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

LPD Announces Passing of Township Employee Debbie Bittmann.

The Lakewood Police Department, with deep sorrow, announces the passing of Debbie Bittmann. Debbie passed away on Wednesday February 15, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. She was a valued employee of the Township of Lakewood for over 40 years and will be greatly missed by all.

At this time no memorial or funeral services are set to be held. Township flags have been placed at half-mast in her honor.

– The Lakewood Police Department

JBJ Soul Kitchen Chili Cook-Off

Members of the Lakewood Police Department participated in the JBJ Soul Kitchen Chili Cook-Off on October 22, 2016 in Toms River, NJ. This was their 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off and a portion of the net proceeds will be donated to Hope Sheds Light.

JBJ Soul Kitchen is a nonprofit community restaurant. In their pay it forward model, paying guest cover the cost of those in-need who volunteer for a meal.


October 6 – Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day

Next Thursday, the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey will be coordinating a statewide effort to raise awareness on the opiate and heroin epidemic here in New Jersey. On October 6, the DART Prevention Coalition will be supporting this event by coordinating volunteer efforts here in Ocean County.

The statewide single-day initiative will mobilize families, the prevention and treatment communities, community leaders, and concerned citizens to raise awareness of the potential for dependency on prescribed pain medicine and its link to heroin abuse rates in our state. The mobilization will have a dual focus: educating physicians and raising awareness among New Jersey citizens and families.

Engaging Physicians

Volunteers across the state will visit physician and dental offices in their community. Volunteers will be equipped with information, including a “door knocker” PSA and a copy of the CDC guidelines for prescribing, to provide each prescriber. This is deigned to raise awareness of the opioid abuse epidemic facing New Jersey and the steps they can take to stem the epidemic. Focus will be place on the following action steps:

  • Encourage prescribers to discuss the dangers of opioids when they are prescribed, including the risk of dependency and possible alternatives that may exist.
  • Share copies of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opioid prescribing guidelines to each prescriber visited and encourage prescribers to implement these guidelines in their own prescribing.
  • Provide information on local organizations and resources focusing the opioid abuse epidemic for physicians to share with their patients.

Engaging Families and The Community

Volunteers will be mobilized to blanket their community with “Door Knockers” hang tags for the front doors of local homes. These door knob signs contain an opioid abuse prevention public service announcement with information on the link between prescribed opiates and heroin abuse.

Please find the event flyer attached. DART will work with volunteers to coordinate distributing the materials and mapping out areas to cover. If you are interested in being a volunteer on October 6, please reply here or contact me at 732-886-4841 no later than Tuesday, October 4.

Thank you to those who have volunteered and we hope to see you on October 6!

Download the Promo Flyer here

PRESS RELEASE – Road Closure

Williams Street closed again? Yes, for your maximum convenience.

The Lakewood Police Department has announced that Williams Street will be closed between Omni Court and Prospect Street from Saturday, October 1st through Tuesday October 4th.

Paving crews require four consecutive work days in order to complete significant roadwork on that stretch of roadway. The pavement will be milled, paved and winterized. This will eliminate potholes and other difficulties on the road for the long term, with no additional road work or closures expected within the foreseeable future.

Police Chief Gregory Meyer sees this as an exciting development for area residents and commuters, who faced a significant amount of road work and closures in recent months. “This is the final bump in the road for Williams Street, pardon the pun,” says Chief Meyer.

The dates of the upcoming closures were selected in order to minimize its impact on area residents and commuters. Three of the four days are over the Rosh Hashana holiday, when a majority of area residents do not travel in motor vehicles. The remaining day, Sunday, has significantly reduced traffic, since most schools and many businesses are closed. We will have off duty police officers directing traffic to assist vehicular and pedestrian traffic along with the Departments Traffic and Safety Bureau assisting the Chief said.