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REPD to Start Search for Third Patrol Officer

After hiring two new patrol officers earlier this year, the River Edge PD will seek a third entry-level officer

With in the ranks of the since February, Chief Thomas Cariddi broached the topic of beginning the search for a third patrol officer to fill an upcoming anticipated vacancy.

"We will have an anticipated vacancy we'll be facing in the future," Cariddi said. "My recommendation is to initiate a hiring procedual for a new officer. It would be an issue of staffing and a matter of economics. I could fill the position on a day-to-day basis and incure overtime exposure a great deal of the time. I would rather have an entry-level officer than expending a top salary officer with time-and-a-half overtime costs."

Accordng to Cariddi, the process from announcing the position to bringing candidates to the council would take approximately two months followed by several weeks once a candidate is hired to complete their training.

A new contract signed with the PBA allows for a lower starting salary and longer period of time to reach top pay, according to Cariddi. For a new patrol officer the starting salary would be $27,775 but once benefits are added it comes to $44,285 per officer.

For the past 12 years, the REPD has hired officers based on the alternate route where an applicant pays their own way through the academy.

"We have an officer out now who is recovering from shoulder surgery and it would be four to five months before he could return to full duty," Cariddi said. "I'm hopeful he can return to light duty in six to eight weeks."

The governing body unanimously approved Cariddi's request to being seraching for a patrol officer candidate through the alternate route.

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Michael Barry June 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Another alternative would be to search for experienced officers who have been layed off by larger, municipal police forces like Newark. The added benefit of getting an experienced police officer is that he/she has already dealt with many situations that the new officer has yet to learn.
Martin VanderHorst June 21, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Or, let the county and state beef up patrols of Route 4, keep the force small (or even smaller), and break away from the budget-sucking police union. Also, retirement reforms for retirees, salary limits (currently way too high for what these guys actually do), and more automation could all be implemented.
Robert Schlossberg June 21, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I do not think either of you really understand what a police officer does in River Edge. As a resident of River Edge for over 40 years and a past volunteer with the Fire Department and Ambulance Corps, I have seen our police in action. They are very caring individuals who respond first with regard to any type of emergency that is to take place when assistance is required. They are very involved with the schools and our community. A River Edge police officer attempts to prevent crime and we do have crime in River Edge, and looks out for the health and safety in our community. As a tax payer and proud River Edge resident, I hope our Mayor and Council continue to support our police department with what they need to succesfully do the job.

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