In 1962 President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and later Congress established the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.  Its goal is to recognize those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty while at the same time honor the community of men and women who protect and serve.

Recent times and events have divided many when it comes to police departments across the country.  I think most of us will agree the majority of those who wear the badge do so in a professional manner with the goal to protect and serve us.

Because Toms River is the county seat and also home to our offices and studios I would like to highlight some of the events involving their police department and it’s non-profit Toms River Police Foundation which supports them with fundraising and through community relations’ events and initiatives.

  • Today (Wednesday) all four Jersey Mike’s locations in Toms River are donating 20% of all sales to the foundation to anyone who mentions the fundraiser in the store or uses the promo code TRPF when ordering online or through the app. There are two Jersey Mike’s locations on Hooper Avenue as well as Fischer Boulevard and in Kohl’s Shopping Center.
  • May is “Round Up For Change” where several local businesses including Capone’s Pizza, the Four Seasons Diner, Spirits Unlimited and McDonald’s of Silverton are asking patrons to round up their change to support the foundation.
  • They are still accepting Youth Camp applications for 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Toms River this July which can be picked up at their school guidance office or from any Toms River police officer working in their school building.
  • The foundation is holding its inaugural golf outing on Wednesday, June 23rd at Bey Lea (1pm shotgun start) and information on playing and/or sponsoring the outing is available at tomsriverpolicefoundation.org.

Regardless of the town you live in please try and show your support this week for law enforcement members in your community.  I live in Beachwood and am appreciative of the job they do each and every day.

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