FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield Township Police Chief Anthony Manna addressed the mayor and council at Monday night’s meeting concerning the social media fad called the “wheelie challenge.” Manna said, “The police department will have zero tolerance for this activity when witnessed by officers.”
This fad involves riding bicycles in the middle of the street on one wheel for a sustained period of time and deliberately swerving towards cars and going head on towards oncoming vehicles.
Manna also mentioned that a few years ago the Fairfield Police Foundation purchased automated license plate readers. He said, “Since that time, we have been trying desperately to make them operational.” Because these units require power, the department had a hard time finding a location that was either owned by a government entity or by a public utility. Manna stated, “So instead of continuing down that path, we were able to partner with two private sector locations that were more than happy to accommodate our needs.”
The whereabouts of these locations cannot be made known, but officers are now receiving real time information concerning stolen and felony vehicles and wanted persons that travel through the community daily. Manna said, “We have already begun making arrests because of this invaluable equipment.” He thanked the Fairfield Police Foundation and all those who support their events and their fundraising efforts.
At the council meeting, two probationary police officers, Patrick Reynolds and John Seragusa, were sworn in to fill two vacancies created by the retirements of veteran officers, Sgt. Robert Sanger and Lt. Peter Pollack, who both served appropriately 26 years.
Five Class ll special police officers were sworn in. Two are replacing the two Class ll special police officers who are filling the full-time probationary police officer positions just mentioned.
The five special police officers are Luca Catania, David Norton, Devon O’Donnell, Katrina Guevera and Michael Palma.
On other police related business, Fairfield resident, Peter Kurdusiewicz, addressed the council on the continued speeding and noise on Hollywood Avenue near his Craig Place home. Manna said he would look into the problem by putting a speed device out in the area to record when speeding is occurring. He also said that the number of cars speeding has to be in the 80 percentile to warrant a police presence in the area.
Kurdusiewicz told TAP that since he has to work from home because of the pandemic, the speeding and noise are really becoming a problem for him, and he emphasized that the speeding is very dangerous.