TOWNSHIP OF OCEAN – At every Township Committee meeting, Police Chief Michael Rogalski has a spot of his own on the agenda. His name follows those of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and the Committeewoman.

The heading calls for all of the participants to provide committee reports. In Chief Rogalski’s case, that means summing up the police department’s call types in the prior month. No doubt it’s not a practice that necessarily occurs in other communities. And, certainly, not in larger ones.

According to Rogalski, the vast majority of calls in June of 2019 were related to checks on local businesses. Since it’s vacation season, a fair number of local residents also requested that the police to check on their homes.

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For the most part, crime doesn’t appear to be a big threat in Ocean Township. As far as motor vehicle stops, only three resulted in drunk driving or DWI arrests.

“There was an increase in domestic violence calls in June,” informed Rogalski. “However, that’s likely due to more summer people coming down.”

A review of the records regarding domestic violence complaints show there were nine in June.  In May, there were six, while the statistics show only three calls in April.  In January, police were only called to assist in one domestic violence complaint.

Rogalski’s opinion might be right concerning the influx of people and how it impacts the increase of violence among intimate parties. Meanwhile, the sun and alcohol may also add to the issues.

Those interested in a complete breakdown of the Ocean Township Police Department’s June calls can review it for themselves.

Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at