BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — With the busy summer season in full swing, Belmar and Lake Como residents are playing a more active role in the policing of their neighborhoods.

A new Community Policing Program teams Belmar Police Department “patrol squads” with residents in four residential zones who are serving as volunteer block captains and zone chiefs. Together, they are responsible for addressing quality-of-life issues within their neighborhoods, including those pertaining to noise, trash, overcrowding, parking, property maintenance or any other ongoing disturbance.

Residents are reminded they should dial 9-1-1 to report all emergencies. For issues requiring prompt attention, including “real-time” noise and other complaints, call the Belmar Police Department at 732-681-1700.

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“Quality-of-life issues are important to all of us,” said Business Administrator Edward Kirschenbaum at a recent organizational meeting program attended by volunteer participants. “With an influx of 100,000 each weekend, (the police) can’t be everywhere. (This program) opens the lines of communication and forms a bond between residents and the police — and puts a face to a name.”

Currently, four zone chiefs and a total of 60 block captains are now serving in these patrol zones, where a police squad led by a sergeant has been established:

-- Belmar North from First Avenue to 10th Avenue, from Ocean Avenue to Main Street.

-- Belmar South from 10th Avenue to North Boulevard.

-- Belmar West from Main Street to include the Belmar marina.

-- Lake Como in its entirety.

Under the program’s structure, block captains are responsible for receiving information from residents within their block and in turn “filter” any quality-of-life issues that need attention to their zone chief. The zone chief will forward information to their zone’s sergeant and Belmar Police Detective/Capt. Thomas Cox, who is overseeing the program.

While block captains are being encouraged to reach out personally to residents in their neighborhoods, contact information for the sergeant and police officers assigned to each zone is available by clicking here.

In addition, another 60 Belmar and Lake Como residents are signed up to submit concerns and questions directly to their zone’s block captain or zone chief, as well as to receive program updates, meeting announcements and townwide community alerts, according to Belmar Councilwoman Patricia Wann, the governing body’s liaison to the program.  To be added to that list, contact Wann at pwann@belmar.com.

Throughout the year, there also will be zone meetings held so that everyone in that zone can discuss quality-of-life concerns, community policing and any other matters.

For more information on the program, contact Detective/Capt. Cox at 732-681-3715 or tcox@belmar.com.

Residents are reminded they should dial 9-1-1 to report all emergencies. For issues requiring prompt attention, including “real-time” noise and other complaints, call the Belmar Police Department at 732-681-1700.

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