HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Bergen County freeholders have given final approval to ordinances that will merge the County Police Department with the Sheriff’s Office.
Under the ordinances, the 98-year-old department’s 95 officers will be placed under the command of Sheriff Michael Saudino.READ MORE: 'Diaphragm Law' Banning NYPD Officers From Applying Pressure To Suspect's Torso Struck Down
A few years ago, after a plane ran off the runway at Teterboro Airport, Freehold Chairwoman Joan Voss described chaos.
“It was like who’s on first, what’s on second, you know, who was in charge? Now you’re going to have one department, the sheriffs department,” she told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.
Freeholder Maura DeNicola was the lone dissenter on the board. She tells The Record newspaper she’s not sure the merger will save money or be more efficient.