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Dear Chief Roberts,
I would like to take this
opportunity to compliment you on your Departmentís attention to the
Boroughís downtown area. My wife and I and many friends frequent the
Main Street restaurants finding the ambiance and entertainment second to
none in the area.
What is very important to
us and other visitors is the safe environment you and your officers have
established and is in large part the reason we continue to return.
In particular, I would
like to commend Officer Chris Atkins who is assigned to the downtown
sector. Our party has often noted that he has created an omnipresent on
the breath of downtown Main St and attendant parking lots. He is
extremely conscientious, continually walking his beat creating a
comfortable environment for both residents and those of us who visit.
Please let Officer Atkins
know that his commitment to duty is truly appreciated. If he is
representative of your Police Department, the residents of Freehold
Borough should be duly proud of their agency.
Thank you for your
Words can not describe how
my daughter has enjoyed this program. I must admit as first I was
nervous but didn't show her nor mentioned it to her. But on the first
day I picked her up, I just peeked through the door because I thought
she would be so angry with me. However, to my surprise she had a smile
and said "wait until I tell you about my day, mom". But by the 3rd day
she was so excited and all she did was talk about her whole day with us
and our friends and family.
She has been so positive and
is already thinking about her options next year and option for
the future.. This I owe to you and your great staff. THANK
YOU for having this program and I hope it continues as her
8 year old sister asked me if she can be in the program too.
My compliments to all of the
officers involved in the summer youth police academy program. It was run
efficiently and yet with the flexibility it needed due to some
scheduling and weather difficulties.
Although my daughter was
hesitant at first, she was encouraged and challenged during the entire
program. She was very proud of herself for all that she accomplished
during the program. My daughter had an excellent experience and would
love to participate in it again, although we know that is not possible.
I hope Monmouth County can
somehow bring back the Sheriff's youth academy program so that young
adults have additional opportunities to see what a career in law
Thank you again.
In reference to the article
in the paper mentioning the ability to compliment our police via your
web site, I have to take the time to do so. I bet our department gets
far more compliments than complaints. The Freehold Borough police
officers are professional and great to deal with. I have lived here for
15 years and have nothing but praises for all of you.
I have often said that our
cops do a job that most people would not have the guts to do. I know the
decent and law abiding citizens of our great town appreciate what you
do. Keep up the good work.
My husband and I live on
Barkalow Avenue in Freehold, a quiet neighborhood whose only disruption
seems to be very unsafe, fast drivers. The speed limit is 25, yet every
single day throughout the day, speeders careen up and down the street
putting pedestrians and parked cars in jeopardy. Sometimes they are so
fast, you can hardly make out the age or gender of the person driving or
see their plates.
However, it has been very
reassuring to see an increased police presence on our street, pulling
speeders over. During the week of July 6, 2009, we especially noticed
this happening with much more frequency and were pleased to see the
level of action and persistence of the policewoman. We thank you for
this and hope this level of police activity continues on Barkalow
Avenue as it contributes to a much safer environment for everyone.
-A Barkalow Avenue
entire Freehold PD.
to say this directly to The freehold PD. I have lived in this town for
over 10 years and have consistently been impressed and pleased by what I
think of as "MY" Police department. I think the Officers we have in this
town do a consistently fantastic Job. I have lived in more then a few
towns in Monmouth county and have never been so impressed and felt so
safe living in a town as I do here. Part of the reason I even moved here
was before I purchased the house I live in, I sat down outside the house
for a bit and watched as within a few hours I noted 7 police cars pass
down my street. Even taking into consideration the close location to the
court house I was still impressed. Every single time I have had to call
The PD (for various reasons) I have enjoyed very professional
fast service. Keep it up guys I think your doing a wonderful job. And I
just wanted to say thank-you
-Holmes Terrace Resident
I wanted to take a moment to
express my sincere gratitude to Ptl. John Reiff for his professionalism,
compassion, and respect.
On December 8th, he
responded to a call at my mother's home, where I had arrived to find
that she had passed. He stayed at our family's side through the entire
ordeal simply to offer any help he could.
His support and comfort was
above and beyond what we come to expect from law enforcement, who see
these things on a daily basis. It may have been his close ties to her
neighborhood, or simply his warm demeanor, but I cannot thank him enough
for his ability to help our family cope with an unbearable situation.
He is an extraordinary
representative of your department, and should be commended for his
Colleen Hoitela & Family
I would like to compliment
an officer by the name of Steve Cicero.
Last month my wife locked
her keys in her car behind Federicis. She wasn't able to get a
hold of me, so she contacted the Freehold Borough Police Department.
Officer Steve Cicero
responded and attempted to get into the car. Unfortunately, he was
not able to do so, but he called a locksmith and waited with her the
entire time. It took almost 40 minutes to get her going again, and
he stayed with her.
I would like to say thank
you to Officer Cicero for helping my family.
My wife and I have lived in
the borough for 10 years now We have 4 children and we love our town.
The freehold borough police department is an amazing group of people. We
feel that they are all under appreciated and I know itís not much but I
would like to offer my services to these fine officers and their
families. I am a home furnishings consultant for Raymour and Flanigan
and we are opening our new store in a few weeks.
"I would like to thank the Freehold Borough officers who helped with the
funeral procession for my husband. There was an officer at most
every street corner who saluted my family is we drove by. It was
Thank you all so much.
