Bernardsville Police Conduct Back To School Supply Drive To Support Local Students

July 28, 2021

Bernardsville Police Conduct Back To School Supply Drive To Support Local Students

In an effort to help provide school supplies to local students in need, the Bernardsville Police Department will be collecting donations of school supplies during the month of August as part of the department’s ongoing community policing activities. Each year many students return to school without the means to obtain the required materials needed to support their education. In an effort to address this need, the Bernardsville Police Department is coordinating with local schools and the Community Resource Center at St. Bernard’s Church to distribute the collected materials to low-income families and the students who need them. According to Police Chief Kevin Valentine, “The collection effort is an extension of a community collaboration that helped to collect food and essential items for food insecure families during the COVID 19 pandemic. The Bernardsville Food Pantry program helped to feed people in our community who were struggling during the height of the pandemic. It also brought to light other ongoing local needs in our community where we can help to make a difference”, said the Chief.

Donations of school supplies and materials are being solicited from members of the community, businesses, and organizations that want to help with this initiative. Basic school supplies such as notebooks, binders, folders, loose-leaf paper, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, glue sticks, pencil cases, backpacks, and book bags are needed. A detailed list of suggested supplies will be put on the Police Department website and released on the Police Department Facebook page. For more information contact Ptl. Tim Richard or Kristine McNamara at the Bernardsville Police Department by calling 908-766-0037 or email admin@bernardsvillepd.org.

The collection will kick off at the Bernardsville Police Department National Night Out (NNO) event to be held at 6:30 PM on August 3rd, at the Polo Grounds on Seney Drive. Anyone who would like to make a donation can bring the supplies to NNO where a collection bin will be on site to receive the supplies. Materials will continue to be collected throughout the month of August at the Police Department and other locations in town that will be identified in the near future.

 

“Community policing involves developing partnerships and engaging in active problem solving. This initiative accomplishes both. More importantly, it’s a way for our officers and employees to develop trust, build relationships and give back to the community we serve”, said Chief Valentine.

For information about this press release contact Chief Kevin Valentine or Ptl. Tim Richard at  (908) 766 – 0037.

BERNARDSVILLE POLICE TO HOLD NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2021 ON AUGUST 3rd. 

July 13, 2021

BERNARDSVILLE POLICE to Hold NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2021 on August 3rd. 

 Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine announced today that the department is hosting the Annual National Night Out event on August 3rd 2021 from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM. The National Night Out program was introduced by the National Association of Town Watch in 1984.  The event serves to foster crime and drug prevention awareness and promotes positive police-community partnerships.

 

The Bernardsville Police Department will be hosting National Night Out at the Borough Polo Grounds in partnership with the Bernardsville Recreation Department, the Bernardsville Fire Department, Downtown Bernardsville, Wavelength Audio Video, Shoprite of Bernardsville, the Bernards Lions Club, local businesses and service organizations.  There will be a display of emergency vehicles and equipment, music, refreshments, community displays, and a family friendly movie.  Also participating this year will be representatives from the L.E.A.D. organization (Law Enforcement Against Drugs). They will be present to with local L.E.A.D Officers to answer questions about the new drug education and prevention curriculum that will be replacing DARE in local schools next year.

Local non-profit, service organizations, and community based businesses interested in participating can contact Lt. Gardner or Ptl, Tim Richard at the Police Department by calling 908-766-0037 or via an email to their attention at admin@bernardsvillepd.org. Space is limited so get involved sooner than later. Additional information about this event will follow will be posted on the Police Department website at www.bernardsvillepd.org or on our Facebook page.

“This year’s event is special as we come together after canceling last year’s event in response to the COVID 19 pandemic,” said Chief Kevin Valentine. “The Police Department received a lot of community support throughout the last year and we look forward to expressing our appreciation for that support at this year’s Night Out”, said the Chief.

The Department continues to monitor the COVID 19 Health Emergency and will take the necessary action to ensure this event is conducted safely. Participants are encouraged to take any necessary precautions such as mask wearing or social distancing as they need.

Press Release Information: Lt. John Gardner at 908-766-0037.

NEWS RELEASE – July 21st, 2021

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Arrest

On Thursday, July 15th, 2021 at 9:40 PM the Bernardsville Police Department arrested Harry Douglas Kirk of Farmington Hills Michigan with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. While on patrol, Officer Anthony Foley initiated a Motor Vehicle Stop for traffic violation observed in the area of Mount Airy Road. As a result of the officer’s motor vehicle investigation, it was determined that Mr. Kirk was unlawfully in possession of a loaded .38 caliber handgun. Harry Douglas Kirk was charged with 2c:39-5B(1) Unlawful Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree and multiple motor vehicle violations. Mr. Kirk was released on a summons pending his court appearance in Somerset County Superior Court.

