Little Ferry Asks To Join Teaneck, Bogota Police Merger Study
Application awaiting approval from prosecutor's office, spokeswoman says.
Little Ferry has asked to join a study exploring a possible merger of the Teaneck and Bogota police departments, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
Although Little Ferry has applied to join the Teaneck study, the application has not yet been approved, said prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Maureen Parenta.
The Teaneck and Bogota study is funded by a $30,000 grant from the prosecutor’s office. The grant amount to Little Ferry is not finalized, Parenta said.
“Approval of the application is pending so there is no grant amount confirmed,” Parenta said in an e-mail Friday.
Officials have said any possible police merger remains a long way off, and past efforts to merge departments around New Jersey have met opposition from residents and unions.
Prosecutor John L. Molinelli has said that any merger would need input from the local police and public. The independent study is being conducted using forfeiture money from the prosecutor with no cost to taxpayers.
The study is ongoing and a preliminary report would be presented to the Township Council in August.