FAIR LAWN, NJ - Superintendent of Fair Lawn Schools Nick Norcia spent Monday morning in a Fair Lawn police cruiser, and no, he was not on the wrong side of the law.

“I’d like to thank the Fair Lawn Police Department for permitting me to drive with them and for all that they do for the community,” Norcia said. While the morning was quiet, Norcia said it was "eye-opening" when he realized everything an officer does during a shift.

Norcia was participating in the Fair Lawn Police Department’s new Civilian Ride-Along. Police Officer Eric Eleshewich gave the head man in charge of Fair Lawn's schools a tour of police headquarters, then spent a few hours in the front passenger seat observing Officer Eleshewich as he worked the morning shift. 

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Norcia added, “The civilian ride-along is just another example of how the FLPD does an amazing job of promoting a partnership between the community and law enforcement. Fair Lawn Schools is fortunate to have such a great working relationship with the FLPD!  The FLPD is a class act organization and programs like the ride along validate how they go the extra mile to build relationships with the community.” 

Anyone older than 21, a resident of Fair Lawn and willing to undergo a background check can ride in the front passenger seat with a police officer. Sgt. Brian Metzler, Fair Lawn Police Department's public information officer, said since the program started at the end of July, 21 residents have participated.