Note: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the chargers are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

NEWS RELEASE – July 12, 2021 Stolen Vehicles Reported to Police

On Saturday, July 10th, 2021 three vehicles were reported stolen from private driveways in the Borough. All of the vehicles were taken overnight between Friday, July, 9th and Saturday morning. Additionally, several other vehicles in the Borough were entered and had personal property removed. In a related matter, the police recovered another vehicle previously reported as being stolen from a residence in Newark.

Crest Drive
A White 2017 Ford Explorer was reported stolen from a driveway on Crest Drive. The keys were reportedly left in the vehicle which was unlocked at the time of the theft. The owner reported that a set of golf clubs valued at approximately $1,000.00 were in the vehicle and was also taken.

Crest Drive
Police recovered a Nissan that was previously reported stolen in Newark NJ. The vehicle was retained by the Police and will be returned to the owner.

Seney Drive
Two vehicles were reported stolen from a residential driveway on Seney Drive. A White 2016 Range Rover was reported stolen along with a wallet containing identification and credit cards that were in the vehicle. The second vehicle reported stolen from the same driveway was a 2019 Blue Jeep Grand Cherokee that contained personal property including a wallet, a purse, and sunglasses. Both vehicles were reportedly unlocked and had keys in the vehicle. Another vehicle parked in the same driveway, a 2017 Cadillac Escalade, was entered, however, nothing of value was taken. Additionally, a 2014 Jeep Wrangler parked in the driveway sustained damage when the actors fleeing in the stolen Range Rover struck the parked vehicle in the driveway.

Old Fort Road
A resident reported that their 2018 Chevy Suburban was entered and a wallet and several items of value were removed from the vehicle. The vehicle was unlocked at the time the theft occurred.

Old Fort Road
A resident reported that a 2006 Grey Lexus was entered but nothing of value was reported missing at this time. The vehicle was unlocked at the time the incident occurred.

Beverly Drive
A resident reported that two vehicles parked in a driveway at that location were entered. The vehicles were a 2021 Black Mercedes Benz and a 2006 Brown Jeep Liberty. Nothing was reported missing at this time. The vehicles were unlocked at the time the incident occurred.

As the result of the investigation into these crimes conducted by Ptl. Christopher Luckenbach and Ptl. Peter Archibald of the Bernardsville Police Department and members of the Newark Police Department, the two vehicles reported stolen from Seney Drive were recovered later in the day on Saturday in Newark. There have been no arrests made at this time and the investigation is continuing.

Police are asking residents in the area of the reported thefts to review any security cameras recordings they may have to see if they captured any information that might aid police in this
investigation. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Bernardsville Police Department at 908-766-0037. “Bernardsville and surrounding towns are continuing to receive reports of vehicle thefts and thefts of property from vehicles during the overnight hours,” said Police Chief Kevin Valentine. In recent years the majority of these crimes take place during the” late spring, summer and early fall seasons” The Police Department encourages residents to immediately report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood both during the day and at night by calling police directly at 908- 766-0037. Police will ask for a description of the activity observed, the location, and a description of any people or vehicles involved in the activity you report. More importantly, Police are advising residents to lock their vehicles and remove the keys and valuables from them before parking them in your driveway at night. “In most all of these crimes reported, the vehicles are left unlocked and the keys are left in the cars”, said Chief Valentine.

In an effort to remind people to secure their vehicles, the Department has distributed related crime prevention material along with LOCK IT or LOSE IT key chains. The material will be available at the Bernardsville National Night Out Event to be held at the Polo Grounds at 6:30 PM on August 3, 2021. The material has also been made available for distribution at Police Headquarters, the Bernardsville Library and randomly selected businesses throughout town.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Det. Justin Alt or Chief Kevin Valentine by calling the Police Department at 908-766-0037.

Employment Opportunities at BPD

The Bernardsville Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer and Special Law Enforcement Officer II until June 28, 2021. Below are the links to documents related to the application process that can be printed out for use in the application process. 

Current Positions Available Listed Below:

POLICE OFFICER POSITIONS:

POLICE OFFICER –  Currently Accepting Applications (DEADLINE 06/28/2021)

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POLICE OFFICER SLEO II (PT) – Currently Accepting Applications (DEADLINE 06/28/2021)

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POLICE OFFICER – PT SLEO III (PT) – No Positions Available

All Police Officer Applicants (Regular and SLEO II and III) must return the General Employment Application, a current resume, cover letter, Police Officer Applicant Essential Functions Form, and the Applicant Drug Testing Notification Form available in the links listed below.

Print out, complete, and return the below documents along with a copy of a resume and cover letter according to instructions in the document. Police  Officer applicants must complete and return all three documents to the Police Department before the application deadline.

