Once again the time has come to insist that before we hire any more police officers, Lakewood should establish a true auxiliary police force similar to other towns throughout New Jersey and New York City. Towns from Manchester to Edison have capable, dedicated reservists working alongside their police force. But our police chief has said numerous times that he does not want any auxiliary officers.
Why the chief of police does not allow an auxiliary force is beyond reason . Perhaps he is afraid that the auxiliary police will take over his ribbon cutting duties, or his required attendance at dinners, parlor meetings, or matzo bakeries. He may be afraid that we will wake up and realize that an officer that doesn't request $850 thousand dollars in unpaid vacation and sick leave can also get the job done of protecting our town from criminals.