Photo Credit: Sgt Erik Menck
Photo Credit: Sgt Erik Menck
Tonight we will be celebrating “National Night Out 2017” at Pine Park between 4pm-9pm. Please join us for an evening of good food, rides for the kids and giveaways. You will also be entertained by the sound of live music from the Wilbur Whitman Band during our fireworks display!
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Hope to see you there!
We are pleased to announce the addition of ten new Recruits to the LPD. On July 14th Recruits Andrew Solomon, Michael Milano, Leomaxi Dilone, Caitlyn Kicki, Justin Burkhardt, Tyler Bennett, Zachary Hatt, Nicholas Cusanilli, Joseph Rusk III and Michael Conrad were hired.
Recruits Milano and Cusanelli were Class II Officers with Lakewood PD prior to appointment and Recruits Solomon, Kicki and Rusk were Class II Officers with Pt. Pleasant Beach PD and Seaside Heights PD. These Officers are already certified by the Police Training Commission and will be assigned to our Field Training Program.
Recruits Dilone, Burkhardt, Bennett, Hatt and Conrad are preparing to start a 5 month PTC certified training program at the Ocean County Police Academy. Upon successful completion of their training, they will increase the LPD ranks to over 140 Officers.
Good luck to all and Stay Safe!
The Lakewood Police Department would like to wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July. While many of you are closing out this holiday weekend, we would like to take the opportunity to clarify the new law pertaining to fireworks.
Recently, Governor Christie has enacted the legalization of some fireworks. You may now use and purchase sparklers, ground-based sparklers, novelty items, party poppers, snappers and other items considered to be non-explosive and non aerial fireworks.
It is still illegal to sell, purchase and/or use, any type of firework that shoot into the air and/or explodes such as roman candles, bottle rocks, M-80’s or the like. Those caught in violation are subject to arrest, fines and penalties.
Even though some items, such as sparklers are now legal, they can still cause injury and serious burns. Here are some Sparkler Safety Tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
The Township of Lakewood would like to invite you to attend this years Fourth of July Celebration. The Wilber Witteman Patriotic Band will start the celebration around 6pm tonight at the bandshell located on North Lake Drive just west of Madison Avenue. Our Fireworks display will follow at approximately 9:15pm.
Please keep in mind that both North and South Lake Drive will be closed to motor vehilce traffic starting at 6pm. Thank you and have a safe night.
Sixteen year veteran, Officer Jerome Cohen Sr. was among several honored last evening at the Lakewood NAACP Annual Dinner. Officer Cohen who received the Outstanding Performance in Community Service Award was recognized for his work as a School Resource Officer at Lakewood High School. He not only helps to provide a safe environment for students but he has also created an atmosphere that many students look forward to being a part of everyday. That was certainly echoed when several students, in attendance, took the opportunity to speak about what he means to them last night.
Pictured are Officers from Ocean County who were honored by the NJ Chapter of MADD. Lakewood Officers Andrew Meyer and Austin Letts: back row, 3rd and 2nd from the right, respectively.
Earlier this week on Wednesday June 14th men and woman across the State were honored by the New Jersey Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving at Rutgers University, for their commitment to DWI Enforcement and Saving Lives by Preventing Crashes. Three of our finest, Officers Andrew Meyer, Austin Letts and Tyler DiStefano were among the honorees.
Congratulations to all those for their efforts and dedication to protecting us and making our roads a little more safer.
Seat Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign to be Conducted Locally as Part of Nationwide
Click It or Ticket Mobilization May 22 – June 4, 2017
Lakewood — Law enforcement officers from the Lakewood Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.
Beginning May 22 and running through June 4, the annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization utilizes high visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts.
“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “In 2015, it is estimated that 14,000 lives were saved nationally by the proper use of seat belts.”
Poedubicky added that a key focus of this year’s campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front AND rear seats. The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 93.35%. However, adults riding in rear seats are buckling up at a significantly lower rate. “For whatever reason there seems to be a disconnect with people feeling they don’t need to buckle up when riding as a passenger in rear seats, and this is a concern,” he said.
During the 2016 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 387 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,551 seat belt citations, 5,517 speeding summonses and made 876 impaired driving arrests.