”

   After the Unit receives formal training - at no expense to taxpayers – its use will expand outside the Park and Zoo to include:

  • Special zoo, park and neighborhood events
  • Community special events
  • Concerts at the Park
  • Sporting events
  • Parades
  • Various police agency requests
  • National Night Out
  • Crowd control after bar closings for larger events when requested

   For additional information about the Mounted Unit contact Sheriff Gary Schaffer at 609-463-6430.

Aug

20th

Freeholders and Sheriff Receive "Above and Beyond" Award

The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Sheriff Gary Schaffer were recognized by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at the Freeholder Meeting held on August 11, 2009. U.S. Army Brig. General (Ret.) Jeffrey L. Pierson of the N.J. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs presented both the Freeholders and the Sheriff with the "Above and Beyond" Award for their support of employees who serve in the military.  A limited number of recipients are selected by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committees to receive this special recognition.

 (l to r) Freeholders Leonard Desiderio and Ralph Bakley, Sr., Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel, US Army Brig. Gen. (Ret) Jeffrey L. Pierson, Freeholder Gerald Thornton and Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph Sheets, Jr.

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer (L) receiving the award for his department from Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Pierson

The award recognizes employers at the state and local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements for granting leave and providing support for military duty by their employees.

Aug

13th

Sheriff Offers Safety Tips For College Students

    Cape May Court House - Sheriff Gary Schaffer today released safety tips for college bound students and encouraged parents to speak to their children who are leaving home for the first time.

     Sheriff Schaffer said, “College is supposed to be wonderful experience. You have decided to continue your education to prepare yourself for a career. It will be both demanding and fun and the experience will be with you for the rest of your life. You can minimize your chances of having a bad experience and make the memory one of your favorites. I would like to help you to experience the better part of your College years by providing you with  some safety tips.”

   According to Sheriff Schaffer, “Many of our first time college bound students have lived in the protective bubble of their home their entire life. I strongly encourage parents to speak to their college bound young person about recognition and appraisal of a crime risk, and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce the risk. Speaking from the experience of having had college bound students and being in law enforcement for over 35 years I offer you just a few of the many ideas that are out there to improve your safety during your college experience. I hope this helps you and wish you good luck with all of your classes. Enjoy it!”

July

23rd

New Electronic Depositing System for Inmates at the

Cape May County Correctional Center

  Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today that the Cape May County Correctional Center  has implemented a new Commissary accounting system that allows someone to deposit money into an inmate’s account utilizing different methods of payment. Keefe Commissary Network, based in St. Louis, Missouri, is providing this service to the Cape May County Correctional  Center.

  Deposits can be made daily, weekly or monthly with a $300 per day/per inmate account limit. Any balance remaining on the inmate’s commissary account at the time the inmate is released will be given to the inmate in the form of a prepaid debit card.  This card can be used at ATM’s for cash withdrawal and/or any PIN-based and signature required purchases once activated.

  “This new system has many benefits. First our officers will not be recording, handling and transferring cash. This will free up officers’ time for other duties. Also, it will now afford us a system for tracking who is making deposits for inmates, cutting down on potential money laundering and gang connections. With potentially more money in inmates commissary accounts, that has been seen in other jurisdictions where this system is used, the county is entitled to take up to 50% to pay for the cost of inmate medical, dental and other expenses which will be a big savings for taxpayers. Finally, it will make it easier for family and friends of the inmates to make deposits into their accounts,” said Sheriff Schaffer.

  In order to make a deposit you must know the inmate’s individual id number or his name. There are three methods to deposit money into an inmate’s commissary account:

  1. Online Website: - Use the link provided under the Correctional/Commissary page. Follow the instructions provided.
  2. Call Center : - Call toll free number at 1-866-345-1884 and use any credit/debit card that has the Master Card or Visa Logo.
  3. Automatic Payment Processing Machine: An ATM type machine is located at the Correctional Center that can accept payments using Master Card, Visa or cash.

  According to Sheriff Schaffer, “At this time money can be put into inmates accounts by phone, on line or using the ATM in the lobby of the Correctional Center. As of August 15th we will no longer be accepting money orders for commissary. This new system will benefit everyone by making it easier for deposits to be made, offer a better tracking of monies received, free up officers’ time for other important duties and enable us to offset some of the expenses that our taxpayers have to fund for these inmates.”

July

7th

Women’s Community Club of Cape May

Donation to Project Lifesaver 

  Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today that the Women’s Club of Cape May made a donation of $1,020.00 to Project Lifesaver. Project Lifesaver is an International Organization whose organization is set up as Guardians of Alzheimer’s, Autism and Special Needs Wanderers. The clients are registered with sheriff’s office and are required to wear a device that is similar and the size of a watch on their wrist. This sends out a signal that can be monitored with equipment by specially trained officers. Every sheriff’s office in the State of New Jersey participates in this program.

  Over 5,000,000 people in the USA have Alzheimer's. That number will triple by 2050. Well over 50% of these people wander and become lost. A lost person with Alzheimer's or other dementia represents a critical emergency. They are unaware of their situation; they do not call out for help and do not respond to people calling out to them. Nearly half of them will die, become injured or fall victim to predators if they are not located within 24 hours.The number of people, families and communities experiencing this risk will grow dramatically in the next several years.

Dolores Gibbs (State Project Coordinator), Sheriff Schaffer, Ginger Esposito (President), Barbara Heim (Past President) and Officer Paul Shelton (Project Lifesaver Coordinator)

  “I want to thank the members of The Women’s Community Club of Cape May for their support of this program and encourage others to join in their support. I need to personally thank many of our Sheriff’s Officers who take their personal time to visit our clients, check on the devices and change batteries every month when needed. It is the officer’s dedication and public support that makes this a great success as well as keeping expenses and cost down,” said Sheriff Schaffer.

  The Women’s Community Club of Cape May are volunteer women working on projects and programs to improve our community, state, nation and the world. Organized in 1894, the NJSFWC is the largest and oldest nondenominational, nonpartisan, volunteer service organization of women in New Jersey. This local chapter of the club meets at Price Hall, Seashore Road and Academy Road, on the third Thursday of each month, September through May. This chapter has been supporting local organizations since 1921. For more membership information call 889-3558.

  Project Lifesaver is set up with private donations from individuals and community groups. It is a non-profit tax exempt organization. If you or your group would like more information Project Lifesaver, a presentation, enrolling a loved one or would just like to make a contribution to this program please call the Cape May County Sheriff Officer Paul Shelton at 465-6831 or go to the Project lifesaver page .

June

29th

Cape May County Correctional Center Promotional Ceremony

Cape May County Administration Building

Thursday, July 2nd - 1 p.m.

4 Moore Road,  Cape May Court House, New Jersey

  Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today that four promotions will be made at the Cape May County Correctional Center on July 2, 2009. The promotional ceremony will be held at the Cape May County Freeholder Meeting Room at 1 p.m. on July 2, 2009. Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets Jr., who is the Director of Cape May County Public Safety Department, will administer the oath of office to the new Warden, Captain, Lieutenant and Sergeant.

  “These promotions will replace two thirds of the senior staff at the Correctional Center due to recent retirements. We have had a restructuring of the chain of command in the Sheriff’s Office reducing the administration staff and replacing them with more correction officers. I am excited about these promotions and convinced that these new leaders have the knowledge and ability to assist me as we continue to make improvements not only to the physical plant and management philosophy, “says Sheriff Schaffer.

June

15th

EVERYTHING COMING UP DAISIES AT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER

  Cape May Court House – Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that the Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center received a visit from members of Girl Scout Troop 43006 (Daisy Level) on Saturday, May 30, 2009.  The group’s goal was to earn a merit badge in pet care and responsibility.

  Shelter Manager Judy Davies-Dunhour said, "We're always eager to have groups like this visit the Shelter. As we approach our fifth anniversary in July, we are finding that many people in the County are still unaware of the shelter.  Our doors are always open to groups in the community to learn more about the pets we have available for adoption and the on-going need for pet education."

