Freeholders Eye County Cop Department, Despite Opposition

Park Police would be 'melded' into new group, report says.

Four of the seven Morris County Freeholders face plenty of opposition at the governing body’s most recent meeting, when residents implored them to “tread lightly” regarding a study on creating a county-wide police force.

According to dailyrecord.com, Freeholders Tom Mastrangelo, David Cabana, David Scapicchio, and Kathy DeFillippo are in favor of commissioning a study that would create a county police force, melding the Park Police into it.

Police chiefs from outside Morris County are on the study team, the report said, and are looking to analyze a county police department that would supplement 38 municipal police forces from patrolling roads to conducting truck weight inspections and continue the Park Police’s duties, the report said.

But residents and elected officials alike expressed their distain for the study, including Harding Township Mayor Nicholas Platt, who, according to the report, said he believe the 31-member Park Police department should remain in tact.

Three freeholders opposing the study cited cost and too much government involvement as the reasons behind their dissenting votes. 

Mary Ann Santora April 13, 2014 at 09:34 PM
Agreed . Keeping it clean does not seem to be difficult yet a family member was chosen to be appointed to this "study" appears that the family member may want a job back in NJ. As a taxpayer I want transparency and my voice to be heard AND considered. I was at that meeting and there is NO shortage of arrogance in the 4 who voted in favor of yet another unnecessary study.
Mary Ann Santora April 13, 2014 at 09:36 PM
So far in excess of $70,000 has been spent of Our money between 2 separate studies.
Enough already April 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM
After several years and millions wasted on frivolous studies, the results will be the same as Somerset County's findings. It's not going to happen. The start up cost alone would be staggering. No real monetary savings would be found by having a county PD.
Mary Ann Santora April 14, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Paul Johnson April 14, 2014 at 05:28 PM
The sheriff has abused tax payer dollars!!!! Down with Rochford


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