It is with great sadness that the JCPD announces the untimely tragic line of duty death of police office Melvin Santiago

police-officer-melvin-santiago-killed-walgreenOFFICER SANTIAGO AND HIS PARTNER RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF AN ARMED ROBBERY AT THE WALGREENS PHARMACY LOCATED ON JFK BOULEVARD AND COMMUNIPAW AVENUE AT 0409 HRS.

UPON THEIR ARRIVAL AN ARMED ACTOR IDENTIFIED AS LAWRENCE CAMPBELL OPENED FIRE ON OFFICER SANTIAGO AS HE ATTEMPTED TO EXIT THE POLICE VEHICLE. AFTER FATALLY INJURING OFFICER SANTIAGO HE DIRECTED HIS GUNFIRE ON A RESPONDING POLICE VEHICLE STRIKING THE WINDSHIELD MULTIPLE TIMES.

RESPONDING UNITS EXCHANGED GUNFIRE WITH THE ACTOR FATALLY WOUNDING HIM AT THE SCENE.

OFFICER SANTIAGO WAS APPOINTED TO THE JERSEY CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT IN JULY 2013 AND UPON GRADUATION WAS ASSIGNED TO THE WEST DISTRICT.

WE SHARE THE TRAGIC LOSS OF OUR FALLEN BROTHER MELVIN WITH HIS FAMILY.

MAY HE REST IN PEACE!

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS AS FOLLOW;

 Viewing:

Thursday July 17, 2014 1300 to 2100 hrs.

McLaughlin Funeral Home, 625 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City NJ

Due to limited parking, attending out of town units are requested to park at the Westside Station NJ Transit Hudson Bergen Light Rail Parking Lot located on Claremont Avenue between West Side Avenue and Mallory Avenue. Shuttle busses will provide transportation to and from the funeral home.

Funeral:

Friday July 18, 2014

Saint Aloysius R.C. Church, 691 West Side Avenues, Jersey City NJ

The marching contingent from McLaughlin Funeral home to Saint Aloysius Church will consist of Jersey City Police Department ONLY. Other departments/agencies sending representation are requested to report to Lincoln Park located adjacent to the church. Responding units are asked to use the Lincoln Park Duncan Avenue Route 1/9 truck entrance where Hudson County Sheriffs personnel will assist with vehicle staging. Report time is 0930 hrs.

 Internment:

Friday July 18, 2014

 Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington NJ.

It is requested that due to logistical constraints graveside participation will be limited to JERSEY CITY POLICE PERSONNELL ONLY.

 Perimeter security protocols have been established as per direction of the North Arlington PD, Bergen County PD and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and will be strictly enforced.

Honor Guards:

Agency/Departments sending Honor Guard Units are requested to report to St. Aloysius Church @ 0930 hrs. On Friday July 18th 2014.

Units are requested to contact Lt. Mark Miller, FOP honor Guard Commander @ 201 705-8168 for additional information if required.

Bag Pipe Units:

Due to limited space, Pipe Band representation will be provided by the JCPD, JCFD and the PAPD. For additional information contact Lt. Michael Kenny @ 201 744-7140

 BY AUTHORITY OF:

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY JAMES SHEA & CHIEF ROBERT COWAN, JCPD

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WE ARE HERE FOR YOUR SAFETY