Severe Weather Warnings

View the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) severe weather forecasts, warnings, and updates on various forms of hazardous weather:

General information on preparing for severe weather is also available.

Another option for weather alerts, consider the FEMA mobile application, Weather the Storm. The app can give you alerts from the National Weather Service, plus other information such as safety reminders, locate open shelters and share your disaster photos with first responders. The FEMA app does not replace Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) function available on many new smartphones.

Emergencies and natural disasters can cause anything from mild to devastating damage. offers information on how to prepare and respond to a natural disaster or emergency, including:

Prepare your business for emergencies

Be sure to check LPDs section on prepardness, BE PREPARED for frequet updates and important resources to stay safe and be ready.

What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet?

Come join us at this FREE event to learn about the guidelines for
safe storage and proper disposal of your unused and expired medications.

Lakewood Police will be onsite to collect your old,
unused, and expired medications for proper disposal.

Free Lunch will be Provided
Lakewood Elks Lodge
September 14th
11:30am – 1:00pm
711 West Kennedy Blvd


Presented by the DART Prevention Coalition in collaboration with the Ocean County Elks Lodges and Lakewood Police

Download the Official Flyer

DART Prevention Coalition is a community coalition funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. DART’s mission to engage Ocean County Youth and residents in the process in Reducing Substance Abuse.

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

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• 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.


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