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Should Town Have More Officers on the Street?

Patch wants to know your thoughts on having another police captain or more officers on the streets.

The to limit the to having three rather than four police captains on its employee roster.

Currently, there are three police captains, but Mayor James Barberio and Police Chief Anthony DeZenzo want to promote Lt. Jeffrey Storms to captain to help oversee the Office of Emergency Management, which is now part of the PPD.

Council members Michael dePierro and Paul Carifi Jr. argue that the department has too many employees in upper ranks and not enough patrolmen and detectives. Carifi says Deputy Chief Paul Philipps or Storms—as a lieutenant—can oversee OEM capably.

All of these men are employed by the town's residents, so Patch wants to know: What do you think?

Take the Parsippany Patch poll and illuminate your thoughts in the comments so that your mayor, council and police chief know your opinions on the matter.


Pete July 11, 2012 at 01:13 PM
First off, "On the street" is a euphemism. Our local cops patrol in cars, and considering how spread-out Parsippany is, that's necessary and desirable. That said, it would probably be a good thing if there were one or two of them on real, oldfashioned foot-patrol, especially in the busier parts of town. Another question this raises is "why did the OEM get merged with the PPD ?" Seems to me the functions are drastically different. Lastly, who's REALLY worried about terrorism out here, 25 miles west of Manhattan ?
Patchitup July 11, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Hey Pete 25 miles from ground zero!!! These nuts are blowing up stuff All over the world.... You should think about what you said..... There are a LOT of things here in Parsippany that can be targeted...
g July 11, 2012 at 03:19 PM
How do the police stop any of the fxollowing risks? 100% police saturation of Parsippany? Parsippany can never get enough police to stop crime risks. All they can do is to educate the people of Parsippany about the risks and educate them as to steps to take to lessen the chance of the risk happening. 2010 Crime Rate Indexes Morris county, NJ New Jersey United States Total Crime Risk 26 73 100 Murder Risk 29 84 100 Rape Risk 22 39 100 Robbery Risk 19 108 100 Assault Risk 20 62 100 Burglary Risk 24 66 100 Larceny Risk 45 62 100 Motor Vehicle Theft Risk 19 76 100
clyde donovan July 11, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I won't vote in this poll. The questions are created to support the false notion that Parsippany needs either more senior officers or more street-patrol officers. How many Parsippany taxpayers want the overpaid force reduced? Parsippany has too many police personnel. Twenty police officers and supervisors need to be cut from the force. Whenever there is a suggestion of cutting the number of police, some uninformed person will post a ridiculous "terrorists are everywhere" argument.
g July 12, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Evertime I see construction on the roads or telephone poles, etc I see a police officer sitting in or standing next to the police car. There could be 1 to 5 or more projects going on in single day. I always wonder who is protecting the town and the people? Are these officers extras? Do they get paid for the work? Who gets the money? Why don't these companies hire private guards? Do we need extra police to guard these constdruction projects or to keep the town safe from crime?
Ed Dantes July 13, 2012 at 03:05 AM
This Mayor couldn't care less what the public says on this or any other issue. He'll do whatever he wants and the lemmings will re-elect him in a landslide come election day.
jerzey July 13, 2012 at 03:52 PM
9-the officers on these jobs you are referring to are working on their day off! Away from their families and still at risk. Why does it matter who is doing the job? It needs to be done. Have you seen the stupid ppl on the roads that try to go around the barricades? It is for the protection of the workers and the ppl on the road. Depending on the job, the PO is pd by the company thru the PD. These jobs have nothing to do with the amt of cops on the rd each day. Its fine to ask a question but next time you may want to call the town for an answer before posting a quest in such a neg way.
Frank Drebin July 13, 2012 at 04:25 PM
What?? I thought the Mayor appointed the Police Chief to Office oto Emergency Management. All of a sudden after all these years we need another captain? Who is the Mayor going to anoint as a member of the "Jamies Gaing"/
Mrs. K July 14, 2012 at 07:31 PM
The police officers on the construction sites are working on their days off. The insurance companies for the contractors require officers on most of these jobs. The town gets paid, who then pay the officers.
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