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August 27, 2018 – Fatal Pedestrian Motor Vehicle Crash on US 22

Bridgewater, NJ – On Saturday, August 26, 2018 at 2343 hours, the Bridgewater Police Department responded to US 22 eastbound at the intersection with Country Club Road to investigate a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. The operator of the vehicle was identified as 23 year old, Chandler McCarthy, of Warren, New Jersey. McCarthy had been traveling east on US 22 in a 2012 Toyota Prius. The pedestrian was identified as 28 year old Shivangi Sharma. Sharma had been walking in the left lane of the roadway at the intersection of Country Club Road.   Sharma was transported to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville where she was pronounced dead.

The crash is still under investigation by the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Kevin Lamey of the Bridgewater Police Traffic Safety Bureau at 908-722-4111 ext. 4132, or the Bridgewater TIPS line at 877-660-INFO (4636).

July 10, 2018 – Pedestrian Motor Vehicle Crash Bridgewater Commons Mall

Bridgewater, NJ – On Monday, 07/09/18 at approximately 3:20 pm, a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian occurred at the Bridgewater Commons Mall. The location of the crash was in Lot # 4, near the Macy’s merchandise “pick up” area. A 2017 Mazda driven by Chinmayi Parikh (age 33) of Piscataway NJ struck Marion Kelley (age 62) of Bedminster as she was walking in the parking lot.

**UPDATE**- 07/12/18

 The pedestrian that was struck has died due the injuries she had sustained.

 The motor vehicle crash is still under investigation.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau. Any witnesses are asked to contact Bridgewater Township Traffic Safety Officer Frederick Brittain at 908-722-4111 ext 4178.

July 4, 2018 – Duke Island Park Drowning

Bridgewater, NJ – On July 4, 2018 at approximately 4:04 pm, Bridgewater Police Officers responded to the Raritan River near Duke Island Park, in response to the report of a possible drowning. Upon the officer’s arrival, they entered the river and assisted removing the male victim, later identified as Fermin Franco (age 52) of Valley Stream NY. Officers initiated CPR and all lifesaving protocols. Bradley Gardens Fire Department, Bradley Gardens Rescue Squad and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Paramedics arrived and continued providing medical aide, until the victim was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset (RWJUHS).

Officers received information that Franco was pronounced dead shortly after midnight on July 5, 2018.

This drowning appears to be accidental, but the incident is still under investigation.

June 14, 2018 – Incident at Bridgewater Commons Mall

Bridgewater, NJ – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of Detectives John W. Fodor, and Bridgwater Township Chief of Police Alfred Nicaretta announce that on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 6:27pm Bridgewater Township Police responded to a fight in progress call at the food court located within the Bridgewater Commons Mall.  Bridgewater Mall security were able to seperate the individuals involved in the altercation  which continued onto the exterior parking lot area of the mall. As officers were responding, a call of shots fired was reported to police.  The report of shots fired is under investigation and has not been confirmed at this time. Bridgewater Police officers along with Detectives from the Bridgewater Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office are on the scene and conducting the investigation. There are no injuries to report at this time, no arrests or suspects have been identified. The area is secured by law enforcement.

June 6, 2018 – Bridgewater Police Joins “Project Medicine Drop”

Bridgewater, NJ – Bridgewater Township Police Department announces they have joined the New Jersey Attorney General’s “Project Medicine Drop” initiative, and has installed a Project Medicine Drop box at police headquarters, located at 100 Commons Way.

Today’s announcement makes it easier and more convenient than ever for Bridgewater Township residents to take an active role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, which often is fueled by the abuse of prescription pain killers.

Project Medicine Drop is a natural addition to our commitment to help improve the public safety and quality of life in Bridgewater Township. It will encourage our residents to be fully aware of the potential for abuse by these prescription medications and provide them with the proper way of disposing of unwanted or expired prescription medications Bridgewater Township Police Chief Al Nicaretta said.

Residents may visit the Bridgewater Police Department at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused, expired or unused medications. Project Medicine Drop is an important component of the NJ Attorney General’s effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers.

