Ptl. Chris Colaner Lauded for Helping
On December 15, 2007
the Freehold Borough PBA held their annual Santa Train
event. What made this one special was the fact
that it was the tenth anniversary of the creation of the
It was 1997 when the
Freehold Borough Police Department first held the Santa
Train. Back then it was just a couple of officers
and a view families. Today, it has evolved into a
major holiday event with hundreds of families, every
available officer and some amazing holiday spirit.
While the PBA sponsors
the event, the creator and organizer for all ten years
is Police Officer Chris Colaner. Chris was honored
this year at the annual Christmas party for his work on
the Santa Train as well as some of his other
Chris's résumé includes
clothing drives that, to date, have procured more than
500 winter coats for our most needing citizens.
Officer Chris has come
to be known as kind of an unofficial employment agency.
Through his many contacts, Chris has gotten jobs for
dozens of people from and about Freehold.
orchestrated the department's first ever anonymous tip
line. Tip lines are effective tools in combating
crime as they allow citizens to call and leave
information without formally involving themselves.
Finally, Chris was the
architect of the CARE project. CARE is an acronym
for Cops and Residents Enforcement Zone. Several
years ago, Chris, working with members of the community,
selected a troubled intersection of Lloyd Street to
receive intense police presence combined with community
awareness. Together, Chris and the community
helped reduce both violent and property crime. The
CARE sign is still there to this day.
Thank you Ptl. Chris
Colaner for all your work with the community.