September 30, 2023

Roni Wooden apparently has hit the bottom operating because the Wildwood Police Division’s group outreach specialist.

Employed late final 12 months, she was introduced Monday with a Crew Influence Award at a Metropolis Fee assembly.

“Once you rent anyone, typically you get a single or a double,” mentioned Police Chief Randy Parmer. “On this case, we hit a grand slam.”

Chief Randy Parmer honors Roni Wooden with the Crew Influence Award.

Parmer additionally launched a recruit to commissioners and reported on 2022 crime statistics.

Since she began, the police chief mentioned Wooden has generated $34,000 price of grant cash or donations and took part in 66 occasions and shows. She has distributed 675 free bicycle helmets.

Wooden additionally acquired a certificates from American Legion Put up 18.

Commissioners permitted an employment contract for police recruit Umar Magee, who acquired the annual A.J. Johnson Police Scholarship. The $5,000 price of sending Magee to the recruit coaching academy will come from the division’s coaching finances.

After coaching is accomplished, Magee’s annual wage might be $51,000.

Parmer mentioned Magee, who served 16 years within the navy, got here into his workplace sooner or later and mentioned he wished to develop into a police officer.

“He’s an ideal match and he’s an important particular person,” mentioned Parmer, including that a number of different departments additionally confirmed curiosity within the recruit.

 he police chief additionally reported on town’s 2022 crime statistics.

“Wildwood stays a secure place to stay,” he mentioned.

Narcotics, weapons-related incidents, intercourse offenses, assaults and residential burglaries had been down final 12 months whereas fraud, thefts, vandalism and drunken driving arrests had been increased.

Golf cart thefts, together with a few of carts parked outdoors or with keys within the ignition, helped gasoline almost a 200 % enhance in motorcar thefts with 32 incidents reported.