"In February of 2003, we had so many snow storms, itís hard to
keep track. There was one, however, that was a whopper! My husband was a
dialysis patient at the time. There was so much snow, there was no way I
could dig out the car to get him there. I decided to call 911 to see if
the First Aid Squad could help. They came, rig and all, and drove him to
dialysis on Craig Road in Manalapan. The
second dilemma I had was the fact that the plow made my digging efforts
useless, so I had no way of picking my husband up to get him home. I
called FBPD and spoke to the Dispatcher, Marissa Lopez, who actually
arranged to have an officer go to Manalapan, pick my husband up and
bring him home. While I was waiting for him, she had the small plow come
by to plow the bottom of my driveway just in case of an emergency.
So many times I wanted to say thank you and when I found your website, I
thought it was a perfect opportunity to do so. Although she wasnít
wrestling a criminal to the ground, she went above and beyond that day
for us. She was not only courteous, but was genuinely concerned for my
My husband had a double transplant this past June (kidney &
pancreas). God willing, we wonít need a ride to dialysis in the snow
that is yet to come our way. But if trouble strikes, I know we can count
on our fine Police Dept. and First Aid Squad to come to the rescue.
"We are a small
business on East Main Street. On behalf of myself and my employees, I
would like to thank you and your Department for your help with our
office. Unfortunately, our co-owner has passed away, but we can speak
for him as well.
Your officers have served us faithfully in the past when our 'alarm'
system was set off and could not be turned off again. We regret the
inconvenience to you, but feel strongly that we should acknowledge the
diligence and professionalism shown at all times in this situation.
Our company appreciates all
of your help."
-Tracey Lee Maxwell
-DDP Training Center
Garahan and the Freehold Boro Police Force: I
am writing to express my utmost gratitude and thanks on behalf of myself
and my family. Yesterday evening we received a telephone call from Patrolman
M. Garahan inquiring about a stolen computer. I had recently moved out
of a college apartment and hadn't had enough time to unload my car. So,
when he inquired about some missing computer equipment, you could
imagine my surprise, since I had yet to discover it missing myself! In
doing an amazing job, this man saved me the time, money, and emotional
stress of searching for a new computer only hours before returning to
school! I'm truly amazed at the expeditiousness with which the stolen
items were located, identified, and returned. Officer Garahan was also
able to locate me in such a short time after attempts to both Rutgers
(my school) and my home by utilizing the information on my computer.
Aside from a traffic stop or two (sorry!) I had never really had any
interaction with the Freehold Police. And if Officer Garahan's speedy,
diligent, professional work is any indication of the quality of work
performed by the Freehold Police Department, than I must say, that this
is an outstanding police force and town. It feels so wonderful to know
that the people who protect you have such strong sense of morality,
justice, and benevolence. I offer you all my thanks, appreciation and
prayers. You're all such a blessing to the entire community! Thank you!
Thank you! Thank you!"
-In highest regards,
-Freehold Borough Resident
"On Thursday, August 14, 2003, I was stranded in NYC during the
massive blackout. After finally returning home to the Freehold Bus
Station at 1:30 am, I found myself without any cash or access to an ATM.
Luckily, one of your fine officers happened to come into the parking lot
and subsequently was nice enough to give me a ride home. I believe her
name was Maribel Mora. I would just like to say thank you and wanted to
make sure that her kindness and willingness to do such a great job did
not go unnoticed."
"It should come as no surprise that the Freehold Borough Police
Department was voted among the best in Monmouth County. Having made a
career in law enforcement and having lived in Freehold Borough, I am
well aware of the services provided by this department. The members of
the department go above and beyond the call of duty on a regular basis,
and are able to withstand the scrutiny by those who have never worn, nor
could ever wear the uniform of a Freehold Police Officer. Gun
shots, stabbings, robberies, assaults and drunks are just some of the
routine calls that these members face. Just
remember, police officers go to work each day knowing that they may
never return home as a result sacrificing their life to preserve yours."
"Hello, My name is Mark. It has been a few months but I just
want to say thanks. A few months ago I was feeling bad.. I
felt bad enough to do something to myself. I called 911 from my
cell. I started to talking to some guy. [His name was Howard
Clesmere.] I told him how I was feeling and that I was driving
around looking for a way to do it. I wouldn't tell him my car or
or anything so he could find me. He talked with me for almost an
hour, a couple times he has to answer other calls but he explained that
to me. For some reasons I Stayed with him until he got back. I
guess it was about 2 hours on the phone talking about all kinds of
stuff, finally I told him the area I was I was on Route 36 by the mall
he started to give me directions, you know, stay on this road, turn left
onto this road, that kind of stuff. Next thing I see Monmouth hospital
in front of me. I sat in the parking lot there talking for a while
longer. Finally I agreed to go inside this guy stayed with me all
the way into the hospital. When I got inside he asked to speak to
someone. He said it was to make sure they treat me right I don't know
what they said to each other I was treated right. I am out of the
hospital now and I fell better.  You guys all deserve a thank
you. Too much garbage is said about you. I learned that if
you don't do anything wrong the police are not going to hassle you.
I am doing nothing wrong now and I think making that phone call was the
first right thing I did in a long time You guys saved my life."
"When I called the Freehold Police I was assisted Professionally by
Dispatcher Powers. She was courteous and very helpful by answering all
my questions. Thank you Freehold Police dispatcher Powers 'job well
"Last week two of your officers came to my house when my mother got
sick. These officers were so nice and professional. They
made my mother laugh despite the pain she was in. I would like to
thank Officers Loksa and Bailey. They and all of you are