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Ptl. Tippin named 2019 Officer Of The Year
January 1, 2020
Ptl. Tippin, a graduate of the Camden County Police Academy, has been with ETPD since 2016. Prior to his law enforcement experience he had served as with the U.S. Marines and
obtained his bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Wilmington University. Ptl. Tippin was praised for his consistency throughout the 2019 calendar year and has quickly established
himself as a model example for others to follow.
Kelsey Knudsen (Patrolman) and Erik Jarvis (SLEO I) sworn in as newest officers.
January 27, 2020
ETPD would like to congratulate and welcome aboard our newest members of our department, Ptl. Kelsey Knudsen and SLEO I Erik Jarvis. A product of a military family, Ptl. Knudsen graduated from Pemberton Township High School (2008).
Continuing her education she obtained a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice (2013) from Rutgers University. Realizing her goals, she worked as a Civilian Police Aid with Pemberton Township Police Department whom she would eventually be hired as a
Police Officer for. Ptl. Knudsen graduated from the Camden County Police Academy (2017) and officially accomplished her dream of becoming a Police Officer. Ptl. Knudsen comes to ETPD from Pemberton Twp. PD and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to help contribute to our PD.
SLEO I Jarvis has been serving ETPD as our Police Chaplain and has been a police chaplain in Burlington County for 6 years. As a graduate of the Gloucester County Police Academy, he also serves as President of the Burlington County Police Chaplains
Association and is the Chaplain for the Burlington County Police Chiefs. Chaplain Jarvis works full time as an associate pastor at Fellowship Alliance Chapel in neighboring Medford Township where he also resides with his wife and two daughters and brings along his experience having worked previously
for Lumberton Tonwship Police Department. Congratulations to you both and we hope you all would join us in welcoming our newest members to the ETPD family!
Eastampton Youth Safety Camp Class #4 Graduates.
August 16, 2019
On August 16, 2019 the Eastampton Youth Safety Camp Class #4 graduated from another successful week. Our cadets were afforded the opportunity to meet with numerous law enforcement officials including our very own Burlington County Prosecutor, Scott Coffina. Additional instructors included members from the U.S. Marshalls, ATF, TSA, Burlington County Prosecutors Office,
Burlington County Sheriff's Office, Eastampton Fire Department, Westampton Emergency Squad, and a local guidance counselor. We would like to thank each of our donors whom have increased and once again provided a fully funded program that is free to the cadets and their families. Deputy Chief Snyder stated during the graduation ceremony, "This program's success cannot be
defined without the collaborative effort and support from its donors, our local school officials, our township council, and of course all of our instructors whom volunteered their time to speak with our cadets. This program has enabled an interaction with these kids that showed them the different law enforcement avenues they may take interest in, but most importantly it gives
them an opportunity to show our human side. It's a unique perspective that we get to show them that we are fathers, husbands, brothers, sisters, wives, overall just normal people. We've been able to build this program that promotes trust amongst our youth and it's an honor and privilege to give back to them." We would like to congratulate each and every cadet for their hard work this week! Great job Class #4!
ETPD undergoes new uniform change with the addition of outercarriers.
July 26, 2019
Chief Iacovitti along with our members of ETPD would like to present to you with our newest uniform addition; the outercarriers. The newest addition to our latest uniform change was part of a quest to find something more practical, safer, cost effective, as well as less of a burden to the health of our officers. As time has passed, technology and innovation
continues to evolve in the realm of law enforcement and this too is true regarding uniforms and equipment. Extensive research was conducted in which it was found that numerous police departments across the United States have changed to the outercarrier model. This recent trend has transpired due to case studies showing statistics of officers suffering from ailments to their back and hip areas,
places that a duty belt carrying approximately 20-30 lbs. of equipment induced pressure on these affected areas. Injuries sustained or long term ailments that could be caused would be lower lumbar issues, spinal misalignment, or muscle strains which were found to be common amongst patrol officers. Our patrol officers which are assigned to work 12 hour shifts often times are in a seated position in a patrol vehicle and the traditional
duty belt would increase pressure of their equipment into their backs or hip areas. Tactically speaking, the outercarrier model enables officers to place more items onto the vest which include an area to attach our assigned body worn cameras ensuring stability. Additionally these outercarriers are known to be load-bearing vests which reduce the stress on the lower back area of an officer. Said Cpl. Horton of the change, “Early on Chief Iacovitti
was receptive to the idea of something that could help our guys find comfort while working as well as find something that was durable and professional. He allowed us to present the pros and cons for both our past uniforms as well as the outercarrier and after the presentation, Chief along with Township Manager Kim White approved of our proposal. I think that this is a sign of things to come in terms of continuing our great relationship with our town and
I couldn’t be more proud of the collaborative effort from all fronts which has created a real working environment that people want to be a part of. Of course the outercarrier model looks sharp but I believe that the stress on our hips and our backs have been lifted so to speak, and you won’t always find that type of relationship in which people are willing to listen to your concerns and address that. It shows that our administration and township care about
its employees and if they are willing to listen and improve things that can beneficial to ones health, it’s a great thing to be a part of.” With this new uniform change, officers will have the option to wear the French blue (lighter blue) Class “B” shirt or the navy polo. We hope you like our new uniforms as we look forward to continuing serving our great community!
