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Bergen Police Merger good to go



Bergen Police Merger good to go

Freeholders give final approval to combining Bergen County Police and Sheriff’s Office

February 25, 2015, 9:32 PM    Last updated: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 9:53 PM
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The Record

The Bergen County freeholders took what was called a “historic” final step Wednesday toward creating one unified county law-enforcement agency by combining the County Police into the Sheriff’s Office.

By identical 6-to-1 votes, the freeholders gave final approval to two ordinances that will place the 98-year-old County Police Department’s 95 officers under the command of Sheriff Michael Saudino.

Freeholder Maura DeNicola, who has questioned the estimated savings of the consolidation plan, cast the lone dissenting votes.

DeNicola said she realized the plan was moving ahead and she wanted it to happen as efficiently as possible.

“But I’ve always felt that this takes us in the wrong direction in Bergen County in terms of trying to save money and make policing more efficient,” DeNicola said.

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