  Upon arrival each Daisy was given a packet of information on caring for dogs, cats and small pets, as well as other items to commemorate their visit.  Shelter volunteer Janet Kowalski and animal attendant Kristen Peterson guided the Daisy troop and their chaperones through the Shelter. The Daisies greeted the tail-wagging dogs in the kennels, peeked into the door of a room currently housing kittens, and heard about the Shelter's other facilities for the care of cats and dogs. The highlight of the visit was an opportunity to get up close and personal with a number of the Shelter's resident cats.   This included Bella and Maddox, two shelter kittens.  The girls could barely contain their excitement upon meeting them.

  For more information about the Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 110 Shelter Road in Cape May Court House call 465-8923.   The Shelter is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June

10th

CAPE MAY COUNTY SHERIFF ANNOUNCES NEW INMATE VISITATION POLICY

  Cape May Court House – Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that effective June 15, 2009 a new inmate visitation policy will be in place at the Cape May County Correctional Center. Visitation after June 15th will be by appointment only. Visiting days are Monday through Saturday with no Tuesday or Sunday visits.

  Appointments must be scheduled the day before the visitation by calling 465-1233 (follow the prompts) between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. in order to reserve your time. Due to the limited amount of spaces available for each 20 minute visiting period, if the time you want is already reserved the officer will inform you of the times available. Do not leave a message on the visiting mailbox. All calls will be answered in the order they are received.

  When scheduling your appointment be sure to include the names of all the persons visiting. Juveniles 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult parent or legal guardian. No additional names will be added after the appointment has been scheduled.

  Sheriff Schaffer said, “This new policy will do many things. First and most important, provide better security and control for our correctional officers by reducing the crowds that gather at visiting times. Also, it will dramatically cut down the wait time for persons visiting and the frustrations of not being able to visit due to the amount of visitors and time slots available.”

   Visiting hours for inmates whose last name begins with the letters “A” through “I” are Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Inmates whose last name begins with the letter “J” through “Z” can be visited on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 2:30 to 6:30 on Saturdays. It is suggested that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

   Sheriff Schaffer added, “This new policy will also allow older parents and younger relatives to be in a better environment by creating less wait time in what may be an uncomfortable situation for them.” All the information on this new policy was distributed to all current inmates and has been posted to our web site www.cmcsheriff.net. All current rules about visiting requirements remain the same.

June

5th

County Receives Donation For Project Lifesaver Program

   Sheriff Gary Schaffer is pleased to announce that the Angelus Chorus has made a donation of $1,465 to the Cape May County Project Lifesaver Program.

   Project Lifesaver is an International Organization that is set up as Guardians of Alzheimer’s, Autism and Special Needs Wanderers. The clients are registered with the sheriff’s office and are required to wear a device that is similar to the size of a watch on their wrist. This device sends out a signal that can be monitored with equipment by specially trained officers.

   Presently the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office has 13 clients participating in Project Lifesaver. Seven are Alzheimer’s patients and six with autism. Sheriff Schaffer said, “I strongly encourage people with loved ones with special needs to contact our office and explore the possibility of becoming a participant.”

   Each May the Angelus Chorus sponsors a charity concert at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center to benefit a local community organization or project. On May 3rd, the Angelus Chorus held a charity concert to benefit the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver. Co-Chairpersons for this event were James Waldie and Carolyn Jacobs. On June 5th they both presented Sheriff Gary Schaffer with a check in the amount of $1465 for Project Lifesaver.

               

(L to R) James Waldie and Carolyn Jacobs, Co-chairpersons of the Board of Directors of Angelus Chorus, Sheriff Gary G. Schaffer and Sheriff’s Officer Paul Shelton

   “Through generous donations and hard work of community organizations such as the Angelus Chorus we are able to assist people in need. People helping people in need is what makes Cape May County special,” added Sheriff Schaffer.

   The Angelus Chorus is comprised of 40-50 singers from throughout the Cape May County area. There are no auditions; anyone who wants to sing may join the chorus. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from September to May in the choral room at the Middle Township High School. Dr. Richard Stanislaw, President and CEO of the Ocean City Tabernacle, is the music director and Ruth Fritsch, Cape Island Baptist Church is the accompanist of the Angelus Chorus. The chorus regularly performs for various churches and senior living centers throughout Cape May County.

For more information on Cape May County’s Project Lifesaver call 465-1233.

June

4th

Thomas G. 4. of Dennis Township gives the New Jersey Safety Alliance Mascot, Splash, a high five Saturday at the Cape May County Park during the Cape May County Sheriff's Office Think Safety Program Kick-off with educational displays and demonstrations.

                                                                                    

June

4th

Marietta, 5, Melody, 9, and Maclain.7, visit the Cape May County Zoo Saturday and check out the Cape May County Sheriff's Office Think Safety Program kickoff. The Family gets a chance to pet rescue dog Honey, held by owner Steve Carty of the county Sheriff's K-9 unit.               

                                                                                    

June

3rd

The Cape May County Sheriff's Office now equipped with LoJack System

  Cape May Court House – Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office is equipping and training officers to use the LoJack System. This is a system that allows the officers to track stolen motor vehicles.

  A vehicle is stolen every 28.8 seconds in the United States. Last year alone, 1.1 million vehicles were stolen across the country. Depending upon where you live and what make and model you drive, you may be at risk.

  Sheriff Schaffer explains how the system works, “With the LoJack System, when a vehicle theft is reported to the police, a routine entry into the state police crime computer results in a match of the LoJack System's unique code against the state VIN database. This automatically activates the LoJack Unit in a vehicle, which emits an inaudible signal.

  Law enforcement authorities who are equipped with LoJack Police Tracking Computers—in their sheriff’s cars and aviation units—are always listening for a LoJack signal. Sheriff Officers use the LoJack Police Tracking Computers to track and recover your stolen LoJack-equipped vehicle.”                            

  Ninety percent of all stolen vehicles equipped with the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System have been recovered, many within a few hours.

  The Cape May County Sheriff’s Office is now installing the LoJack system in five of the fleet’s vehicles. This equipment and installation has been donated free of charge by the company.

  Sheriff Schaffer said, “This is a win for our taxpayers and our efforts to enhance the crime fighting ability of the Sheriff Officers. At no cost, we obtain state of the art equipment to supplement our vehicles that travel the county roadways everyday enabling the officers to pick up signals of stolen vehicles and apprehend the criminal.”

  The training and units were installed in the Sheriff Officer’s vehicles on June 4th at the Cape May County Police Academy and are activated and currently being used as a new crime fighting tool.

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May

29th

 Local Church Opens Its Heart To County Animal Shelter Cats

  Cape May Court House – Sheriff Gary Schaffer today announced that the Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center received an unexpected but heartfelt donation recently in the form of dozens of hand-knitted mats for use by cats and kittens at the Shelter, located at 110 Shelter Road, Cape May Court House, off Exit 11 of the Garden State Parkway. The mats were presented to Shelter Director Judy Davies-Dunhour by members of St. Mary's Episcopal Church Women (E.C.W.) of Stone Harbor.

  Shelter volunteer Janet Kowalski sparked the interest of a group of dedicated knitters when, last fall, she mentioned to E.C.W. President Nancy Runzer that mats previously donated to the Shelter were wearing out. "Oh, that's exactly the kind of project we'd love to do," Runzer responded eagerly. Over the winter, a core of about five knitters met weekly to work on the project, and by the time spring -- and kitten season -- arrived, approximately 30 beautiful, multi-colored mats were completed. Knitters who participated in the project include Nancy Runzer, Ann Albright, Holly Best, Marlene Casper, Serena Smith and Bev Waldron.

  Director Davies-Dunhour expressed her pleasure at the generous donation. She said, "We're always grateful for the support of the residents of Cape May County for the Shelter, and especially appreciate the extra, personal touch that went into these mats. Now that we're starting to see kittens arriving almost daily, it will be great to have something soft for them to snuggle into while they're waiting for adoption."

