Torres: ‘We need … to police the police’

6 01 2009

PATERSON — At a special City Council meeting tonight, Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres will discuss plans to bring in two outside consulting firms to conduct a top-to-bottom audit of the city police department.

Two years after a blue ribbon panel issued its report on the department, Torres hopes to hire the International City/County Management Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police to review city police affairs.

Torres believes the consultants can find ways to use auxiliary officers for routine police duties and reduce expenses at the department, which accounts for more than a quarter of the city’s budget.

He wants the organizations to recommend ways to shorten police response times and create better ties to the community. The department needs more accountability and defined performance benchmarks, especially since the city has invested millions of dollars in new police technologies, Torres said.

“We need someone to police the police,” he said.




One response

24 07 2009

I’m curious ar to what “routine duties” Mayor Torres is planning on having the quasi trained and unarmed Auxiliary Police officers handle. Is he looking to create a situation for the Paterson volunteers like the one that killed NYPD Auxiliary officers Nicholas Pekearo and Eugene Marshalik? Saving money is all fine, well and good Mr. Mayor but not at the expense of public safety or someone’s life.

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