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Posted on: January 28, 2019

Call for Volunteers

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The Board of Trustees is seeking volunteers to enhance community engagement in policing matters.

On Monday, January 29, 2019, the Board of Trustees hosted a town meeting in response to the “Force Report” undertaken by NJ Advance Media. In addition to members of the governing body and staff, attendees for the presentation and discussion included:

  • Chief Kyle Kroll, South Orange Police Department
  • Lieutenant Joseph Levanda, Internal Affairs, South Orange Police Department
  • Lieutenant Brian McGuire, Detectives Bureau, South Orange Police Department
  • Sergeant Ernesto Morillo, Patrol Division, South Orange Police Department
  • Thomas J. Eicher, Esq., Director, Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, New Jersey Office of The Attorney General
  • Romesh Sukhdeo, First Assistant Prosecutor, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office

To supplement the data published by NJ Advance Media, the South Orange Police Department prepared a detailed presentation for the community that explains:

  • Types of force and reporting requirement, 
  • An overview of policing and trends as it relates to arrests, demographics, and juveniles
  • Training and initiatives currently underway

The full presentation can be downloaded here.

A video of the meeting broadcast is available here:


Next Steps

Following community questions, comments, concerns, and suggestions, the Board of Trustees in collaboration with the police department is moving forward with soliciting volunteers to work in partnership on next steps and identify ways to strengthen community engagement in all matters regarding fair and equal policing in the village. 

Below is a link to volunteer and select available dates to convene the first meeting. All interested parties are encouraged to participate.

Volunteer Here: https://goo.gl/forms/FLxYn5KMcmileZl13


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