GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — The Stockton University Police Department's Interim Chief issued an alert Wednesday morning following the escape of four juveniles from the Harborfields Juvenile Correctional Facility.
Cynthia Parker issued the following message to the university community:
"On November 15, 2017 shortly after midnight 4 juvenile inmates escaped from the Harborfields Juvenile Correctional Facility after assaulting a Corrections Officer. At this time the juveniles are still at large and should be considered dangerous. Harborfields Juvenile Correctional Facility is approximately 7 miles from Stockton University. Although there is an extensive search ongoing for these juveniles, we want to provide our community with important safety information to utilize while this incident is active:
Keep all windows and doors to residential facilities locked.
Do not open the door for anyone you do not know or recognize, call police immediately to respond and identify the subject(s).
Lock all car doors and shut all windows, do not leave any valuables in view (GPS, Phones, Wallets, Loose Change/cash, etc).
Be sure you park in a populated area in view of other people or surveillance cameras.
If you are walking to or from class, walk in a group or in the vicinity of other walkers.
We do not recommend walking or running in wooded, dark, or secluded areas while this event is active.
The shuttles are also available for transportation if you do not feel safe walking.
If you need an escort to or from a location please contact Stockton Police at 609-652-4390.
There will be an increased police presence during this active situation. We ask that our community remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to Stockton Police immediately at 609-652-4390 or by dialing 9-1-1.
We will provide updated information as we receive it. Thank you for your cooperation.
Cynthia Parker #1729
Interim Chief of Police
Stockton University Police Department"