Two Special II Officers Hired to Patrol Manalapan Schools

The Manalapan Police Department has hired two new part-time officers who will focus on patrolling school properties.

The Manalapan Township Committee approved the hiring of two new Special II Police Officers who will focus their attention on Manalapan-Englishtown schools in light of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

Christopher Makwinski and Christopher Oleksy will join the Manalapan Township Police Department as part-time Special II Officers. In addition to the usual Special II duties, Makwinski and Oleksy will patrol the school properties and stop inside the school buildings periodically. They will be patrolling in highly visible marked police vehicles. Full-time police officers will also continue to include school visits while patrolling.

Township Committeeman and Police Department liaison Jordan Maskowitz explained that Special II Officers are only a few specialized training courses shy of becoming a full-time police officer. They are trained at the Monmouth County Police Academy, are authorized to carry a weapon, and have full police powers, Maskowitz said.

Members of the Township Committee and Manalapan Police Department Captain Mike Fountain met with representatives from every school in Manalapan on Thursday, Dec. 20 to discuss school safety concerns. Fountain imparted his knowledge about security protocol and helped the school representatives make sure that their safety procedures are reliable.

For parents concerned with the safety of their children, the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Board of Education is hosting a public hearing on school security on January 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. within the Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School auditorium.

pat December 24, 2012 at 07:37 PM
These people that want police in our schools are in panic mode they need to relax and calm down.
Curious George December 24, 2012 at 11:35 PM
The point I was making is that limited rescources should be allocated where they do the most good. Irrespective of the tragic shooting in Newtown, historically and statistically, schools are the safest place our children can be. If the interest is in doing our best to keep children safe, I think the better use of police resources would be to more effectively enforce the law prohibiting cell phone use of drivers. This whole business of armed guards in schools is a cosmetic, knee jerk reaction to a problem that just doesn't exist.
Joe Carbone December 25, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Great news. During school hours so much of Manalapan township's residents are concentrated in our public schools. Let's continue to have police presence to deter criminals from our school's and help report and deter drug crimes.
Karenk December 27, 2012 at 07:26 PM
It's a deterrent and will make a difference. They will do something else perhaps but a police presence will deter for sure.
Ric January 08, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Biggest waste of Taxpers money.Who ever brought up the Idea should be fired. OVER REACTION If you are going to do it do it right .You are giving the residents a false sense of security.Imposible to properly cover all the schools with two part timers and its awaste


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