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Police and Law Enforcement Home    >    Top Cops    >    Freehold Borough Officer Chosen as Officer of the Year

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Freehold Borough Officer Chosen as Officer
of the Year
Police and Law Enforcement News
Friday, June 14, 2002  9
:50 a.m.

In a ceremony held on June 3, 2002 Ptl. Christopher Colaner of the Freehold Borough Police Department received one of the highest honors a New Jersey officer can achieve. Ptl. Colaner accepted the “Shield Award” as Officer of the Year from the New Jersey State Knights of Columbus.

The New Jersey State Knights of Columbus obtained nominations for “Officer of the Year” from each of its 300 councils statewide. From those nominations, only one officer was chosen to receive the distinguished award.

In the same year Officer Colaner received numerous letters of commendation from citizens and superiors alike, departmental commendations for distinguished service, meritorious service and a department citation for excellent police work. He also received the “Stork Pin” for delivering a healthy baby. Colaner is also expected to be given several awards for his actions this year.

One of those actions includes the peaceful resolution of an incident where a wanted subject tried to provoke Colaner into shooting him in a failed suicide by cop attempt.

Ptl. Colaner, who is also the President of PBA Local #159, serves on the Freehold Borough / Freehold Township Joint Investigation Unit, the Bike Patrol Unit, and will soon be heading up a brand new unit labeled the Special Services Unit.

“Chris Colaner is very deserving of this award,” said Sgt. Andrew DeMuth, Ptl. Colaner’s supervisor. “He is a truly unique police officer in that he is so well balanced. On one day he’ll be organizing the extremely large and successful Santa Train event which he has done for five years now. The next day he’ll be bringing someone in on a fugitive warrant who had ten bags of crack in his pocket. He is also very proactive with ideas to better the department and the town.”

"Perhaps the most important idea Patrolman Chris Colaner has developed, planned and implemented as part of our community policing effort" Chief of Police Michael Beierschmitt said, "is the Cops and Resident Enforcement zone." (CARE) Beierschmitt said Colaner has worked closely with residents to improve their neighborhoods, specifically by painting curbs, trimming trees and improving lighting in certain areas.

In receiving this award Colaner said, "It’s very rewarding to receive an award for doing your daily police work, but it’s important to know that this is all a team effort. Without the assistance of Chief Beierschmitt and the administration, as well as all my fellow officers and the support of the residents of the town, this would never happen. It’s important to be in this work together. Certain things cannot be accomplished without asking for assistance from others."

NJLawman is proud to acknowledge…

Freehold Borough Police Department’s

Ptl. Christopher Colaner

...for his work and for being recognized as Police Officer of the Year.
Police and Law Enforcement News
Friday, June 14, 2002  9
:50 a.m.

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