CHATHAM TOWNSHIP — Mayor Ashley Felice and Deputy Mayor Mark Hamilton are honored to receive an endorsement from Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon. This endorsement acknowledges their exceptional contributions to improving public safety in Chatham Township.
Under their leadership, Chatham Township has invested significantly in advanced technology aimed at bolstering road safety and reducing crime rates. These achievements include:
•Real-Time Crime Data Infrastructure: The township secured an impressive federal grant of over $800,000 to fund the installation of a fiber-optic network. This network will revolutionize crime data transmission, integrating public safety equipment in parks, streets, and other public spaces with technology in police headquarters. This improvement will result in quicker emergency response times and an overall safer community.
•Modernized Police Vehicles: Chatham Township’s police vehicles have been equipped with new mobile data terminals, enabling officers to access critical information in real time and respond more efficiently to incidents.
•Vehicle Replacement Program: A revamped vehicle replacement program has been put into place, replacing the once-aging police fleet with new and reliable vehicles, ensuring that officers have the tools they need to keep our community safe.
•ALPR Expansion Grant: Chatham Township was awarded an additional grant of $69,194 to expand the Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology system. This expansion will play a crucial role in identifying, locating, and recovering stolen vehicles while also aiding in the fight against auto theft networks and violent crimes.
•Opioid Epidemic Response: In response to the opioid epidemic affecting New Jersey, the township took proactive steps to raise awareness and provide assistance. Every home received a Public Safety Announcement along with resources to support those in need. Residents can still request a free NARCAN kit through the Township website, contributing to the efforts to combat opioid-related incidents.
“We are deeply honored to have earned Sheriff Jim Gannon’s endorsement for our commitment to public safety,” said Mayor Ashley Felice. “These accomplishments reflect our dedication to the well-being of our community, and we are grateful for the support and collaboration of our law enforcement partners like Sheriff Gannon.”
Deputy Mayor Mark Hamilton added, “Chatham Township is committed to staying at the forefront of technology and community engagement to protect and serve our residents. We will continue working tirelessly to ensure our community remains safe and secure.”
Sheriff Jim Gannon praised the township’s leadership, stating, “Chatham Township’s investment in cutting-edge technology and proactive response to public safety challenges sets a commendable example for municipalities across Morris County. I wholeheartedly endorse Mayor Felice and Deputy Mayor Hamilton for their exceptional dedication to the safety and well-being of their constituents.”
Chatham Township remains steadfast in its mission to create a safer environment for all its residents, and the endorsement from Sheriff Gannon further validates the township’s commitment to public safety.