Shore Report

Monmouth County Beaches, Boardwalks under Watchful Eye of N.J. Homeland Security Office

Belmar is among those shore communities throughout New Jersey that will receive stepped-up attention this summer by the state Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Credits: Cathy Goetz

TRENTON, NJ — Monmouth is among four counties in New Jersey that will be part of the new “Secure the Shore” initiative by the N.J. Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

Aimed at keeping the state’s beaches and boardwalks safe, OHSP investigators will be deployed to events in shore communities in Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties that attract mass gatherings.

In addition, OHSP representatives will conduct visits to boardwalks and businesses, and will work with local, state, county and federal partners to “aggressively investigate all leads in a timely manner,” according to the office.

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With the help of law enforcement partners, OHSP will also conduct trainings for lifeguards and beach patrol personnel on how to identify and report suspicious activity, said the office in a statement.

The “Secure the Shore” initiative is a specialized subsection of the state’s larger, year-round “See Something, Say Something” campaign that encourages the reporting of suspicious activity. Through suspicious activity awareness, reporting and information-sharing, critical infrastructure owners and operators, law enforcement and the public at-large prove invaluable to initiating investigations and preventing potential attacks, OHSP said.

“After the Seaside Park bombing, it was tips from New Jersey residents that led to the arrest of the bomber, Ahmad Khan Rahimi,” said OHSP Director Jared Maples. “Engendering this level of suspicious activity and reporting awareness is paramount to preventing future attacks and developing strategic plans for both short- and long-term solutions to emerging and evolving homeland security concerns.”

OHSP encourages all residents to remain vigilant while enjoying themselves this summer. If you “See Something, Say Something,” by calling 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ or emailing

More information about OHSP can be found at

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