CARLSTADT -The Bergen County Police Department has reached an agreement to provide regular policing in the eastern section of Carlstadt that is dotted with warehouses and other industrial facilities, officials said Wednesday.
Bergen County Executive Kathleen A. Donovan said the agreement will enable the borough police department to better serve the municipality’s western section, which is primarily residential. The borough’s eastern and western sections are divided by Route 17.
The plan awaits final approval by county freeholders and the borough. Once approved, the plan will be executed in the fall.
“In these tough economic times, municipalities are looking for the most cost-effective ways to bring services to their residents,” said Donovan in a statement.
Mayor Will Roseman praised the plan, saying it is expected to save the borough about $480,000 a year.
“This is very beneficial to the town, as it will free up our police to be able to better patrol our residential neighborhoods, while maintaining the integrity of the Carlstadt Police Department,”
Carlstadt anticipates net savings to the taxpayers of approximately $480,000 per year for the life of the contract, according to Roseman.
Donovan said similar plans could be devised with other Bergen County towns.
“We believe that we will be seeing more of our municipalities looking at shared service options with the county, and we are actively working with other municipalities on cost saving initiatives, using our Bergen County Police Department.”