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Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench. (Photo: New Jersey Globe).

Bridgewater mayor assigns police officers to all schools for remainder of school year

By David Wildstein, June 20 2022 10:30 am

With graduations increasing the number of school visitors and activities,  Bridgewater will expand police presence by assigning a police officer to evert local school this week, Mayor Matthew Moench announced on Monday.

“This is an important safety initiative for our children and the schools they attend. School security is a complex issue, and a long-term solution will require unity and collaboration throughout our community,” Moench stated.  “However, this is absolutely necessary for this moment in time, and I thank the men and women of the Bridgewater Police Department for stepping up to make it happen.”

Following the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas last month, acting Attorney General Matt Platkin directed an immediate increase in “law enforcement presence” at New Jersey schools.

As local officials discuss school security measures for next year, Moench said the township will cover the costs for this week.

“I look forward to continuing the productive discussions I’ve had with Superintendent Beers and Board of Education President Singer, as we seek a more permanent solution to this issue, “said Moench. “With so many graduations and other large-scale events happening throughout the district this coming week, this is a necessary step for the Township to take to ensure the security of the school district and the safety of our children.”

Last week, a Warren Township teenager was charged with making a phone threat to a local high school.

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