National Preparedness Month

The Lakewood Police Department wants you to BE PREPARED! September is National Preparedness Month and each week we will be posting new content to help you and your family be prepared. You will always find information on creating a communications plan, building an emergency supply kit, and a ton of other resources on hurricane, flood, and snow emergencies on our newly launched section titled, Be Prepared.

National Preparedness Month starts September 1. Things are kicking off August 28 – September 3 to promote this national campaign to prepare individuals, families, and communities for disasters and other emergencies. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

Don’t wait! Make a plan with your family and friends for how you will stay safe and communicate during an emergency or disaster that can affect your community. Download the Family Emergency Communication Plan and fill out the sections before printing or emailing it to your family and friends.

Each week of National Preparedness Month has a theme to help you, your family, and your community to be more disaster prepared:
• Week 1 (August 28-September 3): Kickoff to National Preparedness Month
• Week 2 (September 4-10): Preparing Family and Friends
• Week 3 (September 11-17): Preparing Through Service
• Week 4 (September 18-24): Individual Preparedness
• Week 5 (September 25-30): Lead Up to National PrepareAthon! Day

Join us by accessing the 2016 National Preparedness Month Social Media Toolkit on the Ready Campaign website. There, you’ll find preparedness messages to share with family, friends, and colleagues. You’ll also find additional resources such as graphics, instructional videos, and public service announcements to support preparedness in your community.

Promote National Preparedness Month (NPM)
August 28 – September 3 | Kickoff to NPM

This content can be used on various social media channels, and is less than 140 characters.

• #NatlPrep Month starts 9/1. Promote the theme “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Tools:

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• National Preparedness Month has a different theme every week. Details: #NatlPrep

• Share your plans for National Preparedness Month using the hashtag #NatlPrep

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• RT This: “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” #NatlPrep

• Creating your Family Emergency Communication Plan starts with one simple question “What if?” #NatlPrep

• Does your family know what to do during a disaster? Start a plan today. #NatlPrep

• You may not be with family when an emergency happens. Create an emergency plan now: #NatlPrep

Prescription Drug Drop-Off Program

RxDropoff_picThe DART Prevention Coalition, in collaboration with the Lakewood Police Department, the Ocean County Health Department and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, urges community members to safely discard their unused, unwanted or expired medications.

Did you know? A majority of more than 3,000 Ocean County high school students who participated in discussion groups reported that prescription drugs are easily obtained from their parents’ and grandparents’ medicine cabinets.

A Prescription Drug Drop-Off Collection will be Available at:

FirstEnergy Park
(Blue Claws Stadium)
Tuesday August 30th
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Click here to view and download the official flyer.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Lakewood Police Department News Release: Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of National Campaign.

Lakewood – New Jersey’s largest annual drunk driving crackdown will be here soon. Law enforcement officers from Lakewood will be participating in the 2016 Labor Day Statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Beginning August 19 and running through September 5, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by public educational efforts including national radio and television advertisements, posters, banners and mobile video display signs. The campaign looks to curtail impaired driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.

“May people believe that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger.”

“There is a zero tolerance message for this campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired they will be arrested,” he added.

In 2013 alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 27 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities. As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2016 crackdown offer the following advise:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.

LPD Announces Sudden Death of Patrolmen Craig Lawson

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Chief of Police Gregory H. Meyer

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of 31 year old, Patrolmen Craig Lawson. Officer Lawson, the son of recently retired Chief of Police Robert Lawson, was hired by the Lakewood Police Department in April of 2014. After successfully completing the Ocean County Police Academy, he was assigned to the Patrol Division’s evening shift.

Earlier this morning, Officer Lawson experienced an unknown medical episode which ultimately led to his death. Official determination is pending an autopsy exam which is scheduled for later this afternoon at the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office.

During his time, the two year veteran proved himself to be an excellent officer and showed great interest and promise in becoming assigned to our Firearms Training Program.

It is certainly a somber day for the Lakewood Police Department and a loss for the community he served.

Read full Obituary at Dignity Memorial

Thank You Letter to Lakewood Officers

Chief Meyer:

My 19-year old son lost a 4-day old phone in Manasquan late on Saturday night/early Sunday morning. The phone/account technology allowed us to track the phone to Lakewood, specifically corner of Lexington and 4th. I will spare you many of the details, however on Sunday, August 14 at approximately 7PM or so, the Lakewood Police were called and Officer Soriano Badge #352 and Officer Ward Badge #302 responded.

Officer Soriano took the lead, and conducted himself in an extremely professional manner in assessing the situation and listening to what all parties had to say. He exercised good judgment throughout, resulting in the situation being resolved. Thankfully the phone was located and returned to its rightful owner without incident, in large part due to Officer Soriano’s efforts.

My son and I thanked both officers for their service, but I felt compelled to write this note to recognize Officer Soriano’s work.


A Ciziten


Site Update

Today the Lakewood Police Department website launched a new page in the Community Resources section titled: Be Prepared. This page will provide residents with information and resources on how to ‘be prepared’ for natural disasters.

As our website, and this new section, continue to grow, we will add new and updated content so check back often.

Be Ready. Be Prepared. Check out the new section now!

TLS: Reader-Submitted Thank you Officer Jones


While making supper in my kitchen, I looked out the window and noticed three boys – around 14 years old – passing by. One was on a bike, the other two were walking. I took a closer look at the bike and recognized my son’s BRAND NEW bike that was stolen last week.

I grabbed my phone, pressed video, and headed out the door.

As soon as they noticed me, the one on the bike quickly sped away while the other two kept looking back and showing me their finger. Then they both started running.

I called the cops to alert them about the situation, and I jumped into my car and headed towards Route 9.

I spotted two of the three on bikes in the Sterling Place area right near the new duplexes. I was not sure at this point if one of the bikes were mine being that the 3rd guy was not with them. However, I did know that only one boy was on a bike and the other one must have been stolen. Keeping my distance, I followed them down spruce watching them cross into the school.

The officer, Ms. Jones (THANK YOU!) met me there and told me that she’ll be going down Oak Street. I followed her and sure enough, there they were.

After being questioned, they admitted that the bikes were not theirs and taken into the car. But both of those bikes were not mine. I knew that the third guy who got away had my son’s bike. I really thought that this would be the end of the story and that it would never be located. But thanks to the quick thinking of our police officers, it was located a short while later and I was actually called to come to headquarters to retrieve the bike.

I want to end off by thanking everyone involved; all our great police officers for doing such amazing work. I would also like to remind everyone that it is very important to lock up your bikes. My son’s bike was taken in the middle of the day, while he was eating supper and the bike was parked very close to my front door. Also, register your bike, or write down the serial number. It can really help!

Mrs. H.

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BlueClaws Touch-a-Truck

Lakewood BlueClaws first Touch-a-Truck is underway  at FirstEnergy Park. Event began at 11am with a wide variety of trucks from fire trucks to utility trucks and two special vehicles from the Lakewood Police Department.

It’s Sunday FUNday at the BlueClaws! Kids Eat Free, Kids Run the Bases after the game, $2 Coronas (for the adults) and fans are encouraged to bring their dogs as well. Gates open at 12 pm, first pitch is at 1:05 pm.

Lakewood BlueClaws Website

Community Out Reach

Patrolmen Erik Menck and Patrolmen Stephen Meyer spent time on Saturday August 6 for a day of Community Out Reach at two different events.

Bethel Spanish Pentecostal Church A/G Vacation Bible School Community Out Reach at Red Square.


The 3rd Annual Community Fellowship for Everyone Hosted by: By Faith Ministries Church of God at the Lake Carasaljo Amphitheater.