Calls have been coming into our agency as well as the 9-1-1 center in reference to residents receiving text messages telling them there was an emergency and they were to take shelter. This message was determined to be a hoax and no emergency actually exists.
This matter is being looked into by the State Police as the message was received by people throughout New Jersey.
The Sea Girt Police Department was granted Accredited Police Agency Status today after a hearing by the New Jersey State Chiefs of Police.
As with many other professions, obtaining an accredited status has been a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. To obtain an accredited status requires a review of an agency’s policies and practices by an independent entity to ensure the agency meets or exceeds the prescribed standards.
The Sea Girt Police Department began by conducting a self-analysis of our practices to determine how our existing practices could be adapted to meet the standards. With the help of the Rodger’s Group LLC., the Sea Girt Police Department was able to meet, and even exceed, the 112 standards.
The community of Sea Girt and visitors to our community should feel confident in our policies and practices as they were heavily scrutinized throughout the accreditation process.
The standards used in the program have been selected by the Accreditation Commission. The Commission is a committee from the New Jersey State Chief’s of Police Association (NJSACOP). The standards have been based on the CALEA national standards as well as New Jersey statutory and regulatory laws. There are 112 standards an agency must meet to obtain accredited status. A team of assessors met for a two day period in September to see that our agency was meeting these standards. They prepared a report which was turned over the NJSACOP committee on accreditation for their review. After their review of the report, a hearing was held in Princeton Township on November 10th, 2011. At this time the Chief of Police Robert P. Conway, along with Lt. Kremp (The Accreditation Manager) and Ptl. DeMillio (Assistant Accreditation Manager) were questioned by the committee about the contents of the assessors report. At the conclusion of this hearing, the Borough of Sea Girt’s Police Department was awarded the accredited status.
A formal presentation of the accreditation will be made to the Borough Council at a public meeting in the near future. The assessors report will now be forwarded to the National Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies for their review. We are expecting CALEA to agree with the NJSACOP’s findings and grant our agency a national recognition of accreditation.
October 29th, 2011 – Sea Girt Police Department are warning the public of a phone scam that is preying on grandparents nationwide. We have received two reports this week where residents of Sea Girt have been contacted by a person, claiming to be their grandchild who is in trouble. While this scam has been around for years, it has become more sophisticated due to the increased amount of information available over the internet.
On October 24, and again on October 27th this department received reports of this scam. The typical scenario for this scam involves a grandparent receiving a phone call from a person who claims to be their grandchild (or other family member.) The caller says they are out of the country and in some type of trouble, and in need of money to pay a bill, or pay bail. The need for money immediately is stressed throughout the call and may even involve a follow up call from an official claiming to be from the U.S. Embassy.
The story used in the first incident involved the caller saying they were arrested in Ontario, Canada and needed money wired immediately to bail them out of jail. In the second incident the caller claimed to be in a car accident in a rental car in Barcelona, Spain and needed money wired immediately to pay the bill to the rental company before they could leave the country. This call involved a follow up call from a person claiming to be from the U. S. Embassy in Spain, adding a perception of authenticity to the situation.
With increased popularity of social networking and genealogy research websites, more and more information is readily available on the internet for con-artists to exploit. The con-artists employing these scams now have information available to them to make the calls sound more authentic by using the names of other family members or friends in the conversation.
While a grandparent may want to rush to the aid of their distressed grandchild or other family member, it is important to make sure all you receive all the facts and not give in to the urge to send money immediately.
- Resist the pressure to “act now. Don’t panic and take the time to verify the story.
- Ask yourself, “Is my grandchild really out of the country?”
- Try to contact your grandchild’s mother or father even if the caller tells you not to call them.
- Know who you are dealing with. If a person claims to be from a U. S. Embassy, call them back at a phone number you find for the Embassy, not the number they give to you.
- A simple search on the internet may unravel a con-artists story. You may find phone numbers and addresses used in the story may not match the actual phone numbers and addresses of police stations, embassies, hospitals, or other places where you are asked to send money.
- Be wary of unsolicited emails, telephone calls, or mail attempting to extract money from you or asking you to transfer money electronically or urgently.
- If you in doubt, call your local police department!
The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, or EAS, will take place at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on November 9, 2011. The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the system in alerting the public.
This test may look or sound different to the monthly tests which are normally heard on television and radio stations.
Please take the time to visit the FCC website at http://www.fcc.gov/guides/emergency-alert-system-nationwide-test-eas for more information about this test.