Hanover Township Police Department

Officer Awards

The Hanover Township Police Department expects the highest levels of professional conduct from all of its employees at all times.  We also believe that our members deserve to be recognized for excellence in the performance of their assigned duties.  Awards are presented in recognition of the member’s dedication to protecting and serving the public.

The 200 Club of Morris County proudly supports Morris County Police Officers, Fire Fighters, First Aid Squad Members, and Members of the New Jersey State Police who die in the line of duty.  When tragedy occurs, grief is shared amongst the family as well as the members of The 200 Club of Morris County.

Our support of the family is reflected in the following manner:

When a public safety official loses their life in the line of duty, the Action Committee of The 200 Club of Morris County reaches out to the widow(er) to offer emotional support and financial assistance in the form of a death benefit to help manage the financial burden during this difficult time.  The current benefit is $25,000.

The 200 Club of Morris County also awards an annual benefit to each eligible child of the public safety official in an effort to help ease the financial concerns created by the loss of their loved one.  At present, the annual benefit is $5,000 per child per year until age 18.  Should the child continue onto college, the benefit is increased to $7,000 per year until age 23 or graduation, whichever comes first.

The 200 Club is supported by membership dues and private donations. Members receive a 200 Club identification card to demonstrate their support for the 200 Club and its mission.  The 200 Club is proud of its relationship with the public safety community and welcomes the public to participate in our organization.

Each January, Valor and Meritorious candidate recommendations are presented to The 200 Club of Morris County by the following:
     President of the Morris County Police Chiefs Association
     Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police
     President of the Morris County Fire Chiefs Association
     Coordinator of the Morris County First Aid Squads.

An act of Valor is defined as an extraordinary event in which a person puts his or her own safety aside.  It is an act of courage which goes above and beyond the call of duty. Very often, one’s life is at risk in the process.

The Meritorious Award is a second level of recognition which differs from Valor in that the honoree has performed an extraordinary act, but their action has not necessarily placed their well being or life at risk.

Honorees are joined by The 200 Club of Morris County members, family, friends, and members of the business community at an annual dinner held in April every year.

The Township of Hanover Police Department is proud to have entered the names of Department members for annual awards, and to publicize our officers who have been honored by The 200 Club:

John J. Deventer Hanover Police Department 1996
James A. Grawehr Hanover Police Department 1999
Joseph P. Quinn Hanover Police Department 2002
Christopher R. Thompson Hanover Police Department 2002
Paul Weaver Hanover Police Department 2011
Christopher R. Martino Hanover Police Department 2011
Dominic J. Kaiser Hanover Police Department 2012


Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Thirty years ago, a heartbroken mother made a pledge in her deceased daughter’s bedroom.  She would do something about the outrage of drunk driving—a decision that quickly inspired a handful of grieving, determined mothers to join in the fight.  Though united in cause, they had no office, no money and no clout.  Yet they initiated one of the great grassroots successes in American history.  They were as their name suggests: MADD.  As their fledgling organization grew, they stood toe to toe with politicians who knew the stats but did not act.  They took on a powerful industry that put profit over safety.  They challenged a society that viewed drinking and driving as acceptable—even laughable.  And they caused a visceral reaction.  The getting there wasn’t easy.  It was tough.  It was messy.  And it was fraught with obstacles.  Yet MADD proved, time and time again, that it would not be bullied or derailed.  In fact, MADD blazed a trail that other organizations have since followed.

They made hard, cold statistics come to life.  They did not just say that drunk driving killed thousands and injured millions.  They held up photographs—and described every nuance of their loved ones’ lives—to prove it.  As a result, a mountain of traffic safety and victims’ rights legislation has been passed.  Annual alcohol-related traffic fatalities have dropped from an estimated 30,000 in 1980 to fewer than 17,000 today.  Perhaps most important, society no longer views drunk driving as acceptable.   Looking back over 25 years, it’s an amazing story.  A grieving mother’s determination sparked a volunteer movement that swept the nation and has saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

Annually, MADD rewards an officer from each New Jersey police department.  That officer is nominated by her/his department, based upon the number of alcohol-related motor vehicle stops made during the year.

The Township of Hanover Police Department is proud to publicize these Department members recognized by MADD:

Stephen Gallagher   1988

Anthony Vitanza   1989

Anthony Vitanza   1990

Anthony Vitanza   1991

Anthony Vitanza   1992

Anthony Vitanza   1993

Anthony Vitanza   1994

Raymond Reisen   1995

Raymond Reisen   1996

James Peslis    1997

Anthony Vitanza   1998

Glenn Yanovak   1999

Glenn Yanovak   2000

Glenn Yanovak   2001

Glenn Yanovak   2002

Glenn Yanovak   2003

Glenn Yanovak   2004

Glenn Yanovak   2005

David Littman   2006

Paul Gundersdorf   2006

Robert Carpenter   2006

John Schauder   2007

David Littman   2008

Dominic Kaiser   2009

Joseph Quinn   2010

David Littman   2010

Paul Gundersdorf   2010

John Schauder 2010

John Schauder   2011

ASIS Law Enforcement Appreciation

ASIS International was founded in 1955.  It is an organization for security professionals, and is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests.

Detective Earle (“Ned”) Seely was honored by the ASIS Western NJ Chapter at a May, 2012 luncheon, and received a Distinguished Service Award for his detailed, productive investigation of a local carjacking in September, 2011.

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