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Collection program addresses growing problem of prescription drug abuse & concerns about improperly discarded medicines harming the environment

Rahway – The Rahway Police Department is implementing a free medicine-collection program for Rahway residents to safely dispose of unwanted, expired or unused medicines.
The collection site box provided by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs allows the drop off of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as pet medicines.

Medicines from households are accepted 24 hours per day, 365 days a year at the Rahway Police Department lobby located at 1 City Hall Plaza Rahway ,NJ 07065.

“The drop-off program is a free, anonymous, no-questions-asked initiative that prevents drug
abuse and theft by ridding our homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and medicines.” said Rahway Police Chief John M. Rodger.

“Unused medicine left in the home poses health and safety threats, and improperly disposed of medicines can end up in our water system and streams, and harm wildlife”, said Rahway Mayor Samson Steinman. “This year-round collection program helps prevent crime and protects the environment”, the Mayor added.

“Most teens who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends, straight from their home medicine cabinet.” according to Rahway Municipal Alliance Coordinator President Andrea Zapcic. “Painkillers, depressants, stimulants, and over-the-counter cough medicines are the medicines most often abused. These are the most important drugs to remove from your home if they are unwanted, expired or unused.” Ms. Zapcic added.

According to a 2011 National survey on drug use and health, more than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs. Nationally, every day approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

Please keep medicines in their original container when utilizing the drop-box. If possible, please cross out any personal information on the prescription bottle, and place the bottle in a clear plastic baggie. Please note that the drop-off site is for individuals only. No medicines will be accepted from businesses, healthcare facilities, pharmacies, medical offices, or veterinary clinics. The drop box cannot accept syringes.

If you need additional information, please visit the Project Medicine Drop website at The website is loaded with information on the best ways to dispose of unused medications, and ideas on how to safely store medications within the home.

For more information on the City of Rahway Medicine Project Program please contact Detective William Eicholz at (732) 827-2079 or

Photo Caption: Rahway Police Department personnel receive their Project Medicine Box from the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs. left to right : Rahway Municipal Alliance Coordinator Andrea Zapcic, Detective William Eicholz, Chief John. M. Rodger, and Douglas S. Collier- Drug Initiative Coordinator & Law Enforcement Officer- NJ Office of the Attorney General/ Division of Consumer Affairs.

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Rahway Police Auxiliary now accepting applications


Want to make a difference?


Have you been thinking about doing something for your community?  Are you interested in learning about law enforcement?


Become an auxiliary police officer! 


What is the auxiliary police?  Auxiliary police officers are 100% volunteer men and women who want to serve their community.


Auxiliary police officers have full police powers when working, are considered peace officers and have the opportunity to do many different things.   They can direct traffic, perform crowd control, respond to emergencies, such as flooding, perform regular patrol functions, ride along with regular police officers on patrol and many other things, once they complete the Auxiliary Police Academy.


Training is done at John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains.  The training runs for approximately three months and covers everything from traffic control to self-defense, CPR, basic first aid, use of force and physical conditioning.  It is also a great introduction for those thinking of law enforcement as a career.


So what do I need to do?


An applicant needs to be a United States Citizen, at least 18 years old, have a clean driving license and no prior arrest history.


Also, you should reside in town, unless the town you live in does not have a police auxiliary program (under 5 miles from the City of Rahway).


An Auxiliary Police Officer is expected to work a minimum of eight hours per month.  There are many opportunities to work more hours with various details.


Training will continue once you complete the academy. It varies, but has included such things as ICS (incident command system) HazMat (hazardous materials) familiarization and training as part of Rahway's CERT (Community Emergency Response Team.)


There is a rank structure as in the regular police department from corporal to chief.  Promotions may be earned by those who work hard, participate, gain experience over time and exhibit leadership.


There is fellowship, friendship, a chance to learn new skills, become a for multiplier for our police department and a way to give back to your community.  If this sounds interesting to you-gives us a call!


Remember this thought-

Volunteers are unpaid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.




For further information call
Detective William Eicholz at:

Phone:  732.827.2079



Rahway Police Department Unveils New Digital Community Notification Sign

Rahway, NJ - Mayor Samson Steinman is happy to announce the installation of a new digital messaging system located on East Milton Avenue in front of the Rahway Police Department’s main entrance. This new digital messaging system will be used on a daily basis for routine community messages, but will also be used to update the public with critical information during times of emergency.

In the near future, additional messaging systems will be installed in other areas of town in an effort to expand the reach of this system. Mayor Steinman states, “I’m excited to announce this new system, which will work in tandem with our new AM Radio station to expand our reach to the citizens of Rahway in times of emergency. These additional resources will supplement Nixle and Union County First Alert, which are our existing cell phone and email notification systems, and allow us to maximize our ability to keep Rahway residents informed.”

This message system was made possible by a generous donation received by RSI Bank, and local businessman, Bernard Burkhoff, who continue to be in the forefront of supporting the needs of our community. “It is comforting to know that RSI Bank and Mr. Burkhoff are always there to help us when there is a project that needs to be completed. They are true community partners”, said Mayor Steinman. Rahway Police Chief John M. Rodger stated, “We are happy to have a new sign to replace the old one that was damaged beyond repair. It’s an added benefit that the purchase of this sign did not impact the tax payers at all. The digital sign will be used daily for routine community messages, but in emergencies it will be used to provide important information to our residents.”

