RARITAN TWP. - Operation Blue Angel is a program to assist Raritan Township residents who are age 55 and older and who may be unable to answer their door in an emergency because of advanced age or a medical condition.

Through this program, a police department-owned lock box -  similar to a Realtor's lock box - is mounted to a resident’s door. The house key, provided by the resident, is then locked inside the box. The access code to the lock box is available only to the Raritan Township Police Department and is only used in the event of an emergency.

If in an emergency no one answers the door, responding police officers can enter the home without causing damage. Family members can utilize this program by calling the Raritan Township Police to check on their loved ones.

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The lock box and the service are free of charge to residents.

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In a press release, Township Committeeman Richard Chen, Police Chief Glenn Tabasko and Police Lt. Kevin Donovan announced that the program began Dec. 21.

“I’m thrilled that Committeeman Chen has researched this program and working with Chief Tabasko and Lt. Donovan have brought it to Raritan Township," said township Mayor Craig O'Brien. "Their leadership is making a real difference in the quality of people’s lives. It’s one more example where our police reach out and provide direct service to the residents of our town.”

An application for the program and a liability waiver are available now at the Police Department, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The forms will also be available on the Police Department's web site. Completed forms can be returned to the Police Department, which is located at at 2 Municipal Drive in the township.  

For more information on the Blue Angel Program, call Raritan Township Police at 908-782-8889.