ETPD “Officer of the Month” for January is Detective David Niji
Det. David Niji has been a member of the Evesham Police Department for 17 years. Det. Niji is being commended for his quick actions during a and commitment to making the township a safer place.
On Jan 31st, Det. Niji observed a vehicle being driven in careless manner with a small child in the rear seat. He immediately requested a marked unit to assist with stopping the vehicle. K-9 Spike was called upon to assist officers with the detection of narcotics. K-9 Spike was walked around the exterior of the suspect’s vehicle at which time he alerted officers to the presence of narcotics inside the car. A subsequent search of the vehicle by officers resulted in the discovery of a bundle of Heroin and needles.
Both occupants were found to be under the influence of Heroin. The driver was found to be a NCIC hit out of PA with extradition for Possession of Dangerous Drugs. The female, the baby’s mother was also a wanted person.
Det. Niji actions likely saved the life of the 19 month old and the life of innocent motorists. The child was safely turned over to a family member. Both suspects were charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Heroin Possession, and Possession of Hypodermic Needles.