Summit Police Department Recognized by New Jersey Attorney General for Outstanding Efforts in Community Policing

Summit Police Department Recognized by New Jersey Attorney General for Outstanding Efforts in Community Policing

The Summit Police Department is proud to announce that it was selected by New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino as a recipient of the 2017 Attorney General’s Outstanding Community Policing Award.

At a special event held at Rutgers University on Monday, May 22, Attorney General Porrino presented Chief Weck with the award as recognition for the Department’s trailblazing efforts in the area of community policing. Chief Weck was accompanied by Union County Acting Prosecutor Grace H. Park, Summit Mayor Nora Radest, and City Administrator Michael Rogers. Members of the Department’s Community Policing Unit and Support Services Division – including Captain Andrew Bartolotti, Lieutenant Rick Proctor, Sergeant Charlie Daly, and Officer Matt Tarentino – also attended.

The Summit Police Department offers a wide variety of community outreach programs and facilitates these initiatives through strong cooperative partnerships with the City Administration, Summit Board of Education, Department of Community Programs, houses of worship, and other community leaders in order to build strong relationships with Summit’s residents, businesses, schools, and visitors. The Department was one of only six agencies in New Jersey recognized by the Attorney General for innovatively addressing public safety needs through dynamic engagement with the community.

“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’m 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, held at the Livingston Campus Student Center at Rutgers – New Brunswick, a video presentation highlighted many of the Department’s hallmark outreach initiatives, including its D.A.R.E. program, Summit Safe Seniors presentation, Summit Street Smarts YouTube video series, Police Youth Academy, One Moment Three Decisions, Driver’s Education  curriculum, and a strong partnership with the City’s public and private schools.

“Our police department and our officers work hard every day to ensure the safety and well-being of our community,” said Mayor Nora Radest. “The reception of this important award highlights
their commitment to the core values of our city government to provide exceptional public service. Whether in our schools, on foot patrol in our downtown area, or ensuring traffic safety,
I’m proud that our Police Department is a highly visible presence of our City’s commitment to public safety and the future of our community.”

During the awards presentation, Chief Weck was also asked to provide insight into the Department’s use of social media strategic planning as part of an information sharing and community policing learning session aimed to guide other agencies throughout the state in implementing successful outreach. “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 to be a leader in this important area of
law enforcement and look forward to implementing outreach programs that 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, please visit the City website at , and follow its social media channels: Facebook/summitpd; Instagram @summit_pd; YouTube @CityofSummit; and on Nextdoor. The Department’s Community Policing Unit may be reached at 908-598-2170.