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Traffic Just One Of Many Tough Jobs For BPD

March 21, 2014 by admin

By Jay Cook
     Nestled in between Lincroft, Holdmel, and Colts Neck is Brookdale Community College, Monmouth County’s premier educational institution. With drivers coming from all parts of the county, traffic is no new problem for Brookdalians. Students coming in from the Parkway or coming down Route 34 are all aware of the traffic jams that occur in Lincroft and inside the campus.
     Middletown is a big enough township where the police department needs additional help in protecting and ensuring the safety of its residents. This is where the Brookdale Police Department comes in. 
     With 10 officers on staff and seven patrol cars in the fleet, Brookdale’s own officers patrol not only exclusively the main campus, but also cover Lincroft, Middletown, and other bordering towns. 
     Interim Captain Robert Kimler, a 13-year veteran to the force, knows that the Brookdale police department does what they can. “We aid in all types of cases, ranging from first-aid calls to criminal investigations and to customer services.” 
     But, without a doubt, regulating traffic in and out of the college is Kimler’s biggest concern. When asked about which entrance into the college is the busiest, he said Route 520 was for sure.
     “That circle on 520, yeah, it’s a problem. A traffic light would be better,” said Nick Demarst, a 19-year-old, second-semester accounting major from Matawan, who commented on the traffic complications on campus. 
     “Police could direct traffic when it is slow to clear up congestion,” said Fred Dolan, a 23-year-old, first-semester, nursing student from Marlboro. 
     Kimler said that is exactly what the officers do. “We set traffic flow patterns and posts at prioritized entrances during the busiest hours and also direct traffic to other open lots as they fill up.”
     The recent influx of snow accumulation this winter has also caused its fair share of problems. It creates less traction on the roadways and cuts down on available parking spaces.      In the snowy months, a main concern of the police department is making sure emergency vehicles can get through to any potential accidents.
     “Generally the months with the highest number of accidents are the months after the college opens back up from extended breaks, so in October and February,” said Kimler, the 43-year-old Whiting native.
     Along with the traditional concerns about the weather during these months, he believes that the number of accidents increases in October and February because students become more comfortable with driving on campus, and are not driving as slowly and cautiously as they were when the college opened back up. 
     “We do whatever we can to make the campus safe. We have an open door policy for all students and faculty, so they can come right in with and questions or concerns. We want to promote the best possible image of Brookdale Community College.”
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