On behalf of the members of the Medford Township Police Department, I would like to welcome you to our newly designed website. We have updated our site in an effort to make current information readily available to the community.
The men and women of the Medford Township Police Department are dedicated and well trained law enforcement professionals who stand ready to provide you with the best law enforcement services possible. We endeavor to work with you in building strong, sustainable relationships to make Medford a desirable place to live, work and visit. The Medford Township Police Department is dedicated to providing quality policing and committed to enhancing your quality of life.
It is our great honor to serve you and I look forward to hearing suggestions on how we can better improve our service to the community.
Police Dispatch: 609-267-8300
Police Administration Building: 609-654-7511
Confidential Tip Line: 609-714-0302
Police Records: 609-654-5833
Police Records Fax: 609-953-3844
Criminal Investigative Bureau: 609-654-7375
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Medford Township strives to provide effective and efficient snow and ice removal to allow motorists to travel safely within the Township during winter weather events. Each event is unique, and the snow and ice control operation changes depending on several factors including but not limited to the amount, type and intensity of precipitation forecasted. Motorists should always use caution and drive appropriately for the road conditions. The Township requests residents minimize travel during a winter weather event and only venture out when absolutely necessary. This will assist both the Neighborhood Services Dept. and Public Safety with operations. Also, please keep in mind that while we would like to insure that the roads are cleared quickly, we must also look out for the safety of our employees.
Snow and Ice Control
In response to most winter weather events, the streets and roads may be pre-treated with brine and/or treated with salt. If conditions and accumulations warrant, the Township switches to plowing operations.
Primary Streets and Roadways
During a winter weather event, particularly during the height of the storm, the neighborhood Services Department makes every effort to maintain passage of primary streets and roads that link Medford communities to the County and State Highway system. Once the storm subsides these roads are cleared of snow and ice as soon as possible, and operations continue after the end of the storm. Primary roads are defined as commuter routes and collector streets under the Township jurisdiction. Secondary Streets and Roadways Secondary roads will not be treated until primary roads have been cleared. Residential Streets, cul-de-sacs and courts that are not high volume streets are considered secondary streets and roadways.
State and County Highway Systems Removal of snow and ice: Route 70 is handled by the NJ Department of Transportation South Region Office, 609-588-6214, or atwww.state.nj.us/transportation/about/directory/southregion. Removal from Church Road (CR 616), Evesboro Road (CR 618), Taunton Rd./Taunton Blvd./ Himmelein Roads (CR 623), Stokes Road/Main Street/Mt. Holly Road (CR 541), Tomlinson Mill Road (CR 619) and Tuckerton Road (CR 620) are handled by the Burlington County Division of Roads & Bridges, 609-726-7300.
Placing Snow on Streets
Township Code 129-3 prohibits anyone from shoveling, blowing or plowing snow from private property onto sidewalks, streets and roadways, and fire hydrants of the Township. Please report violations to 609-267-8300.
If off-street parking is available to property owners, the Township asks that vehicles be parked in such locations. This will allow crews to move more efficiently and effectively to clear the streets and roads without concern for vehicles that may be in the rights of way and can be a significant hazard to drivers. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Please Clear Your Sidewalks
Township Code 129-1 requires that property owners remove snow and/or ice from abutting sidewalks within 24 hours of first daylight after the storm ceases.
Mailboxes, Fire Hydrants, Irrigation, Landscaping, etc.
Curbside mailboxes may become blocked by plowed snow. The US Post Office has a policy regarding access to mailboxes. The US Postal Service does not require all snow to be removed but that enough snow is removed to allow the mail delivery vehicle to drive up to the mailbox for delivery. This is the responsibility of the postal customer. Removing snow around fire hydrants greatly assists the Fire Department. Township Code 129-1 requires that property owners remove snow and/or ice from any hydrant located on the property within 24 hours of daylight after the storm ceases.
· Railroad ties, sprinkler heads, curbing, etc., by the road edge should be marked with reflective markers that are 24" to 36" in height so they can be seen by the snow plow driver. The Township is not responsible for damage if area is not properly marked.
Snow Plowed on Sidewalks and Driveways
Snow on Township streets and roads will be plowed to the curb or shoulder, for areas without curbs. Previously cleared sidewalks and driveways may be re-covered with snow. The Neighborhood Services Department asks for property owners' cooperation in removing snow should this occur. Cleared sidewalks provide a safe walkway for pedestrians, including school children.
The Township cannot address individual requests to be plowed out due to occupational preference as this is inefficient and ineffective. Arrangements should be made in advance with your employer.
GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY
Many people require assistance following a snowstorm. The elderly and disabled often need help in removing snow from their sidewalks and driveways. Many organizations are looking for volunteers to assist those in need during and after snow events. Please look out for each other.
Medford Township thanks you for your assistance and cooperation!
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
For twenty three million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. The greatest risk is not riding the bus, but approaching or leaving the bus.
Improper passing of a school bus
39:4-128.1 (5 points) – On roadways not divided by a safety island or physical traffic installations, the driver of a vehicle approaching or overtaking a bus, which is being used solely for the transportation of students, which has stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging any child, shall stop such vehicle no less than 25 feet from such school bus and keep such vehicle stationary until such child has entered said bus or has reached the side of the road and until the flashing red light is no longer exhibited by the bus.
Simple layman’s explanation: Any vehicle approaching a school bus with its red lights activated must come to a complete stop at least 25 feet from the bus and remain stopped until the driver of the bus disengages the red flashing light.
Follow These Tips To Keep Our Children Safe:
When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
- When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
- Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
- Slow down. Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
- Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
- Learn and obey the school bus laws in your state. Learn the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:
- Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
- Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.
The Medford Township Police and Medford Township School District would like to remind motorists of this important safety concern involving our children. Please make sure to stop for school buses then safety lights are activated!
Chapel Avenue will be closed at the curve between Hobart and Branin Road for an indefinite period of time due to road repairs. Detours are posted. Southbound should follow Branin Road to Stokes Road. Northbound should follow Main St. to Branch St. to Chairville Road.