Through this initiative, the State Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure prescription drug drop boxes at Police Departments, Sheriff’s Offices and State Police Barracks across New Jersey, allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused, expired or excess prescription medications. Members of the public are invited to visit the Project Medicine Drop sites and drop off any unused prescription medications anonymously and with no questions asked.

By giving New Jersey residents a safe and secure method to dispose of unneeded medications, Project Medicine Drop helps prevent the abuse of these drugs. This initiative also protects New Jersey’s environment by keeping these drugs out of landfills and out of the water supply. More information about Project Medicine Drop, including the full list of Project Medicine Drop locations can be found at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop.

 

May 30, 2018 – Hiring Notice

BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR

THE POSITION OF ENTRY LEVEL POLICE OFFICER

****ONLY THE FIRST 275 APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED***

PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 20th, 2018 AT 9:00AM at the Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Rd. in Branchburg, NJ! MUST BRING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WITH YOU TO THE TEST!

Upon successful completion of the Physical Fitness Test, you will be allowed to sit for the Written Examination.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 1ST, 2018 at 6:00PM at the Bridgewater-Raritan High School!

 MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

https://www.policeapp.com/Entry-Level-Bridgewater-Township-NJ-Police-Officer-Jobs/624/

GENERAL DUTIES:

Under the direction of a Shift Supervisor, performs a variety of public safety work providing emergency aid, security and protection to the community’s citizens.

BASIC FUNCTION:

  • Patrol assigned area to aid in preventing crime and to enforce Federal, State and
  • Township laws, ordinances and regulations.
  • Observe, report and act upon conditions conducive to crime and danger such as checking buildings for security, assisting other officers on traffic stops and checking suspicious persons and vehicles.  Reports traffic hazards and directs traffic flow when necessary.
  • Determine the nature of a call, investigates the circumstances, and takes any necessary and prudent actions. such as making arrests and transporting prisoners,  Searching prisoners, collects personal effects and assures proper receipting and safeguarding of personal effects.
  • Provides assistance to the public in emergency and non-emergency situations.
  •  Administers first aid and requests medical service.
  • Performs crisis intervention in sensitive situations such as family dispute.
  • Provides general information to the public on laws and ordinances.
  • Assists persons with complaints and inquiries or directs them to the appropriate authorities.
  • Prepare a variety of records and reports, such as reports on arrests, property impounded, accidents offenses and damage to property.
  • Performs pliminary investigative assignments on serious crimes.  Conducts interviews of victims, witnesses and suspects and subjects progress reports on cases under investigation.  Collects and documents evidence and may arrest suspects.
  • Appears in court, and is available to testify in matters which the officer has knowledge of.
  • Maintains proficiency in the use of police related equipment.
  • May assist in the training of new officers.
  • Checks business and private property for security.  Investigates such conditions as  open doors, broken windows, vehicles parked in suspicious places.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Federal and State laws, Township ordinances.
  • Content, intent and application of criminal law.
  • Adult and juvenile judicial procedures and criminal justice system.
  • Civil and constitutional rights.
  • Department regulations, policies, procedures and general order.
  • Laws of arrest, search and seizure.

Police Officer – Operations Division

  • Techniques of investigation and interrogation.
  • Criminal case preparation and procedures.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Report writing and case preparation.
  • Crime scene management.

ABILITY TO:

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze dangerous situations rapidly and accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Enforce State, Municipal and other applicable laws.
  • Determine appropriate level and scope of Police response.
  • Work courteously and tactfully with citizens and employees.

