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RAHWAY POLICE ANNOUNCE
YEAR-ROUND MEDICINE DROP-OFF SITE
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
“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 www.nj.gov/oag/ca/meddrop. 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.
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
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
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
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.
RAHWAY POLICE AUXILIARY
For further information call
Detective William Eicholz at:
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
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.
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Photo Caption: Chief John M.
Rodger unveils the Rahway Police Department’s new digital community
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
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
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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
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 www.rahwaypolice.com, or contact
Detective Sergeant Dawn Rodger at 732/669-3612.
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
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
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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
The Rahway Office of Emergency Management have partnered with
The Disaster Resistant Communities Group to provide information and training
for disaster planning and preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation
video training. This training is free to the Rahway Community. This
information can be viewed at link listed below.
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