Council Approves Pact For Public Housing Patrols


PATERSON, NJ – The City Council on Tuesday night renewed an agreement that assigns off-duty police officers to patrol Paterson’s public housing complexes.

Under the arrangement, two off-duty officers are supposed to patrol the Paterson Housing Authority’s family sites seven days per week in two separate shifts, one from 4 pm to midnight and the other from 6 pm until 2 am. The pact requires the officers to conduct a foot patrol through walking areas, to enter each building and to clear each floor as many times as possible during each shift.

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The agreement also calls for one officer to patrol the authority’s senior citizen sites from 4:30-11:30 pm.

Under the arrangement, the housing authority pays the officers $27.50 per hour. The authority also pays city government $5 per hour to cover insurance and administrative costs.

 Officers get assigned to the patrols through the police union, which handles off-duty work, including security jobs and construction sites.

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