PATERSON – Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres this afternoon released a brief statement concerning five subpoenas issued yesterday by the U.S. Attorney's Office to the Paterson Police Department.
The subpoenas, said Torres, request records, bills, disclosure forms, credit card usage and the department’s vehicle policy during former director Michael Walker's tenure, "along with all documents pertaining to RDE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Shot Spotter, Proxim Wireless and Lawman Supply Companies."
"The Police Department has every intention of fully cooperating with this investigation and will readily make available any and all records of concern to the U.S. Attorney and his assistants," said Torres.
Police Chief James Wittig denied that he is personally the target of a subpoena.
"No, I am not," said the chief. "Call the FBI office."
Councilman Jeffrey Jones said there is not yet enough information to speculate about the implications of the subpoenas.
"I would hope that the US Attorney’s interest in our department is not the door bell (of public corruption) ringing again," Jones said.