Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Haledon Chief: Focus on Quality of Life

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Haledon Chief: Focus on Quality of Life

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Haledon's new police Chief Angelo Daniele tells his officers they don't have to save the world -- they just have to make a difference.

One way the Police Department makes a difference he said, is by focusing on the township's quality of life issues.

A unit was created to tackle these issues, the chief said. The unit conducts quality of life details every three months.

"Our main objective of the quality of life unit is to give our residents a safer community to live and raise their families and [for] everyone who travels through," the chief, sworn in last month, said.

The department's 17 full-time officers, together with the 30 part-time Class 1 and 2 special officers, are instructed to look for small things that could potentially become big issues.

"Every town has qualify of life issues. It's completely impossible not to have them," he said.

Littering, graffiti, loud music, public, abandoned vehicles - all of these problems can erode the quality of life in a community, said Daniele, adding he has witnessed some in this happening during his 11 years as a Haledon police officer.

Daniele's message to the officers: "We can make a difference in town. We can try to clean up the streets. But we'd have to work as a team and as a unit and come in on our time off to address some of the quality of life issues." He said officers volunteer their time to tackle some of the issues.

Lt. George Guzman and Detective Sgt. George Kelly oversee the quality of life effort, said Daniele.

"The group of officers we have are well-educated, experienced, knowledgeable, and motivated," he said. "If they see their leader is motivated, they are going to follow in his footsteps the majority of the time."

"I like them [quality of life details]. It gets us to be proactive," said Detective Tim Lindberg. "That basically helps us get out in front of certain crimes before they happen," he said, using burglaries as an example.

A typical 12-hour shift consists of two officers and one sergeant. "Even though we're a little town -- one and a half square miles -- we can be busy," he said. …

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