PATERSON, NJ- In immediate response to a seeing a holiday weekend which included the successful Falls Festival, a community flag raising, and a parade commemorating Paterson’s role in the growth of the labor movement marred by violence Mayor Andre Sayegh, refusing to let the incidents "define" the city, called on Police Director Jerry Speziale and Police Chief Troy Oswald develop an enhanced crime prevention plan.
Sayegh said that he also wanted to make sure that plan was implemented, and from what he witnessed firsthand by joining the Paterson Police Department in patrolling the streets for four and a half hours on Friday, he told TAPinto Paterson, it was.
That plan, according to Speziale, included saturated patrols throughout the city, the introduction of additional technology to help identify individuals almost immediately, a helicopter flying high above Paterson’s six wards, and collaboration among not only all special details of the department he oversees but also the Department of Homeland Security, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, and the Paterson Fire Department. Many of the strategies implemented, he announced, would continue through the Dominican Parade on Sunday.
Recognizing that their job is particularly difficult at night Sayegh said that he “wanted to encourage the men and women of the Paterson Police Department, to further boost moral.”
“I wanted them to see that we respect and admire the work they are doing.”
Sayegh would go on to acknowledge that his time on patrol started soon after a member of the Paterson Police Department’s Motorcycle Squad was nearly run down by a motorist, an incident still under investigation by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office’s Shooting Response Team. While there was concern for their fellow officer, Sayegh said, the men and women protecting the city’s neighborhoods in the hours that followed “were not deterred” from doing their job and “continued to carry out their objective.”
While saying that when a police officer is hurt they all "feel the pain," this sort of response to an injured officer is normal Speziale suggested. “Police officers are a unique breed,” and are “talented individuals” that despite a near tragedy involving one of their own are able to continue to do the job they set out to do.
As for the less than one percent of city residents that still choose to engage in criminal activity under this administration’s watch Speziale said the message should be loud and clear: Any criminal element would be best to stay out of Paterson.
“All criminal activity will be dealt with swiftly and decisively.”