Friday, April 5, 2013
Panelists will answer the question "Why is the Bergen County Police Department needed?"
A public forum focused on the relevance of the Bergen County Police Department, something which has been a hot topic over the past year and more, is set for next Tuesday night in Paramus. The League of Women Voters of Bergen will host this forum which will be held in the auditorium of the Bergen County Community Service Building, located at 327 Ridgewood Avenue at the corner of Farview Avenue. The forum will begin at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9. A panel of police professionals will respond to the question of "why is the Bergen County Police Department needed?" County Police Chief Brian Higgins will be among the panelists. He will review the history and mission of the department and explain the broad scope of services that the Department of…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Former Bergen County prosecutor, executive, sheriff and police chief argue that merging the county police and sheriff's offices may actually cost taxpayers more
Three former Bergen County officials threw their support behind the Bergen County Police Department in an ongoing debate about whether or not the department should be merged with the Sheriff’s Department. Former Bergen County Executive William “Pat” Schuber, former County Prosecutor Jay Fahy, and Joel Trella, who served both as the county Sheriff and the BCPD Chief, held a press conference at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute in Mahwah Tuesday afternoon to argue against a proposed ordinance that would disband the BCPD and incorporate some of its functions into the Sheriff’s Department. The three argued against points that have been presented by supporters of the merger — namely that it would be a cost savings to the county …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Decision set for Friday afternoon.
A judge is expected to rule Friday afternoon on a suit filed by the Bergen County executive to block a ballot question asking if the county police should be merged with the sheriff’s office and an ordinance that would disband the police department. The freeholder board voted 4-2 at an August special meeting to move ahead with an ordinance to dissolve the county police and a non-binding referendum on the proposed merger. County Executive Kathleen Donovan challenged the votes, arguing the freeholders lacked authority to eliminate a county agency and the referendum vote was improper because it did not happen a regular board meeting. Superior Court Judge Menelaos Toskos said Thursday the law required a referendum to be introduced at a regular…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
County Executive announces plans to move Bergen County’s police department and Department of Public Works to Paramus to better utilize county space and save tax payers up to $46 million.
Bergen County is looking for ways to do more with less by consolidating certain buildings and moving others – a move that could potentially save Bergen County tax payers $46 million. According to plans announced Monday by County Executive Kathleen Donovan, the Bergen County Police Department, which is located on Zabriskie Street in Hackensack, will be relocated to the county’s former Health Department building in Paramus on East Ridgewood Avenue. Also on the move is the county’s Department of Public Works (DPW) building currently located behind County Police headquarters in Hackensack, which will move to the Mosquito Control Department building in Paramus. The county’s Health Department is being also moving but will remain in Hackensack…
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Sergeant denied promotion, attorney says
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- Myles Ma
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Bergen County Police Department retaliated against a sergeant who reported misconduct on the part of his superiors, according to a $3 million lawsuit filed Monday. Sgt. Robert Carney was denied a promotion and stripped of responsibilities after speaking up about the department tampering with evidence and falsifying reports, among other charges, his attorney, William Feldman said in an interview with Patch. "When he complained about it, he became the target of retaliation," Feldman said. His claims kept him from being promoted to lieutenant, Feldman said. Carney was up for promotion for two years and had scored well on his promotional exam, Feldman said. "There are many promotions in the department, but he was told specifically that he …
Monday, April 9, 2012
SWAT team, Teaneck police bring safe end to early morning standoff.
Police talked a James Street man into surrendering early Sunday after he fired a handgun in the street and barricaded himself inside his home for more than two hours, authorities said. Teaneck officers responded to reports of shots fired on James Street around 4 a.m., police said. Neighbors pointed officers to the home of William Huggins Jr, whom police termed emotionally disturbed. Huggins would not come to officers, opening his door but closing it when he saw them, police said. At one point, Huggins went to the back door, where officers told him to put his hands up, causing Huggins to run back inside. Bergen County Police Department SWAT officers forced their way inside the house after county and Teaneck police were able to talk Huggins …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Mayor and Council unanimously approve anti-semitism resolution
The Mayor and Council unanimously approved a resolution condemning anti-Semitism during Monday's work session, making New Milford the first municipality in Bergen County to pass such a measure. The resolution, sponsored by Councilwoman Hedy Grant, is a response to a string of anti-Semitic incidents that recently occurred in Bergen County. Among them: The resolution acknowledges that the residents of New Milford have a rich history of being tolerant to all faiths and religions and that "an attack on one faith or religion is an attack on all." According to the document, the Mayor and Council condemn all forms of hatred and anti-Semitism and encourage the use of law enforcement resources of Bergen County "to apprehend the perpetrators of …