SALARY:

  • Salary earned while attending the police academy will be $800 bi-monthly
  • Salary earned after successful academy completion will be an annual salary of $48,083.00.
  • Annual College Incentives
    • Associate’s Degree- $600.00-$750.00.
    • Bachelor’s Degree- $1,200.00-$1,500.00
    • Master’s Degree- $1,500-$2,250.00
  • Medical and dental benefits.
  • Membership in the New Jersey Police and Fire Retirement System

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Age: at least 21 years of age at the time of initial application. Applicants must not have reached their 36th birthday at the time of appointment.
  • Must be a resident of New Jersey at time of appointment.
  • Must have a valid New Jersey driver’s license at time of appointment.
  • Education: an applicant must have one of the following;
    • A bachelor’s degree, signifying completion of the undergraduate curriculum and graduation from an accredited college or university.
    • An associate’s degree or have completed 60 college credits from an accredited college or university, and at least two years of satisfactory employment.
    • Completed 30 college credits from an accredited college or university, and at least two years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge.
    • Completed 60 college credits from an accredited college or university, and be a certified police officer by the New Jersey Police Training Commission.
  • Applicants to the Bridgewater Township Police Department may be automatically disqualified for any of the following:
    • Having been convicted of an indictable offense or received an indictable conviction expungement.
    • A conviction of any offense involving domestic violence.
    • A conviction of any offense involving a controlled dangerous substance.
    • A conviction of any offense involving public office, position or employment.
    • If you were ever adjudicated to have committed an act of juvenile delinquency. Juvenile delinquency refers to the commission of an act which, if committed by an adult, would constitute an indictable offense.
    • If you were adjudicated by a court or found by an employer to have violated any person’s civil rights in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you are currently on probation or have been on probation at any time within the last 12 months in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you participated in a program of supervisory treatment or pretrial intervention for an indictable offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:43-12 or the equivalent in another state.
    • If you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated two times or once within 5 years in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If your driving privilege is currently suspended or revoked in New Jersey or any other State.
    • If you were dishonorably discharged from any branch of the United States military or law enforcement agency in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you have ever renounced your United States citizenship.
    • If you are currently subject to a final domestic violence restraining order.
    • If you were ever terminated or asked to resign from a public office, position or government employment for misconduct involving your public office, position or employment.
    • If you have used marijuana or hashish within the past 3 years.
    • If you, within the past 10 years, have possessed or used any other illegal drug or drugs, including anabolic steroids, other than those prescribed or provided by a physician or purchased over the counter.
    • If you have sold or given an illegal drug to any person in your lifetime.
    • If you have manufactured any illegal drug at any time during your lifetime.

HIRING PROCESS

  • Written exam
  • Physical fitness indicator test
  • Background investigation
  • Oral interview
  • Psychological exam
  • Medical exam
  • Drug screening
  • Successful candidates that are hired are then sent to the Police Academy.
  • Upon successful completion of the Police Academy, officers are assigned to a Field Training Program for the remainder of their probationary period.

GENERAL PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING PROCEDURES

  1. Warm up for at least three (3) minutes.
  2. Perform the 1-Minute Sit-up, and then recover for 5 minutes.
  3. Perform the 300 Meter Run, and then recover for 10 minutes.
  4. Perform the 1-Minute Push-up, and then recover for 5 minutes.
  5. Perform the 1.5 Mile Run, and then recover for 5 minutes.

Important Note: Applicants should recover through active techniques (walking, stretching, etc.). Applicants may be given more time in between events due to processing delays, but should not be given less time in between activities.

PHYSICAL CONDITIONING PASSING TEST REQUIREMENTS:

  • 1 Minute Sit-up: 28 repetitions
  • 300 Meter Run: 70.1 seconds or less
  • 1 Minute Push-up: 24 repetitions 
  • 1.5 Mile Run: 15:55 minutes or less

Equal employment opportunity shall be afforded to Township employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or handicap. This shall apply to recruitment, hiring, promotion, training, compensation, transfers, layoffs, terminations and benefits.

Bridgewater Township, NJ Police Jobs

Please direct questions regarding this job to soneill@bridgewaterpd.com

 

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant’s responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency. Do not send an application directly to this agency.

May 29, 2018 – Road Construction US 202/206

Bridgewater, NJ – Be advised that on or about June 1, 2018 NJDOT will begin making improvements on Route 206 southbound in the vicinity of the I-287 southbound ramp. Work will be concentrated between the Garretson Road and Commons Way overpasses, which will require temporary traffic patterns and intermittent detours. The contractor is expected to work 7:00AM to 3:30 PM weekdays for a duration of 6 months.