  Davies-Dunhour added, "Now that we've expanded our hours at the Shelter, we're hoping to attract more visitors looking to adopt a pet. We have a number of animals who, sadly, have been surrendered when owners no longer can keep them, a reflection of the difficult economy, and kittens are coming in every day.”

  Sheriff Schaffer concluded,” Thanks to the support of groups like St. Mary's E.C.W., we're able to make the animals in our care feel loved and comfortable until we can find them good homes."

  For more information about the Cape May County Animal Shelter and  Adoption Center, call 465-8923. The Shelter is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

May

23rd

May

22nd

Project Lifesaver Works In Cape May County

   On May 15th officers from the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office responded to Ocean City to assist the police who were looking for a missing 85 year old Alzheimer’s person. She had been reported missing from her home for 2 hours. The missing person is a Project Lifesaver Client registered with the Sheriff’s Office and was wearing her tracking device on her wrist.

   Members of the Cape May Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver Response Unit and K-9 Officers responded to Ocean City. The officers were notified at 8:35 a.m. and were on the scene by 9:13 a.m. Through the use of the tracking devices for Project Lifesaver, the missing person was found in 23 minutes at 9:46 a.m. and returned to her loved ones.

   Sheriff Gary Schaffer said, “Once again, this shows the value of Project Lifesaver and our Sheriff’s Office commitment to this program. Presently the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office has 13 clients participating in Project Lifesaver. Seven are Alzheimer’s patients and 6 are patients with autism. I strongly encourage people with loved ones with special needs to contact our office and explore the possibility of becoming a participant.”

   Project Lifesaver is an International Organization set up as Guardians of Alzheimer’s, Autism and Special Needs Wanderers. The clients are registered with the sheriff’s office and are required to wear a device that is similar to the size of a watch on their wrist. This sends out a signal that can be monitored by specially trained officers. Every sheriff’s office in the State of New Jersey participates in this program.

   Over 5,000,000 people in the United States have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to triple by 2050. Well over 50% of these people wander and become lost. A lost person with Alzheimer's or other dementia represents a critical emergency. They are unaware of their situation; they do not call out for help and do not respond to people calling out to them. Nearly half of them will die, become injured or fall victim to predators if they are not located within 24 hours. The number of people, families and communities experiencing this risk will grow dramatically in the next several years.

   “I want to thank the members of the public and civic groups who in that past have supported this program and encourage others to join in their support. I need to personally thank many of our Sheriff’s Officers who take their personal time to visit our clients, check on the devices and change batteries every month. It is the officers’ dedication and the public’s support that make this program a great success as well as keeping expenses and cost down,” added Sheriff Schaffer.

   Project Lifesaver is set up with private donations from individuals and community groups. It is a non-profit tax exempt organization. If you or your group would like more information on Project Lifesaver, would like to make a donation or would like to enroll a loved one please call Cape May County Sheriff Officer Paul Shelton at 465-6831 or our web site at
www.cmcsheriff.net .

May

18th

County Sheriff Announces Capture of Most Wanted

    Cape May Court House – Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that four of the top ten “Most Wanted” appearing on the Cape May County Sheriff’s list of Most Wanted have been captured with the latest being captured in Pennsylvania on May 1, 2009.

   The Most Wanted; # 2 Lynell Jones, #3 Quinton Hatcher, # 8 Victor Oyola, and # 10 Stephanie Suttera are presently in Cape May County or Philadelphia County Jail pending hearings, sentencing of transferring to New Jersey State Prison.

  “I would like to commend our Sheriff’s Office for the enhanced efforts in bringing these wanted persons to justice. I also need to thank the public for their increased tips that have lead to the capture of these persons. Through programs like Cape May County’s Anonymous Tip Line and Web Tip Page, along with cooperation from various groups including the media’s assistance with getting information out on wanted persons, have enhanced our efforts in bringing wanted person to justice,” said  Sheriff Schaffer.

   The public is asked to report any tips of crimes or suspected criminal activity the Sheriff’s Office using the anonymous Texting of Tips or visiting our anonymous Web Page. The Text Tip line is Tip411 (847411).  Begin your message with the letters cmcso. The anonymous Web Tip page can be found at www.cmcsheriff.net . Once you submit your tip remember your assigned anonymous number given so we can contact you if you want.

   Sheriff Schaffer added, “I truly believe our citizens want to help law enforcement and we are just supplying the means to give them better access to us.”

May

13th

CAPE MAY COUNTY ADDS FOUR CORRECTION OFFICERS

  Cape May Court House - Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that four new Correction Officers have graduated from Atlantic County Police Training Center, Correctional Academy Class # 17. The officers are; Officer Christopher J. Chin, Officer Rich P. Harron Jr., Officer Jennifer L. Moore and Officer Michael W. Sharp.

  Officer Rich Harron Jr. received the highest overall physical conditioning award. Officer Michael Sharp won the Firearms Marksmanship Award and also finished 3rd academically in the class. Additionally, Officer Chin finished 2nd academically in the class.

  Sheriff Schaffer said, “I am extremely proud of all these officers and their accomplishments while at the academy. They represented the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office extremely well and I look forward to watch each of them as they continue to take that same work ethic to their jobs as Correction Officers.”

May

12th

Cape May County Sheriff ’s Office Participates in

“Click It Or Ticket Campaign”

  Cape May Court House - Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that Cape May County Sheriff’s Officers are participating in the annual nationwide campaign, “Click It Or Ticket It”, coordinated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The purpose of the program, which runs through May 31st, is to encourage proper safety belt and child safety use in the United States. The Officers will be checking for unbuckled drivers and passengers in Lower Township, Middle Township, West Cape May and  Sea Isle City.

  Sheriff Schaffer said, “We applied for and received a grant to participate in the “Click It or Ticket It” program with other Cape May County Police Departments and the New Jersey State Police. I would like to advise the public that our officers will be running seatbelt checkpoints throughout the county. I encourage Cape May County residents to join our effort to increase proper seat belt use. It only saves lives.”

  According to the South Jersey Alliance, Cape May County continues to have the lowest seat belt use (87%) in the four county region [Atlantic (91%),  Cumberland (92%) and Salem (93%)]. The Alliance statistics show that in Cape May County last year 20 individuals died in motor vehicle collisions. None of them were teen drivers; however, 102 teen drivers (age 15-18) were injured in motor vehicle collisions.

  The Cape May County Sheriff’s Office has free monthly child seat inspections and installation stations available for residents the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Please call the Sheriff’s Office for appointments 463-6425. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office will be kicking off “Think Safety” our summer bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign May 30th at the Cape May County Park and Zoo.

Apr

24th

Cape May County Sheriff Unveils New Web Tip Line

  The Cape May County Sheriff’s Office today announced a new Web Tip Line at a press conference held at Ocean City Hall. Sheriff Gary Schaffer said, “I encourage our citizens to join me in fighting crime in Cape May County. I have set up a totally anonymous web tip page so you can actively help the Sheriff’s Office in fighting crime.” To access this web tip page click on Anonymous Web Tips to the left.

***Click to see the Video on NBC News 40 Web***

  Tips posted are totally anonymous. Through a private company called Citizen Observer, tips are routed through a system that makes the tips anonymous. Even through a court ordered subpoena your information is not available.

This web based tip system allows you to tip law enforcement with information as well as attach photographs with your tip. Sheriff Schaffer added, “I encourage all of you to become more actively involved in fighting crime in our County. "No greater enemy that a criminal has then law enforcement and citizens working together.”

TIP411

(847411 )

Apr

24th

Sheriff’s Web Tip Line – Anonymous Texting of Tips

Sheriff Gary Schaffer says,

“No greater enemy a criminal has than

law enforcement and citizens working together.”

Crime Fighting at Your Fingertips -Tip411

  Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer along with representatives of the Cape May County law enforcement community today unveiled a new tool in fighting crime at a press conference held at Ocean City Hall. Tip411 (847411) is being implemented by the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office as a tool to allow anyone with a cell phone to provide information anonymously to the Sheriff’s Office on line or via text message. This kind of “on demand” capability enables the public to provide immediate information while maintaining total anonymity.