1.     Application General Employment

2.    Police Officer Applicant Essential Functions Form

3.    BPD Applicant Drug Testing Notification

All application forms must be printed out, completed and returned to Kristine McNamara in person or via email to admin@bernardsvillepd.org prior to the posted deadline.

Bernardsville Police Department, 166 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924.

Bernardsville Police Department Commemorates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

The Bernardsville Police Department has partnered with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which was April 18–24, 2021.
The Bernardsville Police Department has placed magnets on Police Cars to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available. The magnets display this year’s theme- Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities.
The faces of crime victims are those of our family, friends, neighbors, and community members. This year’s theme celebrates the contributions that we all can make toward building trust in our community’s capacity to support the healing journeys of crime victims.
For additional information about this year’s NCVRW or how to obtain assistance, please contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy at 908-575-3359 or visit the website at scpo.net 
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Stolen Vehicle Reported To Police Recovered in Newark

On Saturday, April 24 2021 at 8:50 A.M a resident of Fox Hollow Trail reported to the Bernardsville Police Department that a black 2017 BMW X1 valued at approximately $34,500.00 had been stolen. The resident reported that the BMW was stolen while it was parked in the driveway outside the residence sometime in the overnight period between April 23 and April 24, 2021. The owner of the car was unable to tell the police if the vehicle was locked or if the keys were in the car.  At approximately 12:30 P.M. on April 24 2021 the vehicle was recovered in Newark NJ.

The incident remains under investigation by the Bernardsville Police Department Detective Bureau.  Police are asking residents in the area of the reported thefts to review any security camera recordings they may have to see if they captured any information that might aid police in this investigation. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Police Department at 908-766-0037.

“Historically, Bernardsville and surrounding towns see an increase in reports of thefts of vehicles and in thefts of property from vehicles in the late spring, summer, and early fall seasons. It is important to lock vehicles and secure the keys in a secure place to prevent them from being stolen,” said Lt. Remian. The Police Department encourages residents to report any suspicious activity, persons, or vehicles immediately to the police by calling the police directly at 908-766-0037. Police will ask for a description of the activity observed at the location and a description of any people or vehicles involved in the activity you report.

In an effort to remind people to secure their vehicles, the Department is distributing related crime prevention tips along with LOCK IT or LOSE IT key chains. The material is available at Police Headquarters, the Bernardsville Library, and randomly selected businesses throughout town.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Lt. John Remian at jremian@bernardsvillepd.org or by phone at 908-766-0037.

BERNARDSVILLE MAN ARRESTED-CHARGED WITH ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD

BERNARDSVILLE, N.J. – Bernardsville Borough Chief of Police Kevin Valentine announced the arrest of Sammy C. Gonzalez, age 28, of Mine Avenue, Bernardsville, New Jersey. It is alleged that on
April 11 2021 Gonzalez sent a child inappropriate photos of himself to the child’s cell phone.

On Sunday, April 25, 2021, Gonzalez was arrested by Det. Justin Alt and Ofc. Richard Cowan of the Bernardsville Police Department and charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a
crime of the Second Degree. Gonzalez was remanded to Somerset County jail pending his first appearance in Somerville, N.J.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Lt. John Remian at jremian@bernardsvillepd.org or by phone at 908-766-0037.

NOTE:
We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty

04 26 2021 TOMS RIVER WOMAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF COCAINE AND DWI IN BERNARDSVILLE

A Toms River woman was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine while under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle under the influence, careless driving, and failure to maintain a lane after a traffic stop in Bernardsville on April 21, 2021.

Jamie Polanco, age 32, Brookside Drive Toms River N.J., was stopped by Officer Tyler Demott at 10:16 P.M. for failing to keep right and careless driving offenses. During the arrest, Polanco was found to be in possession of cocaine, a 3rd degree crime and drug paraphernalia.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Lt. John Remian at jremian@bernardsvillepd.org or by phone at 908-766-0037.

NOTE:

We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

04 26 2021 Bernardsville Police Dept. Collects Unused Prescription Drugs

Bernardsville, NJ – On Saturday, April 24th, 2021 the Bernardsville Police Department joined the DEA , the Somerset County Prosecutors Office, law enforcement agencies across the country, and Community In Crisis to provide an opportunity for the public to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The Police Department joined the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and law enforcement agencies from across the country in participating in the DEA’s Operation Take Back.

Chief Valentine reported that 15 lbs. of unused prescription drugs were collected this year in an effort to address a vital public safety and public health issue.  “Medicines that are stored unprotected in home medicine cabinets can easily be misused or abused “Improperly disposing of unused drugs by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can create a potential safety and health hazard” said Chief Kevin Valentine. Chief Valentine also thanked the local nonprofit Community In Crisis organization, located in Bernardsville, for utilizing their resources to help get information out to the community about this event.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or future Operation Take Back Day events, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.