Hightstown Police Increasing Foot Patrols Downtown
The effort is part of the police director's community policing initiative.
An increased police presence will be seen in downtown Hightstown now that officers will be conducting at least two foot patrols each shift, according to the police director.
The foot patrols are not in response to a specific crime, but rather formalizing a practice some officers already did, and mandating it for every officer on a shift, said Police Director James Le Tellier. He said there have been some of the same complaints in the downtown, including bicycles riding on sidewalks and a lack of police presence, but nothing out of the ordinary.
“These foot patrol will serve as a deterrent and make people feel safer,” he said.
There will be a minimum of eight foot patrols in the downtown, with each of the two officers on duty during a 12-hour shift conducting at least two foot patrols, walking around the downtown and visiting local businesses, Le Tellier said.
The effort, which began Wednesday, is part of Le Tellier’s community policing initiative he implemented after being named Police Director in February.
“Community policing is about reconnecting with the people we serve. Technology is great, but nothing can replace personal interaction with someone,” he said.
While conducting foot patrols either officers or supervisors will be enforcing any violations of the law or borough code, as well as quality life issues, he said. The police department’s K9 officer, Niko, will also participate in the foot patrols.
“Having a police presence down there I think will help improve the downtown Hightstown area,” Le Tellier said.