Once again it is summer time and the police department would like to share some safety tips to keep your summer fun and safe.
With the summer here and school being out, the Pequannock Police Department would like to remind residents of a few summer safety tips;
- Children under the age of 18 must always wear helmets when riding bicycles and parents should set a good example by wearing them too.
- Children should never be left unattended near pools, lakes, ponds or any other bodies of water. Fences and gates should be checked around pools to make sure that locking mechanisms are in good working order and there is no damage to fence areas that would give children access to those areas when not being used by adults.
- During the hot summer months, children and animals should never be left in cars unattended for even a short period of time. Even with the windows cracked open, the temperature can reach extremely dangerous levels very quickly causing heatstroke or death.
- With school out for the summer, motorists should be cautious of children at play. Please be aware of your surroundings as you travel through our neighborhoods. Avoid distracted driving by putting your cell phone down. State laws will be strictly enforced for these violations.
- The police department would like to remind all residents that the private use of fireworks is against the law and very dangerous. If you plan on having a 4th of July party please be safe and avoid the use of any fireworks.
- With graduation season here, we remind all parents that the police department will continue to strictly enforce a zero tolerance policy when it comes N.J. laws and township ordinances concerning underage possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Please set a good example for your teens by not allowing underage drinking on your property.
As always have a fun, safe and healthy summer!
Torch Run for Special Olympics
Seven members of the police department participated in the Torch Run for the Special Olympics on June 10, 2016.
The run stated in Butler and concluded for department members at the Shop Rite Supermarket in Lincoln Park. Various school officials and several students from the Pequannock Valley Middle School also participated in the run. Members raised over $2,400 for Special Olympics NJ with donations coming from Crestmont Toyota, Dr. Darren McKeever DMD, Stop & Shop Supermarket, Frank's Coastal, Route 23 Honda, M John Scanlan Funeral Home and Pequannock PBA Local 172.
A Message from the Pequannock Twp. Traffic Bureau
Summer of 2016 is upon us and has brought many children and young adults out on our streets as they begin their summer vacation. This is a great time to remind the motoring public to be cautious of pedestrians in the crosswalks as well as insuring that we share the roads with bicyclists.
It is also a perfect time for Parents to remind their children of proper bicycle safety as they travel throughout the township each day. Parents, please stress the importance of the use of a bicycle helmet for ALL children 17 and under; It's the Law.
Thank you and please have a safe and happy summer of 2016!
PBA Local 172 Scholarships
Pequannock Township P.B.A. Local #172 is incredibly honored to have donated money for scholarships to Pequannock Township High School senior class. The money, totaling $6,000, is donated annually to students who have displayed academic excellence throughout their four years of high school. The recipients of this year's scholarships were Derek Nelson, Samantha Kolasa, Michael Yaconis, Ronald Aiosa III, J.T. Murphy and William Troast. P.B.A. local #172 wishes the scholarship recipients, as well as, all recent Pequannock Township High School graduates the best in all their future endeavors.
The Junior Police Academy
The Junior Police Academy will be held July 18th - 22nd at the Pequannock First Aid building. We will be accepting approximately 40 youths including 2 peer leaders to participate in the program. During the course of the week the kids will have to the opportunity to work with multiple police agencies as well as other community volunteer organizations. The goal of the program is to provide the youths of this community with a valuable experience while creating a bond with law enforcement. The kids are given the opportunity to visit the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center, the Morris County Sheriff's Department specialized units, observe Atlantic Air One helicopter landing, watch police K-9s in action and many more exciting events. The program culminates with a final ceremony to commemorate the experience with their families.
On June 12, 2016, Detective Lieutenant Michael Fairweather and Det. Steven Cicchetti attended the Pequannock Street Fair. During the event officers were able to provide residents with information ranging from current scams, drug trends and promote our prescription drug take back bins. As a result, residents were able to safely discard 14 pounds their unused or expired prescriptions.
Pequannock Township Crash Re-enactment
On June 7, 2016, Pequannock Police department participated in the crash reenactment held at the Pequannock Twp. High School. Patrolman James Dericks, Patrolman Michael Kimak and Detective Steven Cicchetti assisted the school in creating a realistic crash scenario to illustrate the harsh reality of drinking and driving. It was followed by a moving presentation by victims, doctors and our officers in the school's auditorium.