While terrorism is the bailiwick of the FBI, not too many people would call them to report a suspicious package or a suspicious person. It is the local police department that is the front line. Their training embodies being able to tell what may be suspicious and what may be normal. Every call/alert is treated with in depth analysis and courtesy, no matter how trivial it may seem. Another item to be factored in is the proximity to the George Washington Bridge and other major cities. Coupled with the heavy automobile, truck, commercial and private plane air traffic, the demands on the Paramus Police Department are extraordinarily heavy.
Sheehan compared Paramus’ needs to those of the areas along the shore. The big difference is that theirs is not only seasonal, but often assisted with federal and state funding. Paramus traffic is all year! According to the police officer to population ratio, if one gauges the budget by Paramus population, they are about 7 people over budget. If one factors in the daily burgeoning, the Paramus Police Department would be about 100 officers undermanned.
Chief Sheehan was proud of the fact that his staff has had Hazmat training and tries to pre-prepare for emergencies. His department ranks very high among the police departments in the state, often used as a model.
In other business, President Mukesh Malkan announced that there will be a District Staff Meeting on June 7th, a Charter Night dinner for the Allendale Saddle River Rotary Club at Savini on Monday, June 14th followed by Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club’s 3rd Installation Dinner at Sanzari’s in New Milford on Wednesday. June 16th. Vice President John DeBouter mentioned that he would check on the feasibility of entering an IBEW van in the Paramus 4th of July parade and offering it to the Rotary Club as well as www.ParamusPost.com.