March 1, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; During the overnight hours a vehicle parked on Berkley St was stolen. It was an older model vehicle and it is not believed it had a key in it.
March 5, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 8:30 pm a vehicle left running on Franklin Terr near Irvington Ave was stolen. The vehicle had been left unsecured and running.
March 5, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 9:35 pm a vehicle left running on Franklin Terr near Irvington Ave was stolen. The vehicle had been left unsecured and running.
March 6, 2021; Theft; At approximately 4:30 pm a male entered the office at Richards Service Station and stole cash.
During this time period there was also 1 shoplifting incident.
March 8, 2021; Theft from Auto; Sometime over a two week period two snowboards were stolen from the trunk of a vehicle on North Terr.
March 9, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; During the overnight hours an unsecured vehicle was stolen from Rutgers St.
March 10, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; During the overnight hours a Ford work van was stolen from a parking lot at Springfield Ave and Vermont St. It was later recovered in Newark.
March 13, 2021; Burglary; Sometime over the previous few months a home on West Parker Ave was entered. At the time of the report, the homeowner was not able to determine what was missing.
March 14, 2021; Theft; During the prior week, items were removed from an unsecured apartment on Nelson Pl.
March 16, 2021, Motor Vehicle Theft; During the evening hours, a vehicle parked with the key inside, was stolen from Berkley St. It was later recovered in Newark.
March 18, 2021; Theft from Auto; Between 8 and 9 pm, a work van parked on Orchard Rd was entered and tools were stolen. The van was left unsecured.
March 19, 2021; Theft from Auto; At approximately 2 pm a male entered a vehicle in the rear driveway of a home on Vermont St. The vehicle was unsecured at the time and a wireless hot-spot was stolen.
March 19, 2021; Theft; During the overnight hours an unsecured garage on Boyden Ave was entered and a heater was stolen.
March 26, 2021; Bicycle Theft; Between 8:30 and 9 pm an unsecured bicycle left in Memorial park was stolen.
During this time frame there was also one reported shoplifting incident.
April 4, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 9:45 pm an unsecured vehicle left running at 7-11 on Irvington Ave was stolen.
April 6, 2021; Recovered Stolen Vehicle; At approximately 2 am, a vehicle stolen out of Elizabeth was located by patrols on Wellesley Rd.
April 7, 2021; Recovered Stolen Motorcycle; During the afternoon, a stolen motorcycle equipped with Lojack was located inside of a garage on Boyden Parkway South by Patrols.
The Maplewood Police Department works hard to protect the residents and their property. We are asking that you assist us in this effort by making sure all vehicles and homes are properly secured at all times. All charges are merely accusations. Each suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Thank You
June 3rd, 2020
To Our Maplewood Community,
As Chief of the Maplewood Police, I would like to address the horrific murder of George Floyd at the hand of Police Officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Firstly, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the entire Floyd family for their tragic loss. I am personally outraged at this senseless loss of life. This man died as result of an accusation that he passed a counterfeit $20.00 bill. I am having trouble grasping the reality of this situation. If $20.00 is the value of a human life, then nobody is safe. George Floyd was treated without regard for humanity. There are no excuses for what happened to Mr. Floyd. He was handcuffed, held down by multiple officers, one of which had their knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck and made him suffer as he gasped for air and pleaded for help. These officers must be held responsible for their actions including those who just stood by and did not help Mr. Floyd.
In full transparency, I must acknowledge this Police Department has dealt with complaints of excessive force and misconduct in the past. I recognized that this history would change the relationship between Police and the community for many years to come. As the new Police Chief, I assembled a team of qualified diverse officers to help change the culture in the Police Department. There was no room for excuses or denial. We have learned a great many things along the way and that the officers would not accept change easily. Rebuilding trust and relationships in the community could not be set on a timetable and would have to be earned.
The Department established goals and objectives as part of this change in culture.
Why do these types of tragedies continue to happen?
Simply, it is a lack of vision, accountability and follow up. Change in department policy must be real and not just politics. And it must be accompanied with a comprehensive plan.
Law Enforcement Executives can expect that there will be limited or no help from outside agencies.
First there must be acknowledgement that change is necessary.
The department must commit to change as we stand shoulder and shoulder with our community.
The Law Enforcement Executive should prepare a plan to the Appropriate Authority for review.
A plan with goals, objectives, timelines, accountability requirements and ways to measure the effectiveness of not only the plan but its implementation. The plan must be publicly available for the entire community to read. It is crucial for the Law Enforcement Executive and the entire Command Staff to know all aspects of the plan. They will have to deliver a unified message to all personnel on how they can take personal ownership in their part of the plan. The plan must include reporting from the Law Enforcement Executive to be effective. There must be a performance evaluation mechanism for the Law Enforcement Executive as well.
To enact change and provide true justice, employment laws need to be changed or strengthened to make it easier to terminate officers before a tragedy occurs.
The public is outraged and rightfully so because they don’t trust or believe that anything will change.
Hold people accountable! Be accountable!
Don’t defend or make excuses for bad officers!
Don’t ignore what is right in front of you!
Don’t let this happen in your community!
Take a stand for what is best for our community!