BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights joined other municipalities across New Jersey by painting a blue stripe down a section of Park Avenue to acknowledge the importance of the police department. The "thin blue line" was painted between the double yellow lines on Park Avenue by the municipal building and Police Headquarters Friday morning. 

Berkeley Heights Assistant Director of Public Works Joe Noisi was inspired when he recently read an article about communities painting the thin blue stripe and he wanted to show his support to the Berkeley Heights Police Department.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea and with the relationship the DPW department has with the police, we want nothing but to support them,” he said. “This is a good way to show it.”

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With the full support of Mayor Bob Woodruff and Township Administrator John Bussiculo, the striping was quickly implemented. “It’s a simple thing – it goes a long way,” said Noisi. “I was happy to do it."

“We are lucky in Berkeley Heights – we have a lot of support – not only from the community, but we have the support of Mayor Woodruff and the governing body, the DPW and the volunteers of the Rescue Squad and Fire Department," said Police Chief John DiPasquale. "This is just a symbol of that support.”

With the tensions across the nation, the Berkeley Heights men and women in blue continue to get a lot of support from the community. "I've noticed a lot of reconfirming of the support," said DiPasquale.  

"As the former County Prosecutor, I had the privilege of interacting with well over 100 police departments large and small, in and outside New Jersey,” said Ted Romankow. “Without exception, the Berkeley Heights police officers can compare with the very best. From the patrol officer to our Chief, our men and women are equal to the task of serving and protecting the public.They are intelligent, well trained, fair minded and dedicated to provide safety to all. Their job is a dangerous one as witnessed by what happened in Linden this past week. It is with our deepest respect that the blue line honors them."