HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - NJ Advance Media released a report which provides statistics as to how police used in force in the New Jersey's municipalities from 2012 through 2016. The NJ State PBA President Patrick Colligan was not pleased by the report, stating that it was done for the sole purpose of creating "click-bait" for the online media service, which is part of the Star Ledger Media family.
Hasbrouck Heights Councilman and Police Commissioner Ron Kistner responded to the report.
"If our residents (the public) take the time to review the entire report," Kistner stated. "I believe they will see that a very large percentage of the incidents reported were individuals not cooperating with one of our officers. The report does nothing to change my opinion that our officers do a great job in keeping our community safe, and do it in a professional manner."
TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro was not able to speak in-depth with Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge police officials on Friday. There will be follow-up next week to further analyze the report so that residents understand what type of force, the numbers behind the percentages, and the impact of the report.
According to the report, between 2012 and 2016 there 31 incidents were force reported as being used by a Hasbrouck Heights Police officer. Wood-Ridge has 12 reported incidents. 11 of the 12 Wood-Ridge incidents involved the use of a "compliance hold" on a subject resisting arrest. Of the 31 Hasbrouck Heights incidents, 29 involved the use of a "compliance hold".
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