Contact Us

Lakewood Ups Police Presence In, Around Schools [AUDIO]

It’s been almost three months since the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. Ever since those innocent lives were taken, schools all across the country and the state continue to work on plans to make things safer for students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Lakewood High School
Lakewood High School (

While there have been several methods used at various districts, schools in Lakewood Township are about to become a little more secure – thanks to a new initiative by the police department.

Over the last month Chief Robert Lawson has met with Mayor Al Ackerman and Police Liaison Meir Lichtenstein on how to improve school security within district area schools and private facilities. Lawson has developed a plan based on educating the school staff and improved police patrols throughout the neighborhoods near schools and school grounds. Lawson is instructing the department’s patrol officers to increase their presence around schools.

Additionally, the Lakewood Police Department is in the process of having two police officers trained in school security. These officers are receiving training approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security. Starting in the Spring, these officers will be available to come to schools and instruct administrators, teachers and staff on how to perform the four state mandated security drills.

Lawson says, “They include lock downs with an active shooter, shelter in place, bomb threat and evacuation.”

While Lawson says he would like to have a full time officer in all of the schools around town, it wouldn’t be possible.

He explains, “There are just too many in the district and over 80 private schools. We don’t have the staff, the resources, the funds. However, we feel this plan will most certainly help keep children safe. The patrolmen will also be stationed around the community out in school parking lots as a deterrent from time to time.”

The drill education program will begin in the Spring. The extra patrols start in a matter of days.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of WOBM

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for WOBM Listener Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive WOBM Listener Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.