As of Sept. 1, 2013, Lt. Edward Waldhelm officially retired from the Brick Police Department. And Sgt. Keith Reinhard this week has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant.
Reinhard has been a member of the Brick Township Police Department since 1994 when he graduated the Gloucester County Police Academy as a member of Class # 7, according to a prepared statement from Capt. Robert Mazza.
Reinhard worked his first three years in the patrol division. He was subsequently assigned as a Field Training Officer, training new recruits.
In 1998, Reinhard was transferred to the Detective Bureau where he served as one of the department’s first school resource officer’s and also became a member of the Special Emergency Response Team.
In September 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he was assigned to the evening shift in the Patrol Division. During this assignment, he supervised a patrol squad along with the K-9 Unit and Motorcycle/Bicycle Unit.
In 2008, he was transferred to the Community Policing Division where he supervised the Brick Police Emergency Medical Services Unit and served as the back-up Public Information Officer. In January of this year, Reinhard was transferred to the Administrative Services Division where he was assigned to the Professional Standards Unit.
Reinhard has received numerous awards and commendations throughout his career including two Meritorious Service Awards, three Exceptional Duty Awards, two Honorable Service Awards, one Life Saving Award and numerous performance commendations.Waldhelm started his career with the Brick Township Police Department in 1988 with his graduation from the New Jersey State Municipal Academy where he was a member of the 189 graduating class, according to a prepared statement from Capt. Robert Mazza.
During his 12 years as a patrolman, Waldhelm was assigned to numerous divisions within the Department including the Detective Bureau, Narcotics Bureau and he also had the privilege to be assigned to the Ocean County Narcotics Strike Force. Waldhelm received numerous awards, including Patrolman of the Year Award and the Thomas McNelis Award.
In December of 2000, Waldhelm was promoted to sergeant was assigned to the patrol division. He was eventually transferred to the Detective Bureau where he was the Supervisor of the Drug Enforcement Unit and the General Detective Bureau until he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007.
As a Lieutenant, he was assigned as the Assistant Patrol Division Commander. During Super Storm Sandy, he was assigned as the Incident Commander for the patrol Division.
Waldhelm is a highly decorated member of the Police Department, who’s career touched the lives of many Brick Residents, Mazza said in the statement.
"Though he will be missed, we wish him continued success in his new endeavors. The members of the department want to thank Lt. Waldhelm for his of service to the Township of Brick," Mazza noted in the statement.