FAIR LAWN, NJ – The Borough Council has tentatively approved a plan to eliminate a sergeant and add a captain to the Fair Lawn Police Department to meet mandatory administrative reporting requirements.

On Jan. 9, Police Chief Glen Cauwels said that while the newer four-days-on-four-days-off schedule has “substantially” decreased overtime costs, it has made mandatory administrative reporting more difficult to complete.

“Shift supervisors just didn’t have enough time to get these things done,” Cauwels said. “We have to report items every day, even if the Ambulance or other department is already filing a report.”

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Cauwels said the amount of required paperwork for the department has doubled due to state mandates.

If officers or clerical workers were out for any period of time, he said, that put paperwork further behind.

Cauwels said the change would cost the borough $600 more annually over the next five years.

Borough Manager Jim Van Kruiningen said it would require a change to this year’s budget.

“The ordinance has to be changed first to allow it,” Van Kruiningen said. “Which means we can’t do a promotion until after February.”

The ordinance change would be reflected in the police department’s Table of Organization and possibly be introduced on the agenda at the Jan. 23 meeting.