Gotta love the M-4

I just met with the commander of the Monmouth County Emergency Response Team (MOCERT), at Howell’s Police Department.

I also saw Chief Ronald Carter, MOCERT’s director through the Chiefs of Police Association.

I had a lot of fun learning about this specialized team of 45 officers from 17 Monmouth County municipalities. The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team has been around since 1977, during which time there were five municipalities at its core: Howell, Wall, Ocean Township, Middletown and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.

MOCERT — which includes the SWAT team — was officially created in 2003.

This is a photo of Cpl. John Weg and an M-4, one of the weapons the team uses.

I actually got to hold this sucker, and let me tell you: It’s heavy! I’m not necessarily one for weapons (especially after seeing “Iron Man” — great movie, though), but I am all for being able to defend myself. Holding one of these makes me glad I take Aikido classes instead.

Check out this week’s issue of The Courier for extended coverage of MOCERT.

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