I wanted to touch base with everyone and provide some updates regarding events within the community. Please read this post in its entirety, as there is very important information regarding voting and community safety contained within.
The Governor issued Executive Order 186, on September 25, 2020, extending the public health emergency an additional thirty (30) days.
National Night Out, annually held the first Tuesday in August, was moved nationally to October 6, 2020 due to issues surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic. National Night Out is a tremendous outreach opportunity for our department, in our continuous effort to engage and connect with community members, however, the physical and mental wellbeing of all residents/visitors is of greatest importance, therefore, the Police Department has decided to suspend this year’s event out of an abundance of caution for the safety of the public.
Safe Night Out, another of our annual events, which is traditionally held at the Florham Park Roller Rink, will be held as an outdoor drive-in movie. We are still working out the details, which will be distributed by our School Resource Officers through the schools, but we expect to have two different movies with two show times to separate and appeal to the different age groups in attendance. Please help keep the Florham Park neighborhoods and our children safe by supporting and attending this event on Mischief Night!!
We have received numerous questions surrounding Halloween, Trick or Treating and Trunk or Treat events. The Police Department/Office of Emergency Management has conferred with Borough Council members, as well as other Borough Officials, and agree that unless an Executive Order issued by the Governor suspends such events that residents should make decisions on whether or not to allow their children to participate in these activities. We do however want to direct residents to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDCs) recommendations for participating in Halloween events as a guidance for how to do so safely. The link below will direct residents to the CDCs recommendations;
The Borough Clerk, Mayor and Borough Council members would like to provide all members of the community as much information as possible regarding the voting process for the November 3rd General Election. Please utilize the link below, which will direct you to the Borough of Florham Park website where extensive information can be found on this year’s voting process;
The Police Department has received several reports of political signs being stolen from the properties of many residents. We encourage anyone with suspect information or video surveillance to contact the Florham Park Police Detective Bureau. Residents may also send us messages via Facebook and/or Instagram, or call our dispatch desk and remain anonymous, if you wish. Illegally displayed signs are enforced by the Borough Zoning Department under Borough Ordinance 199-34, which can be found at the link below;
Lastly, residents are reminded of the importance of locking your vehicles and homes at all times. The Police Department has responded to a few motor vehicle burglary reports in the past week, as well as an attempted burglary to an unlocked, occupied residence in the earlier morning hours. Please help our officers continue to maintain the community of Florham Park as an incredibly safe environment for families by limiting your ability to be victimized. Any resident in need of crime prevention tips can contact my office directly at 973-410-5440.
Chief of Police/Deputy OEM Coordinator
September 30, 2020