SOMERVILLE, NJ - While driving down Main Street or on patrol in the residential areas of the borough the past few weeks, Police Officer Vito Spadea has been told more than a few times that he looks good in pink.
It's not difficult to understand why - Spadea's patrol SUV has been wrapped in pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
On Thursday, more than 100 police officers and supporters gathered on the lawn in front of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse to highlight Somerset County law enforcement's effort to inform, educate and heighten awareness.
The Somerville police cruiser is one of seven in Somerset County that have been wrapped in pink.
The Far Hills Race Meeting Association and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office funded the wrapping of the “pink” police vehicles. The other law enforcement agencies participating in this awareness campaign are the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Township Police Department, Branchburg Township Police Department, Raritan Borough Police Department and Far Hills Police Department.
“Breast Cancer does not recognize racial, socioeconomic or jurisdictional boundaries," Robertson said. "About 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. Early detection is a key factor in offering more treatment options and increasing survivability. Law enforcement is in a unique position to help increase awareness to this horrible disease.
"This campaign is proof positive that our officers are deeply dedicated to the communities they serve,” the prosecutor added. "This is an example of the good things law enforcement does to give back to our community."