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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 next week, Chief Erik Rose said.

Juan Rodriguez and Luke Hintzen will be sworn in as Fair Lawn police officers at 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 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, .

PUBLIUSnoxious November 16, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Layoff 4, dont replace 6, and hire 2..drop in the bucket
Googenheim November 16, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Welcome aboard new officer's, my research shows the town that laid you guys off gave you better health benefits and retirement benefits, unlike Fair Lawn.
Chris Antonelli November 16, 2011 at 06:49 PM
It's a start. Must you people whine about everything positive too?
FL4LIFE November 16, 2011 at 10:20 PM
"town that laid you off gave better health benefits n retirement benefits"... googenheim i assume you are part of some kind of union because only they believe they are entitled to great health n retirement benefits. health benefits, retirement benefits, over time pay- how bout you just be happy you have a job to put food on the table.
VOMITUS EMERITUS November 16, 2011 at 10:41 PM
4LIFE only a fool would believe and accept that they are not worthy of anything better and "just be happy" to have a job.
Go Figure November 17, 2011 at 04:02 AM
I believe laying off police officers was one of the poorest decisions our council has done in many years. At least we are now on the road to rebuilding a strong police department for our community. Keep my family safe -- please!
Bruce Knuckle November 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM
4like...tossed out the ol' 'JUST BE HAPPY TO HAVE A JOB". So what you mean is that an employee, no matter where they work, should be subjected to the greed and abuse from those that make poor decisions over and over disguising it as being the all powerful money saver. You ...should be happy you havent been hurt by this councils poor decisions or are you too dumb to realize you have?
Bruce Knuckle November 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM
and... Im happy to see 2 added, we still need more
Stuart Pace November 17, 2011 at 01:48 PM
About time we get more police on the force. Thank goodness we only have a month and a half left of this regime.
Chris Antonelli November 17, 2011 at 02:11 PM
I see it "Rise and Whine" for the Patch Occupiers.
FL4LIFE November 17, 2011 at 03:02 PM
i just find it disturgbing how much some people complain on this site. people complain we neeed more cops and after 2 are hired- instead of positive remarks the second post is bout how thier old jobs had better benefits. the two new officers were laid off and im sure they are happy to be back to work doing what they want to do-protect the people. and personally i believe cop who work in a dangerous town like paterson deserve higher pay n benefits than a cop in a safer town like FL. Bruce you have a lot of complaints n opinions- why didnt u run for council instead of complaing from your seat?
VOMITUS EMERITUS November 17, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Fl4life What color is the sjy in your world? The idea of a cop being safer in FairLawn as compared to Paterson is one of the most moronic statememts ive read on this site!! Since its Fair Lawn for your life have tou paid ANY attention to what happens? An Officer was murdered here and two were viciously run down!!! RECENTLY. There have been an average of 4 officers out on disability from on the job injuries !!!! YOU need to put down the mothee goose book and realize that our town is in direct. contact with the dredges of Paterson, Newark and New York City. THE CRIMINAL DOES NOT STOP AND THINK TWICE BECAUSE A WELCOME TO FAIR LAWN SIGN.
FL4LIFE November 17, 2011 at 04:12 PM
we are in direct contact w/ paterson but we are not paterson. tragedy's n crimes happen everywhere but they are more likely to happen in paterson than FL. you bring up some numbers of run downs and officers on disability but you dont compare them to the numbers in paterson. therefore your numbers prove nothing. i will bet that if you compared the dangerous situatiions cops of paterson have been in compared to cops of FL it will prove paterson is much more dangerous to work
FL4LIFE November 17, 2011 at 04:14 PM
vomitus emeritus- heres an exersize you can do- tonight at 1 am take a walk through the streets and parks of fair lawn. then next thursday at 1 am take a walk through the street and parks of paterson. then tell me which town the police would encounter more dangerous situations
Go Figure November 17, 2011 at 05:03 PM
fl4life: you logic is disturbing. I believe fair lawn is safer due to the hard work of our cops. even though people like joe t, lisa s, steve w and ed t made sure they and us would be less safe in fair lawn, they have done an excellent job of keeping the bad guys out. the job itself is dangerous no matter where you work.
VOMITUS EMERITUS November 17, 2011 at 05:45 PM
So because YOU are a racist Paterson is dangerous? The ignorance you exude is overwhelming. POLICE EVERYWHERE face the same danger! Criminals dont know or care about borders, i suggest you re-read my post about what has happened in Fair Lawn in the last 8 years
FL4LIFE November 17, 2011 at 07:04 PM
look whats happened in paterson the last 8 yrs and youll see its a lot worse. its got nothing to do with race, my hypothesis would be poverty. cops everywhere face danger- thats why people respect cops. but some face greater danger based on location, this is a fact with numbers to prove it. i respect all cops n the work they do. however i believe the harder the place you work the more you should earn.
