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Donation to the Maple Shade Food Bank

Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 267 raised $780.00 in the popular Dunk-A-Cop tank at the 2019 National Night Out. These funds, along with a donation from the Maple Shade Moose Lodge of $500.00 were presented to the Maple Shade Food Bank to help stamp out hunger.

This generous cash contribution was combined with a record amount of donations of goods at the National Night Out event. It is another example of Shaders helping Shaders.

Please continue to donate all year long. For more information follow this link https://www.facebook.com/MapleShadeFoodBank/

Officer Buchman about to get dunked for charity!

2019 National Night Out – THANK YOU ! ! !

The Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp, the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association, the Maple Shade Police Department, Police Benevolent Association Local 267, and our community partners wish to thank everyone for their support and participation in the 2019 National Night Out.

A special thank you to our main event sponsors, Investors Bank, Roma Bank, and Carrabba’s Italian Grill. It was a night that saw our community come together to celebrate Maple Shade Township with our Chaplains, Police Officers, First Responders, and Military Personnel.

We also welcomed in our new Township Manager Susan Danson who observed first hand, how Maple Shade has earned the motto, “Nice Town, Friendly People”.

This years free, family, fun event saw thousands of community members  have the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new friends.

We wish to thank everyone for their continued support and look forward to another successful even in August of 2020.

Maple Shade PD Recognized for Resiliency Training

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal has taken steps to protect the physical and emotional well-being of New Jersey law enforcement officers by ensuring that they are provided with the tools they need to cope with the unique stressors of their jobs. Addressing a rise in reported police suicides nationwide, Attorney General Grewal issued a law enforcement directive – known as the “Officer Resiliency Directive” – implementing the New Jersey Resiliency Program for Law Enforcement (“NJRP-LE’), a first-in-the-nation statewide program to train officers in resiliency and to become better equipped to handle the daily stress of police work that, when left unchecked, may lead to physical ailments, depression, and burnout. In so doing, New Jersey will become the first state in the country to require that all state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies designate a Resiliency Program Officer (RPO) who will be specifically trained in – and ultimately train their departments in – resiliency. The Maple Shade Police Department served as the pilot program for the State of New Jersey. Under the leadership of Maple Shade Police Chief Christopher J. Fletcher, and with assistance from his team including Detective Brian Martino and Chaplain Greg Ginion, law enforcement officers and command staff from Maple Shade are being trained in the New Jersey Resiliency Program for Law Enforcement. Family members of our law enforcement officers are also provided an opportunity to go through the same training. “My goal from the beginning with this training was to better equip officers to process and cope with the negative effects of trauma that they encounter on a daily basis. In Maple Shade specifically, my vision included caring for and training our family members and Chaplain Corp in an effort to strengthen and educate the support systems around us,” said Chief Christopher J. Fletcher. “I enthusiastically support the expansion of this program throughout the State of New Jersey and am grateful that officer wellness is taking such a priority for Attorney General Grewal and Director Allende. In the end, this program helps to reshape the lens that we use to look at the world around us with an improved attitude and thankful disposition and that is something which is certainly good for everyone involved.” For more information on the NJRP-LE program follow this link https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/pr20190806a.html

MSPCA and Chaplain Corp donate to the Maple Shade Mini-Thon

The MSPCA and Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp led on this venture by Chaplain Annemarie Cook have become Silver Sponsors of the first ever Maple Shade Mini-Thon. The hard working students and staff at Maple Shade High School have taken on the challenge of raising funds to help battle childhood cancer. Their goal is to reach $10,000. The Mini-Thon will be held on Thursday April 18th from 6PM to 12AM at the Maple Shade Hight School. Thank you Chaplain Cook for your efforts in supporting Thon and the student at Maple Shade High School. If you wish to donate, please contact Mrs. Allyson Leibowitz at aleibowitz@msemail.org. Please help make this worthwhile event a huge success!            

National Night Out 2019

Save the date! National Night Out (NNO) 2019 will be Tuesday August 6, 2019 from 5:30PM to 8:30PM. The rain date will be Wednesday August 7, 2019. It will be a fun and free family event.

Please come out and enjoy the evening with us and get to know your Chaplains and Police Officers as well as your Firemen and First Aid team members. 

Please help us to support the Maple Shade Food Bank and continue the spirit of Shaders helping Shaders in need.

THANK YOU! To Carrabba’s, Manager Stephen Torrey, and all who supported the Dine and Donate Event!

“Thank You” to Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Manager Stephen Torrey and all those who supported the fundraiser for the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp and the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association that was held on February 26, 2019. Because of their participation, we were able to raise almost $1,600 that will go directly to support the National Night Out event in Tuesday August 6, 2019. More on that to come!

Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp Dine and Donate Fundraiser at Carrabba’s

Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp Dine and Donate Fundraiser at Carrabba’s

Save the Date! Tuesday February 2 6 , 2 0 1 9,  4 : 0 0 P M – 1 0 : 0 0 P M

We invite you to join us at Carrabba’s Italian Grill for dinner to benefit Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp.

Present this flyer or identify yourself as a supporter and we’ll proudly donate 20% of your total check!

