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New Cops Could Be on the Horizon in Kinnelon

Five officers expected to retire in next two years.

Kinnelon Councilman Gary Moleta revealed plans at Thursday's council meeting to amp up the Kinnelon police force in coming years.

"The chief is requesting we look at hiring in the future because we may be losing five officers within the next few years," he said. "We have to seriously look at a process being put into place so that we can fill in these roles."

Moleta said the borough should consider that five officers will likely be retiring within the next two years.

"It's something we really have to look at with a department of only 16, which is, as far as I'm concerned, a bit shorthanded based on economic times and whatnot," Moleta said.

The police department responded to about 2,600 calls last month, the councilman said. They arrested five adults; had three controlled, dangerous substance charges; have done 39 community policing projects; responded to nine suspicious person calls, nine burglary calls and 50 alarms; had two DWI arrests; and the community policing part of the job -- with programs such as D.A.R.E -- was conducted at Stonybrook School.

"Our police officers do participate in those programs, which is a real good thing for our community and our children," Moleta said.

He added that there were a total of 24 accidents to which the police department responded last month.

Sid February 23, 2013 at 02:34 PM
The Kinnelon police responded to 2,600 LAST MONTH? in a community of 8,000 people including children they had 2,600 calls in a MONTH? One in every four people call the police EVERY MONTH? Something doesn't smell right.
peanut622 February 23, 2013 at 05:31 PM
this is in a town where a lady called the cops on a suspicious smell and it was her own weed burning lolololol hahahahah
Max February 23, 2013 at 07:21 PM
@Sid We live in a town of almost 11000 where just about every home has an alarm system dumbass and you don't think a few hundred of those calls were helping neighboring towns? Your a moron think before you post idiotic things please it makes us all less dumb.
Sid February 24, 2013 at 03:56 PM
@Max - Why the insults, Dumbass! If the pop of Kinnelon is 11,000 not 8,000 that hardly makes it reasonable that the police get 2,600 call a month! Maybe every home in your rich area has alarms but that is hardly the case for most of Kinnelon.
Max February 25, 2013 at 01:43 AM
your still wrong but its ok when you figure out your facts get back to me.
thank you February 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM
First, thank you to these officers for their service to our community. This is one area I don't mind MY tax dollars going toward! Living here for over 20 years and witnessing the changes in growth in our area plus the increase in traffic on 23 aka the "heroin hwy" that these men & women have to contend with is worth it-even more than top of the line, excessive upgrades to the firehouse remodels or money spent on "rec" fields especially turf.
Wheat Kings February 27, 2013 at 03:34 AM
@ thank you. These cops are a waste of tax payer money. As opposed to the fire department which does an important service most of these cops are too busy pulling over kids for not having their decals.
OBEYTHELAW,ITS EASY February 28, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Hey Wheat Kings, if Mommy or Daddy took care of business at home than the police wouldn't have too... And next time at 3 AM when you hear a really scary noise that upsets you, go check it out yourself
M. Justicel March 02, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Wow Wheat Kings, you must be the toughest person on this planet willing and able to put your life on the line for people you do not even know! Waste of taxpayers money? Is that a joke? What do you do for a living? Please let everyone know your career so you can be attacked. Let's agree with you for a split second. Get rid of the cops, the prisons, and finally all law. Where would you be? Sucking your thumb in the corner like every other citizen wishing they were around. The fire department does an important service and the police don't. Before you post utter nonsense, why don't you get some hard facts about the stupid decals on cars. By the way, the state of NJ is responsible for that, not the police. Blame the right people! Like Obey The Law posted, don't call the police for anything, take matters into your own hands and see what happens. I don't make it a habit of name calling but you are a moron!

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