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New Street Crimes Unit Will Target Crime Near Orange Border

West Orange Police Department will deploy dedicated officers to address crime "hot spots."

Mayor Robert D. Parisi announced this week that the Township has formed a specialized Street Crimes Unit under the direction of the West Orange Police Department, to address a recent uptick in criminal activity in some sections of town.

"We have had a spike in crime in the areas of town that border Orange," said Parisi. "We are doing what we have to do to address these issues."

Parisi said the police department would move shifts around to reallocate four police officers -- a Sergeant and three officers -- to the Street Crimes Unit. He said the change would not impact the Department’s current number of police patrol units.

The township has been working closely with the town of Orange on the issue, he said, and will continue to do so.

Parisi said the spike in crime in those areas was a relatively recent occurrence. He stated in the release that despite an overall drop in crime during the first half of the year, the Unit will take "an aggressive approach to make our streets safer."

“These densely populated neighborhoods have become known as hot spots for crime,” said Police Chief James P. Abbott in the release. “The best way to deal with criminal activity in the same area is by having extra police presence to respond quickly.”

Last week, a man was beaten and robbed on Valley Road at the Orange border.

"We all live in this town and we see there are points of concern," Parisi said. "We want residents to know that we are doing everything we can to make people feel safe."

Tom G. October 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM
This can't come soon enough. There was another robbery last night near the CVS on South Valley Rd. The suspects were quickly apprehended.
Steven Serebrenik October 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Thank you Mayor.... That's my neighborhood... For the criminals...the hood.
Kerry J. Dinkin October 11, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I second that thank you to Mayor Parisi! That is my neighhorhood as well, and I've been reading about these crimes with great trepidation. I really appreciate the increased police presence!
Vicki Russo October 11, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Good idea. We need to protect all sections of West Orange.
Gunny October 11, 2012 at 08:21 PM
This is a great idea and thank you Mayor. Perhaps we can have the bordering towns beef up their patrols as well. Either way, thanks again Mayor.
Joan Doe October 11, 2012 at 09:09 PM
How about a Thank You to the police officers that are the ones that are out there actually protecting the people and the streets!! So, THANK YOU to the 5 police officers!!!
Kristy Kozakiewicz October 11, 2012 at 09:27 PM
We need more officers in the department make cuts somewhere else like with some who get paid way to much for doing nothing. That's why crime is high and the criminals see that the police aren't around as much it's not like when I grew up. I grew up in this neighborhood and a little dissappointed how this town is ending up and has turned. THIS IS DEFINITLY NOT THE HOOD THIS WEST ORANGE ONE THE GREATEST TOWNS TO LIVE IN until recently. So mayor put more police in the department make cuts elsewhere. There use to be stuff for children to do in this town but no longer and it's a sad shame.
Gunny October 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Kristy, The only problem with hiring more cops is this. The same people that want them, will be the same people storming town hall when their tax bill goes up. I agree with you. Hire more cops, the police presence in town is noticeably low. Foot patrol, bicycle patrol and just the presence is gone. This opens the door for problems. Okay, I'm now ready for the bombardment...
Mom in West Orange October 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM
"There use to be stuff for children to do in this town but no longer and it's a sad shame". Kristy - I agree that West Orange is one of the greatest towns to live in (still is!). And there is plenty for children to do in this town - - depending on the ages of the children you are talking about. JUST A FEW SUGGESTIONS: after school clubs/events at elementary/middle/high school; elementary school enrichment programs; a NATIONALLY recognized public school music program with after school marching band, choir, jazz band; girl & boy scout groups all over town; sports all year long - both school based and club (PAL, Mountain Top); church/synagogue youth groups; free programs at our very terrific West Orange Public Library . . . and that's just what I could come up with in the last few minutes. There are plenty of things for all interests, ages & wallets.
Brett Kaiser October 12, 2012 at 01:06 AM
HEY...all the people want the Mayor to Cut your taxes...they fail to understand what a measly portion of your tax dollars that is. SO, Let everyone know, that you are FOR spending for the town. I'm ALL For it. The more services, protection, the better as far as I'm concerned. MOO.
Tom October 12, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I am glad... I hope police will implement "STOP and FRISK"
Tom G. October 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM
