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$50K Spent by Freeholders on Countywide Police Study

Report says late April meeting could put brakes on issue entirely.

A three-member subcommittee of the Morris County Freeholders will meet with the County Park Police on April 28 in a closed meeting to determine if moving ahead with a countywide police department is the right move.

According to dailyrecord.com, in the past year – since the idea began to surface – more than $50,000 has been spent on a Freeholder Board-sanctioned study to determine the viability of a police force that would supplement the county’s already existing 38 municipal squads.

That sum was split between a Teaneck-based law firm and Fair Lawn-based accounting firm, the report said.

One issue arising is the notion that the Park Police would be eliminated, while the Freeholders say the department would be transitioned into the new department, the report said.

The subcommittee consists of Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo, Doug Cabana and David Scapicchio. The report said the late April meeting could be the endpoint if the Park Commission is not in favor. If not, the study will likely move forward.  

The Stig April 21, 2014 at 10:52 PM
This would be a "supplement," i.e., REDUNDANT waste of taxpayer money. How about eliminating the MCPPD and having the local municipalities police the parks. They don't have to drive all over the county to cover the parkland, and could probably do it a lot cheaper than the county police unit. The towns will never give up their individual police departments, or their BOEs to a county run system unless the state mandates it.
Aladdin Sarsippius Sulemenagic Jackson III April 22, 2014 at 05:58 PM
The Morris County Freeholders hired DeCotiis? How did the GOP let that even happen?
Paul in NJ April 22, 2014 at 08:04 PM
Why does Morris County need a "supplemental" police force? I would mean another layer of bureaucracy, along with the associated costs. Disband the Park Police. While we're at it, disband the Freeloaders.
Guy Patterson April 22, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Sorry, I mistook supplement for supplant. Wishful thinking.
Paul Johnson April 22, 2014 at 09:15 PM
County police is a great idea. First of all not cutting jobs. Secondly, making a ineffective organization more effective. Third will eventually force the sheriff to hand over all things that are not under his control constitutionally such as the K-9 unit.

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