RNJ News Department

Mount Olive Township holds it’s first ever National Night Out

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – On Tuesday evening August 1st the Mount Olive Township Police Department hosted our first ever National Night Out event. What an amazing experience! We are so pleased by the positive responses and overwhelming support from the event that we felt obliged to take a moment to thank all of the amazing people & groups that made it possible and to express our gratitude to the community for coming out in droves and making the event a success.

So what exactly is National Night Out (NNO) and why did Chief Stephen Beecher decide to bring the amazing program to Mount Olive Township?

NNO is a national effort and organization which is based on, “an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.” Since his promotion to Chief of Police in August of 2016, Beecher has communicated a strong message to the police ranks and to the community that his vision is to improve upon the department’s Community Outreach.

However, “Our department will only benefit from the creation of new relationships and the nurturing of existing friendships.” We believe that NNO is a perfect catalyst to achieve this mission.

The Mount Olive Township Police Department would not have been able to accomplish this amazing event without the overwhelming support of so many amazing people and groups. We would like to say “Thank You!” to the following area businesses, organizations, departments, and individuals for their incredible support:

Area Businesses Mike Petillo (Petillo Incorporated) Mike & Lisa Callaremi (Callaremi GMC, Cadillac, Buick) Cheryl Kane (Sam’s Club) Ben & Kyle Dellamo (Motion Auto Body) Michael’s Craft Store Nick Muscolino (Muscolino Photography)

Organizations Mount Olive Township Mayor & Council Mount Olive Township Board of Education MOMAC (Mount Olive Municipal Alliance Committee) Mount Olive Lacrosse Club/Association Budd Lake Fire Department Flanders Fire Department & Rescue Squad Budd Lake First Aid & Rescue Squad MOJESC (Mount Olive Joint Emergency Services Committee) Morris County Sheriff’s Office

Mount Olive Township Departments & Personnel Sgt. Carl Mase (MOPD NNO Project Manager & Event Incident Commander) Lisa Brett & Staff (Mount Olive Township – Mayor’s Office) Jim Lynch, John Geiger & Staff (MOT Park’s, Buildings & Grounds) Jill Daggon & Liz Meininger (MOT Recreation) Tim Quinn & Staff (MOT Road Department)

Finally, being that the Mount Olive Township Police Department has been the recipients and beneficiaries of a plethora of positive comments and feedback we would like to express our gratitude to our amazing community. We were very fortunate to have great weather and experience an abundance of fun & excitement Tuesday night. However, the greatest accomplishment was the opportunity to interact with our citizens, meet so many new people and to start new friendships and conversations. We hope the community feels the event was as rewarding as we did. We also hope that the public was able to see the many other Community Outreach Programs that we are offering and will take advantage them in the near future. At the event we were glad to release our newest 2017 edition of our Cop Card Program, introduce our new LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) USA Flag painted Humvee vehicle and provide Child Identification Kits.

If you would like more information on our Community Outreach Programs please contact Sergeant Carl Mase cmase@mopd.org or Captain Michael Spitzer mikespitzer@mopd.org or go to our website at www.mopd.org.
Police Headquarters 204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, New Jersey 07828 (973) 691-0850 (973) 691-8312 Fax
Once again “Thank you” to our entire Mount Olive Township Team, all of our volunteers, our emergency services partners, our generous sponsors & to our whole community for making tonight a success.

Mayor Robert Greenbaum commented at the event, “the feedback is wonderful and the community really seems to be enjoying the event.”

Chief Beecher said, ” National Night Out is part of our continuing effort to make officers more accessible to the public and build relationships with our community.”