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The Chester Police Department offers firearms safety training, a program for the recovery of missing persons, particularly those with memory loss, a telephone call-in welfare check for the elderly and others who may feel a need to participate and a house check service for residents away on vacation. All residents should feel free to participate in any of these programs. Officers are also available to speak with local community groups about various Law Enforcement topics.
The Chester Police Department has proudly taught the Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.–formerly D.A.R.E.) program in our schools for over thirty years. The program is currently being taught by Sgt. Ronald Totams and Det. Ryan Steckel who serve as excellent School Resource Officers to students and staff alike. Det. Douglas Shea and Lt. Edward Noonan are also L.E.A.D. trained to assist if needed in the schools.
Beginning in September 2010 you may have noticed marked and unmarked police cars following school buses or perhaps even heard stories from your children about officers visiting them in the schools. This is part of a community service initiative that our Department developed to help ensure your child’s well-being and to build positive relations in our community. The Follow-a-Bus program entails officers checking on bus-stop safety and ensuring that any vehicle passing a stopped school bus and any suspicious circumstances in the area are addressed. The Cops-in-Schools program involves officers stopping by the schools, introducing themselves, and spending time with the children whether it is at lunch or recess. Our agency supports the tenet that positive interaction with Law Enforcement at a young age instills the belief that officers are approachable and that we are here to help and protect them; a message which we hope stays with them into their adulthood. The program has led to many positive interactions and has been well received by the teachers, parents and children alike. A School Security Initiative has also been adopted for bus arrival and dismissal times at our schools.
Giving caregivers and families peace of mind
The Project Lifesaver program has been implemented by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to provide enhanced support and assistance to Morris County residents who are primary caregivers for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder as well as families of children afflicted with Down syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injuries or cognitive impairments.
Please click here to learn more about this program and the participation criteria.
Domestic Violence Help
Do you know someone who is looking for discreet assistance for domestic violence, dating abuse or sexual assault in a safe way? The Morris Family Justice Center offers a wide variety of resources for victims of domestic violence. For more information please go to: http://morrisfjc.org/