Law & Justice

Council members question police psychologist contract

61918f8a7049b748c19a_nicolerafinelo1200.jpg
61918f8a7049b748c19a_nicolerafinelo1200.jpg

Newark, NJ—Members of the council raised questions and expressed concerns today at a special meeting about a contract with the doctor who does the examinations for police academy recruits.

North Ward Council Member Anibal Ramos Jr. started the questioning over a resolution to ratify and authorize a contract not to exceed $264,875 with Nicole J. Rafanello for Clinical and Forensic Psychological and Consulting Services.

Ramos asked members of the Public Safety and Division of Police if there were a larger percentage of recruits not passing the psych exams since the new doctor started. When he was told the percentage did rise, Ramos said that should be further examined.

Sign Up for E-News

“I think we should be concerned that there’s an unusually high failure rate,” said Ramos. “I think it’s an important question to look at.”

Council Member at Large Carlos M. Gonzalez requested information on whether “minorities are failing more than non-minorities.”

Gonazalez and Central Ward Council Member Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins pointed out the fact that the doctor before Rafanello was replaced for failing too many minority and female candidates.

Gonazalez requested specific information to be brought before the council to ensure that the same problem isn’t occurring again. Chaneyfeild Jenkins said she wanted to make sure that the current doctor and whatever doctor going forward would have the “sensitivity” to handle the hiring process with fairness and without prejudice.

Several members of the council including Gonzalez and Council Member at Large Luis A. Quintana and West Ward Councilman Joseph A. McCallum questioned why a doctor in Morristown was being used in the first place when there were qualified people in Newark who could have received the contract.

“Rutgers is right here, and they do have the resources,” said McCallam.

Ramos suggested the city should examine whether Rutgers could be used in the future.

Members of the council expressed frustration with the idea that recruits needed to travel so far for an evaluation and said that they would rather pay the money to a qualified Newark doctor.

East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador asked for an explanation of the RFP process because he wanted to know how the public was notified that the contract was up for bid.

“There’s something wrong with this process,” said Amador, pointing out that there are about nine months left on the existing contract and a decision about the future would need to be made.

The council decided to defer voting on the existing contract until a special meeting on June 7th.   

     

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Newark

McGovern's summer renovation closing party celebrates change

June 16, 2018

It always takes a few seconds for your eyes to adjust when you walk into McGovern's Tavern in Newark, a downtown fixture since 1936.

But this Friday afternoon, there were two immediate sights that demonstrated something was different.

First, most of the photos, portraits, and articles that cover the bar's walls were removed, the relics of decades of history gone.

Second, you ...

Newark men honored for serving as role models by the Marion P. Thomas Charter School Foundation

June 11, 2018

Newark, NJ—Three local men and one corporation received awards from the Marion P. Thomas Charter School (MPTCS) Foundation at its annual “Fathers for our Children” Awards Ceremony and Scholarship Fundraiser.

This year’s award recipients are Modia "Mo" Butler, political strategist; the late Dr. Fabian Rice of RWJ/ Barnabas Health’s ...

50 years after RFK assassination, the NBHS band’s moment is remembered

June 7, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On a warm June day in 1968, 40 members of the New Brunswick High School band stood on the city train platform playing solemn hymns.

It was supposed to be a one-hour performance as they waited the train traveling from New York to Washington, carrying the body of a slain presidential candidate, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

But one-hour dragged into two, and then three, as ...

Got junk? Rutgers students do

June 1, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - On a thin tripod of supports, the black charcoal grill sat on top of love seat that was half on the street, half on the curb, outside a Delafield Street apartment.

As the college year ends, and this generation of Rutgers students empty out of apartments, their well-used but now discarded remains line city curbs, and sometimes spill into ...

50 years after RFK assassination, the NBHS band’s moment is remembered

June 7, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On a warm June day in 1968, 40 members of the New Brunswick High School band stood on the city train platform playing solemn hymns.

It was supposed to be a one-hour performance as they waited the train traveling from New York to Washington, carrying the body of a slain presidential candidate, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

But one-hour dragged into two, and then three, as ...

Hearing Loss Common in School-Aged Children

May 30, 2018

With close to 15% of U.S. children ages 6–19 experiencing hearing loss, New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) notes that May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month is the ideal time for parents to learn more about the sometimes-subtle signs of hearing loss, ways it can affect school-aged children, and where to find help.

“Some children are born ...

Ensure Safe Sleep While Traveling with Baby

June 6, 2018

As we approach the summer, there will be plenty of expected travel for families, from visiting grandma at the beach to heading out on a long, well-deserved vacation. 

When staying overnight at a friend’s or family’s place, it is important to maintain the same sleep practices as you do at home. Your baby should be sleeping in a safe, modern crib that meets the latest ...