The cheers and jeers of competitive banter filled the patio area behind the Mohawk House on Thursday, Sept. 12 as law enforcement officers and supporters took part in the 4th Annual Bocce and Brew tournament and dinner to support the Sussex County Police Chiefs Association.
The event raises money to fund training and equipment. Bocce and Brew replaced the association’s annual golf outing as the group’s major fundraiser in 2016 at the suggestion of Mohawk House owner Steve Scro. This year’s event was won by a team of four calling themselves the Goonies. They unseated Team B.A.S.H. who’d had back-to-back victories in 2017 and 2018.
Andover Township Chief of Police Eric Danielson runs the tournament portion of the event and said that the field of teams keeps getting bigger and better.
“It’s a very competitive spirit,” Danielson said. “And it seems to be gaining more and more traction each year.”
The tournament winners will receive the event’s traveling trophy, and each team member also received a gift from J. Thomas Jewelers in Sparta. Past proceeds from Bocce and Brew have paid for mutual aid and medical training, safety equipment, and a mobile firearms training system (F.A.T.S.), which the chiefs say saves each department valuable time and money by alleviating the need to travel to a shooting range.
The funds raised this year will be put toward mandatory active shooter training and new equipment.
More information on the Sussex County Police Chiefs Association can be found on the website www.sussexcountyacop.org.