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:


Spike Night 2017!

spike night

Looking for something to do tonight? Come join us as we team up with the Teachers and Staff of the Lakewood School District and take on the students! All proceeds will be put towards the PBSIS, a program designed to provide training and technical assistance to school teams on how to implement a tiered system of support for behavior and climate issues.


For more information and some good old fashioned, yet respectful, trash talking from our opponents,  check out this video.










As per the safety of our Community, Lakewood will be participating in the “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.” campaign April 1 through April 21, 2017.

According to the State of New Jersey, 3,179 people were killed nationwide in distracted driving crashes in 2014 alone. To combat these troubling statistics, law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey will be using a combination of traditional and innovative strategies to crack down on motorists who text and drive.

Distracted Driving is…any activity that takes a drivers attention away from the primary task off driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety and injure nearly half a million people every year.

These Distractions Include:

  • Texting
  • Using a Cell Phone or Smartphone
  • Eating & Drinking
  • Talking to Passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading (Including Maps)
  • Using a Navigation System
  • Watching a Video
  • Adjusting a Radio, CD Player, or MP3 Player

Among these, the most dangerous distraction is the use of a cellular device. Consequently the penalties associated with these interactions have been adjusted in New Jersey to the following:

First Offence: $200-$400*

Second Offence: $400-$600*

Third (or subsequent) Offense: $600-$800*, 3 motor vehicle points, as well as a possible 90 day license suspension. This does not include court costs.

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*does not include court costs

Man Arrested After Fleeing From Minor Accident…….Results In Major Charges


At approximately 12:50 this afternoon Officers responded to the area of Ridge Avenue and E. Countyline Rd after receiving reports of a pedestrian that was struck by a motor vehicle. 
Upon arrival, Sgt. Eric Miick and Officers Mike Ruiz and Steven Meyer learned that a male, later identified as 23 year old Terick DeBose of Toms River, had struck a parked vehicle in the parking lot of Pinter Elementary School. DeBose who was operating a blue Toyota Camry attempted to flee the scene when a 19 year old bystander tried to signal him to stop. 
DeBose, briefly stopped but then stepped on the accelerator and advanced directly towards the 19 year old man. The man lunged forward, so as not to be run over and was able to grab onto the hood of the car. As a result he sustained a minor injury to his knee. 
DeBose continued his flight and began traveling at an estimated 40+ miles per hour, west on E. Countyline Road with the victim still holding on. 
Approximately a quarter of a mile down the road the 19 year old asked DeBose to please pull over so he could get off the car. DeBose pulled over in front of Calvary Academy School, let the victim off and then continued west. 
Officer Stephen Nickens, who was responding as backup, observered the Camry as it neared Squankum Rd. Upon approaching the intersection, DeBose drove over a curb to avoid traffic that was backed up at the traffic light. 
He continued north on Squankum Road and was ultimately stopped and arrested by Officer Nickens. It was determined at the stop that DeBose had an several outstanding warrants for his arrest as well as a suspended drivers license. 
Further assistance from Det. Oscar Valmon resulted in charges of Aggragated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injury with a Suspended License as well as a host of motor vehicle summonses. 

Police Blotter


The following individuals were arrested between February 25 and March 10, 2017. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law.

Steven Arguello, 20 yoa, Lakewood, arrested by SO D. DeBartolomeis for: Court Ordered Sentence.

Ryan Olsen, 18 yoa, Toms River, arrested by PO K. Schaal for: Assault and Criminal Mischief.

Validoro Salvatore, 19 yoa, Toms River, arrested by PO K. Schaal for: Assault and Criminal Mischief.

James Hightower, 50 yoa, Lakewood, arrested by PO K. Donnelly for: Outstanding Warrants

David Ambramov, 18 yoa, Lakewood, arrested by PO S. Campbell for: Possession of CDS

Carl Kircher, 47 yoa, Lakewood, arrested by SO M. Milano for: Defiant Trespassing

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Police Blotter


The following individuals were arrested between February 13th and February 23rd, 2017. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law.

Ebony Trice, 29 yo, Lakewood, arrested by PO K. Donnelly for: Possession of CDS

Francisco Perez-Aguilar, 45 yo, Lakewood, arrested by PO P. Kearns for: DWI

Juan Flores Tufino, 45 yo, Lakewood, arrested by PO J. Macerino for: Criminal Mischief

Osmar Meza, 23 yo, Lakewood, arrested by PO E. MiCallef for: Simple Assault

Christian Alvarenga, 19 yo, Toms River, arrested by PO P. Kearns for: Auto Theft

Timothy Peace, 51 yo, Lakewood, arrested by PO A. Letts for: Outstanding Warrant

Fredesmy Jean-Phillipe, 29 yo, Lakewood, arrested by PO V. Renna for: Shoplifting

Jonathan Colon, 22 yo, Lakewood, arrested by SO J. Curry for: Outstanding Warrant

Curtis Brown, 56 yo, Lakewood, arrested by PO J. Soriano for: Outstanding Warrant

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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

Freezin’ for a Reason


The Polar Bear Plunge raises money for the NJ Special Olympics,  and once again over 6,000 people will be jumping into the freezing Atlantic Ocean.
LPD has been a proud participant in this event for the last several years and this year isn’t any different! Anyone wishing to help support this years team, “Shock and Thaw” can donate at the following link. as always, thank you for your support!