  The Cape May County Sheriff’s Office is the first in New Jersey to use anonymous two way texting of tips. The system will allow officers to respond to texts and create a live “chat” with the tipster without revealing that person’s identity.

  This is how the process works:

·  A third party company removes the phone number, where it is encrypted and replaces it with an ID number that sends it on to our Sheriff Office. Even through court orders we will not be able to obtain the identity of the tipster because it does not exist.

  Messages can be responded to in "real time", creating an instant two way live “Chat.”

  In 2008, it was estimated that 220 million people in the  United States have cell phones and that number is growing quickly. The Tip411 (847411) system allows citizens to submit a tip without having to say a word, providing an unprecedented anywhere, anytime, silent and anonymous approach to crime reporting. Text messages can be transmitted faster than voice calls, and can even be sent when voice traffic is jammed or signal strength is too weak for voice calls.

  Sheriff Gary Schaffer said, “It only makes sense that law enforcement should use the technology available to their advantage. This new capability will help create safer communities – especially reaching out to the younger age demographic. When someone feels afraid to come forward, or simply feels that they don’t want to get involved, this can be a great way to pass information on without fear or retaliation. This new technology will help our citizens play an active role in keeping neighborhoods safer, and I hope to engage younger folks in the process, who I feel can be a great asset.”

  “This is a new approach for us. We have kids as young as 10 years old who know how to text. Ask most young people and young adults and they will tell you they text over 30 times per day and many over 10 different people a day. Texting plays a big role, I think, in pretty much everyone’s life right now.  Even older generations are learning to text,” added Sheriff Schaffer.

  Sheriff Schaffer continued by saying, “I see it with my own kids. They are constantly texting. It seems that they hate talking on phones but will text. The text and web based tip line also enables sending of photographs. It only makes sense that we step up in technology.

  When sending a text to the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office, the tipster to Tip411 (847411) will type the number 847411. Then in the message field start their tip with cmcso then their message. Tips posted on our web tip page are also totally anonymous. Through a private company called Citizen Observer tips are routed through a system that makes the tips anonymous. Even with a court ordered subpoena your information is not available.

  “I encourage our citizens to join me in fighting crime in Cape May County. I have additionally set up a totally anonymous web tip page so you can actively help the Sheriff’s Office in fighting crime,” concluded Sheriff Schaffer.

  You can access this web tip page by going to www.cmcsheriff.net and clicking on Anonymous Web Tips. Remember you can text us anonymously by typing the number 847411 then starting your message field with   cmcso   then your message.

  This web based tip system allows you to tip law enforcement with information as well as attach photographs with your tip. Schaffer concluded, “I encourage all of you to become more actively involved in helping in crime fighting.  No greater enemy that a criminal has then law enforcement and citizens working together.”

Apr

14th

 

County Shelter Gets More Than Flies With Honey

Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today that a homeless two year-old dog named “Honey” is responsible for a new collaboration between the Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, animal advocacy groups and local veterinarians.

  During routine screening, Honey, a homeless two year-old female shepherd mix, tested positive for heartworms.  Since treatment for heartworms is expensive and time-consuming, this usually means a death sentence for a shelter dog.  However, the shelter’s veterinarian technician Christine Wright and shelter manager Judy Davies-Dunhour thought Honey was worth the investment and reached out to two local animal advocacy groups and a local veterinarian for help.

  Animal Outreach of Cape May and the Animal Alliance of Cape May County will split the cost of Honey’s treatment and Dr. Nick Holland of Shore Veterinarians will provide the treatment at a reduced cost.

 Sheriff Gary Schaffer said, “This type of partnership will become part of business as usual for the shelter which was established to address animal welfare issues in Cape May County.  We are committed to working with animal advocacy groups to better serve the needs of the county.”  Shaffer added, “We all want to see these cats and dogs heal and move on to find permanent homes.”

  Honey will be available for adoption as soon as she receives a clean bill of health.  To adopt Honey or for more information about the Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center call 465-8923 or visit capemaycountygov.net. The Animal Shelter, located on Moore Road in the Crest Haven Complex, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Apr

1st

Cape May County Sheriff Officers Bring the Easter Bunny to Local Hospital

Click on the picture to the right to see a video from NBC 40 News >>>

   Cape May Court House – Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that once again this year the Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Cape Regional Medical Center and the Easter Bunny Foundation to provide gifts to children at our local hospital.   The Easter Bunny – a sheriff’s officer accompanied by two uniformed officers will be visiting the hospital dare care center, pediatric ward and maternity ward on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 beginning at 10 a.m.

   The Easter Bunny Foundation is a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to provide a personal visit from the Easter Bunny to children in hospitals during the week of Easter.

Mar

31st


ATTENTION


all Cape May County

Police, Fire & EMT Officers

YOUR SON SHOULD BE AN EAGLE BOY SCOUT

You & Your Son (Ages 4 To 14) are invited to "SCOUT FOR A DAY"
INTRODUCTORY PROGRAM

at the
Police Fire Training Center
Crest Haven Road
Saturday, April 4th • 330 - 5 PM

Presented by CMC Sheriff Gary Schaffer
West Cape May Vol. Fire Co. Troop 73 & Pack 73
Baysea Scouting District

Fun Program!


Contact Sheriff Schaffer for Additional Information

Mar

26th

 

  Cape May County Most Wanted Program

   Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today they have partnered in a Cape May County Most Wanted Program. This new program will look to the public for information leading to the apprehension of fugitives wanted by their respective office’s fugitive units.

   Mug shots and identifiers for wanted persons from each office’s Most Wanted list will be forwarded to the Cape May County Herald for the April 1 edition asking for the public’s assistance in their apprehension.

   Citizens are asked to contact the County Prosecutor’s Tip Line at 463-LEAD (609-463-5323) or the County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (609-675-1207) with their tips.

   The public is urged not to attempt to apprehend the fugitives themselves. The most wanted list will appear every two weeks thereafter.

   According to Sheriff Schaffer, “We have enhanced our working relationships with the Prosecutor’s Office and local police departments on various law enforcement initiatives including our fugitive units. I am excited about reaching out to the media for their assistance in helping public safety and looking forward to getting help from our citizens. It is through open partnerships like this that will make our county even a safer place to live.”

   Currently, the Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff’s Office have fugitive units that process the bench warrants issued from the Cape May County Superior Court for Failure to Appear, Violation of Probation, and Child Support.

   In addition, officers assist other agencies in serving complaint warrants wanted in other jurisdictions. It is hoped that this initiative will result in a coordination of services and will act as a force multiplier, resulting in tips and leads generated from the members of the public to locate the wanted persons.

   “I look forward to working with Sheriff Schaffer on this new public safety initiative. I would like to thank the Herald and Managing Editor Al Campbell for their assistance in this public service,” Prosecutor Taylor said.

   Taken from the Cape May County Herald. Vol. 45 No. 12 March 25th, 2009

Mar

20th

CAPE MAY COUNTY SHERIFF ANNOUNCES NEW CAR SEAT CHECK OPPORTUNITIES

1st and 3rd Monday of every month
9 a.m. – Noon (By appointment only) 
Call (609) 463-6425

   Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer has scheduled two monthly car seat checks to take place at the Cape May County Courthouse, located on Route 9 in Middle Township.  The free car seat checks will be held on the first and third Monday of each month beginning Monday, April 6th.  Car seat checks take between 20  to 30 minutes per seat.  

   Nationally certified technicians will observe how the child arrives in the seat, review the current seat installation and point out deficiencies, check for recalls and walk the parent/care giver through the proper installation and ensure that all children leave safer than they arrive.  Children should be present and in their car seat.      

   Sheriff Schaffer said, “As a grandparent we had our car seat checked by a certified technician and learned a lot. We replaced our seat immediately. As part of our new Traffic Safety Task Force I want to make this free service available to all the families in Cape May County.”  Schaffer added, “It does not take that much time, especially for the one you love. Our certified Sheriff Officers are looking forward to helping you.”

