Letter: Lakewood Police Lights

Recently, while driving around in Lakewood, I noticed that many of the police cars have steady lights on.

I can only assume that this is meant to make them more visible and recognizable.

What a great idea!

I don’t know of any other cities in the area that do this, and I think that it is very forward thinking of our Police Department to increase their presence – it certainly gives me a great level of comfort to see the constant patrols and to notice police cars from a distance so that I can flag them down if needed.

Kudos to our great Police Department for working hard to keep us feeling safe!

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  1. The question is that although they are doing construction on RT 9, why can’t they coordinate and say exactly what streets will be closed, a day or two in advance, so people can plan accordingly? Thanks NJ state and crt construction company.

  2. This same change was made a few years ago in another out of town community in which I have the pleasure and honor of serving as a Police Chaplain.

    I cant speak for the Lakewood Police Dept, but I can share with you some of the reasons, positives, and potential negatives regarding the reasoning behind the change in the agency I am affiliated with

    1) The idea was initially suggested as a way for the Police Dept to lower their auto insurance rates. Studies and Data have shown a significant decrease in accidents and claims involving emergency response vehicles who have increased visibility due to continuously running lights such as you mention in your letter.

    2) As you also mention, it does give the general law abiding public a better sense of safety, in that, the patrol vehicles are more easily and often noticed

    3) The down side, however, is that is also gives greater visibility of police vehicles to those who are not so law abiding, and makes it harder for police officers to accidentally drive by and notice a crime in progress or suspicious activity. The increased visibility also make it easier for criminals to see patrol vehicles coming from a further distance and either hide or run before they are seen by the Officer.

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