The Sussex County Police Chiefs Bocce & Brew event raises money for training and equipment and also serves as an evening of relaxation and fellowship for the chiefs and a way for Steve and Rachel Scro to give back to the local law enforcement community. >
The Sussex County Police Chiefs' Association is the beneficiary of the monies raised through tickets sales and donations to the Bocce and Brew. Over the first three years of the event, the money has gone to training Sussex County police officers in handling medical traumas, and updating and being trained on new technology. Last year's proceeds are going towards the purchase of a Firearms Training Simulator, which will be used to prepare officers for a variety of shoot/don't shoot scenarios.
Scro said he began the event to pay tribute the hard work and dedication of Sussex County's law enforcement officers.
"They're the backbone of our community, and we want them to know we respect and appreciate them," he said. "It's also about them getting some time for team building in a social setting."
In addition to the chiefs who serve individual Sussex County communities, leadership from the Sussex County Sheriff's Department, New Jersey State Police, and chiefs from Morris, Bergen, and Hudson Counties have been invited. The 4th Annual Chiefs' Bocce and Brew will kick off at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Mohawk House. The event will include a bocce tournament, Oktoberfest-style food like brats and Bavarian pretzels, and of course, beer.
Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased in advance during business hours by visiting the Mohawk House at 1 Mohawk Lane, or can be purchased on the day of the event. Tickets are also available at the Sparta, Byram, and Andover Township police stations, or by contacting any Sussex County police chief. For more information, the Mohawk House can be reached by phone at 973-729-6464 or online at www.mohawkhouse.com.