Carrabba’s Italian Grill 500 Route 38 East Maple Shade, NJ 08052

If you have a Carrabba’s coupon, please consider saving it for your next visit to provide the most support to the organization during this event.

Chaplain Corp Flyer for Fundraiser at Carrabba’s 1.2019

Maple Shade Police Chaplain Activity Summary 2018

Maple Shade Police Chaplain Activity Summary 2018

The Maple Shade Police Chaplains responded to 24 activations for this calendar year. Those activations included: 13 deceased persons where a loved one or family member(s) needed comforting, 3 counseling sessions for subjects in need of direction, assistance or a kind ear, 2 death notifications on behalf of other townships who needed assistance making the notification, 1 fatal motor vehicle crash to comfort involved persons, 2 fire calls in the township where victims were distraught over the loss of their property, 1 suicide where family members needed comfort and support at the tragic loss of life and 1 squad call for a seriously ill patient whose family needed the support of the Chaplains.

Police Chaplains also performed ceremonial duties at the township council reorganization meeting, banquets and opening ceremonies.

Police Chaplains worked extensively with School Resource Officer Misty Weiss diverting juvenile offenders from the Juvenile Justice System into our Stationhouse Adjustment Program (SHA’s), providing safe locations for community service and providing mentoring/counseling for at risk youth and their families. In 2018, 18 juveniles were diverted away from the Juvenile Justice System thanks to the Chaplains and the recidivism rate of the involved youth was almost non-existent. Additionally, Maple Shade has now joined 3 other towns in forming a Municipal Alliance in the County at the request of the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and Juvenile Probation, helping in part to funnel services and support to our families in the township.

Police Chaplains, Maple Shade PD and PBA Local #267 in partnership with our businesses and community supporters organized the 3rd Annual National Night Out Event in August 2018 which was a FREE, family fun event. It was an overwhelming success welcoming all to our Main Street area to celebrate the positive attributes that bring us together as a community. The Chaplains also doubled their efforts in holding a food drive in conjunction with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA Local #267) and the “Dunk A Cop” program, where all food donated and all money raised from the dunk tank was immediately used to help stock and supply our Maple Shade Food Bank at a time when the shelves are normally running low. Additionally, the Maple Shade Moose Lodge #2682 also generously matched the funds raised by the PBA and netted the Food Bank $900 to help support their efforts. We are hard at work planning the fourth event for Tuesday August 6, 2019 (Rain Date: Wednesday August 7, 2019) and expect another tremendous experience for all! Stayed tuned for additional updates at a later time.

Police Chaplains have also worked hard in forming relationships with our first responders and their families. Understanding the challenges a career in public safety brings especially in today’s world, the Chaplains have mentored, counseled and simply listened when it was needed most. They integrated themselves into the operation of the police department to include our training components like active shooter and scenario based training. In addition, Chaplain Greg Ginion was certified as a Master Train the Trainer by the FBI National Academy in their Resiliency Program in June 2018 and the agency has been selected as the pilot program for the State of New Jersey starting in 2019. Additionally, it is also the Chaplains goal of caring for the spouses and significant others of our officers and they plan to partner with PBA Local #267 and the MSPCA to host quarterly training sessions on Resiliency to ensure the entire family is supported and cared for helping to make certain that our officers can be their very best at work and at home!

In reference to the Burlington County Police Chaplain Association, Chaplain Greg Ginion continues to serve as a board member along with Captain Chris Fletcher, who serves in a liaison role to the association on behalf of the Chaplain Liaison Police Officers in Burlington County. The Association continues to grow and expand in the county under the leadership of President Erik Jarvis and we look forward to what 2019 holds for the Association.

The Police Chaplains would like to sincerely thank all those who have worked so hard behind the scenes to make our program a success and it is our hope to continue to positively impact the lives of those living, working, shopping, traveling through and worshipping in Maple Shade. A special thanks to our board who selflessly and tirelessly give of themselves to support our efforts in making our program such a success! The current MSPCA board consists of: President – Chaplain Vince McDonald, VP – Captain Chris Fletcher, Treasurer – Chaplain Mike Stinsman, Secretary – Chaplain Annemarie Cook, Board Member Ellen McDowell, Board Member Carol-Anne Peacock, Board Member Mark Tilghman and Board Member Nelson Wiest.

MSPCA Makes Donation to “A Place To Go”

President of the MSPCA Chaplain Vince McDonald is pleased to announce a $500.00 donation to “A Place To Go” in an effort to help support their arts program. Founder of “A Place To Go” Kristi Levandoski was present to receive the donation and expressed her gratitude to the MSPCA, the Chaplain Corp, and the Police Department for their continued support.

Community Organization Expo 2018

On Saturday October 27th, 2018, the Maple Shade Moose Lodge held the Community Organization Expo at the Maple Shade Fire House. The event drew organizations from throughout the township in an effort to raise awareness of what each organization offers to the community and to the prospective member. In attendance representing the PBA Local 267 was President Tony Blinebury and representing the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association was Capt. Chris Fletcher. In addition, the children of Maple Shade enjoyed indoor trick or treating at the event in a safe and secure environment with free candy, hot dogs, and soda provided free to all.