SPARTA, NJ- The back patio of the Mohawk House was crowded with Sussex County law enforcement officers and friends for the Sussex County Chiefs’ Association Annual Bocce and Brew.  Approximately 100 people attended the outdoor event, despite threatening skies.

They enjoyed good food, drink and friendly, though “slightly competitive competition on the bocce courts.” The winners were a team representing J. Thomas Jewelers.  They edged out the Vernon Police Department for this year’s crown, according to Sparta Police Chief Neil Spidaletto.

Nearly $10,000 was raised by the event for the Sussex County Chiefs’ Association. According to Spidaletto, these funds will be applied to training and equipment for police departments throughout the county.  In the past initiatives funded by the Bocce and Brew event have included Critical Incident Training, Tactical Trauma Care, Mass Casualty Response, as well as the purchase of a portable firearms training simulator.  The firearms training simulator was brought to the Mohawk House over the summer for a League of Municipalities meeting on school security.  The simulator was set up to give local elected officials a chance to have an understanding of what police are faced with.

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Chiefs and officers from Sussex County and other northern counties had the opportunity to meet, exchange information and discuss ideas on current policing issues and how to best be prepared in today’s current climate, according to Spidaletto.

“We would like to thank all those that attended and our consistent sponsores including Steve and Rachel Scro of the Mohawk House, Lenny Girardo of J. Thomas Jewelers, Paul Weibel and family of Econo Pac, Don Somma and First Hope Bank and Eric Nielson of Sussex Auto Mall,” Spidaletto said.