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Police Official Thanks Mayor, Directors for Post-Shooting Response

Gloucester Township's deputy police chief thanks three township officials for their efforts in the wake of the Dec. 28 shooting inside police headquarters.

Gloucester Township Police Deputy Chief David Harkins used his final opportunity to speak during Monday night's Township Council meeting to thank three officials he says were a huge help as the township's men and women in blue recovered from the Dec. 28 shooting inside police headquarters.

"I just want to publicly thank Mr. (Tom) Cardis, the mayor (David Mayer), Mr. (Len) Moffa and all the support that we got from the incident of the shooting at police headquarters, especially Mr. Moffa and Mr. Cardis, to ensure that our police station was restored as quickly as possible. Personally thank them," Harkins said. "The many officers have to pass through there and are working there now, and it was very important for us to get it back to a level of normalcy."

Cardis is the township's business administrator and Moffa its public works director.

A man arrested early on Dec. 28 disarmed a police officer as he was being processed on a domestic-violence stalking charge and began firing the officer's weapon, according to authorities. The gunman, identified by police as Eddie Jones III, 39, of Willingboro, was shot and killed by police.

"On behalf of the chief, we wanted to thank (everyone for) all the support that we got," Harkins added. "Even just the visual reminders, to get them erased by public works, they put in some long hours and it's greatly appreciated by the police department."

Mayer and Police Chief W. Harry Earle did not attend Monday's meeting. They instead attended a session on school security.

Monday's was the first public-action Council meeting (not including the Jan. 2 reorganization meeting) since the shootout inside the police station.

Pete Heinbaugh January 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM
We are fortunate. Our police force conducts itself with dignity and professionalism. The Chief and the Deputy Chief set that tone for the department, and in doing so, command respect.
Diane Kozak January 16, 2013 at 02:05 PM
I am proud to live in Gloucester Township. We have an excellent police department. Deputy Chief Harkins is an asset to the department and a good man. In addition, we are very fortunate to have Dave Mayer as our Mayor. He has the best interest of the citizens of Gloucester Twp. in mind and exhibits professionalism always.
Sonia January 16, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Birds of a feather flock together. You've been compensated well Deputy Harkins, it's no secret.
Concerned Citizen January 17, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Keep drinking the Kool-aid people.. Guess the dep chief must want something.
Ben January 17, 2013 at 03:06 AM
He's crooked and running with the rest of the bad boys.
Darren Gladden January 17, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Just got some news from some County Boys today that stated Deputy Chief Harkins did not GIVE us all the WHOLE truth were you not at a meeting Chief when the county went out and bought there APC "SMH" DID U LISTEN TO WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY .......Honensty, Respect, and Fairness ........"REAALLLYYYYYY" .......Well I use words like truth , JUSTICE and the American way ......Now enjoy the scene PEEPS http://youtu.be/5j2F4VcBmeo
Sybil Evans January 17, 2013 at 06:03 PM
OK superman, explain to us what your comment has to do with this situation. Who cares where the chief was? If he was home sleeping would that have prevented Eddie Jones III from stealing a gun off a cop and opening fire? Your comments are so ridiculous anymore. It is obvious why the police need an armored vehicle seems we have a few other brain dean idiots in this town that the residents need protection from.
Darren Gladden January 18, 2013 at 05:36 AM
I will in do time ....Sean
Peggy February 23, 2013 at 05:43 AM
Mayor David Mayer aka Best4gt Frank Mellace aka ymbdfa Social security and blackout windows - headquarters to where internet site is being worked on in the Hillcrest area.

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