74 Special Police Officers Graduate Ocean County Police Academy

PHOTOS & VIDEO: Seventy four Special Police Officers graduated the Ocean County Police Academy this morning, and will soon be hitting the streets. The graduating officers, were from the Seaside Heights Police Department, Lavallette Police Department and Point Pleasant Police Department.

Among the Point Pleasant Police Department graduates, was Steven Meyer – son of Lakewood Police Captain Gregory Meyer.

The graduation, which took place at Georgian Court University’s Casino Auditorium, was attended by hundreds of family members and friends of the graduating officers, as well as by Police Chief Rob Lawson, and several Ocean County officials. TLS.

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  1. Congrats to all with special thoughts to Stephen Meyer and his parents Kathy and Greg. May you career be as succesful as your Dad’s has been.

  2. where is the money coming from? in most cases the officers pockets. some townships will reimburse the academy cost to officers that have already been hired for that department. id rather our tax $ get spent on more police than expanding the jails

  3. to sam , why do you care where the money is comming from. Not one of the officers were hired for lakewood. They will patrolling the streets of our shore towns, keeping YOU safe when YOU descend upon these beach towns with your families!!!!


    Lakewood needs not only “eyes & ears” of the police – but people trained, and legally able to apprehend criminals. these officers can not only be pared with full-time officers, but can be on foot, bike, and mobile patrol on their own.

    Class1 officers can be on patrol in area’s that are known for trouble.

    Class1 officers can easily make minimum wage and be extremely productive in reducing crime.

    Class 1 & 2 officers can be assigned to multi block zones and respond to calls, and call in disturbances. These officers are cheap, and extremely helpful. every other shore town uses them – but lakewood cant seem to get them in due to union bureaucratic nonsense.

  5. mine is loaded
    so what do we need more police for ?
    the tax payers are suffering enough
    they have no solution for the gangs so at least LOWER our crazy taxes

  6. I apologize for my ignorance in asking the following question, but this is what TLS is here for, to bridge the gap between our communities:

    Why do all the police officers look like they shaved their entire heads? Is it a requirement that all police officers need to shave?

    As an Orthodox Jew who is forbidden for religious reasons to shave his sidelocks, would I be prevented from becoming a police officer?

    Thanks for answering my question.

  7. Mo- Police academies in NJ no longer allow alternate route candidates- those who pay their own way. Every one of those officers’ pictured was hired to work in the shore towns to deal with the summer crowds.

    In the military you are required to conform to their appearance standards including a certain haircut. Same with the police academy.

  8. Yid, great question – and a lot of debate has been going on regarding religious head gear and hair on police and military recruits.

    NYPD now allows facial hair, and yamaka’s to be worn. As well as turbans by muslims & indians.
    Around here – the rules are different (for now) and police academy recruits MUST shave their heads. Its a form of discipline and its a clean cut with a good image. Plus its safer for training and officer safety when in a scuffle.

    In the army people are now allowed head gear and facial hair for medical or religious reasons.

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