   By scheduling an appointment there will be no waiting. Call 609-463-6425 for your appointment.  Join our campaign, “Somebody loves me so I buckle up!”   

Mar

5th

CAPE MAY COUNTY SHERIFF HONORS VOLUNTEER

   Cape May Court House - Sheriff Gary Schaffer honored Eugene “Gene” Haggins for his volunteer service as a Courthouse Greeter for the Cape May County Superior Courts on March 4, 2009. Mr. Haggins was presented a plaque by Sheriff Schaffer, members of the Sheriff Office, Assignment Judge Valerie Armstrong and Howard Berchtole, Cape Atlantic Court Administrator.

   Sheriff Schaffer said, “Gene’s commitment, dedication and devotion as a Courthouse Greeter are commendable. He has been a volunteer day in and day out since 2007. For many New Jersey Citizens entering the courthouse for the first time, Gene presents a warm face, which is constantly smiling, always ready to assist people, and brings comfort in the midst of uncertainty people have at the Superior Court Building. Gene is beloved by members of the Sheriff Office. Gene provides a valuable service to the community at no cost to our taxpayer.” 

Feb

 20th

   The Sheriff's Office would like to wish S/O Jack Maurer a Happy and Healthy Retirement. Jack's official retirement date was March 1st, 2009. Jack was the Corporal of the Court Unit and has served for 15 years with the Cape May County Sheriff's Office.

Feb

 20th

 

***  Small Business Association Scam  ***

  Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration issued a scam alert today to small businesses, warning them not to respond to letters falsely claiming to have been sent by the SBA asking for bank account information in order to qualify them for federal tax rebates. 

  The fraudulent letters were sent out with what appears to be an SBA letterhead to small businesses across the country, advising recipients that they may be eligible for a tax rebate under the Economic Stimulus Act, and that SBA is assessing their eligibility for such a rebate.  The letter asks the small business to provide the name of its bank and account number.

  These letters have not been sent by or authorized by the SBA, and all small businesses are strongly advised not to respond to them.

   The scheme is similar in many ways to e-mail scams often referred to as “phishing” that seek personal data and financial account information that enables another party to access and individual’s bank accounts or to engage in identity theft.

  Sheriff Schaffer said, “This scam seems to be timed with the release of Federal Stimulus Money and businesses should be on alert for this scam and questionable forms they might receive from other sources. If you are suspicious, contact your local Police Department, the County Prosecutor or the Sheriff Office.

  The SBA is working with the SBA Office of Inspector General to investigate this matter. The Office of Inspector General asks that anyone who receives such a letter report it to the OIG Fraud Line at 1 (800) 767-0385, or e-mail at OIGHotline@sba.gov  

Feb

 13th

Cape May County Sheriff’s Officer named Explorer of the Year

  Cape May Court House – Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer today announced that Officer Erick Teasenfitz was recognized as Explorer Advisor of the Year by the BaySea District of the Boy Scouts of America Program at their annual Fellowship Dinner held on February 11, 2009.  Officer Teasenfitz was cited for his exceptional character and noteworthy service to the community and Explorer Post 1692.

  Exploring is a worksite-based program. It is part of Learning for Life's career education program for young men and women ages 14 to 20. The Purpose of Exploring is to provide experiences that help young people mature and prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities. The Sheriff’s Explorer post focuses on citizenship, life skills, character education, career and leadership opportunities.
Cape May County Sheriff's Officer Erick Teasenfitz

  “I am extremely proud of Officer Teasenfitz and his personal dedication to our explorer post. He has committed not only his professional time but his personal time to make this program succeed. He is the type of officer that any executive would like to have on his team,” said Sheriff Schaffer.

  Officer Teasenfitz, a member of the Sheriff’s Department since 2005, is assigned to the K-9 Unit and is responsible for two K-9 partners “Bailey” for drug detection and “Cyrus” for criminal apprehension and handler protection.  He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps participating in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

   Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at Superior Court. Anyone interested in becoming a member of Law Enforcement Explorer Post 1692 should contact Officer Teasenfitz at 465-1306 or 465-2645 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or via email at

eteasenfitz@co.cape-may.nj.us.

Feb

13th

Cape May County Sheriff Forms Traffic Safety Task Force

  Cape May Court House – Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer today announced the formation of the Cape May County Sheriff’s Traffic Safety Task Force. The first meeting of this task force will be Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

  “As the new Cape May County Sheriff, it is my desire to reduce traffic crashes and promote safe travel for both motorists and non-motorists using our roadways. To that end I will be submitting a grant to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety for the Fiscal Year 2010.  In the meantime, the South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance has agreed to help us get up and running this year,” said Sheriff Schaffer.

  Cape May County continues to have the lowest seat belt use in the Alliance’s four county region which includes Atlantic (91%), Cape May (87 %), Cumberland (92%) and Salem (93%) counties.  Last year in Cape May County twenty individuals died in motor vehicle collisions and 102 teen drivers (16-18) were injured in motor vehicle collisions.

  With those statistics in mind, I would like to energize some of the Alliance’s programs here in Cape May County. They include the Buckle Up Stencil Program, the monthly child seat check and emergency stickers, the Three Weeks Before Program, Someone Loves Me So I Buckle Up program, GDL Infraction Notification Program and the Think Safety summer bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign,” said Sheriff Schaffer.

  Members of the task force will include law enforcement personnel from every municipality, Office of Emergency Management, Chamber of Commerce and Tourism members, the business community, educators and citizens from throughout the county. Sheriff Schaffer says, “The input and perspective, as well as their link to residents and visitors are vital to the success of the program. The more inclusive the task force the greater our outreach and educational efforts, the more impact we will have and the more lives we can save.”

Feb

13th

Sheriff’s Office Seeks State Accreditation 

  Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today that the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office has applied to be become an accredited agency through the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. This accreditation program, specifically designed for law enforcement agencies, is a progressive and time-proven way to calculate and improve overall performances. Accreditation represents a significant professional achievement and acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.

  “The benefits of accreditation are many. The community benefits through the agency’s efficient and increased ability to deliver law enforcement services. Accreditation creates a forum in which law enforcement and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. Accreditation streamlines operations, providing more consistency and more effective deployment of agency manpower,” according to Sheriff Schaffer.

  The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police has developed this law enforcement accreditation program modeled after the national CALEA program. There are 112 standards that the Sheriff’s Office must meet. The accreditation process entails eight (8) phases. These phases are: Application, Self-Assessment, Policy Development, Mock Assessment, Commission On-Site Assessment, Public Hearing, Commission Review, Awards Ceremony, as well as re-accreditation. Standards address life, health and safety issues, legal and other critical requirements and conditions that reduce major risks and high liability exposures.

  According to Sheriff Schaffer, funding to pay for the accreditation was obtained through a grant from the New Jersey Sheriff’s Association. The goal is to have every Sheriff’s Office in the State fully accredited.

  “I look forward to this process that includes self-evaluation. The process usually takes 12- 14 months from start to finish. This accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence and competence. Employees will take pride in their agency, knowing that it represents the very best in law enforcement,” concluded Sheriff Schaffer.  

Feb

05th

Corrections Officers participate in the New York Giants’ Snow Bowl

  Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced on Thursday, Feb. 5 that members of the Cape May County Correctional Center will be participating this Saturday, Feb. 7 in the New York Giants’ Snow Bowl to be held at the Meadowlands Stadium benefiting the Special Olympics of New Jersey.

  The teams, South Jersey Cell X-Tractors and the Gate Keepers, set a fund raising goal of $1,500.00 and to date both teams have raised over $5,800.00. Sheriff Schaffer stated in a release, “I am extremely proud of these officers and their efforts to support the Special Olympics. I challenge our fellow law enforcement officers, local political leaders and anyone else to match my donation to the team. Let’s show our support of these officers and the Special Olympics of New Jersey.”

  All proceeds collected by the flag football teams benefit Special Olympics New Jersey athletes and help foster the Special Olympics mission:2009 World Winter Games

  “To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.” The Snow Bowl was first introduced in 2007 and has raised more than $50,000 for Special Olympics New Jersey. The success of this event directly helps more than 17,000 athletes who train and compete free-of-charge, year-round in 23 Olympic–type sports.

