Have a Happy & Safe Fourth of July

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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:

  1. Never hand a lighted sparkler to another person. Give them an unlit sparkler and then light it. If a youth is holding the sparkler, have an adult light it. Only light one at a time and hold one sparkler at a time.
  2. Those using sparklers should stand at least six feet away from each other. Never use a sparkler when sitting down or holding a child.
  3. Be aware that sparks can ignite clothing, so avoid loose fitting clothes that could catch fire. Closed-toe shoes help prevent foot burns.
  4. The sparkler wire stays hot long after the flame has burned out, so drop the used sparklers directly in a bucket of water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independence Day Celebration Tonight

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeking Public Assistance

 

The above pictured suspects are wanted in connection with the June 20th burglary to a maintenance building at a local apartment complex.  They are believed to be operating a gray Kia Sportage (pictured above).

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Chase Messer at 732-363-0200 ext. 5348

 

Officer Jerome Cohen Sr. Receives NAACP Honors

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officer’s Honored at Rutgers University

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pictured Left to Right: Capt. Tom Langenberger, Harry Delgado NJSACOP, Chief Gregory Meyer, D/Sgt. Jeannette Shimonovich, Sgt. Robert Shimonovich & Sgt. Peter LaRosa.
The Lakewood Police Department is proud to announce that after completing the rigorous process we were awarded our Certificate of Accreditation at last night’s Township Committee meeting by Harry Delgado, NJSACOP Accreditation Program Manager.
This journey, led by Chief Greg Meyer and managed by D/Sgt. Jeannette Shimonovich took a little over two years to complete. Accreditation programs have long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. It is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards.

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Click or Ticket 2017

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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.

 

 

Upcoming Traffic Detour

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Starting Monday May 15th between the hours of 9am and 5pm, westbound traffic will be shut down at Somerset Avenue. Vehicles will be re-routed north on Somerset Ave, to E. Kennedy Blvd and then back down Twin Oaks Drive to E. County Line Road.

The project, which includes the installation of new curbing and sidewalks will last approximately three weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Police Unity Tour Day 4

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Pictured left to right: Lisa Preslar, Sgt. Thomas D’Elia and Sgt. David Sussman (Retired)

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Pictured left to right: Officers Ryan Dancey, Edgardo Vega Jr. and Sgt. Thomas D’Elia.

 

Today our riders will cover the 30+ miles from Annapolis MD to Washington D.C. Although this stretch of their journey seems short in comparison to the previous days, the terrain is made mostly of hills making it just a little more challenging.

Upon arriving in DC they will be greeted by family, friends, supporters and hundreds of other police officers as they start the official beginning of National Police Week 2017!

 

2017 Police Unity Tour Day 3

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Pictured left to right: Lisa Preslar, Sgt. Thomas D’Elia and Sgt David Sussman (Retired)

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Today the riders will be embarking on an 80+ mile ride to Annapolis Maryland. They have already completed a little over 30 miles and have stopped for a well deserved lunch hosted by the Greenwood Fire Company in Greenwood Delaware.