LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Police Department (LPD) is bringing back a program that Chief Gary Marshuetz said was among the department’s practices a few decades ago but has since disappeared. Each week or so, the department will inform the public about a select few streets that will see additional police presence for the duration of the week.
This week, through July 26, the LPD is targeting West Drive, East and West McClellan Avenue, Hillside Terrace and South Cedar Parkway. Beginning Friday, officers will turn their concentration to Coventry Drive, Ridge Drive, West Cedar Street, North Hillside Avenue and East Cedar Street.
In the coming days, Marshuetz hopes to provide a full list of streets that he will continue to update so that the public will remain informed and will also be encouraged to suggest streets not yet seen on the list.
“One of the big complaints that we get from residents is that they don’t see officers on their street or that no one is addressing a problem in their neighborhood, and we have so many little side roads that end up being cut-through roads that haven’t gotten any attention,” said Marshuetz. “So now I’m just trying to bring a little bit of TLC to these roads for those residents who have never gotten the attention.”
Although the program is still in its testing phase, Marshuetz said it is based around the “Three E’s of Traffic Enforcement”—which includes Enforcement, Education and Engineering.
In addition to enforcing the rules of the road on these streets, the department is also learning which areas of the township need more attention while educating the public about the problem streets.
As part of the “education” component, the department is encouraging residents to let them know about streets they feel should be included on the list.
“If we don’t get the complaints, it’s like ‘out of sight out of mind’ because we can forget about certain roads,” said Marshuetz. “Not only that, but now we’re trying to keep an internal database so we know which roads are needing attention. We’re kind of mixing it up and going through a rotation so every road gets a little bit of attention.”
The department will also be notifying the public about this program as well as which streets will be on the list each week with the idea that people might see a road on the list—or an increased police presence on certain routes—and “be a little more cognisant” of the areas where residents are dealing with quality-of-life issues due to traffic patterns, Marshuetz explained.
The third purpose of the program is to have an officer stationed on each “problem street” so that the department can better determine where there are engineering issues, such as a need for signage.
All three “E’s” will be taken into consideration for each street included on the list, Marshuetz concluded.
The chief also noted that the LPD has received a lot positive feedback thus far from residents who live on streets that they felt were being neglected. Examples of Livingston streets commonly named by residents as needing attention include Walnut Street, Concord Drive, Falcon Road, Belmont Drive, Beaufort Avenue and others.
“This whole project is in the interest of public safety,” said Marshuetz. “We want to protect all of our residents and decrease the number of collisions. And especially during the summer months, we want to protect our more vulnerable residents, which are our children who are out on bicycles and running around town trying to enjoy the summer.”
TAPinto Livingston will continue to provide a list of target streets and the dates that the “Three E’s” will be in effect in those areas as it becomes available each week.