Long Beach Township Police Department Unveils New DARE Truck

By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Oct 02, 2019
Photo by: Officer Megan Keller

Long Beach Township — Out with the old; in with the new. The Long Beach Township Police Department has retired its previous DARE vehicle – a 2006 Dodge Magnum obtained at the time by Lt. Paul Vereb, now retired, through donations and department funding – and has unveiled its new truck for use in community policing and the DARE program.

“The Dodge Magnum had served its purpose and is no longer operational,” the police department stated. “In 2018, Officer Megan Keller spoke with Mr. Richard Carolan of the Tina and Richard V. Carolan Foundation, and mentioned that the department could use a new Community Policing and D.A.R.E. vehicle. A few months later, Mr. Carolan made that a reality by donating the funds to purchase a 2019 Ford F-150 to help facilitate the program.”

In addition to the generosity of the Carolan Foundation, “Officer Megan” – as she’s known in local schools – was able to secure funding to purchase a custom vehicle wrap by Coastal Sign and Design, located in West Creek. Sponsors from the area – including Fantasy Island, How You Brewin?, The Seashell Resort and Beach Club, Stretch Cleaning and Restoration, Brennan Fuel, the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs of LBI and the Long Beach Island Chamber of Commerce – all donated money toward the vehicle, “helping it catch the public’s eye,” the department noted.

“Tronix Car and Marine Audio of Barnegat installed the tonneau cover, running boards, tires and rims,” the LBTPD added, “and Magic Wash of Manahawkin agreed to wash the truck for free, for life, so it can make appearances at special events.

“Mena Web Agency, which helps maintain the department’s website, also donated toward the truck.”

This past June, the new vehicle was displayed at the Police Security Expo in Atlantic City, by Federal Signal, which also donated the truck’s push bumper and extra emergency lights.

Traffic Safety Officer Neil Rojas, who oversees the police department’s fleet, was integral in the process of purchasing the vehicle, as well as setting it up for the emergency radio and lighting installation.

“The total cost (to the department) to complete the vehicle set-up was an estimated $800,” the LBTPD explained. “Officer Keller and the department are very grateful that Carolan and the Foundation were so supportive and generous in this project.”

In addition, the department thanked township officials, in particular Mayor Joseph Mancini, who oversees public safety, and “who continues to support the efforts of the Long Beach Township Police Department.”

“The Long Beach Township community truly appreciates the collaborative effort in assisting in this worthwhile endeavor.”  —J.K.-H.

(Photo by: Officer Megan Keller)
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