BRIDGEWATER, NJ - There will be an increased police presence at Washington Valley Park, in Bridgewater, in response to complaints of illegal activity in the area.
According to a release from Bridgewater Township Police, during the month of June, the Bridgewater Township Police Department was made aware of illegal activities at the park, including at the Chimney Rock Reservoir and Buttermilk Falls.
The release said Somerset County Park Commission officials are continuing to report and observe illegal activities, like violations of prohibited swimming, littering, illegal campfires, consumption of alcoholic beverages and illegal parking. In addition, the release said, the commission has had to remove several dumpsters of garbage due to excessive littering in the park.
In response to this, the Bridgewater Township Police Department, in cooperation with the Somerset County Sheriff's Office and the Somerset County Park Rangers, are increasing enforcement of the quality of life issues.
The efforts, the release said, will include parking enforcement of no parking on Gilbride Lane, Newmans Lane and Miller Lane, plus walking patrols of the park with uniform and undercover officers.
Bridgewater Township Police Acting Chief Paul Payne announced that during walking patrols of the park, officers arrested two adults for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and issued more than 40 summonses for illegal swimming, consumption of alcohol in a county park and disorderly conduct.
The uniformed and undercover patrols will be continuing during the July 4 holiday weekend.
Payne, the release said, is encouraging everyone to enjoy the parks, but remember that vehicles should only be parked in areas designated for parking, and waters in all the parks are not monitored by lifeguards, so swimming is prohibited.