Safe Exchange Zone


The Township of Lakewood has set up a Safe Exchange Zone in the parking lot of the Municipal Building located at 231 3rd Street. Because of the high volume of online selling and trading of goods, we think it is important for the safety of our community to have a designated area for these purposes. “We wanted to give the residents of Lakewood a safe location to do exchanges and make purchases that are monitored by the Police Department”, said Chief Gregory Meyer. The Safe Exchange Zone is a well lit area that is under 24 hour surveillance.

While the Safe Exchange Zone provides an area for buyers and sellers to meet, it is important to remember that people you meet online are strangers and can pose dangers. Not every buyer or seller you meet online is someone who is true with their intent. When making arrangements to complete online transactions face-to-face, residents should be reminded to:

  • Complete all transactions during daylight hours, if possible
  • Bring a cell phone in case of emergency
  • Notify friends or family about the details of the exchange beforehand
  • Never invite strangers to your home or agree to meet at a stranger’s home
  • Reconsider any transaction with an individual who refuses to meet at a designated Safe Exchange Zone.

Taking these simple precautions helps make these types of in person transactions safer for everyone in our community.

For more information about personal safety online, check out these resources:


Officer William “Nichie” Preslar Memorial Highway Dedication

270 LogoThis May marks the 10 year anniversary of the Line of Duty death of Officer William “Nichie” Preslar.

Officer Preslar, a six year veteran, was killed in an automobile accident on an isolated stretch of Route 528 at approximately 4:00 am on May 14, 2007.

The accident occurred when Officer Preslar swerved to avoid striking a deer in the road, which caused his patrol car to strike a tree on the driver’s side.

Please join us, on May 7th, as we dedicate this highway in his honor.

For more information visit our Facebook Event Page

Communicating During a Power Outage


JCP&L’s top priority is to provide customers with safe, reliable electricity. When an outage occurs, it’s important to report it as soon as possible. Reporting your outage helps JCP&L pinpoint the damage and restore power safety and quickly.

Here’s how to communicate with Jersey Central Power & Light during a power outage:

CALL: Their outage hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-8877). If they have your phone number on record, the automated system will automatically identify your account for more efficient outage reporting. Please also consider adding an alternate number, such as a mobile phone, which you might be more likely to use during an outage. The system also will provide you with service restoration information.

TEXT: Register your mobile phone and report an outage via text messaging. Interactive text messaging makes it easy to report a power outage and request status updates. You can sign up for this service by texting REG to 544487 (LIGHTSS). You will need your account number to register. Message and data rates may apply.

ONLINE: Registering online is another great way to access outage information through your mobile device. You can receive a status update on your reported outage and other outages in the area by simply logging into your account at You can also view timely, accurate, and easy-to-use outage information through their 24/7 Power Center outage maps, or connect via Facebook or Twitter.

JCP&L is committed to providing you with reliable service, and communicating with you during an outage is an imported part of that process. If you need to update your contact information, please call 1-800-662-3115. Or, if you’re registered on their website, click on “Manage My Account” and then “Update Contact Information.”

For more information regarding power outages, including the restoration process and safety tips, visit


PRESS RELEASE – Special Visit

Earlier this afternoon, Officers assigned to the Lakewood Police Department Special Response Team paid a special visit to the home of 2 year old Jayden Marquez.

Led by Team Commander D/Sgt. Leroy Marshall, several team members stopped by to deliver a funds personally donated by each officer.

In total, the team was able to raise $1,000 to put towards expenses after yesterday’s tragic event.

A gofundme page has been established for anyone else wishing to lend a hand.

D/Lt. Gregory Staffordsmith #264
Lakewood Police Department
Detective Bureau Commander
Media Relations


Special Announcement

In response to recent threats made by ISIS regarding Election Day attacks:

Although no specific threats have been made pertaining to the residents of Lakewood, we have taken a proactive approach and have increased the number of officers working on November 8th.

– Chief Gregory H. Meyer

Update: JBJ Soul Kitchen Chili Cook-Off


On behalf of Soul Kitchen, I would like to give a HUGE thank you to our first responders for your participation in our 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off, held for the first time in Toms River!!

Twelve teams came out from local police departments, fire companies, and first aid squads to showcase their chili for a great cause. The first place winner for the second year in a row was Toms River Police Department! Second place was Silverton Fire Company, and Ocean Gate Fire Department came in Third place.

A portion of the day’s proceeds benefited Hope Sheds Light, part will go to first place winner, and the remainder will help feed the hungry and food insecure at Soul Kitchen.

Thanks again for making this event a huge success! Please enjoy the attached pic!

Carol Trub
Community Coordinator