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‘Police Appreciation Week’ Declared In Brick

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Mayor John Ducey has proclaimed the week of Sunday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, Feb. 21 as Brick Police Appreciation Week and has designated it as a week to recognize and show appreciation for the service of the men and women of the Brick Township Police Department, the township said in a statement Thursday.

Ducey has ordered the Brick Township Municipal Building to be decorated with blue ribbons during the week as a visible showing of appreciation and support of the department.  Town hall will also be illuminated with blue lights during the week.

“The blue ribbon has become a symbol of support for the men and women who serve as police officers and put their lives on the line day in and day out to protect us,” said Ducey.  “I ask all residents and businesses in Brick Township that support our police to join us in displaying blue ribbons and using blue lights during the week.”

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Brick’s police department had its busiest year ever in 2014, statistics showed in a Shorebeat report.

“Brick Township is fortunate to have one of the finest and most hard working law enforcement agencies in New Jersey working every day to keep us safe,” said Ducey.  “It is important that we recognize the service of our police officers and show appreciation for their efforts.  That is why I decided to set aside a week to do that specifically for the Brick Township Police Department.”

The Brick police department was founded in 1972 and curently has 129 sworn officers.  Chief Rick Bergquist also oversees the EMS Unit, civilian dispatchers, special police, CERT Team and the Police Explorers. The department will be honored with a formal resolution and proclamation at the Feb. 17 council meeting.


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  • #@#.com

    Looks to me like they are already appreciated. With huge paychecks and benefits.

    Click on a column header to sort. Click on name for more details. LastRestCountyLocationBase salary
    at location Number
    of jobs* Total salaries,
    all agencies* fundnamegroupname BERGQUIST NILS ROcean BRICK TOWNSHIP $179,908 1 $179,908 Police and Firemens Retirement System Police Officer RICCIO JAMES Ocean BRICK TOWNSHIP $176,048 1 $176,048 Police and Firemens Retirement System Police Officer MAZZA ROBERT Ocean BRICK TOWNSHIP $173,488 1 $173,488 Police and Firemens Retirement System Police Officer LASH CRAIG ROcean BRICK TOWNSHIP $172,840 1 $172,840 Police and Firemens Retirement System Police Officer BOYLE TIMOTHY MOcean BRICK TOWNSHIP $157,300 1 $157,300 Police and Firemens Retirement System Police Officer DOUGARD RONALD JOcean BRICK TOWNSHIP $157,300 1 $157,300 Police and Firemens Retirement System Police Officer LING DONALD Ocean BRICK TOWNSHIP $157,300 1 $157,300 Police and Firemens Retirement System Police Officer PACITTI VINCENT AOcean BRICK TOWNSHIP $157,300 1 $157,300 Police and Firemens Retirement System Police Officer FORRESTER DAVID Ocean BRICK TOWNSHIP $156,894 1 $156,894 Police and Firemens Retirement System Police Officer COVERT TERRENCE AOcean BRICK TOWNSHIP $150,952 1 $150,952 Police and Firemens Retirement System Police Officer

    • JJones

      Damn life is good…but what about the other 119 ?? These office listed how long have they been police officers to get to that level ???

  • #@#.com

    Check out all the police salaries. Add these to the $30,000 a year health benefits and then add 10s of thousands more in overtime pay.

    http://php.app.com/NJpublicemployees13/results.php?lastn=&firstn=&location=BRICK+TOWNSHIP&countyname=%25&fundname=Police+and+Firemens+Retirement+System&tfm_order=DESC&tfm_orderby=locsal

    They are well compensated for their police jobs.

  • I deleted a few comments here. Look, I know police salaries are public records, and I know police officers are generally paid well. This story is about appreciating the good work our officers do in town regardless of salaries, benefits or any other political issues swirling around out there. There’s a time and place for certain discussions, and it’s my desire here to keep the comments section of this article on topic.

    • Betty Ann Fuller

      Great comment, Dan. Keep comments to the subject matter, not personal opinions. Thanks.

    • Marynary

      Nice that you have the ability to eliminate the more trollish comments, Dan. I find the repetitive postings of the high profile social media characters to destroy opportunities for good discussion.

      • Thanks Betty Ann and Mary. I can delete comments and block commenters by either account or IP address. I’m relatively lenient with the comments section and only try to step in if something’s getting out of hand or totally off topic. It’s a tough balance. I got a lot of practice back at the height of Brick Patch’s run, and it’s nice to see that the comment section here is getting lively.

      • Marynary

        The comment section is a nice feature for these stories. The sad part being that on some services (Patch system for example) three or four troll type posters who will comment 5+ times on a thread all in capital letters in some type of tirade ruin it for normal posters. Normal people get tired of ignoring the fools and stop posting. So you preventing that type situation here is very rewarding to us the users. Thanks

      • Mark Story Jenks

        The majority of your readers certainly appreciate your appropriate use of discretion as far as what comments are within the rules, Daniel. This is your baby (Brick Shorebeat) you are the editor, and you can keep it from becoming what Patch has turned in to.

  • Brandy the Dog

    I think we’re at a time, especially the last 6 months or so, where police officers have come under so much scrutiny. I’ve always believed they have a “thankless” job.
    I don’t know what it would be like to receive a call from a dispatcher, “there’s a man with a gun on so and so street, or a five car accident with injuries, or stopping a motor vehicle for a violation and not knowing how the driver is going to react or a domestic violence call, which I would imagine could be quite explosive, or a bar fight going good, or a riot situation, or, or, or.
    The emotional and physical stress that police officers go through has to be over-whelming! So, I Thank You, you are very much appreciated and stay safe.

  • Frank Rizzo

    Most cops wish that YOU had good jobs too believe it or not. They have families who need to work and they want to leave the police department for jobs someday when they get too old for it themselves. The American people have been told unions are a thing of the past, well maybe they are not. Maybe they are needed more now than ever before as you all starve. You people do not vote so who is to blame, you are. Political correctness was designed to splinter the white middle class and it did. And when you do vote, you vote democrat who tells you that everything will be free for you instead of shrinking government and immigration they make it worse. Maybe now that you are starving will you wake up and speak as one voice for a better life for yourselves.

    • Mark Story Jenks

      You should think a little before you throw everyone in the same pot, “Frank”
      .

  • Marynary

    The simple truth is we need the police. Without them the loudest or the nastiest most violent would rule. Most of the repetitive anti police posting seems to be from quasi criminals. Normal citizens support the police but may not have time to comment or post on the Internet.

  • Nellieemd

    Police officers have a thankless job. I agree with Brandy they Dog! Unfortunately, the police deal with so much negativity and see so many bad things. We need the police! Could you imagine our towns without them??