Paramus Police Officer Norm Bizik - It's all about working together
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, September 15 2005 @ 10:32 PM EDT
Approaching Police Headquarters, their new sign immediately catches one?s attention. A visitor parks in a designated area and then goes through the automatic doors to the Desk Officer. The officer asked if he could help me, I stated my name and said that I was here to see Community Policing Officer Norm Bizik.
Within minutes Patrolman Bizik appeared, welcomed me and took me down to his office. Before the interview, Norm and I chatted about the town events, the Walter Behnke Senior Housing Complex problems and renewed our friendship. I had commented on how Norm had slimmed down and looked the image of a well-conditioned patrolman.
Norm?s function as Community Policing Officer is quite interesting. As Chief Corrubia?s right hand PR man, Norm is involved in many activities. Among them, ?Quality of Life? issues. What does Quality of Life mean? he was asked. Among the many tasks he addresses here, it entails traffic conditions, noise problems, neighborhood disputes and graffiti removal, just to name a few, and how those issues affect the quality of life within the Borough.
He is often called upon to speak at local organizations such as the Paramus Senior Center and Rotary Clubs. Most topics concern ID theft, Personal Safety and Crime Prevention. He also visits the schools along with the D.A.R.E. program officers, and is involved in promoting Halloween safety and ?Read Across America?.
Among his responsibilities are the yearly National Night Out Against Crime event, Family Health Day (Bd. of Health), Chamber of Commerce Family Day and ?Coffee with the Cops?. As such he reports directly to Chief Corrubia and Deputy Chief Cary, unusual for someone lower in the Table of Organization. Interestingly, he also oversees college interns for the police department and coordinating Career Day such as that held annually by Paramus Rotary. Assessing School Safety for the Governor?s Office was one of his recent assignments.
In addition to these regular assignments, he also is on Mayor Tedesco?s Quality of Life Committee at Paramus Borough Hall. This requires sitting down with all Department heads and reviewing their concerns and issues affecting the residents and how to address those issues as a team.
?It?s all about working together,? says this modest member of Paramus? Finest!