Jackson Launches “Operation Blue Angel”

Photo courtesy Jackson Police Department

JACKSON – Township residents ages 60 and older may qualify to be part of the police department’s new Operation Blue Angel program.

The program allows police and other emergency personnel to quickly access the homes of residents who are unable to answer their door without the need to damage property to force entry.

Participating residents will receive a lockbox—much like the ones used by real estate agents—that will hold a house key. The lockbox code will be accessible only to Jackson Township Police telecommunications officers, who will provide the code to emergency personnel dispatched to homes.

Not even residents will have access to the lockbox code.

Residents who move or decide to drop out of the program may return the lockbox to the police department. That box will be reissued to another applicant.

“The Jackson Township Police Department is always looking for new and better ways to serve our community. With the assistance of Westlake residents Robert Lesnick and Barry Edelstien, Operation Blue Angel was identified as a program that could greatly enhance the police department’s ability to serve some of the most vulnerable members of our community. The Jackson Police Department has sponsored the first purchase of fifty lock boxes to launch the program. County Line Hardware was also a great help in identifying and obtaining professional grade lock boxes that will give the police department years of service,” Lt. John Convery said.

Township residents ages 60 and older, who live alone or have incapacitating medical conditions, may be eligible to apply. They must complete a brief application and sign a liability release.

To apply, or for more information, contact Convery at jconvery@jacksontwpnj.net or 732-833-3015.