The Lakewood Township Committee is scheduled to vote on several resolutions approving the purchase of essential vehicles to enhance the capabilities of the Lakewood Police Department, allowing them to respond more effectively across the township.
The purchases, made possible through Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) funding, includes the acquisition of drones For the Office Of Emergency Management (OEM), a new mobile command center, electric bikes and motorcycles.
In addition, the Police Department is looking to buy two state-of-the-art pickup trucks, which it says “will play a pivotal role in empowering our Special Response Team with enhanced mobility and operational efficiency” and will be tailored to “meet the unique demands of response scenarios within UEZ-designated regions.”
The mobile command center will provide the police department with a centralized hub equipped with advanced communication and coordination capabilities, which can serve as a vital asset during critical incidents.
“The Lakewood Police Department is proud to leverage UEZ funding to invest in the safety and well-being of our community,” Captain LeRoy Marshall, who serves as a Special Operations Commander for the Lakewood Police Department, told TLS.
“These acquisitions represent a forward-looking approach to law enforcement, combining innovation with sustainability to create a safer environment for all residents and businesses in the designated UEZ areas,” he added.