NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino has selected the Summit Police Department as one of six municipalities to receive the 2017 Attorney General’s Outstanding Community Policing Award.
Along with Summit, honored were Camden County Police Department, Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, Newark Police Division, Evesham Police Department and Perth Amboy Police Department.
Porrino presented Summit Police Chief Robert Weck with the award on the campus of Rutgers University in recognition of the Department’s community policing efforts. Weck was accompanied by Union County Acting Prosecutor Grace H. Park, Summit Mayor Nora Radest, and City Administrator Michael Rogers. Members of the police department Community Policing Unit and Support Services Division, including Captain Andrew Bartolotti, Lieutenant Rick Proctor, Sergeant Charlie Daly, as well as Officer Matt Tarentino.
Summit Police Department community outreach programs involve collaborations with City Administration, Summit Board of Education, Department of Community Programs, houses of worship, and other community leaders, and seek to build strong relationships with Summit residents, businesses, schools, and visitors.
“The community policing efforts put forth by Chief Weck and the Summit Police Department highlight the strong commitment of our law enforcement officers to continually work to develop our cities, towns, and neighborhoods,” said Union County Prosecutor Grace Park. “I am proud that our county fosters this level of commitment to proactive police outreach and I look forward to working with all of our agencies to continue providing exceptional law enforcement services to our county.”
During the awards ceremony, Summit Police Department programs highlighted included D.A.R.E., Summit Safe Seniors, Summit Street Smarts YouTube video series, Police Youth Academy, One Moment Three Decisions, driver's education curriculum, along with its strong partnership with the city’s public and private schools.
“Summit’s police department and officers work hard every day to ensure the safety and well- being of our community,” explains Mayor Nora Radest. “This important award highlights the department’s commitment to providing exceptional public service. Whether in our schools, on foot patrol, ensuring traffic safety or in the downtown, I am proud that our police department is a highly visible and active presence in our city.”
Weck said the community policing initiatives are central to his Department's efforts.
“I would like to thank Attorney General Porrino and his office for this prestigious award,” Chief of Police Robert Weck commented. “Our department’s community policing outreach lies at the heart of our mission to protect and serve the City of Summit. All of our officers are deeply invested in the ongoing work to build dynamic relationships within our city and we are honored to have been recognized for our efforts. We are proud leaders in this important area of law enforcement and look forward to implementing outreach programs that will help us build a safer tomorrow for all who live, work, and learn in Summit.”
For more information about the Summit Police Department’s community outreach programs, visit cityofsummit.org.