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Oct 02, 2017

Neighborhood Watch Captains Honored for Years of Service

By Joanne Colella

Recipients of the 20-year community service award for the Holmdel Neighborhood Watch program

The Holmdel Police Department held a special meeting of the Neighborhood Watch Captains last month, and at a different venue than usual. At an awards ceremony held on Thursday, September 14 in the auditorium at Bell Works, the department recognized volunteers from throughout the community who serve as captains in their respective neighborhoods for the Holmdel Neighborhood Watch program, which has provided an important service to the township for more than 20 years. It was first established by then-crime prevention and training officer John Mioduszewski, who is now the Holmdel Chief of Police. Since that time, Holmdelโ€™s program has received accolades as one of the oldest, largest, and most successful such programs in New Jersey. Today, it is headed up by Lt. Michael Pigott.

Chief Mioduszewski, Lt. Pigott, Holmdel Mayor Greg Buontempo, and Township Committeemen Eric Hinds and Mike Nikolis were joined by police officers, staff members, and other members of the community to present award plaques for 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service to a number of Neighborhood Watch Captains, including some who have served with the program since its inception. Lt. Pigott welcomed the crowd, and Mayor Buontempo and Chief Mioduszewski each gave remarks about the history and significance of the program and to thank the group. Following the awards ceremony, Committeeman Hinds also spoke about the new venue that surrounded the audience and the ongoing evolution of Bell Works, then led everyone on a tour of the impressive facility.

Neighborhood Watch promotes and encourages an active partnership between law enforcement officers and the citizens they serve. Residents who volunteer with the program essentially act as the eyes and ears of the police department, and their vigilance has proved to be both a deterrent to criminal activity and a source of helpful information in solving crimes. Responsibilities of Neighborhood Watch members include: being alert and properly reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, cooperating with neighbors by paying attention to their homes, improving home security through self-analysis or with guidance from the police department and following their recommendations, distributing alerts and other information from the police, and supporting police programs and activities when possible. All Holmdel residents are encouraged to become involved in Neighborhood Watch and help keep Holmdel a safe and secure community. If you are interested in learning more, becoming a member of an existing group, or starting up a new group in your own neighborhood, please contact Lt. Michael Pigott at (732) 946-9690, ext. 1742 or email mpigott@holmdelpolice.org.