The town says they are working together with Orange, but what incentive does Orange have to help out WO? Orange is infested with crime everywhere, so they have no incentive to allocate more of their resources to patrol the border near WO.
Gunny October 12, 2012 at 02:51 AM
The towns may realize how short handed they both are. They're equally getting hit hard with crime. Maybe Joe D will loan is us some Sheriffs Dept Officers along with the State Police stepping in temporarily. With the Holiday season approaching, you know it's only going to get worse.
badbul October 13, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Tom wrote: I am glad... I hope police will implement "STOP and FRISK" Why would you want that? The "Stop and Frisk" policy isn't needed in WO. We really don't have a weapon problem here. The Stop and Frisk policy that the NYPD has creates more problems for them then what its worth. This is taken from ccrjusticeDOTorg. In 2011, in New York City, 685,724 people were stopped, 84 percent of whom were Black and Latino residents — although they comprise only about 23 percent and 29 percent of New York City’s total population respectively. 2011 is the highest year on record for stops. The number of stops represent an over 600 percent since Mayor Bloomberg came into office. In 2011, 88 percent of all stops did not result in an arrest or a summons being given. Contraband was found in only 2 percent of all stops. The NYPD claims their stop and frisk policy keeps weapons off the street – but weapons were recovered in only one percent of all stops. These numbers clearly contradict that claim. Moreover, the practice contributes to continued mistrust, doubt and fear of police officers in communities of color that are already scarred by systemic racial profiling and major incidents of police brutality. If the Stop and Frisk policy isn't racial profiling, then I don't know what is.
badbul October 13, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Gunny wrote: "The towns may realize how short handed they both are. They're equally getting hit hard with crime. Maybe Joe D will loan is us some Sheriffs Dept Officers along with the State Police stepping in temporarily. With the Holiday season approaching, you know it's only going to get worse." We could use the presence of deputes here in WO, but the need for troopers is blowing things out of proportion. Irvington has troopers and deputes, they need it, we don't. If Troopers were needed to patrol the township, the home values would tumble even further then what they are currently at. We could use the presence of deputes at Eagle Rock Reservation, South Mountain Reservation, Mayapple Hill, Turtle Back Rock, Turtle Back Zoo and Codey Arena. Troopers should only be seen on interstate 280, not around Tory Corner, the Heights or the Valley. What West Orange needs is a larger auxiliary police force that isn't paid a dime for the any hours that they work. This will prevent crime and cost the tax payers very little. Auxiliary officers could patrol Essex Green/Shop Rite, Kmart Plaza, The Heights, Tory Corner and the Valley sections of town to prevent crime during the holidays.
Tom October 15, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Badbul, we don't have a weapon problem? 4 reported ARMED ROBBERIES In 1 week! I might add that many crimes go unreported. Stop and Frisk would serve the community well.
Tom October 15, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Badbul, By the way all of the perpertrators have been black. A real reflection the culture. Just the facts...
West Oranger October 15, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Tom, black perpetrators are a reflection of what culture, exactly? And your solution is to assume that every black citizen is a criminal, so they should be stopped and frisked, despite the unconstitutionality of it? Just stop it. Crime is high in areas that have high poverty and drug abuse rates, period. I hate the way any discussion about crime in this town devolves into racism. Maybe if you didn't treat your fellow townspeople like "others," we'd be able to resolve the crime issue.
badbul October 16, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Tom, just because they were black, doesn't mean that you can stop and frisk every black person that walks the streets or drives there vehicle down Main Street. look at the NYPD's track record of "lawsuits", from the "Stop and Frisk Program". It cost money to defend these lawsuits and it's the tax payer that the police department gets the money from. Stop and Frisk won't work in WO.
Tom October 18, 2012 at 02:16 AM
West Oranger, To answer your question, Black culture in Essex County. In high crime areas "Stop and Frisk" should be implemented to serve as a deternent and protect West Orange citizens. I would appreciate people not play "The Race Card" To answer a few of your questions... 1. black culture 2.
Sylvia October 18, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Whatever the street crime unit is doing, is not working out yet! My neighbor's house just got burglarized today during the day and the criminals ("the others") got away with cash and all jewelry...........
roman siguenza October 18, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Tom's views are very offensive. Thank goodness people like him make up a minority of the people I know and value in this community.

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