 

May 23, 2018 – Coyote Sightings in Bridgewater

Bridgewater, NJ – There have been recent coyote sightings during daylight hours near neighborhoods in Bridgewater Township, specifically near Chimney Rock Park, Washington Valley Park and Camp Cromwell. Please be on the lookout and take all precautions to stay safe. If you are in immediate danger please contact the Bridgewater Police at 908-722-4111. For more information on Coyote precautions please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/coyote_info.htm, contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 908-735-8793, or the DEP Hotline at 877-WARN-DEP.

January 25, 2018 – Bridgewater Police Learn About Trauma Informed Care

Bridgewater, NJ – The Bridgewater Police Department will be the first law enforcement agency in Somerset County to participate in the Trauma Informed Care training program, which is run by the Resilient Youth Somerset (RYS). When dealing with a traumatic call for service that involves an individual or family in crisis, our officers recognize that many people need support that goes well beyond the actual event.  This program is yet another tool we can use to help our citizens.

Resilient Youth Somerset (RYS) is partnering with mental health providers, youth service providers, school districts, the court system and law enforcement to bring focus to Trauma Informed Care to Somerset County, NJ.  Research shows that one in four children in America has experienced some type of trauma through Adverse Childhood Experiences (known as ACEs.)  Understanding the impacts of that trauma on child development is a crucial part of getting help for children in crisis and breaking intergenerational cycles of abuse and neglect.

Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure, community mindfulness and treatment framework that understands, recognizes, and responds to the effects of all types of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences. Trauma Informed Care emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

Recently, in an effort to bring this cutting edge research to the community’s first responders, Diane Lefebvre of Resilient Youth Somerset and Tracey Heisler of CASA SHaW presented the facts to 45 Bridgewater police officers on the physiological changes that occur to children’s developing brains as a result of repeated exposure to trauma.  Because of these changes, traumatized children and youth can respond quite differently to stressful situations than non-traumatized children and youth. Understanding these differences and the reasons for them are important for law enforcement officers to know when responding to calls for assistance.

To introduce the concept of Trauma Informed Care to the community, RSY has schedule three upcoming presentations of the award winning documentary, “Paper Tigers: One High School’s Unlikely Success Story.” It is the story of how Lincoln High School (Walla Walla, Washington)  became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and the number of students going on to post-secondary education.

The film is scheduled to be shown free of charge on Wednesday, February 7th, 6:00-9:00pm at Raritan Valley Community College, Thursday, March 8th. 5:00-8:00 pm at Bound Brook High School and, Friday, March 16th  12:30 – 3:00 pm at Stepping Stone School.

Registration is available at Eventbrite.
https://www.eventbrite.com/d/nj–hillsborough/resilient-youth-of-somerset/?q=Resilient+youth+of+somerset&mode=search

For more information or to schedule a presentation for your organization.

Visit http://childrenshopeinitiative.com/resilient-youth-of-somerset-county

or email rysomerset@gmail.com.

Bridgewater Police Learn About Trauma Informed Care

Diane Lefebvre and Tracy Heisler present Trauma Informed Care training to the Bridgewater Police Department at a recent roll Call Training session at police headquarters.

December 7, 2017 – Motor Vehicle Crash on NJ 28

Bridgewater, NJ – On Thursday, 12/07/17, a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian occurred in Bridgewater Township. The crash occurred on State Highway 28 at the exit ramp from US Highway 22 East, at approximately 1428 hours. A 1995 Chevrolet C-15 pickup truck driven by William Hendershot (age 50) of Raritan NJ was exiting US Highway 22 Eastbound onto State Highway 28. A Jolie Kritzar (age 44) of Bridgewater NJ was running westbound in the eastbound shoulder of State Highway 28, when she was struck by Mr. Hendershot’s vehicle. She was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick), to be treated for multiple injuries.

This motor vehicle crash is still under investigation.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau. Any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this motor vehicle crash are asked to contact Bridgewater Township Officer Frederick Brittain at 908-722-4111 ext 4178.

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