The Rahway Police Department would like to thank RSI Bank and Bernard Burkhoff for their continual support. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Rahway Public Works Director Michael Smalling and his staff for their assistance in installing the new sign.


Photo Caption: Chief John M. Rodger unveils the Rahway Police Department’s new digital community notification sign.

Pictured above (from left to right): Bernard Burkhoff, Rahway Police Chief John M. Rodger, RSI Bank Corporate Communications Administrator Stephanie Allman, RSI Bank Corporate Communications Administrator Brenda Montalvan, Rahway Police Captain James Connolly.

2014 Rahway Youth Police Academy Graduating Class #13

On June 27, 2014, 28 Rahway children between the ages of 11 and 15 graduated from the thirteenth annual Rahway Youth Police Academy, which is organized by the Rahway Police Department Juvenile Bureau. The Youth Police Academy is designed to provide young adults with a better understanding of the role of police in today’s society. Youth Academy “cadets” are exposed to some of the training, procedures, and technology utilized by police officers on a daily basis. Our goal is to develop a better rapport with the children in the community by breaking down the barriers that exist between police officers and teens.

The cadets participated in a grueling week-long program that involved physical training, drill and ceremony, as well as class room instruction in various areas of law enforcement. Classroom topics included Accident Investigation, Crime Scene Investigation, Alcohol and Drug Awareness, Gang Awareness, K-9, Bomb Squad, Internet Safety, Fitness & Nutrition, and Water Safety. The program culminated in a graduation ceremony held at John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains. The cadets were recognized for their dedication and hard work during the week, and parents were able to view a slide show aptly named, “A Day in the Life of a Rahway Police Youth Academy Cadet.”

Prior to graduation, each cadet was required to submit an essay detailing their experiences during the week. Some of the most notable comments from the essays included, “Being in the Youth Academy made me feel confident…when I wanted to quit, I kept on going. I feel I have more self-discipline.”; “Overall, this program did wonders for me in terms of setting goals and pushing myself to achieve them.”; “This academy made me feel proud and confident. I feel that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. This experience has shown me that being a strong and positive person is cool!”


The following graduates were recognized for the outstanding achievements during the 2014 Academy:

Leadership: Anasia Summersett and Nicholas Nemeth
Top Physical Training: Alexis Wysocki and Isabella Wysocki
Top Essays: Vashae Stevens and Jude Chiusano
Most Improved: Ja’Quay Smith and Quincy Singleton
Best Attitude: Nicholas Weakland and Oliver Watson

2014 Rahway Youth Police Academy Graduating Class #13

Elijah Ashe
Emanuel Ashe
Alexander Bishop
Natasha Bustamante
Jude Chiusano
Antonio Dalmau
Christopher Dalmau
Imani Fleurimond
Gabriela Fuller
Adam Greebel
Suzannah Hansen
Michel Joseph
Tyler Lagun
Zayid May
Michael Mazzeo
Nicholas Nemeth
Zachary Pielach
Joel Pryor
Cecilia Puga
Ariana Robles
Quincy Singleton
Ja’Quay Smith
Vashae Stevens
Anasia Summersett
Oliver Watson
Nicholas Weakland
Alexis Wysocki
Isabella Wysocki

The Youth Police Academy is an annual program. Applications for the 2015 class will be available in February 2015. For more information about this program, please visit our website at, or contact Detective Sergeant Dawn Rodger at 732/669-3612.

Rahway Police open new 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch Center


RAHWAY, NJ - Mayor Samson Steinman is pleased to announce the opening of the Rahway Police Department’s new 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch Center. Replacing an antiquated system, this new equipment includes state of the art mapping technology that will help to improve emergency services to the citizens of Rahway. The mapping system will enable 9-1-1 dispatchers to pin-point a caller’s precise location, including calls made while using a cell phone. This is an invaluable tool that will help police to quickly locate a person in need of emergency assistance.

The mapping technology utilizes a “real time” plotting system that is highly visible on a mapping screen located in the dispatch center. The new software also has language translation capabilities that will allow the police to better serve Rahway’s diverse community. Additional features include a redundant back up system, and an emergency power supply that will allow the center to function during power outages. Other renovations include a completely redesigned call center that boasts of ergonomic furnishings to better accommodate new technologies, and an enhanced encrypted radio system that complies with Federal standards. Mayor Steinman states, “I am fully committed to providing the best possible resources for our citizens in all facets of our municipal government. This includes upgrading our parks, a new and much needed fire engine, and this state-of-the-art dispatch center. These improvements will help us provide better emergency services to our citizens when they need assistance form the Police Department, Fire Department, or Emergency Medical Services.”


Rahway Mayor Samson Steinman looks on as Sgt. Walter Wronski demonstrates state of the art mapping technology in the new Rahway Police Department 9-1-1 dispatch center.



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