LONG VALLEY, NJ – As Washington Township penetrates into 2022, the police chief thanked residents, businesses and groups while looking back at all of the extraordinary circumstances local police faced in 2021.
He called the year “an unprecedented change in terms of policy and legal revisions, procedural updates, attorney general guidelines, and district directives,” said Jeffrey Almer, police chief of Washington Township, in a special message to the community that the department is facing the year 2021 initially understaffed. Outside of the COVID absence, the department has stayed with full staff after two new officials joined the force, Almer said.
“COVID has now become a way of life and something we keep talking about and frankly tired of hearing,” added Almer. “Hopefully in the coming year it will fade, endemic, and we can move on without it overshadowing everything we do.”
There are a number of training options, he said, including: “Using violence, persecution, de-escalation, resilience, marijuana reform, as well as our own internal requirements that we have encouraged to keep us on top.”
Despite COVID, police continued to train more than 300 in CPR and bleeding control in 2021, programs that previously stood aside during the pandemic, he said.
They also hosted their first “Coffee With a Cop” event since the arrival of COVID, the last in 2019.
The body camera program is slated to run fully by early 2022, he added.
“While the officers already have car cameras and body microphones, experience shows that they are looking forward to the new system,” continued Almer.
He thanked groups, businesses, and families for their support in 2021, including:
- The Washington Township Police Foundation
- The Moreno Family and their annual car show
- The DeCillis family and the annual officer picnic
- The Junior Women’s Club with its community outreach promotion helps and supports overall.
- Robert Vicci’s family for directing the officers’ jiu-jitsu training program
- Coffee Potter, Orts and Dunkin ‘, among the companies, for the support
- The first aid squad and all fire departments for working with the officials to take care of the community
- Community groups like Post 1776, Schools, and others
“When my boys are struggling over the phone call they just made, the tragedy they just witnessed and had to deal with, or the violent interaction with a criminal who tried to do everything possible to get my officer after theirs Shift doesn’t come home. ” Knowing that the community supports them helps tremendously and gives meaning to whatever they endure, “he said.
“The way everyone comes together in this city is a testament to everyone who works, lives and volunteers here,” added Almer.
“As we enter a new year, I hope everyone can take a moment,” he continued. “Say a prayer for those who work day and night to protect and care for the community, from the police to the fire, to the rescue to our military, and then say another prayer for those.” who never made it home for a business trip, regardless of their job. “
“I hope you can all have a happy and healthy 2022,” said Almer. “We stay here, always vigilant, to serve and protect you. My officers are second to none, and the pride I have in them, in the department, and in their work, is immeasurably on guard with them. “
“Blessed are the peacemakers,” he concluded.
Read his full message here.