The Middle Township Police Department issued its 2010 year end report on Monday, and it includes some major initiatives for 2011. The reports says that the Middle Township Police Department will develop an intersection safety camera program that will be designed to increase safety at major intersections in the community. The police department also plans to increase patrols along Route 47 in the township to address “quality of life issues”, including open alcohol, public drunkenness, sleeping on benches, and other infractions. Several major roadways will also get more attention this year include Shunpike Road, Bayshore Road, Hand Avenue, Dias Creek Road, Dennisville Road, and Indian Trail Road. And, the department also plans on increasing its enforcement of distracted driving offenses.
The number of actual police calls to the Middle Township Police Department in 2010 dropped by ten percent, almost exclusively due to 10,000 fewer preventive property checks. The number of motor vehicle summonses that were issued dropped by two percent. However, in 2010 the Middle Township Police Department saw an increase in violent and non-violent crime activity. The number of motor vehicle crashes increased by 92 to a total of 1,055.