POINT PLEASANT BEACH — As summer winds down borough officials, residents, and local law enforcement leaders offered insight into how they feel the season went in the community.
“I want to personally commend Chief [Joseph] Michigan and every member of his staff for the work they did to keep the residents and visitors safe this summer. I spent almost every weekend on the beach and boardwalk and it was the exact crowd we hoped for — respectful visitors and families,” Councilman Doug Vitale said during the Sept. 7 meeting of the Point Pleasant Beach Borough Council. “There was a presence of officers not only on the boardwalk but in the residential streets as well. I saw them interact with the public and they were fantastic so thank you very much.”
Council President Arlene Testa echoed the sentiments of the councilman.
“Again I just want to echo the thank you to the chief and your amazing police officers for all they did this year. So many residents were so happy and it was just a great summer so thank you again,” she said.
During his report Chief Michigan commended his officers for their tireless efforts throughout the summer months as they patrolled communities, the beach and boardwalk.
“The police officers were tasked to be proactive and immediately sent a clear message that Point Pleasant Beach is not a town that will condone or allow disruptive behavior. This request came even with Gov. [Phil] Murphy’s new marijuana law that severely restricted police officers from interacting with people for smoking marijuana and drinking alcoholic beverages in public,” he said.
“These officers did exactly what was asked of them and despite the restrictive new laws we mostly saw families visiting our town and enjoying all that Point Pleasant Beach has to offer — a trend I hope will continue in the future. I am very proud of the efforts of my officers who were proactive in addressing problems before they escalated into a more serious threat throughout the summer. We had a great group of young officers.”
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