  To donate to the South Jersey Cell X-Tractors or Gate Keepers team please go the www.sonj.org .

  The following Cape May County Correctional officers are participating:

 Anthony Siderio, Michael Reeb, William Combs Jr., James Knox, Bill Weatherby, Joseph Mcorriston, Don Riggins, Robert Leininger, Robert Kirwin, John Riley, Stephen Prince, Lori Vergantino, Brian Turner, Rich Harron Jr., Bradley Caldwell, Joseph Wareham, Michael Sharp, Robert Campbell, Jon Hinker, Julius Krenzein, Joe Sykes, Joe Tallerico Jr., Brian Vergantino, and George Bowman.

Jan

28th

Perfect Attendance for Sheriff Officers

  Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced today that 29 employees received commendations for perfect attendance during the year 2008.

   Sheriff Schaffer highlighted three officers who have had perfect attendance for more than 10 years. Lieutenant Thomas Bland 17 years, Correction Officer Robert Ginder, 15 years and Sheriff Officer Randy Mistic, 10 years are setting the example for others to follow. “It is this type of dedication to the Sheriff’s Office and work ethic I would like to find in all our employees. I want to personally congratulate and thank these officers and employees who had perfect attendance for a job well done,” said Sheriff Schaffer.

   The following officers and employees had perfect attendance for 2008:

Officer John Baltuskonis 5th year, Security Officer James Bauer, Lieutenant Thomas Bland, Officer Bradley Caldwell, Officer Frederic Croasdale, Jr., 6th year, Sergeant Edward Deni 9th year, Officer Nathan Dickinson 2nd year, Sergeant Timothy Flannery 5th year, Sergeant Donald Fulk, 8th year, Officer Robert Ginder 18th year, Officer Thomas Hegarty 2nd year, Sergeant Scott Knoedler 3rd year, Officer Julius Krenzien 2nd year, Undersheriff Ray Lewis 2nd year, Officer Erica Lindholm 5th year, Investigator Donald Lombardo 3rd year, Officer Charles Magill Jr., Lieutenant Scott Mason 7th year, Officer Theresa McKnight 6th year, Officer Randy Mistic 10 year, Officer Ryan Osmundson, Security Officer James Peel,Officer Kourtney Perry, Sergeant James Peterson, Officer Scott Ridgway 3rd year, Officer Joseph Rogowski 4th year, Officer Eric Teasenfitz 3rd year, Officer Ricahrad Urquhart 9th year, and Officer Mark Wilson 4th year. 

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December

16th

 

The Sheriff's Department Officers will be supporting our riders participating in the Police Unity Tour at a fund raiser on January 17th 2009 at the Bolero in Wildwood between 7pm and 10pm. The Police Unity Tour is a bicycle run every year from Mays Landing to Washington D.C. to raise awareness of police officers who died in the line of duty and helps to raise money for the Law Enforcement Memorial Fund

 

"WE RIDE FOR THOSE WHO DIED!!"

November

17th

Elections are over and the votes are in. Congratulations to Gary G. Schaffer who will be our next Cape May County Sheriff beginning January 1st, 2009. Thank You to Sheriff Callinan, It has been an honor and a privilege to have been associated with you for the last six years. Enjoy your retirement. We will miss you!  
October

01st

The Sheriff's Officer's and Correctional Officer's would like to wish Sgt. Clay Simmons a Happy and Healthy Retirement. Clay's official retirement date was October 1st, 2008. Clay was the Senior K-9 Training Officer and has served for 25+ years with the Cape May County Sheriff's Office.
September

25th

The Sheriff's Department Riders (Police Unity Tour) are having a fundraiser event on October 4th. "The Amazing Race For A Good Cause". Teams of four or more will collect clues to get to the final destination. It is $10.00 per person and all money collected will go to the 2009 Police Unity Tour . Anyone wishing to Donate can contact Officer Leitenberger at the Superior Court Building at:        #9 North Main Street in Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
June

23rd

Congratulations to now Sheriff's Officer John J. Saltzman who graduated the Cape May County Police Academy today.
May

5th

The Sheriff's Officer's and Correctional Officer's would like to wish S/O Robert Tooley a Happy and Healthy Retirement. Bob's official retirement date was April 1st, 2008. Bob was the Senior Transportation Officer and has served for 26 years with the Cape May County Sheriff's Office.

No POWER tools as gifts please! 

April

24th

The Cape May United Methodist Men is sponsoring a Roast Beef Dinner, Salad Bar and Dessert Table on Saturday April 26th at Lyle Hall (635 Washington Street, Cape May) between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm. The proceeds donated are going to benefit the Cape May County Sheriff's Office Project Lifesaver Program . Donations Adults $10.00 and Children $5.00. Thank You for supporting this program.  
April

1st

See the winners of the "My County Poster Contest " on the County Web Site.
March

28th

Effective April 1st 2008, the Sheriff announces two Promotions in The Law Enforcement Division. Sgt. Mason is being promoted to Lieutenant and S/O Scott Knoedler is being promoted to Sergeant.   NA
February

27th

 

The Sheriff's Officer's and Correctional Officer's would like to wish Sgt. George Lewis a Happy and Healthy Retirement. Sgt Lewis was in charge of the Park Unit and has served for 26+ years with the Cape May County Sheriff's Office. 

Hey, Did you hear the one about...? 

February

27th

 

Sheriff's Department Officers will be supporting our riders participating in the Police Unity Tour at a fund raiser on March 15th at Bobby Dee's Rock'n Chair in Avalon between 6pm and 10pm. The Police Unity Tour is a bicycle run every year from Mays Landing to Washington D.C. to raise awareness of police officers who died in the line of duty and helps to raise money for the Law Enforcement Memorial Fund

 

"WE RIDE FOR THOSE WHO DIED!!"

February

23th

On March 13th, 2008, The American Red Cross will host a Blood Drive at the Cape May City Elementary School between 1 pm and 7 pm for the "Health- It's elementary!" Wellness Fair event. The Sheriff's Office will be there with the Canine Unit and McGruff the Crime Dog. 

February 

21st

On March 1st at Noon, Sheriff's Officer's will be participating in the 7th Annual Polar Bear Plunge for Andrew. Please click on the picture to go to the Official Polar Bear Plunge Web Site. The event is hosted by Fitzpatrick's Crest Tavern. 

January 

07th

Sheriff Callinan swears in Sheriff's Officer Frank Germanio who was promoted to Sergeant on January 7th, at the Superior Court House. Sergeant Germanio will take over command of the Park Unit replacing retiring Sergeant George Lewis. Frank's brother Ross, a Corrections Officer at Bayside Prison, is holding the Bible. (Photo Courtesy of Al Campbell from the Cape May County Herald.) 

January

07th

Sheriff's Department Officers will be supporting our riders participating in the Police Unity Tour at a fund raiser on January 19th at the Bolero in Wildwood between 7pm and 10pm. The Police Unity Tour is a bicycle run every year from Mays Landing to Washington D.C. to raise awareness of police officers who died in the line of duty and helps to raise money for the Law Enforcement Memorial Fund

 

"WE RIDE FOR THOSE WHO DIED!!"

January

07th

Sheriff's Department Officers have formed a team for the Polar Bear Plunge and will be chilling out on the beach in Wildwood on January 19th to support the NJ Special OlympicsIf your not in your swim suit you better be in a parka.

 

The Polar Bear Plunge Wildwood is a partnership to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey under the Law Enforcement Torch Run program. Participants are asked to raise money to take a mid-winter Plunge into the frigid South Jersey waters of the Atlantic Ocean. All proceeds collected by Plungers benefit Special Olympics athletes and help further the Special Olympics New Jersey mission.

January

07th

McGruff will be making his appearance in Schools throughout the County teaching his "Dangerous Strangers" program. A notice will be coming to your school soon to schedule dates. Check the Sheriff's Office Calendar to see if your school is scheduled. 

