LPD Addresses LCSW Volunteers In An Effort To Improve Communication

PHOTO: In an effort to improve the communication and relationship between Lakewood Police and the Lakewood Civilian Safety Patrol (LCSW) organization, Lakewood Police Thursday night met with and addressed the volunteers.

In an hour-long meeting, Lieutenant Tom Langenberger spoke with the group of approximately 35 volunteers about street safety, reporting incidents and other topics relating to safety patrol – both from a legal and Law Enforcement perspective.

“I want them to use you as a tool, and not as being a burden”, Langenberger said, noting that some officers are not accustomed to dealing with the valuable community organization and need some additional training to better utilize the group to work hand in hand.

During the meeting, the Lieutenant also stressed his appreciation for the members who give up from their free time during the night to patrol and ensure Lakewood is a safer place to live for everyone.

Since its inception, LCSW has assisted police in dozens of arrests for various crimes.

Following the meeting – which took place in the Police headquarters – the volunteers were given a tour of the Communication and Dispatch Room. TLS.

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  1. Called Lcsw once for a possible break in next door it turned out I was mistaken but boy did they respond in numbers it was very impressive , good luck to this great organization

  2. It would have been nice for the Chief of police or at least a Captain to meet with the group. Why was only Lieutenant sent or does’t the police department take LCSW serious.

  3. #6, what do you not get. – LCSW is not to replace the police department and no one should be caling them for incidents like that. Now you have LCSW swarming the area and if that was someone who had a weapon. Than what.

    I understand you try to call your own but please use them for patrols and stuff not the initial call for help.

  4. Just for the record – the Chief spoke at an earlier LCSW meeting. He thank all members for their service and for making lakewood a safer place.

  5. just going on record , untill the lcsw allows a outside service to do a complete backround check there is only so much they can do. we as residents cannot allow people that have had no backround checks be involved in the inner workings of the emergency responce system we have in lakewood and ocean county. we are really placing ourselfs at risk. please lcsw you offer a great service to this town , you can do so much more if you have backround checks , finger printing ect done on all of your members.

  6. Wow, firefighter ? And what more can they do with a background check? Does a background check of the members make them able to be more hands on? I think not

  7. I agree with 12…. even many volunteer organizations require background checks for volunteers… I think the uniforms with patches send the wrong message… Im not looking for this to be deleted…but really is there any formal training? and why are people calling them for emergencies? even volunteer firemen and volunteer OEM must pass background checks- finger prints and get formal training???

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