Operation Blue Angel officially kicked off
This safety program aims to aid older adults who are over 55 years of age, are medically impaired or are frequently alone. Operation Blue Angel gives emergency services quick access to a residence if the resident is unable to open the door.
Those who participate in the program will receive a small, free combination-controlled lockbox to store a spare key in. The key is provided by the resident, and the lockbox will only be accessible to the resident’s local police department; no one else will have the code. In the case of an emergency where the resident is unable to come to the door, police, the fire department or emergency medical services (EMS) will be able to enter the home using the spare key.
Participation is completely voluntary, free, and may be stopped or started at any time. In addition to providing access in an emergency, the program promotes safety and peace of mind at home.
To enroll: call the New Providence Police Department at (908) 665-1111 and leave a message for the Community Policing Officer, Detective Dave Rodriguez.
Detective Rodriguez and his team will make an appointment with the resident to talk about Operation Blue Angel and set up the lockbox. They will also be able to discuss other safety programs for older community members like Smart911, the File of Life and safety evaluations.