Police & Fire

Chatham Township Swears in McGrath; Chief Hennelly Talks Bears, Crackdown on Drivers

Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly took this photo of a black bear on Mitchell Avenue Credits: Steven Hennelly, CTPD
Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter swears in new police officer, Brian McGrath, on Thursday night Credits: TAP Chatham
Brian McGrath, a graduate of the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, was sworn in as a new Chatham Township Police Officer Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Soon after Brian McGrath was sworn in as a new police officer, Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly warned residents that there will be tickets coming for "distracted drivers" and announced that black bears had returned in his report to the Chatham Township Committee on Thursday night.

"You can anticipate seeing a uniformed officer at the side of the road trying to identify distracted drivers, pulling them over and issuing a summons," Hennelly said. "We're now taking a proactive enforcement in our neighborhoods. Same thing with the parking in the school zones. Warnings are over and we will strictly be enforcing parking laws."

Police Chief Steven Hennelly reports to the Chatham Township Committee

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McGrath, a graduate of the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, puts the Chatham Township police force at 21.

Chief Hennelly also reported that the three vehicles stolen over the summer have been recovered and returned to the owners.

Hennelly also said that black bears have returned to Chatham and spoke about his experience with a bear he photographed in a tree on Mitchell Avenue.

"It was simply a big Teddy Bear who climbed the tree," Hennelly said. "He was as curious about us as we were about him. The bears have returned to the River Road area. They like it here in Chatham."




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