Fair Lawn Police to Add 2 Officers
The new hires will bring the force level from 54 to 56
Two new police officers will join the Fair Lawn Police Department next week, Chief Erik Rose said.
Juan Rodriguez and Luke Hintzen will be sworn in as Fair Lawn police officers at Tuesday's council meeting and begin their duties either Tuesday or Wednesday morning next week.
Both men worked previously for the Paterson Police Department.
The hires will bring the police force levels to 56, although Rose said the effective number will be 55 temporarily until a replacement for an officer who retired earlier this month is found.
As recently as late 2009, the Fair Lawn Police Department had 64 officers, but layoffs and retirements have reduced the staff in recent years.
A state police study that used staffing data from late 2009, found that Fair Lawn’s police force was understaffed in comparison to other police departments in Bergen County and across the state.
Despite the layoffs, Fair Lawn's index crime rate dropped to a decade-low level in 2010.