FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield governing body held a special council meeting via conference call on Monday. At the meeting, they passed an ordinance that amends the eligibility requirements for probationary police officers within the police department. 

The ordinance specifies that no person will be appointed a probationary police officer unless he/she possesses a valid New Jersey State driver's license and meets at least one of the following criteria: possesses a four-year college degree, preferably in criminal justice from an accredited institution, served in the military for at least three years or served as a special law enforcement officer for at least two years with the Fairfield Police Department and the chief of police  recommends his/her appointment as a probationary police officer.

The governing body also authorized upgrading the audio visual system in the council chambers in the amount of $58,856 and authorized the installation of an interactive lobby display in the amount of $6,944. 

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Business Administrator Joseph Catenaro told TAP that the television reception definitely will be improved with the new upgrade. According to Fairfield residents, the voice and picture on the televised council meetings would go in and out making it quite difficult to understand what was being discussed. 

Catenaro said, “The interactive lobby display is still under consideration.  Although we have the approval to do it, we haven’t made a decision yet.”

The governing body also authorized the hiring of fall seasonal help to work in the department of public works.

The next council meeting will be on Monday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.