The discharge of Officer Matt Chester Hcpd

The discharge of Officer Matt Chester Hcpd

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Harvey Cedars, Nj on Long Beach Island is a small community that for years has had great relations between Police, Civilians, and just an overall great community bond. It seems those days are being stripped of us, through officers of the law not looking to better the community, but instead take advantage of the position they hold. Just in this past year we have seen two officers stealing from within their own community “Detective Christopher Oldham, 32, of Manahawkin, was arrested and charged with theft of movable property, tampering with evidence and filing a false police report in connection with his employment with the department as a detective with the Harvey Cedars Police Department.” and “Sgt. Sean Marti pleaded guilty to a charge of theft of movable property in connection with using a police department ATV for his own personal use.” These officers have face penalties but it’s time to discharge remaining officers taking advantage of authority, starting with officer Matt Chester. Chester an officer who’s reputation is spreading outside of Harvey Cedars community. This is causing the whole town and the many upstanding officers, involved and caring of the community’s work to be smeared, as the police “out to get you”.  Chester has gained the reputation of harassing locals and young adults around the island. Using wrongful methods, cursing at civilians, and using his position to divide the community with no intention to better it. Harvey cedars with a population of 342 and one of the smallest tourist attractions on the island as far as summer vacationers. Most cases stem from wrongfully accused individuals, wrongful search methods, and targeting with more than a handful of these cases being thrown away due to the improper methods used by Chester. To put into context using this position of power he aims to give his targets misdemeanor charges before even approaching, tactics known to be used by him are threatening to call in a search dog before stating why an individual is being stopped for something as simple as riding the left lane for one block or safely biking home at night. Imagine your children, son, daughter safely biking home from a night out doing the right thing instead of stepping in a motor vehicle getting followed by a police car at less then 15 miles an hour with the intent to harrasse and try to make an arrest at the slightest move. This kind of work is tarnishing our police departments reputation, our islands reputation, and our whole communities reputation. Please sign to support the discharge of Officer Matt Chester to bring the town steps closer to a community that can trust it’s police and improve the day to day relations between citizen and officers of law.

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