Trenton Police lay 14 year veteran to rest

Trenton Police Officer Samuel Santiago

TRENTON ( Mercer) On Monday October 12, 2020 proud loving father of two sons Samuel Santiago Jr. passed away suddenly at his home in Ewing, New Jersey. He was 47. Samuel was born on March 12, 1974 in Trenton,N.J. to Samuel Santiago and Mildred Hudson. Sam is survived by his mother Mildred Hudson, his father Samuel Santiago, two sons Dennis Samuel Santiago and Jovanny Yadiel Negron, His fiance Lexi Graham, two brothers Jonathan Santiago, and Kelvin Santiago, two sisters Jajaira Colon and Cathy Santiago.

Samuel was a 14 year veteran of the Trenton Police Department where he served the city with honor. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor and truly missed by his family, friends, and his family in blue.

Statement from Trenton Police Department Director Sheilah A. Coleyon the State Attorney General’s Release of Video Regardingthe April 3 Incident with Stephen A. Dolceamore

“This tragic incident illustrates why the Trenton Police Department must continue to expand its efforts to be more accountable to the community we serve. We must increase the rate at which we review complaints from area residents and, when necessary, take departmental disciplinary action. This matter was immediately referred to the N.J. Attorney General’s Office when it happened earlier this year.

Today, more Trenton Police Officers are equipped with body cameras than ever before. In addition, we’re starting to train officers in techniques for restraining suspects that don’t require the use of physical force.

TPD officers are contending with a simultaneous uptick in crime and a greater demand for accountability. I’m confident that my officers can – and will – meet that challenge. Trenton residents deserve nothing less.”

Trenton Police Officer Starkey returns home with warm welcome

HAMILTON TWP ( Mercer) Trenton Police Officer Kevin Starkey was released from Rehabilitation in Philadelphia on Friday, August 28th. Starkey arrived at his Hamilton Township home with a large welcoming of Police-Firefighters-EMTs from all over Mercer County, speechless as he hugged his niece and his colleagues.

Wednesday July 29th around 2 a.m.

An investigation has revealed that Trenton police officers were made aware of a social media posting that showed a group of individuals with guns driving around the west district of the city looking for people to shoot. An alert was broadcast via the radio and at approximately 2:26 a.m., Officers Michael Gettler and Jeffery Pownall came upon a 2003 red Ford Focus four-door sedan. After checking the license plate and confirming it was stolen in Trenton, the officers tried to initiate a traffic stop on Parkside Avenue when the vehicle began to elude them. The officers pursued the vehicle into Ewing Township onto Olden Avenue and then back into Trenton. As the officers pursued the vehicle past the Home Depot on Olden Avenue in Ewing, at least four rounds were fired from the Ford Focus at the patrol vehicle before entering back into the city. The patrol vehicle was struck one time in the top light bar before bouncing off the roof of the patrol vehicle. The officers continued their pursuit of the Ford Focus back into Trenton and as the vehicle approached the intersection of North Olden and North Clinton avenues, the stolen vehicle struck a responding Trenton police vehicle containing Officers Kevin Starkey and Brian Walker. Both vehicles spun and the stolen vehicle struck a white minivan that was traveling in the opposite direction.
Trenton Police Officers Orlando Santiago and Andy Gomez then approached the stolen vehicle and Officer Santiago slipped in fluids from the crash. He sustained cuts to his elbow as a result. Officer Gomez sustained lacerations to his hand from glass that was broken out. The three suspects were taken into custody without further incident. All injured officers and suspects were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center.
One shell casing and two projectiles were recovered by the Home Depot in Ewing. A FN PS90 sub-gun was recovered in the city in the area in front of 664 Olden Avenue. A Glock 26 9mm and an AR-15 pistol were recovered in the backseat of the stolen Ford Focus, and three spent 9mm casings were recovered in the front passenger seat floor board.

Woman dies after shooting in West Ward of Trenton

Jolisa Marshall 28 of Hamilton Township NJ.

Police confirmed Wednesday August 5th that Jolisa Marshall, 28, of Hamilton Township , succumbed to her injuries after being wounded in a double shooting around 10:35 p.m. Sunday August 2nd on the first block of Delawareview Avenue. Marshall was a mother to a 4-year-old daughter. Marshall becomes the 22nd homicide in Trenton of 2020.

The Mercer County Homicide Task force is investigating the homicide, no arrest have been made.

Trenton Police injured in multi motor vehicle crash

TRENTON: Trenton police were involved in a crash early morning Wednesday at the Intersection of South Clinton Ave and North Clinton Ave . Firefighters from fire station 6 ran out to assist all the injured parties involved in the crash. Trenton Emergency medical services along with Ewing Township transported multiple patients to the hospital

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office stated that around 2 a.m., Trenton police officers spotted a stolen red Ford Focus around Parkside and Olden avenues and began to follow it.

During the pursuit, authorities said the suspects fired several shots at the officers, hitting the police vehicle, but not the officers. They said no officers opened fire.

The pursuit ended with a crash at North Clinton and North Olden.

The stolen car collided with a responding Trenton police SUV and a minivan.

Trenton Police begins strong curfew enforcement with NJ State Police help

Trenton Police started their enforcement of City curfew due to Covid-19 at 8Pm Monday night by 9Pm all gas stations were closed and stores were closed in the western/Northern Trenton area the curfew is from 8Pm to 6Am. The New Jersey state police are also in Trenton enforcing The curfew and Phil MurphyGovernor of New Jersey orders. Anyone stopped after 8Pm can get a fine up to two Thousand dollars Mayor Reed Gusciora said at a Press conference at Trenton Fire headquarters Monday afternoon.

Video BY ASHLEY LOVE

From Trenton Police Explorer to Police Officer and Retired after over 25 years of Service

Trenton police Officer Luis E Cosme retried on Monday March 4th 2020. Cosme began his career in the law enforcement field as a Police Explorer from 1988 to 1994 when He graduated high school

. During this time, Cosme’s mother was a deputy court administrator and police officers had to come to the house when they needed a complaint signed.

One night while a patrol unit was at the house, they got called to a priority job and they ran out of the house, jumped into their patrol car, turned on the lights and sirens and screeched tires down the street

. Cosme was hooked. As a young kid seeing police officers coming to the house, it became his obsession.

At 19 years old Cosme began working at Trenton Municipal Court and then the Mercer County Prosecutors Office before pursuing his dream. Cosme began his career in 2003 and proudly worked 17 years serving the citizens of Trenton. LUIS COSME retire with over 25 years of public service.