The Department is a proud supporter of National Night Out. We look forward to this once-a-year opportunity to spend time with the community, build relationships, remove barriers, and create a safer place for everyone to live, work, and play in. Mayor Gregory Buentempo and Committeeman Rocco Impreveduto were in attendance. The to kick off the festivities. In his remarks, the Mayor thanked Chief Allocco and his officers for their tireless efforts in keeping the community safe.
This year our officers, led by newly appointed Acting Chief of Police Frank Allocco, welcomed over three hundred visitors to the Municipal Complex. There, visitors of all ages engaged with our officers in a variety of ways. Those in attendance engaged in conversation with the Chief and his Command Staff. Concerns were heard, ideas exchanged, relationships fostered, and fellowship was found all night long.
Visitors were treated to the music of DJ Mel Houston, gift bags, face painting, luminary bag crafts, and a water balloon toss competition. They also received a sneak peek into our vehicle fleet and some of the equipment and tools we use. Patrolman Darryl Jackson and his K9 partner Murph provided a live demonstration of the team’s abilities. School Resource Officer Patrolman John Maguire provided group tours of police headquarters. Sergeant Chris Cherney and his squad challenged visitors to some of the physical fitness standards police officers must meet. Sergeant Mike Michalski challenged young ones to drop him into the dunk tank. Members of the Holmdel Policeman's Benevolent Association grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and our friends at Holmdel Recreation scooped and served Italian ice.
Members of the Holmdel Fire & Rescue Fire Company 2, Holmdel First Aid Squad and Holmdel Office of Emergency Management participated and provided displays that included a simulated extrication of a patient from a motor vehicle crash and the flight of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone).
Also on hand to participate were representatives from the local, veteran based, non-profit PTSD relief foundation, Unbroken Warriors. Volunteers from 180 Turning Lives Around provided information, resources, and opportunities to serve.
This year the department partnered with St. Marks Soup Kitchen in Keansburg, NJ. Visitors to National Night Out were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to St. Mark’s and used to feed the homeless, hungry, and needy in the Bayshore area. The Department is grateful to all those who contributed to this worthy cause.
Chief Allocco said of the event, "I can't thank the residents of Holmdel enough for their support of our efforts. National Night Out has become a great opportunity for us to build relationships with the community. I'm so proud of our officers for their efforts and their desire to participate in this amazing event. Our hope for National Night Out is always to provide an opportunity for the people we work for to see the effort we put into to serving them. I can't think of a better way we can accomplish that in one night and judging by the turnout and the smiles on the faces I've seen, we were able to make that happen."
The Department would like to thank all our National Night Out partners:
- Holmdel PBA #239
- Holmdel Recreation
- Holmdel Department of Public Works
- Holmdel Fire & Rescue Company 2
- Holmdel First Aid Squad
- Holmdel OEM and C.E.R.T.
- The Ken Tietjen Memorial Foundation
- Unbroken Warriors
- Ralph's Italian Ices
- 180 Turning Lives Around (New Jersey)
- Incredible Soundz Entertainment
- Face Painting Designs by Anita