We were happy to host a two day training session Monday- Tuesday called The Police Chaplain Program. Over 20 students from all different faiths took part in the training. Seven clergy of Cranford took part in the program. Three gentlemen even came from Boston! The training provided insight and guidance on the variety of circumstances chaplains get involved with.
On Saturday night CPD Patrolman Joseph Sherbo was at the Prudential Center to drop the ceremonial first puck with the New Jersey Devils for Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. Joe is the son of Newark Police Department Officer Dewey Sherbo who was killed in the line of duty in 1997. Thank you to the Devils for their support.
Congratulations to our six new graduates of the Union County Police Auxiliary Academy. Welcome to the Cranford Police Department! In the photo, left to right, Aux/Lt. Anthony DeMeo, Aux. James Evelina, Aux. Robert Sliva, Det/Sgt. Russell Luedecker (CPD Liaison), Aux/Capt. James Nalepa, Aux. John Guempel, Aux. Kyla Grodzka, Aux. Taryn Curry, and Aux. Matthew Devlin.
The Cranford Police Auxiliary held their annual awards ceremony last night. In addition to the usual awards, special recognition was given to Auxiliary Captain Ralph Gregson who resigned after 13 years of volunteering! Also recognized was recently retired Detective Sergeant Richard Vitale who was the department liaison to the auxiliary.
Last night Sergeant Nazzaro gave a talk about drug and alcohol resistance to Girl Scout Troop 40093 at the Community Center so they can receive their Municipal Alliance badge. Here they are displaying their means posters.
Last Thursday, Patrolman Gerrity saw the Cranford 8UB baseball team at DQ celebrating their championship win over Westfield and stopped to wish them congratulations. Great job boys and thanks to Patrolman Gerrity for completing their celebration with a lights and siren show.
This year the CPD Juvenile Bureau began teaching the 8th Grade Project ALERT booster program which supplements the 6th grade program introduced in 2014. This booster discusses pressures, prescription pills abuse, marijuana use, alcohol use, and internal pressures. Here the Saint Michael's School students participate in lesson 2 with Det Rieder and Sgt Nazzaro. All middle school 6th and 8th graders will have completed this program by June of 2017.
Our Flashback Friday Photo is from April 1924 and shows Cranford Police Officer John McNerney in the township's new traffic box at the intersection of North Avenue and North Union Avenue. The stop-go sign was manually operated by an officer from inside the box. This replaced the earlier signal which officers operated form under an umbrella.
Our Flashback Friday Photos today are two 1989 Chevy Caprice cars. The old decal scheme of a gold shield was replace in 1991 by the design utilizing the township seal. 1989 was one of only a few times that Chevy's were used by the department. Notice this was also prior to 9-1-1.
Our Flashback Friday Photo is from August 1944 and shows then Patrolman Lester Powell with Radio Car #2 in front of the town garage. The building previously housed the police department and was known as the "Bastille." Powell went on to become Chief of Police in 1955 and retired in 1967.