NEWTON, NJ—The Town Council candidate team of Helen Le Frois, incumbent, and Michelle Teets are the first to sign and submit the Police Pledge in the state of New Jersey.

According to the website of Heritage Action for America, (https://heritageaction.com/policepledge/state-officials) the only state officials or candidates in the state of New Jersey to sign this Police Pledge are the Le Frois & Teets team.  

“We signed the Police Pledge to show our support for the Newton Police Department and all law enforcement,” Le Frois and Teets said.

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The pledge states, “Police Officers have chosen a noble profession.  They dedicate their lives to upholding the law and protecting the sacred rights of their fellow citizens.  As a profession, they deserve support and respect. I stand with America’s Police and pledge to oppose any bill, resolution, or movement to ‘Defund the police’.”   

“The Newton Police Department is one of the finest departments around. Each officer embodies the highest level of ethics, integrity, law enforcement best practices, leadership, and love for our community. And we support them wholeheartedly,” the team said.  “Now more than ever, Police Officers deserve our support and respect.  Police Officers have chosen a profession that requires a 24/7 commitment and risk their lives every day to protect the citizens and communities they serve.”

According to Le Frois, as the wife of a Police Officer and 30-year dispatcher for the Newton Police Department, Teets knows firsthand the commitment the career requires.  It is a commitment that is upheld by the entire family. 

In addition to the dangers of the job, Police Officers often miss holidays with families, birthdays, and anniversaries. Le Frois notes that Teets knows the importance of having law enforcement respond to a situation within minutes of an incident or emergency.

According to Teets, as an elected official, LeFrois has always been outspoken about her support of the Newton Police Department and often publicly commends the great work of Newton’s law enforcement officers.

“We are fortunate in Newton that most of the community appreciates, respects, and supports our police department," the team said. “The community’s support has been shown over the last several months with the outpouring of support for our officers in the form of messages, outreach, signs, baked goods, meal donations, and more.”

Le Frois and Teets are also proud of the work of the Newton Police Department that extends beyond enforcement of the law. Through community policing efforts like Coffee with a Cup, Cone with a Cop, and the L.E.A.D Program for students, they have created valuable relationships with the residents of Newton. 

As leaders in the community they have been on the forefront of partnerships with the Center for Prevention and Counseling on the CLEAR Program and Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Intervention Services on the DVRT Program.

“Newton Police Officers save lives," LeFrois and Teets said. "In response to calls with the Newton Fire Department and the Newton First Aid Squad, they perform CPR and utilize an AED on victims to save their lives. They have been the first on scene of a structure fire, ensuring occupants are outside the residence or attempting to rescue them until the Fire Department arrives. They are the first on scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident, rendering first aid and keeping the scene safe until additional help arrives." 

According to the team, the men and women of Newton Police Department take pride in their profession.  They are community oriented, friendly, and dedicated.  They keep Newton safe which reinforces why Newton is a great, place to live, work, and play.

“By signing the Police Pledge, we are publicly showing our support,” Le Frois and Teets said.

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