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Two Special II Officers Hired to Patrol Manalapan Schools

The Manalapan Police Department has hired two new part-time officers who will focus on patrolling school properties.

The Manalapan Township Committee approved the hiring of two new Special II Police Officers who will focus their attention on Manalapan-Englishtown schools in light of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

Christopher Makwinski and Christopher Oleksy will join the Manalapan Township Police Department as part-time Special II Officers. In addition to the usual Special II duties, Makwinski and Oleksy will patrol the school properties and stop inside the school buildings periodically. They will be patrolling in highly visible marked police vehicles. Full-time police officers will also continue to include school visits while patrolling.

Township Committeeman and Police Department liaison Jordan Maskowitz explained that Special II Officers are only a few specialized training courses shy of becoming a full-time police officer. They are trained at the Monmouth County Police Academy, are authorized to carry a weapon, and have full police powers, Maskowitz said.

Members of the Township Committee and Manalapan Police Department Captain Mike Fountain met with representatives from every school in Manalapan on Thursday, Dec. 20 to discuss school safety concerns. Fountain imparted his knowledge about security protocol and helped the school representatives make sure that their safety procedures are reliable.

For parents concerned with the safety of their children, the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Board of Education is hosting a public hearing on school security on January 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. within the Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School auditorium.

Tracey December 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM
That sounds great, but how about putting a police officer in every school like Marlboro Township is doing?
anonymous December 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Tracey, read the comments of Marlboro residents. Most don't want it. http://marlboro-coltsneck.patch.com/articles/all-marlboro-schools-will-have-armed-officers-by-january
Curious George December 24, 2012 at 01:55 PM
"Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teen agers" http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html Yet many of the same parents advocating protecting their children in school by having an armed guard at the door are also buying those same children expensive cars and sending them out to be killed at a far greater percentage than any other cause of death. Do we not see some mixed message here? Sure, this senseless murder of 20 school children in Ct. was a terrible tragedy. What I see i happening is that the gun lovers of the country are trying to avert their eyes to the real problem of too many guns in the wrong hands by singling out historically, one of the safest places for our children, the schools, as a red herring and demand that more guns be in place to protect something that doesn't need protection. If you are really serious about protecting the children, take away their cars. Take away their cell phones which are shown to be the latest scourge of auto accidents. Demand that the police patrol the roads, put down their own cell phones and enforce the no cell phone use while driving. That will save our kids more than putting a armed policeman in every school.
Steve R December 24, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Hey great idea take away the cars!!! I'm sure you didn't have a care when you were 18 ...
Doug Cohen December 24, 2012 at 03:24 PM
If its not cost prohibitive, I have no issue with increased security at schools (at least for the time being)... There still needs to be a ban on semi-automatic weapons.. Even an armed police officer stands no chance against an AR-15!
Kelly December 24, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I agree with Tracey, we need an officer in every school. The township allows off duty police at Gary Michaels to protect the jewlery with township police car and in uniform. Jewlery can be replaced our children cannot. It may not stop a madman but it at least gives the children a chance. Something the Newtown kids did not have. I do not wanna get into cars kill more people than guns etc because if there is a motor vehicle accident it is just that-an accident. Hopefully inforseeable which has nothing to do with what we are need to do here
gjc December 24, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I'm so glad that I no longer have school-age children. Now, they are not only in danger from gun-toting nuts but now are in additional danger from police officers who may accidentally fire their weapons. Very, very bad idea. Repeal the second amendment.
Fred Jamison December 24, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Kelly, That is the choice of Gary Micheals jewelery.They foot the bill for their own needs! It is a school not a prison.if someone wants to do something like this they will do it regardless, especially with a fully automatic weapon. Even the officer doesn't have a chance. Bad idea!!
A.R December 24, 2012 at 06:35 PM
hiring two ( almost ) qualified police officers to patrol all manalapan schools is a good start in the right direction but not enough. i think we should consider the steps that marlboro is taking. we need to take drastic measures to protect our kids ..we cant wait for the government to step in..our kids lives are too precious
pat December 24, 2012 at 06:59 PM
pc Get the manalapan police out of wawa and dunlin doughnuts and let them spend some time patrolling the schools
pat December 24, 2012 at 07:03 PM
pat the Manalapan police concentrate too much on writing tickets for minor traffic infractions. Im not saying that we should ignore theses violations but how about having some of these officers patrol the schools
pat December 24, 2012 at 07:35 PM
we do not need police patrolling our schools. This is a knee jerk reaction everyone needs to just calm down
pat December 24, 2012 at 07:37 PM
These people that want police in our schools are in panic mode they need to relax and calm down.
Curious George December 24, 2012 at 11:35 PM
The point I was making is that limited rescources should be allocated where they do the most good. Irrespective of the tragic shooting in Newtown, historically and statistically, schools are the safest place our children can be. If the interest is in doing our best to keep children safe, I think the better use of police resources would be to more effectively enforce the law prohibiting cell phone use of drivers. This whole business of armed guards in schools is a cosmetic, knee jerk reaction to a problem that just doesn't exist.
Joe Carbone December 25, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Great news. During school hours so much of Manalapan township's residents are concentrated in our public schools. Let's continue to have police presence to deter criminals from our school's and help report and deter drug crimes.
Karenk December 27, 2012 at 07:26 PM
It's a deterrent and will make a difference. They will do something else perhaps but a police presence will deter for sure.
Ric January 08, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Biggest waste of Taxpers money.Who ever brought up the Idea should be fired. OVER REACTION If you are going to do it do it right .You are giving the residents a false sense of security.Imposible to properly cover all the schools with two part timers and its awaste

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