Toms River residents lent a hand – actually, a few vests – to local police officers Monday night as the township hosted its annual Vest-A-Cop program.
During the event, township
police officers waited
tables at the Pizza Hut on Route 37, and a portion of the profits,
along with all tips and monetary donations, were placed in a fund
that is used to purchase bulletproof vests.
The Toms River department does not include bulletproof vests as part of
officers' uniforms, said Ptl. Andy Chencharik, who organized the
event. The vests cost between $800 to $1,200 each and must be replaced
every five years, he said.
The event featured a DJ, clown, band, dunk tank and other activities.