PLEASANTVILLE, NJ (October 2, 2017) – The Pleasantville Police Department hosted Heroes for H.O.P.E (Heroin. Opioids, Prevention. Education.) Police and Community Day on Saturday, September 30th at New Hope Community. Heroes for H.O.P.E. provides critical information while combining enforcement and public awareness to create a healthier community. Over 30 members of the community attended the Naloxone training lead by Charles O. Kerley, CADC, Program Coordinator Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
“The support we received for this event, from both our sponsors and our community, is overwhelming.” said Chief Sean Riggin of the Pleasantville Police Department. “It proves there is a need for this training. We are always looking for ways to fill those needs and drive the H.O.P.E. initiative forward.”
The event included food from local restaurants including Mambo Café, Johnny D’s, Welcome to the South BBQ and JJ’s Diner. Community organizations including Family Service Association’s New Day Family Success Center and Stop the Heroin offered useful information.
Heroes for H.O.P.E is a community-building event sponsored by the Pleasantville Police Department, with funding assistance through the Detective Matthew Tarentino Community Policing grant from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. The event was developed in response to the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic in South Jersey.
“Our police department does a great job educating our community on the growing drug epidemic through events like Heroes for H.O.P.E.” said Pleasantville Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr. “We need it now more than ever.”
Pleasantville Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr. welcomed the community to Heroes for H.O.P.E. and thanked the Pleasantville Police Department for their efforts.
Tammy and Christina from Stop the Heroin, a local organization that fundraises to provide sober living in memory of their son, Steven Schmincke.
Over 40 members of the community attended the Naloxone training lead by Charles O. Kerley, CADC, Program Coordinator Drug and Alcohol Abuse.