UPDATE: Bergen County Sheriff’s officers will take over transporting all prisoners from local police departments to the county jail, no matter the time, providing instant benefits once their office absorbs the county police department, Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said yesterday.
This will free up local police — especially in the middle of the night, when staffing levels are lower, the prosecutor said.
Consolidating the Bergen County Police Department into the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office will immediately require some major changes — but no one will lose his or her job, under a Memorandum of Agreement signed Jan. 1 by new County Executive Jim Tedesco, county Sheriff Michael Saudino and Molinelli.
It will also bring other efficiencies, Molinelli told the county Board of Freeholders, who are expected to approve to move — turning what was the BCPD into the sheriff’s Bureau of Police Services.
For one thing, they will patrol Bergen in sectors. The BCPD currently patrols mostly county roads, along with public facilities.
How best to carry out that consolidation will mostly be determined Saudino.
That includes reducing what will become a combined total of 255 officers to 201 through attrition, under the terms of a Memoradium of Agreement.
It includes appointing a Bureau of Police commander who “shall retain the same rank and become responsible for the day to day operation” of the bureau, handling all of the “daily functions, assignments and responsibilities” that previously were the job of the county police chief, under the MOA.
Several other key changes are outlined in this previous story: Bergen police consolidation plan: What changes, what remains
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