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Letter: Municipalities acquire, deploy surplus items wisely

September 8th, 2017

Northjersey.com – Opinion Section

Regarding “On military surplus and local policing” (Editorial, Sept. 1):

Raising the specter of cops with “grenade launchers “and “advanced weaponry” pointed at the citizens they are sworn to protect and serve is misleading. New Jersey’s municipal police departments do not have unchecked, unilateral access to surplus federal armaments and weapons of war.

Even the assertion that “once police have such weapons in hand, it’s natural to want to find reasons to use them” is belied by the fact most police officers go an entire career having fired their service weapons only at the training range.

Indeed, New Jersey Senate Bill No. 23642(a) (Signed into law in 2015) required civilian governing bodies to formally authorize, by resolution, local law enforcement’s entry into the demilitarized, surplus acquisition process: the 1033 Program.

A similar resolution in the Borough of Westwood limits the types of property our police department may acquire, specifically excluding “armored tactical vehicles, marine vessels over 28 feet, aircraft, (and) weapons.” It sets up monthly 1033 activity reports. And it reserves the governing body’s right to cancel, or return, any item delivered that violates the resolution’s intent.

Examples of goods received include 15 metal shovels, 6 brand new paper shredders, an F 150 pickup truck, an Econoline van, a flatbed pickup and medical packs. The market value of items Westwood has acquired to date is approximately $100,000.

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TRAFFIC ALERT – 4th Avenue Road Closure

3rd Closure

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

SEPTEMBER 5TH – ENERGY STRONG WORK TO CONTINUE.

4TH AVENUE WILL BE SHUT BETWEEN TACO AVENUE AND MEADOW ROAD. LINCOLN AVENUE WILL ALSO BE SHUT AT HILLCREST. AN EXTENSIVE DETOUR WILL BE IN PLACE. PLEASE FOLLOW POSTED DETOURS AND OBEY POLICE OFFICERS STATIONED THROUGHOUT. 
TRUCK TRAFFIC WILL BE DETOURED AT 4TH AVENUE AND FOREST AVENUE. NO TRUCK TRAFFIC WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE MAIN DETOUR ROUTE. 

EXPECT SIGNIFICANT DELAYS. 

ROADWORK TO COMMENCE AT 8:30 AM (AFTER SCHOOL DROP OFF) STARTING WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH.

Energy Strong to Continue

June 24th, 2017

 

On or about June 28th, 2017, PSE&G will continue their ‘Energy Strong Project’ within the Borough of Westwood.

Work will begin on Mill Street in the area of 1st Avenue and progress onto 3rd Avenue during the upcoming weeks and months. Please plan an alternate route.

Visit PSE&G’s website by clicking here for their work crew locations.

Additionally sign up for Nixle alerts from the Westwood Police Department by visiting https://local.nixle.com/register/.

 

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