Chester Township
1 Parker Road
Chester, New Jersey 07930
908-879-5100

Update June 2, 2020

Dear residents of Chester Borough and Chester Township,

We have just received word from the organizers of this Sunday’s Black Lives Matter Protest that they are moving the march and vigil to Turkey Brook Park, in Mount Olive Township on Sunday June 7, 2020 at 3:00 pm. The organizers elected to change the location of the march to Turkey Brook Park to ensure the safety of the residents and small businesses in Chester.

The Chester Police Department will still have extra patrols on duty this weekend to monitor the situation. Since we were made aware of the march we have been in constant communication with surrounding police departments, county law enforcement, and state law enforcement to assist us if necessary in protecting everyone’s rights, property, and overall public safety.

Respectfully,

Chief Tom Williver

June 1, 2020

Dear Residents of Chester Borough and Chester Township,

As the Chief of the Chester Police Department, I want to recognize the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis as a horrific and abhorrent incident. On behalf of the Chester Police Department, we offer our condolences to the family, friends, and relatives of George Floyd.  We do not condone those actions and behaviors of the officers involved.

As many of you have also heard, there will be a Black Lives Matter Protest Sunday, June 7 at 3:00 pm on Main Street in Chester.  I’ve been assured by the organizers that they want the event to be peaceful and the Chester Police Department is working with the organizers to ensure everyone’s safety during this event.  We are here to protect everyone’s First Amendment Rights.  The First Amendment guarantees every citizen in this country the right to offer their opinions and speak about injustices they feel.  Our goal as your Police Department is to make sure that when citizens use this right, all parties involved can be heard and are kept safe.

Please know that our officers are continuously and consistently training about racial profiling, harassment, ethics, cultural diversity, use of force, dealing with mental illness, and substance abuse.  We’ve made a commitment as a Department to provide tools and equipment to our officers so that they have alternatives to the use of deadly force as well as training in de-escalation techniques.   As we move forward in a positive direction from this incident, our Police Department will continue to build and maintain our positive relationships with our residents.  We are committed to solidarity and not division. 

Respectfully,

Chief Tom Williver

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