 

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October 17th,2007

McGruff Sightings throughout the County

McGruff was spotted at Wal-Mart in Rio Grande on Saturday October 27th. There was fun and games for everyone.  A good time was had by all. Keep an eye out for more McGruff sightings this month. He will be appearing in different areas all over the County.

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September 17th,2007

Sheriff's Office Employee joins " LIGHT THE NIGHT" walk 

With the support of her co-workers at the Cape May County Sheriff's Office, Administrative Clerk Lisa Craven has raised over $3000 for the " Light The Night " walk on Saturday September 15th, 2007. The event raises awareness and funds for the fight against blood cancers. Funds raised, support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Lisa was carrying a gold balloon for the walk, in memory of her sister Sue who died in 2001 from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. 

Check out www.useus.com to view a special thanks from Chairman John Lynch. Click on the Light the night link and scroll down past the pictures. 

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October 6th, 2006

   Sheriff's Officer Timothy Flannery was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on October 6th, 2006.

   Sergeant Flannery will assume command of the Sheriff's Transportation Unit.

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August 2nd,  2006

Enthusiasm Evident as Sheriff's Officer Explorer Scouts Debut - 8-2-2006

 

By AL CAMPBELL   (Article taken from Cape May County Herald )


COURT HOUSE - Post 1692's teenage Sheriff's Explorers roved in pairs around the 4-H Fair last month and last night at several Night Out Against Crime events.
Those activities were the debut of one of the county's newest scouting affiliates.
The 15-member unit is correctly known as Cape May County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 1692. That figure was gleaned from the county seal, and is the year of the county's founding, according to Sheriff's Officer Erick Teasenfitz, post organizer, who graduated from the county's Police Academy in January.
Teasenfitz, a 2000 Middle Township High School graduate and Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq, knows Police Explorers from first-hand experience.
His father, retired Middle Township Police Lt. Fred Teasenfitz, was guiding light and leader in that department's Explorer unit. That post operated for over 26 years, according to Baysea Scout District Executive Bill Wasekanes. Both Teasenfitz and his sister, Janice, were unit members.
"We're very excited about the opportunity to serve youth in Middle Township in Law Enforcement Exploring," said Wasekanes of Marmora.
"The enthusiasm that Erick and the entire Sheriff's Department is bringing to this program is evident," he continued.
He cited Teasenfitz's scouting past and said it was reassuring to see the unit "self perpetuating."
The young leader does not conduct the post single-handedly. Others who help the unit function include Sgt. Don Fulk, Officers Jeff Cohen, Erica Lindholm, Theresa McKnight and Jay Gaskill.
Teasenfitz said Explorers, boys and girls, gather weekly, with no summer break, on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the county courthouse, rear entrance, to learn a wide range of law-enforcement related topics.
Newcomers, always welcome, should call 609-463-6436 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and ask for Fulk or Teasenfitz. They are also accessible via e-mail at the county Sheriff's Department, which posts meeting dates and tentative agendas.
The Explorers learn a variety of police-related activities including fingerprinting, crowd control, report writing, court room and courthouse security.
"Law Enforcement Exploring allows a young man or woman to experience police work first hand, express goals at an early age, perhaps to continue and eventually join an agency or merely to experience and move on to another part of their life," said Teasenfitz.
While Post 1692 is the newest local Law Enforcement post, Wildwood Police Department has an established Explorer post.
Those two Law Enforcement posts are among nine active Explorer posts, and three pending in the Baysea District, which includes all of Cape May County except Ocean City, and the eastern half of Cumberland County, according to Wasekanes.
The posts appeal to teens, he said, since they are more specific than just social organizations, and focus on special interests, such as fire and emergency services, health and medical and ambulance.
Wasekanes cited locations of other posts:
• Fire and Emergency Services: Woodbine, Delmont, Town Bank, Green Creek and Goshen.
• Ambulance: Sea Isle City and Belleplain.
• Health and Medical Careers: Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital, Court House.
As a result of seeing the Sheriff's Explorers walking around the 4-H Fair, Wasekanes received inquiries from North Wildwood Fire Company for a fire and emergency service unit and from Middle and Lower Township rescue squads for ambulance units.
Explorer posts are a division of Learning for Life, an affiliated company of the Boy Scouts, said Wasekanes.
They "exist on their own," he said.
He praised the Explorer units as "community based...which rely on volunteers to bring forth the programs and services to youth aged 14-20."
On July 26, Teasenfitz presented fair participants with special certificates for their volunteerism and time.
Such an act can mean much, said Wasekanes.
"Cubs (scouts) are easy to make happy. Boy Scouts are a challenge. But in the teen years, they listen to adults make promises and ignore them. They're a thinking group of kids. It can be a challenge for moms and dads, or everybody else who tolerates them, but Erick Teasenfitz and Keith Babore (Burdette's post leader) care for these kids.
"Most of those kids loved walking around (the 4-H Fair) in their uniforms. That willingness is so invigorating," said Wasekanes.
They'll soon hold elections within the post, which will teach leadership first-hand.
Like other Explorers, they also become eligible to seek over $40,000 in scholarships, something few other groups can offer teen members, said Wasekanes.
Contact Campbell at (609) 886-8600 Ext 28 or: al.c@cmcherald.com

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May 1st, 2006

     The Cape May County Sheriff's Office proudly announces the graduation of the Sheriff's Office Canine Training Academy's Fourth Accelerant & Explosive Detection, Man Trailing Class on April 26th, 2006

     Under the direction of Lieutenant Edward Brunell (Supervising Canine Trainer), and Investigator Clay Simmons (Scent Detection Trainer) the following Officers completed a 16 week (640 Hours) course of instruction in their respected fields.

     Investigator Clay Simmons (Scent Detection Trainer) a twenty three year veteran (twenty one years in Canine) with the Cape May County Sheriff's Office and his third Accelerant Detection Dog Bronco- Billy.

     Sheriff's Officer Kelly A. Peterson, a Five year veteran of the Cape May County Sheriff's Office, upon her graduation on this date becomes the first female law enforcement Canine Handler in Cape May County History.

     Cape May County Sheriff's Officer Kelly A. Peterson & Explosive Detection Dog Caleb.

     Cape May County Sheriff's Officer Kelly A. Peterson & Man Training Bloodhound Blitz.

     Deptford Township (Gloucester County, NJ) Fire Marshal's Office, Ten year Career Fire Marshal Robert Burkhardt and Accelerant Detection Dog Marshall. This team is the first Accelerant Detection Team for Deptford Township.

     Also receiving certificates today were Cape May County Sheriff's Office Canine Officer Stephen Carty & Man Trailing Bloodhound Maggie, for completing their training requirement in April of 2005.

     A Certificate of Appreciation went Master Corporal Gerard (Pete) Riess of the Delaware River & Bay Authority (K-9 Trainer) for assisting with the training of this class.

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March 8th, 2006

    As a result of retirements, Sheriff John F. Callinan issued the oath of office to eight new supervisors within the Sheriff's office. On December 5th, 2005 Captain Robert Nolan and Captain Lisa Shultz officially assumed command of their respective divisions within the the Sheriff' Office. Captain Nolan being a 21 year veteran assumes command of the Law Enforcement Division, while Captain Schultz, also a 21 year veteran assumed command of the Correctional Division. In addition, Lieutenant Edward Brunell, Lieutenant Thomas Bland and Sergeant Donald Fulk were promoted to their respective ranks.

    On February 23, three more supervisors, filling the remaining promotions. Those taking the oath were Lieutenant Michael Tees, Sergeant Brian Turner and Sergeant Robert Leininger.

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November 28th, 2005

Sheriff Callinan announces Project Lifesaver coming to Cape May County soon.

Project Lifesaver protects wandering patients and gives peace of mind to caregivers, families and communities.

Project Lifesaver is an innovative rapid response program aiding victims and families suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related disorders such as Down's Syndrome and Autism.

