As police officers for the Township, officers automatically become part of the community even if they live elsewhere. Officers have spoken at summer camp programs, given bicycle and pedestrian safety presentations to grammar school children, and even represented the Township in the NJ Special Olympics Torch Run. Many interactions go unnoticed, such as the patrol officer stopping to patronize a lemonade stand set up by a promising young entrepreneur on a hot summer day.
Occasionally, the Police Department also jumps in to help during major events. Most recently in late 2012, Super Storm Sandy devastated the metropolitan area. For over a week, officers worked 12 hour shifts with no days off. The destruction in our area was previously unmatched, keeping everyone busy. The photograph below was taken on Westville Avenue looking east from the intersection of Lane Avenue. Much of the Township suffered similar circumstances, making it difficult at times to respond to emergencies.
Despite the circumstances, our community rebounded and then began to take notice of other areas who suffered considerably more damage. Two detectives in our agency recognized the need to assist other areas of the state and came up with a plan to collect donations. Officers from our department participated in a joint venture with the Montclair Police Department to collect donations and later deliver those donations to areas most heavily hit in the Jersey Shore region of the state. The support received from local businesses and members of the community was key to the success of the relief drive. Below are photographs of the collection site (the former KB Toy Store) and a photograph taken the day the donations were delivered, prior to departing West Caldwell. On November 19, 2012, a total of nine truckloads (144 pallets) of food, water, household supplies, and clothing was delivered to the communities of Eatontown, Brick, Bay Head, Toms River, and Silverton. Thank you for your support!
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NIXLE will be utilized by the Township to alert subscribers to routine, newsworthy information such as road closures or special events.
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