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17 Comments

    1. Anthony Vainieri

      None of what you just said makes any sense im sorry my man .. how would a line of paint make the street smaller and/ or less safe ?

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  1. Adam Dabonka
    Adam Dabonka

    This is a “me too” move, after so many other towns already have done the same in recent weeks. This unfortunately does not exemplify the unbias of law. This further denotes an “us vs. them” sentiment. Totally uncalled for.

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  2. Anthony Vainieri III

    Its a line of paint people why are people getting so worked up and saying negative comments when the town tries to do something nice and honor that PROTECT YOU !

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    1. Pat Bartoli
      Pat Bartoli

      North bergen has been holding community police meetings throughout the town. Residents are invited to meet with the police and discuss/report any issues that are affecting their neighborhoods.

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  3. North Bergen Police Department

    Mr. Miguel Belle’s you asked what the North Bergen Police Department does for community policing besides painting lines.  Respectfully, we answer with the following list: 

    Things we have recently done for our community:

    1.Hold 4 community meetings a month to discuss issues between officers and the public

    2. Hold coffee with a cop events in town

    3. Bike registration for children

    4. Fun with a cop water games for kids in conjunction with the township library

    5. Registration drives to encourage residents to take the police exam (increase our diversity – we are over 50% Latino as a department).

    6. Over 80 officers worked Winterfest for FREE to keep the cost down so families can enjoy the event.

    7. National Night Out Against Crime BBQs – 6 held throughout the township

    8. Walking Patrols in the downtown area

    9. Raised over $19,000 for NJ Special Olympics (officers raising money while OFF DUTY).

    10.  Helped Sponsor Trunk-0-Treat with lots of give aways for kids at Halloween Time

    11.  The PBA Sponsored 2 – 1 thousand dollar scholarships to NBHS Students

    12.  The PBA gave over 1,000 dollars to the annual north Bergen education foundation coat drive to give winter coats to kids who need them

    13. Playing in basketball games to raise money for cancer research

    14. Support all Library events and Recreation Events with walking officers

    15. Dedicated Community Policing Unit

    16. Dedicated School Resource Officer Unit

    We now challenge you to answer, “What have you done for your community?”

     

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