Middle officer tops county in DWI arrests

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Middle Township Police Officer Allison Akke always seemed to be at the right place at the right time.

She arrested 18 people last year on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Her efforts have not gone unnoticed. Akke has been recognized as making the most drunken driving arrests in the county in 2012.

The “top gun” award comes from the state Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Highway Traffic Safety. The honor is given to an officer in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties. 

“I mean, I don’t feel I don’t outrank them,” said 25-year-old Akke of Del Haven.

She learned of the award about a month ago.

“I was honored. It was pretty cool,” Akke said.

She averaged one or two DWI arrests a month, with the main areas being along routes 9 and 47 and North Wildwood and Wildwood boulevards, Akke said.

“It was basically all over. It depended where I was assigned,” she said.

Others should be recognized, too, Akke said. For DWI and possible DWIs, police backup is called in, Akke said.

Middle Township Police Capt. John Edwards said the department is proud of the young officer’s efforts and she is a hard worker. He said he believes Akke is the first from Middle to achieve the honor.

"My heart-felt congratulations to your department and Officer Akke for your continued dedication to drunk driving enforcement," reads a letter from Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

Akke plans to attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving event in June. She will be recognized at a New Jersey Remembers event on April 24 in Trenton but she is unable to attend. The event memorialized those killed in accidents involving intoxicated or impaired drivers.

Akke was hired as a Middle Township Police officer in August 2011 and finished the Cape May County Police Academy in January 2012.

Before joining Middle, she was a transportation officer for Transportation Security Administration in Atlantic City, where she scanned passengers and luggage before they boarded their flight; an investigator with the state Office of the Public Defender; and an interned at the state Office of the Attorney General; and investigator for the state Office of the Public Defender.

Akke is a 2006 Middle Township High School graduate.

— Alex Davis

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