Bergen Cty. Police Depts. Considering Merger

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Three Bergen County police departments are considering merging to save money.

It’s an idea that’s been talked about for years, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports, and now it may become a reality.

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Demarest, Clouster and Halworth are going to study the possibility of merging police departments in order to save taxpayers’ money.

Demarest Mayor James Carroll said it’s a good way to cut the duplication of certain tasks.

“Rather than having three chiefs, three separate administrators… You’ll have one chief, one person be able to administrate the schedule, benefits and all these other things, rather than having a duplication of services,” Carroll said.

Carroll said the unified department will have more assets and greater flexibly.

“I think we’re forced though. I don’t think we have any choice. If everybody wants to keep the small town quaintness, we’re going to have to look at ways to make it more affordable,” Carroll said.

The Demarest chief thinks it’s a good idea, too. He commands about a dozen officers. A consolidated department would have fifty.

Money for the project is coming from the Bergen County prosecutor’s office.

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  • Oscar

    Isn’t there already a Bergen County Police Department? Other than routinely giving out bogus tickets, what does the existing Bergen County Police Department do?

  • otto

    “Demarest, Clouster and Halworth” … are you kidding me?!?

    Is CBS-2 hiring 9 year olds to write their stories ???

    This site really is one of the worst for mistakes in grammar & spelling.

  • Phil Sommerfeld

    it’s Closter and Haworh

    come on guys do your homework

  • sharon wolff

    That is a good idea. What about consolidating some smaller school districts as well. Oh, yes, I am a former (40 + years) resident of Bergen County.

  • loretta

    I agree…these small town cops have a lot of free time on their hands…

  • joe

    Get some fact checkers or people who can spell. It’s Demarest, Closter and Haworth.

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