An increased police presence at local motels resulted in 22 arrests from September, 2012 through the end of the year, South Brunswick Police said Monday.
The department obtained A Community Concerns Grant from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, which allowed police to increase patrols at area motels. The grant focused on community development and relationship building at the establishments, which police said enhanced information sharing with motel management and guests about ongoing problems.
The grant allowed police to provide an additional 97 hours of community outreach and enforcement, which resulted in 621 checks at motels along Route 1 and Route 130 from Sept. 20, 2012 to Dec. 27, 2012.
The increased enforcement led to 22 arrests, which included narcotics possession, fugitive warrant arrests, and drunk driving, according to police.
at local motels that led to meeting between Chief Raymond Hayducka and local motel management. In April 2011, one of which was the scene of a gun a being fired. The parties involved at least 25 people from outside the area filling individual rooms beyond their capacity.
Those incidents led to police focusing on illegal activity and large gatherings at the establishments.
Chief Hayducka thanked Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan for allotting the funds to provide for the increased enforcement.
“In these economic times we look for any funding to assist our efforts," he said. "This grant provided us with the flexibility to address the specific concerns of our community. The grant allowed us to strengthen our partnership with motel management and crack down on problems at the establishments.
“I want to thank the prosecutor for providing the funds to make this effort a success."