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Cinnaminson Joins River Line Task Force

The town entered into a shared service agreement to work with other River Line towns for extra enforcement.

Police heads in towns up and down the River Line in Burlington County have entered into a mutual agreement that puts more law enforcement officers along the train’s route.

Cinnaminson township committee members approved the resolution at last week’s meeting.

“It’s a task force of all the police departments to ensure safe ridership initiatives,” said Mayor Don Brauckmann. “We need this resolution with all the towns to help facilitate these enforcement activities.”

The resolution says the Cinnaminson Police Department (and other towns' departments) will provide River Line patrols in their respective towns, rely on each other for additional officers if needed, and to enter into a shared service agreement to use police to enforce ordinances.

In addition to Cinnaminson, the other towns involved are Palmyra, Riverton, Riverside, Delanco, Beverly, Edgewater Park, Florence, Burlington and Bordentown.

Christina October 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Finally.....my husband used the rail line to get into philly for 2 years. He couldn't wait to end this horrible commute everyday. He would come home with stories that were unreal. Drunks,addicts,homeless and just down right scary thugs riding the rails and then exiting in Riverton and Cinnaminson. And whenever he would question rail authorities about these characters riding and taking up 2-3 seats at one time, he would be told " sorry we don't hsve enough law enforcement". really?! What a mistake having this rail line run through our town. It has brought nothing but undesirables and crime to our town and surrounding towns as well. Hoping this effort will be the answer to so many problems. Thanks...Cinnaminson police force!!!
Phil October 26, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Oh good, an article so people like Christina can come on here and bash the RiverLine. Sorry, I'm a daily commuter on it, taking it to Camden to connect to Patco. Did your husband ever ask these characters to move? I have and then apologized when, after talking to them, I realized that they were sleeping across the seats because they were coming home from overnight shifts up in Burlington or Roebling to their homes in Camden, many switching to a bus or even Patco to continue their commute home. But hey, lets all lump them in together with "undesirables". And what crime has it brought to Cinnaminson? What statistics do you have or are you just creating more FUD? I've heard/read nothing on increases as a result. I've read a hole lot about shoplifting at ShopRite but I don't see you calling for its removal or calling it a mistake to have it in our town. All they need to do is have actual fare enforcement officers on every train, every day. That would eliminate most of the issues they get with the line. I do think it's a good idea the towns along the line assist each other but my concern would be does Cinnaminson really have the manpower to devote to this?
Sarah October 26, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Everytime there's a riverline story I hear the same "the riverline is bringing crime and undesirables to our town". I've never seen one article concerning the increase in crime rates since the riverline began running. Christina P--are you aware of any crime statistics for towns that coorelate the inception of the riverline to an increase in crime? Personally I use the riverline from time to time and love it. I can take my family from town into trenton to pick up the train to NYC. Its been a great experience for us when we travel to the city.
Christina October 26, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Maybe you both need to talk to some of the law officers in both Riverton and Cinnaminson and then you can talk facts. There has been an increase in crime and they r using the railline and exiting with the bikes and riding through our towns. Again speak to our officers and get the facts. And Phil...seriously , they are taking up 2 seats because they work the night shift?! Is that why they smell like alcohol and have dilated pupils....hmmm. oh and I guess that also gives them the right to cause fights and use profanity . Oh that's right....It's the night sift.
Suzanne S October 26, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I'm glad to hear their will be a greater police presence on the Riverline. I take it every day on my commute to center city Philadelphia, it's the fastest way to get in town. I know the Riverline is far from perfect and does have it's share of "undesirables", but please keep in mind it is cheap public transportation with a popular route. It serves a large portion of the SJ community, Rutgers, Cooper Hosp., Philly, Camden entertainment center, Trenton to NYC and so on. It also has it's share of problems, I see folks with obvious drug & alcohol addictions daily and I think a stronger police presence may help resolve the issue. I'm happy the Riverline is here to stay, I think the benefits outweigh the negative and this new initiative can only help.
Phil October 26, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I know and have talked to plenty of local officers and they actually have gotten more issues out of the RiverLine from overzealous fare inspectors then they have passengers. You know what, I'd rather have the guy that smells like alcohol with dilated pupils in the seat next to me then trying to attempt to drive home, but I guess that's what you'd prefer. Profanity, I'll give you that one, but it's no worse there then what I hear people use shopping around town/the area, it's just right there on top of you. Look, I get it, you live in a cocoon where you want everything around you to be a certain way. Those of us that take the RiverLine everyday appreciate it for what it allows us to do, mainly commute into Philadelphia at very reasonable price and understand some of the issues with it.
Christina October 26, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Wow, Phil you seem to know an awful lot about my husband and me. And our cocoon we live in. Hmmm...very odd!
Christina Paciolla (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Sarah, I don't. That's a story I'd love to tackle though.
It's Your Conscious Calling October 26, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Great our already understaffed PD's now get to cover the train stops. What happen to all the promises from the state to provide enough law enforcement before it was built. Guess that was a lie.
John October 26, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Welcome to the world we live in, high taxes, vacant houses, low personnel at the job that are needed and its all for the public welfare....Nothing changes......thats life.....
