Letter from Lower Township Police Chief Lewis
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Lower Township Police Department's Introduction to 2022 Report:
The Lower Township Police Department has released its 2022 Annual Report (enclosed/attached). This report is attached or can be accessed on the Lower Township Police website, via the link below:
The contents of this report contains statistics on police related activity to include: arrest data, total calls for service, productivity, and criminal activity in the year 2022. It provides the specific duties and responsibilities of our employees throughout the agency. The annual report also highlights the details of community-based initiatives and events that take place throughout the year.
Lower Township Police Chief Kevin E. Lewis characterizes 2022 as a year of transformation, progression and improvement for the Lower Township Police Department.
The Lower Township Police Department wishes to thank the community for its continued support. We look forward to 2023 and continue our pledge to provide the best police service available.
It is my pleasure to present the 2022 Lower Township Police Department’s Annual Report.
The Lower Township Police Department is comprised of fifty full-time dedicated sworn men and women, four Special Law Enforcement Officers (SLEO) Class II, and six civilian
employees who provide administrative/logistical support as well as a wide range of services to our community. Honor, Integrity and Service remain our focal points in delivering police services. Our goal is to advance effective, accountable policing and Criminal Justice practices to enhance public trust and safety. Our community-oriented policing model utilizes the proactive development of solutions to underlying, often quality of life, conditions that contribute to local issues. The use of technology, intelligence and the constant analyzing of data allows us to address problems often as they arise and before they become endemic. Officer safety and the well-being of our community remain our highest priority.
In 2022, the police department accomplished eight significant professional milestones:
1) Completed a full integration of a Comcast Business Fiber Optic Phone System.
2) Purchased 7 administrative laptops with full mobile operational capabilities.
3) Procured and fielded Agency360 software, which digitally documents agency evaluations and the entire field training process.
4) Developed an in-house wellness program and equipped a fully operational police fitness center, within the Public Safety Building, almost entirely from generous donations.
5) Developed and instituted a Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) program, licensed multiple FAA certified pilots and attended/participated in an advanced UAS training program.
6) Fielded 9 new sub machine guns.
7) Partnered with the Rodgers Group/Lexipro for accreditation consulting and an annual digital agency training curriculum.
8) Converted all emergency notifications from Nixle Alerts to the Rave Alert Notification System with FEMAs Integrated Public Warning System (IPAWS).
It is my sincere hope that everyone takes the time to read this report and has a better understanding of the inner workings and services we offer. We will continue to work with our residents, business owners, and elected officials to solve problems as they arise, enforce the law and contribute to quality-of-life efforts throughout the township. I am confident in doing so; we can overcome any future challenges that we face as a community.
Transparency and partnering with our community are the essential elements of our success.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this report.
Chief Kevin E. Lewis