WARREN, NJ – The Warren Township Committee and members of the public in attendance were updated on current technology utilized and programs offered by the Warren Township Police Department at the last Township Committee meeting.
Police Chief William Keane and Detective Bureau Sergeant Ronald Roselli made the presentation to the committee at the request of Warren Mayor Carolann Garafola. Garafola was impressed with the presentation given by Roselli and Lieutenant Eric Yaccarino at a Warren Township Chamber of Commerce meeting and invited them to present.
“Sergeant Roselli and Lieutenant Eric Yaccarino came up with the powerpoint to present,” said Keane. “They appreciated what we did so much and Mayor Garafola said we should make this presentation at a meeting.”
The Warren Township Police Department is accredited by New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police The designation was first earned in 2013 and re-accredited in June 2016.
“It’s a very good program that keeps us in check,” said Roselli. “Obviously we are holding to all of the policies and procedures and it means we are doing everything right. We are going to continue that process and it’s something we are very proud of.”
The Warren Police Department currently offers the DARE programs at elementary schools, Steps To Active Recovery Treatment (START) sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, the Police Explorers program, Operation Blue Angel and soon will have a medicine drop box when the new building opens.
“Police technology in the 1800s, when modern policing started, was basically the telephone, the telegraph and call boxes along with a night stick and a gun,” said Roselli.
Policing has come a long way since then- text to 911, mapping software, e tickets and the use of DNA among them.
“In 2016 with the help of the Township Committee we got a new 911 system and ‘Text to 911’ seems to be the biggest aspect to come out of this," said Roselli. It goes to the same operator, it’s the same system. It also has an intelligent user interface that helps automate the process and minimize distractions and fatigue for the dispatchers. Here in Warren Township we have our own dispatchers that have been here longer than us, that know you, know the town and have a vested interest here.”
“Warren utilizes mapping software that can be accessed from any computer in the headquarters and patrol vehicles,” said Roselli. “We also have mobile data terminals in all of patrol vehicles."
The Motor Vehicle database is included in those data terminals so the police know before even getting out of the car what to expect.
“When myself and Chief Keane started we had to call in the information in to get the dispatcher to run it, said Roselli. "Now we have all of this data ready before we get out of the car, it’s almost instantaneous.”
Policing is more efficient and greener now.
“All of our cars have electric ticket systems, it takes the information from the drivers license,” said Roselli. “It’s more efficient for the officers, it gets them back on the road quicker and also creates less carbon copy tickets, which is environmentally friendly and cost efficient.”
The use of DNA instead of fingerprints is making policing more accurate.
“Today we have finger print comparisons, DNA, facial recognition, it’s all normal and it’s what we use now,” said Roselli. “DNA is becoming the norm, even more than finger prints. In Warren township we have detectives that are trained in these various skills.”
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