Bike Donation from Thursday Morning Club Boosts Community Policing
Madison, NJ – August 17, 2021 – The Thursday Morning Club (TMC) graciously donated a new Fuji Code 3-XT Police Mountain Bike to Madison Police Department, for use by the department’s only female pedal officer, Corporal Stephanie C. Aquino.
Madison Police Department’s Bicycle Unit is a community-oriented unit assigned to patrol on bicycles allowing for higher visibility and interaction with the community. The unit also allows for faster response times in municipal parks, while also being environmentally friendly.
“The women of the Thursday Morning Club are delighted to support the local Madison Police Department by donating a bicycle to the only female pedal officer in Madison,” said Susan Packie, TMC President. “The Thursday Morning Club is proud to be a willing partner to numerous Madison Community groups who work hard to offer support and assistance to our local and surrounding communities,” continued Packie.
With the addition of this new bicycle, MPD now has five pedal bikes in its fleet for use throughout town, and at large events like National Night Out, Bottle Hill Day, Memorial Day Parade and the Christmas Parade.
“We are very grateful to the women of the Thursday Morning Club for their donation of a new bicycle to the MPD Bicycle Unit,” said Acting Chief John R. Miscia. “With this donation we are able to interact with the community on a different level and expand our Community Relations Unit, which strives to build strong, trusting relationships with the citizens of the Rose City,” continued Miscia.
“As an avid bicyclist, I am happy to see that we are adding to MPD’s bicycle unit thanks to the generosity of the Thursday Morning Club,” stated Mayor Robert H. Conley. “The Thursday Morning Club never hesitates to partner with organizations that do good for the community, and this is just another example of that,” continued Conley.
The bicycle unit consists of thirteen officers. Prior to joining the bicycle unit, officers attend a weeklong Police Bicycle Patrol Training Course hosted by the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission at the New Jersey State Police Academy in Sea Girt NJ. Officers are trained in safe operations, proper techniques, basic bicycle maintenance and care, nutrition and the establishment of a fitness-training program for in-season and off-season training.
Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Captain Joseph Longo at LongoJ@rosenet.org, by phone at 973-593-3008 or Public Information Officer Michael Pellessier at Communication@rosenet.org, by phone at 973-408-8789.
The Thursday Morning Club (TMC) is a group of over 230 women dedicated to service in their communities. TMC is celebrating its 125th year of service and they are one of the largest clubs in the State of New Jersey. As part of the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), TMC supports many local, state and federal organizations that work to improve the lives of children, veterans, the homeless and mentally ill, to name a few. As owners and operators of the Madison Community House (which was built in 1923), TMC offers a home to many civic organizations, scout programs and recreational programs free of charge.
Pictured left to right: Robert H. Conley, Mayor Borough of Madison; Susan Packie, TMC President; Jeannie Kosakowski, TMC Membership; Suzanne Caccavale, TMC Business Manager; Anne Lawless, TMC 2nd VP; John R. Miscia, Acting Chief of Police; Corporal Stephanie C. Aquino; Joseph M. Longo, Acting Police Captain