WOODBRIDGE, NJ - New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association has publicly commented in full support of the Union Township Committee’s resolution calling for Kean University to “immediately restore the full complement of public safety officers as reflected in their table of organization”.
“I would like to thank the Township Committee in Union for helping us shine a light on what has been a significant problem for an extended period of time,” said NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan. “We recently started a campaign to educate faculty, students and parents to the real dangers that accompany such public safety staff shortages because we are concerned that the only way University leadership will take action to address the issue they have created is if they are forced to do so by concerned members of the community. At this point, Kean University President Dawood Farahi and Director of Public Safety, Mark Farsi, have chosen to ignore our urgent requests to address the ongoing concerns that accompany the lack of adequate public safety staffing levels on campus.”
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The Township Committee’s resolution, which passed at a Committee hearing last Tuesday night, detailed the fact that Kean University has been operating for “approximately two years with less than a full complement of campus public safety offices”. It also took note that, while the Public Safety Department’s table of organization calls for 30 public safety officers, Kean University has reduced the number to no more than 18 officers within the last two years.
The resolution stated, “the shortage of officers not only impacts Kean University’s quality of life, the failure to properly staff the public safety department has also impacted the Township of Union’s Police Department”. According to the resolution, calls for service to Union’s police have increased approximately 20% over the previous year. “The taxpayers of the Township of Union should not have to pay for its police department to respond to Kean University’s call for services”, reads the resolution.
Colligan continued, “As a parent myself, I know the premium we place on making sure our children are safe and protected when away from our homes while attending college and I believe there should be no higher priority for Kean University’s leadership than achieving that most basic goal.”