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NJTPD Officer Delivers!
This issue of Employee Spotlight features Police Officer Gary Denamen, part of the NJ TRANSIT Police Department (NJTPD) Bike Unit. A former New Jersey Department of Human Services officer, Gary was asked by his superiors to develop a homeless outreach program at our Atlantic City Bus and Rail terminals.
Using his contacts within the law enforcement, judicial and human services communities, Officer Denamen helped to create a consortium of agencies that could work together to assist those in need. This multi-agency group now meets once a month to coordinate their activities and provide services that will make a meaningful difference.
After learning that many of the homeless were military veterans, Officer Denamen asked the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) to attend the monthly meetings. They agreed, and arranged to have its mobile unit stationed at the Atlantic City Bus Terminal two times each month to help homeless veterans.
More recently, Officer Denamen heard the story of Anthony, an autistic 13-year-old Toms River boy who had his bike stolen and destroyed shortly after his father had passed away. Moved by the story, Officer Denamen and his son Austin donated a bike to Anthony.
We salute Officer Denamen for his ongoing efforts to connect with the communities served by NJ TRANSIT!