Michael Makinson October 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM
There is nothing in this article stating that local municipal officers will RIDE the trains. All I'm reading is that they will PATROL the line (in their vehicles I suppose) and provide mutual aid when called up. The NJ Transit Police are responsible to ride the trains. My wife stopped riding the River Line after witnessing several incidents on the train and at the Transportation Center in Camden.
Mike October 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I have worked in center city Philly for years and I love the Riverline because of it's convenience and low fare. That being said I have never seen such drugs and crime as I have since riding it everyday, I have seen a man shooting up right in front of me and several others. I have seen drugs being openly sold and drugs being snorted off of books. I have even had my house burglarized by a man who rode the Riverline to Riverton in search of drug money and when caught he was so high the PD couldnt even interview him. I have also seen the so called ticket checkers not bother with the ones who ride for free in search of drugs but harass that hard working people who ride every day but forgot to stamp thier ticket as they ran to catch thier train. The Riverline desperately needs more police patrols.
Christina October 26, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Watch out Michael and Chris, you'll be labeled as being not in touch with the people and living in your comfortable cocoons ( as per Phil) I thought we had freedom of speech but whenever you use the word " undesirable" you are now being racist. Please...call a spade a spade. Like I stated earlier, hoping the task force will help alleviate a lot of the problems.
Mike October 27, 2012 at 12:13 AM
He's an idiot, nuff said
Dan Reynolds October 27, 2012 at 12:35 AM
It's public transit. Public. Public can be "scary", drunk, loud, smelly, colors other than white, or Eagles fans. Not everyone can afford a car. Sorry if they happen to ride a train that travels along your town. Deal with it. Or drive your own car and be in your own little world.
Mike October 27, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I guess you missed when I said they rode the train to Riverton to burglarize several homes which mine was one of. The house on the corner was was a woman who had recently lost her husband, they broke her back door in and stole all her husbands jewlery which im not sure if she ever recovered. So don't tell people to "Deal with it" Dan because we have.
Dan Reynolds October 27, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Ok, I'm sorry about your break-ins. But, they could have driven, or taken a bus here. Cant blame a train for 100% of the crime.
lesanda October 27, 2012 at 03:32 AM
All the blogs are meaningless. The Riverline has nothing to do with transportation. It was built on a political edict from Senator Diane Allen and promoted by the Burlington County Repugnant Freeholders. But unfortunately it is being funded by unlimited taxpayer dollars. Please show me a town along it's route that has benefitted . This past Sept. the N>J> Transit was to install surveillance cameras on the Riverline at a cost of $700,00.Your tax dollars.I have documented two deaths and a flatbed truck crash in Pennsauken along with seven acts of criminal activity. That would not have happened if the Riverline was not in existance. I'll close with this Police Chief Scott Perlman stated that from a local standpoint the Riverline has created a quality of life and crime issues for the municipalities along the Riverline. The other police chiefs concur
Mike October 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Don't get me wrong Dan, I love the Riverline and I feel it's and asset to all the communities it serves. However with such a low level of ticket enforcement it's prime for abuse from those looking to score drugs or to steal something they could use in trade or sell for drugs. The ticket enforcement teams NJ Transit uses are a joke and seem to selectively enforce the ticket policy to avoid any possible altercations. This is why I applaud a stepped up police presence which imo will only make things better.
John October 27, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Phil good question besides that how would the police get on the riverline from each stop or by rotating shifts, do not think there is enough man power for any of this....I would think its going to cost something tooo oh well what can I say....good luck
agent itchy October 27, 2012 at 07:00 PM
what about rt 130? how many crimes are committed by people driving a car on our rt 130? has dunken donuts ever been robbed? how 'bout gas stations? do you also want to stop people from getting off the bus? i take the river line every day and it has saved my family more than $2,000 in gas and wear & tear on my truck. are there rude and inconsiderate people on the train? absolutely, but there's a heck of a lot of rude and inconsiderate people driving up and down our roads too.
agent itchy October 27, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Trains don't commit crimes. People do. There are as many break-ins and drug deals taking place in Moorestown, Maple Shade and Mt Laurel. Check the police blotters. Ask the Cherry Hill mall how many cars got broken into last year? some people are so filled with fear it's sad.
Nancy VanTwistern October 28, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Perhaps I'm just ignorant about it BUT i assumed (and you know what they say when you assume) that the Riverline already had security officers, or whatever you call them, already. I haven't used it that much but when I did I noticed 'kids on bikes'' getting on in one town and then off in the next....and was surprised there was no one checking that out. Certainly they had no tickets....was a game to them. BUT, that's minute compared to other issues. I can appreciate it being used for transportation to work...much cheaper and safer then driving.
Nancy VanTwistern October 28, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Right, let's call a "spade a spade'................more protection for 'legit riders' and 'stop allowing 'wastes riding the rails'...........perhaps that's their 'home away from home'?
Ric October 28, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Thank goodness there is no crime at WalMart or Shoprite - just to mention two other Cinnaminson locales that frequently earn attention at the crime section of the BCT. I guess following your logic those two stores should be also closed. And let's close Rt. 130 - at least the 409 which brings in ....And close the schools...and so on and so on

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