About two weeks ago, my colleague from the Third Ward, Councilman Adrian Mapp, put forth (on his blog) a shared services proposal for Union County law enforcement and the municipalities within its borders. The proposal was sent to Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow, and I anxiously await his response to Councilman Mapp.
Read Adrian's post here: Police Consolidation: A Shared Service Whose Time Has Arrived
I am writing here to second Adrian's proposal, and also to highlight an article in the Wednesday, August 3, 2011 Star-Ledger about the city of Camden signing on with their county as well as the state to do just what Adrian is championing for our own county. The article also notes that Morris County and Somerset County, respectively, are considering shared services as well. Click on the link the Star-Ledger article: Countywide police force proposal gains ground as Camden signs on
We have had nine murders this year alone,
and many of our residents do not feel safe.
Public safety is the number one issue that must be addressed in our city. Given the limited amount of money municipalities like Plainfield have to spend on police, it is imperative for us to be able to utilize the county's resources to help us fight crime more effectively.
We all know that shared services are the way to save money in our state, and public safety takes up the largest chunk of tax dollars in municipalities. I am very supportive of a proposal that will make us safer and that will also save us money.