Brandon Picou hired as ETPD's newest full-time officer.
July 16, 2019
ETPD would like to welcome the newest member of the family, Patrolman Brandon Picou! Ptl. Picou, a resident of Cinnaminson, graduated from Delsea High School in 2014. In 2015 he joined the USMC where he served four years. His accomplishments in the USMC include him receiving the National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Medal. After his fulfillment of his duties with the USMC,
he decided to follow in his family’s footsteps in Law Enforcement as both his brother and father are currently serving in Cinnaminson and Hi-Nella respectively. Ptl. Picou enrolled himself into the Alternate Route Program and graduated last Thursday from the Gloucester County Police Academy after enduring 26 weeks of training. If you see Ptl. Picou around town make sure to say hello! Congratulations on your appointment and once again welcome to the ETPD family!
Sgt. Michael Shepard named 2018 Officer Of The Year
February 11, 2019
ETPD would like to recognize and congratulate Sgt. Michael Shepard as the 2018 Officer of the Year! Sgt. Shepard served with the U.S. Coast Guard from 2001-2005. After, he began his law enforcement career in the City of Wildwood and returned to the Burlington County area as a Class II with Mount Holly P.D. Sgt. Shepard achieved the position of a full time officer with ETPD in 2007 and has not looked back. As a veteran of ETPD his career has been highlighted with receiving the M.A.A.D. award (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and has received two Gallantry Star medals for arresting two armed subjects with handguns. This is his second time receiving the honor of Officer of the Year. Sgt. Shepard wished to thank his wife and children to which he said, “I thank them everyday for understanding how hard this job can be on them, for all the holidays and events I may have missed, thank you for always supporting me.”
Congratulations to Sgt. Shepard!
Casey Horton promoted to Corporal.
February 11, 2019
On Monday February 11, 2019, Casey Horton was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Cpl. Horton began his career in law enforcement as a Class II in Wildwood in 2013 and continued on with Mount Holly Police Department. Cpl. Horton worked as a patrolman with North Hanover Police Department and began his employment with ETPD in September 2015. His duties include serving as a L.E.A.D. instructor, Youth Academy Instructor, TAC Officer, and was recently nominated as the President of the FOP. Cpl. Horton asked to take a second to address his recent promotion, "As someone who grew up in Eastampton, I just want to say thank you to our Township Council, Township Manager Kim White, and Chief Iacovitti as well as Deputy Chief Snyder and Lieutenant Shepard on supporting me and selecting me as the next Corporal. Having grown up in Eastampton, it means a lot to achieve this rank and it would not be possible without the support
I have received from my family and the others whom work for this department, the same guys who've helped create this family atmosphere we have. I take great pride both professionally and personally to be able to give back to my community who gave so much to me. This is the best police department in all of New Jersey and I'm lucky to work for a department who is so involved in its community and cares about their people. Once again thank you and I hope to make you all proud." Congratulations to Cpl. Horton!
Officers Mulhern, Graham, and Maerten promoted to the rank of Corporal.
October 22, 2018
On October 22, 2018, Patrolmen Michael Mulhern, Daniel Graham, and Richard Maerten were sworn in by Mayor Apgar as ETPD's first officers to achieve the rank of Corporal. This new designated position will serve as another supervisory role under a Sergeant overseeing police operations and duties. Corporals can be recognized wearing two stripes on each arm designating their rank. Corporal Mulhern is a former Marine as an OIF combat veteran and has been serving the township of Eastampton for the last 7 years. Corporal Mulhern, a recipient of the 2016 Officer of the Year, is the current Domestic Liason officer, a Firearms Instructor, and also is a certified Field Training Officer. Corporal Graham began his career with ETPD in 2011 and has assumed many responsibilities. Corporal Graham is a multiple year recipient of the MADD (Mother's Against Drunk Driving) Award for detection and apprehension of impaired drivers. He currently serves as the head of the Traffic Unit, a Field Training Officer, as well as a Firearms Instructor. Corporal Maerten has been with ETPD for since 2016. A recipient of the 2017 Officer Of the Year, Corporal Maerten is the current Animal Control Officer of Eastampton.
Congratulations to these fine gentleman on being the first to achieve this rank within our police department!