Gluteus Maximus November 17, 2011 at 08:33 PM
FL4LIFE, you must be a politician, because your views change like the wind, almost like the crowd at a sporting event. "we are in direct contact w/ paterson but we are not paterson".. Your kidding right? the thugs cut through Fair Lawn every minute of every day.."i will bet that if you compared the dangerous situatiions cops of paterson have been in compared to cops of FL it will prove paterson is much more dangerous to work", now this is your ignorance of the police profession, because every POLICE incident is a dangerous one, doesn't matter what town your in, hasn't the Maryann Collura murder proven this already? Nothing worse than an ignorant poster.
FL4LIFE November 17, 2011 at 09:36 PM
every police incident is dangerous but there are more incidents in paterson therefore more dangerous : )
The Sheriff November 17, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Paterson has 150,000 documented residents Fair Lawn has 36,000 Last year Paterson had 400 officers Fair Lawn 52 so naturally there are more "incidents" .Please supply the numbers you spoke of in an earlier post...the proof you claim exists, show us
Bruce Knuckle November 18, 2011 at 03:03 AM
4life, you must be a councilman to suggest I run for office. You miss the point. The elected officials should be doing these things for the betterment of FL, but as you see in the Patch everyday, The elected officials are to busy fighting with each other . If you do not declare a party, you are destined to lose. Just ask Stu Pace. The truth is, I couldn't be a councilman because I have to work to pay the ridiculous taxes in this town. The taxes that pay for lack of code enforcement, a gazillion dollar rec center, A boro manager that only God knows what he does etc etc etc..... I earned the right and PAID for the right to sit here and complain. Wanna shut me up councilman, do something positive instead of putting the town on a suicide course. And the REAL reason I do not run for council is,,,,when I go to the circus I prefer to watch, not be part of it.....Give me a reason to cheer and I will MR COUNCILMAN
FL4LIFE November 18, 2011 at 02:06 PM
trust me bruce i am no councilmen- didnt like any of the canidate enough to vote for one- let alone be one. i was just alittle put off by the negative post- complaining bout benefits instead of some positive response to getting 2 new cops. i dont care anyway you guys convinced me to move to paterson because according to all of you its just as safe there. enjoy the circus bruce- if things were actually run efficiently here i dont know what you people would do with your free time
publius November 18, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Once again I am seeing what should have been a positive report turned into a slug fest between posts. Comparing Fair Lawn to Paterson is comparing apples to oranges for the most part.; HOWEVER because the borough sits adjacent to Paterson we do experience what I like to call the spill over effect. AND because the boro has two state highways running through it, we are considered to be in a transient position. By spill over effect I mean that crime and the dredges of Paterson do spill over to our community. Ask anyone who lives along the border and they will agree. This is part of the course for towns that are next to a major city. This has always occurred but has been doing so an alarmingly increased rate lately. By transient I mean that the two state highways allow criminals to travel between NYC and Paterson to run their guns and drugs along Rt 4 and other criminal elements use 208 in a similar manner. This is not something I have made up, rather this pattern of criminal behavior is something that has been identified by local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Fair Lawn IS NOT what it was 25 years ago, it is better in some ways and not so in other ways. Keeping ones head in the sand, denying there are REAL issues and by continuing to place the blame on the wrong person or agency WILL NOT make this community a safe place to live in nor will it make it a happy place. So instead of complaining, perhaps we should celebrate by saying Mazel tov!
TheObserver November 18, 2011 at 10:39 PM
You know 4life, ive been reading these exchanges and i gotta say YOU certainly react like a politician! You havent provided the numbers that ypu claimed and NOW you shifted gears and say things like you expected positive reaction or they convinced you Paterson was safer...That is just empty rhetoric and strays from tou initial postings. I dont understand your motivation other rhan to think Bruce is on the right track.
Deleted because of harassment November 19, 2011 at 12:14 AM
I'm happy they hired at least two more officers, but I will be happier when the lack of leadership and those that do not provide it have retired out of the department. There is a significant problem when any PD is eating it's own, having to be sued into acting responsively to complaints from within and constantly losing those suits because they have merit yet the leadership emerges unscathed from them. There are some officers that I would not let in my house, much less want responding in an emergency, and others that are the prototype for police work that are doing so surrounded by a poisonous atmosphere that never seems to be controlled. The sooner Fair Lawn has a lot of newer faces in uniform, the better, because that will also mean those that spend their time doing a disservice to the public will be gone that much sooner.

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