Blairstown approves reducing police dept. staffing, demotes 2

Full story: New Jersey Herald

More than 100 citizens overflowed a Blair Academy lecture hall Wednesday to express their feelings on a plan that will reduce the size of the township police department and demote two senior officers.
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Linda

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Mar 10, 2006
 
As a native and former resident of Blairstown. The idea of reducing the police force, possibly to "one", is a bad mistake. Not only accidents, but breakins of businesses and private residences will escalate. You can't prevent crime 100% nor can you prevent accidents 100%. But reducing a police force when population is growing is just plain irresponsible.
Anonymus

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Mar 14, 2006
 
Linda wrote:
As a native and former resident of Blairstown. The idea of reducing the police force, possibly to "one", is a bad mistake. Not only accidents, but breakins of businesses and private residences will escalate. You can't prevent crime 100% nor can you prevent accidents 100%. But reducing a police force when population is growing is just plain irresponsible.
As I see it the only problem is the deficit. The deficit could be eliminated:
1. If you raise taxes. It is very unpopular, and the City leadership will be blamed for it.
2. Eliminate expenses. It is painful, because somneone will be hurt income wise.
Let us to know about your idea. Would you recommend to raise taxes to eliminate deficit and make the taxpayers unhappy? Honestly, what is your suggestion? How to get the money? From businesses or people?
Will Biney Wallingford CT

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Mar 15, 2006
 
As a former property owner on Mt Pleasant Rd. in Knowlton I found the Blairstown PD to be rather ineffective in detering crime. I think the taxpayers would be better served to spend thier tax dollars using the NJ State Police as thier prime source of law enforcement. In Connecticut, which is my place of residence, a town the size of Blairstown could never afford to pay for an effective police department and all the related resources they need to do the job.
Cris

Montgomery, AL

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Oct 27, 2007
 
Nj state police is a great orginization. But they cops in generall cant be everywhere at once. I am a former resident of Hardwick and went to NWRHS and enjoyed feeling safe at the Football games and seeing them around town. Without the presence of police bad things will happen. I beleive we should keep them all no matter what!!
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Dec 14, 2009
 
as blairstown resident i dont think it that big of a deal that the blairstownn police department loses 2 or lost there station for that matter. i believe that state police are fully capable for potroling the town since every time a "real situation" a rises the blairstown police force get pushed down to traffic duty. after the last problem that came down when hardwich house burnt down to the grown the blairstown police didnt even move till came to traffic duty, probably because they already knew thats all they can do. the only work they do is bother innocent hard working people to make there money, take bribes from the rich, and let the state police to do all the hard work for them, they should all just lose there jobs or move on to a real police force where they can do some work.

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