Chief of Police’s message on changes and protecting oneself

The Mantua Township Police Department has experienced many recent changes, primarily with staffing resulting from a larger wave of retirements. The retirements have also led to the promotion of Lieutenant Bill Murphy at the May committee meeting followed by Sergeant Jason Lipsett, Corporal William Donovan, Corporal Cody Mroz and Corporal Salvatore Oldrati. We take great pride in our promotional and selection processes and we aim to hire and promote the best people possible. 

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As we replace vehicles, we are working to eliminate the subdued logos on the black police vehicles that have become so popular over the ast ten years. We are now including a reference to Wenonah while making our vehicles’ logos more recognizable and approachable to our residents.

If I could pass along one piece of advice, please lock your doors! Every year, individuals walk around checking car door handles to find unlocked cars. Generally, these individuals take small items of value. Scams targeting seniors have also become more prevalent.

To find more resources on how to protect yourself against these scams, please contact our department or utilize the AARP and the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs website. Although you should be mindful of these situations, the Township currently maintains an A+ crime score rating according to

The best way to stay involved – continue to be our eyes and ears, helping us locate suspicious incidents and individuals. We are here when you need us; do not hesitate to call, even when you may think it may not be “police-worthy”, 911 for emergencies, 856-589-0911 for non-emergent police service, and 856-468-1920 ext. 1461 or 1462 for records-related requests. If and/or when you detect something, call the numbers above as soon as possible. Stay safe.

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