By forming partnerships with local law enforcement and public safety organizations, Project Lifesaver deploys specially trained teams with the most reliable technology available to quickly locate and return wandering adults and children to their families and caregivers. 

Click icon to get more information on this innovative new program.               Cape May County Project Lifesaver


April 28th, 2005

Sheriff Callinan appoints a new Undersheriff for the Law Enforcement Division. Lower Twp. Police Chief, John Maher reported for duty as Cape May County Sheriff Office's new Undersheriff on April 15th.

 

Triple crown achieved in Cape May County

           This Article was taken from NJCops . Go to their site to see more.


The Cape May County Sheriff's Department has earned a triple crown of national approvals by meeting rigorous standards for the operation of the court security unit, the correctional facility and the prisoners' medical treatment.

Each is a prestigious accomplishment that required an inspection by an outside agent to assure that national standards were met and each requires periodic re-inspections.

For the court security unit, achieving certification from the Commission for the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, commonly called CALEA, it meant proving that the courts are secure no matter what type of trial is going on, that prisoner transportation and holding facilities are safe, and that the safety of civilians in the court house can be guaranteed.

"We did a risk analysis. After we had prepared all of our policies, a court officer from Monmouth County, where they have CALEA certification, came in to do a mock assessment," said Lt. Edward Letts, CALEA manager for the Cape May County Sheriff's Office.

The policies that need to be in place include such things as determining the number of security officers required for different types of trials or requiring that security officers have training in the proper use of force and documenting that the training has been completed.

"We made the changes we needed to make and then the Deputy Chief of Police in Manchester, N.H., came down to test us for CALEA certification," Letts said. The court security unit recently passed its one-year anniversary and had to prove that the policies were being maintained. After three years, a new on-site inspection will be conducted. The fact that the courthouse is nearly new helped somewhat, Letts said.

"We are constantly striving for higher goals and there is a certain amount of pride for the security officers in achieving certification," said Letts. "It also improves security and adds professionalism to the department. It goes a long way to protecting the department from liability if there should be a problem."

In a similar vein, the Cape May County correctional facility has been accredited by the American Correctional Association. A process that often takes up to three years was accomplished in nine months, said Cape May County Warden Richard Harron.

The accreditation is achieved by meeting 38 mandatory standards of cleanliness and safety and achieving 90 percent compliance with another 401 standards.

"Not too many correctional facilities apply for accreditation because it is a tough process," Harron said. "But it helps lower the cost of insurance and it helps with liability, because you have people from the outside coming in to say you are doing things correctly."

Many county jails are overcrowded because state prisoners are housed in them, but overcrowded conditions can be compensated for, as far as accreditation is concerned, by improving other areas of housing and care.

Bringing the correctional facility up to standards enhances the appearance as well as the operation, and even the inmates help with some of the work, said Undersheriff Jeffrey Pierson.

"It also creates excellent teamwork among the officers," he said.

The correctional facility was accredited almost three years ago and is due for re-inspection in February.

For the third part of the triple crown, the medical unit at the jail has been accredited by the National Commission of Correctional Health Services for its superior handling of prisoners' medical needs for many years and just received a new three-year approval.

"It all helps solidify opinion in the community because it shows you are nationally recognized," said Harron.

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December 03rd, 2002                                Callinan takes over as County Sheriff

    Sheriff John Callinan reported to work Monday as Cape May County Sheriff, one day after quietly taking the oath of office during a private ceremony.

    State election laws required Callinan to assume office within 30 days of his November 5th election victory; he replaces Undersheriff Raymond Lewis who has been serving as acting sheriff since March.

    County freeholders, constitutional officers, family and friends attended the ceremony; Superior Court Judge Joseph Visalli administered the oath of Office.    ( The Press of Atlantic City 12/03/02)

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November 14th, 2002

Sheriff Lewis is pleased to announce Undersheriff Jeffrey Pierson has successfully completed " The Certified Jail Manager Program" and will be featured in an upcoming issue of American Jails magazine . Congratulations!!!!

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June 3rd, 2002

BOOST AMERICA CAMPAIGN IN CAPE MAY COUNTY

    Acting Sheriff Raymond Lewis announces The Boost America Campaign in Cape May County. The Cape May County Sheriff's Office has teamed with the United Way of Cape May County and The South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance to Assist families in complying with New Jersey's new Child "Booster" seat law.

    The United Way will prescreen families to verify that a backless booster is appropriate and will give them a voucher to redeem at the scheduled inspection event. Also there will be specially trained Sheriff's officers/technicians available to show parents how to properly install the seat and check the installation of any child safety seats.

Scheduled Inspection /Giveaway Events

        Burke Motors and Kindle Ford        Monday June 10th, 4pm - 7pm

        Cape May County Zoo        Saturday June 22nd, 10am - Noon

        Gentilini Ford         Date to be determined

For Prescreening information contact: United Way ( 609)729-2002

    Sheriff Lewis stated there is a definite need for greater awareness and education in order to keep Cape May County a safe place to live, work and transport your family.

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March 13th, 2002

    In March of 2001 President Bush announced his intention to nominate Sheriff Plousis as the next Federal Marshal for the District of New Jersey.On March 7th, 2002 he was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary and on March 8th 2002, Sheriff Plousis has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

    Sheriff Plousis expects to start his commission within the next two weeks. He says he looks forward to the challenges ahead of him. The duties of the position entail protecting the state's federal judges and courts, and apprehending dangerous fugitives. It will also involve the responsibility of considering the state's possibility as a terrorist target.

    Sheriff Plousis' s Confirmation means that he will not seek re-election as Sheriff in November. He has appointed Undersheriff Raymond Lewis as acting Sheriff. County Chairman David Von Savage will then send a recommendation to the Governor for an appointment for the rest of Plousis's term which expires in November of 2002. Sheriff Plousis has served since 1984.

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September 27, 2001

SHERIFF ALERTS CITIZENS TO PHONY PHONE SOLICITATION

    Sheriff James Plousis has received a number of calls from citizens, telling of law enforcement phone solicitation for the recent tragedy in New York City. The Sheriff stated, that legitimate law enforcement agencies or support groups do not use phone solicitations. In addition, the National Sheriff's Association has advised local sheriff's of two illegitimate organizations which are calling around the country.

        1. The National Law Enforcement Officials Inc.

        2. The National Law Enforcement Memorial Inc.

     There is a National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, but they do not make phone solicitations. The Sheriff urges all residents to report such calls to the County Office of Consumers Affairs ( 609) 463- 6475 or the Cape May County Sheriff's Office at (609) 463- 6430.

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For more information contact:

    Sheriff Plousis ( 609) 463- 6430

    For additional SCAM information see the CRIME PREVENTION section of this website.


April 04, 2001 

   Sheriff James T. Plousis announced today that the Cape May County Sheriff's Office is now able to assist local police and prosecutor's office in animal cruelty investigations.

    The Sheriff also stated The Sheriff's Office staff recently completed the Animal Cruelty Investigator Course, which was offered by the division of Criminal Justice. The six day course covered a variety of topics to assist agencies in handling animal cruelty cases with emphasis on the link between animal cruelty and family abuse ( According to reports by the International Chief's of Police).

    As the Sheriff's Office has over 17 years of experience working with K-9 dogs, it seemed a natural progression to have these trained and experienced officers address  this problem.

    It is also the Sheriff's belief that this unit can deter the activity and prevent Cape May County from experiencing dog cruelty cases, as we have seen in neighboring counties last year.


January 26, 2001

Police Magazine

    The Cape May County Sheriff's Office is featured in the current edition of "Police Magazine", a national publication based in Torrance, California. Sheriff James Plousis, stated that the members of the Sheriff's Office are honored by being featured in one the nations largest law enforcement publications. The Sheriff further stated that the Sheriff's Office was chosen out of 18,000 law enforcement agencies and stated in the past year the magazine has highlighted  the Delaware River Bay Authority Police, Honolulu Hawaii, and United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.( January 2001 volume 25,number1).

    You may visit Police Magazines web site at www.policemag.com

Revised: 08/13/2009