Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Members of Special Police Can Carry Guns

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Members of Special Police Can Carry Guns

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POMPTON LAKES -- The borough Police Department is eliminating one classification of special officer, switching completely to one that allows such officers to carry firearms.

At Thursday's municipal reorganization, the borough named three such Class II officers as Kreshnik Mahmudi, William Hennessey and Stephen J. Seifried took oaths of office for the position.

Police Chief Moises Agosto said the department will do away with the Class I special officer position through these three Class II appointments. The chief said it was necessary to eliminate the Class I positions because of the title's limitations. Class II officers are authorized to carry firearms and make arrests, but Class I officers are not.

"With everything that goes on today, to put somebody out there in uniform and they do not have the ability to do the job the way it should be done, it's not a good idea," he said.

Specials officers are "very instrumental in times of disasters and things like that," said Agosto. "They really serve a good purpose. …

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