Jersey Metropolis has positioned its police division underneath the management of a civilian in an uncommon association meant to deliver larger transparency and accountability to regulation enforcement there, Mayor Steven Fulop mentioned.
Mr. Fulop, who has enacted a number of reforms to the police force in Jersey Metropolis whereas driving crime rates down, positioned the Jersey Metropolis Police Division underneath the management of Police Director Tawana Moody this month with the retirement of former Jersey Metropolis Police Chief Michael Kelly at age 59. It’s the primary time a civilian will lead the division.
Police companies across the nation are rethinking the roles of officers and civilians in public safety, together with New York Metropolis throughout the Hudson River.
Mr. Fulop, a Democrat who took workplace in 2013, mentioned the choice to position Ms. Moody on the head of the JCPD, as an alternative of one other sworn chief, was motivated by a want to hurry reforms.
“Not having a uniformed officer, with biases and relationships of being that uniformed officer for the final 20 or 30 years, goes to in the end assist this metropolis transfer ahead,” Mr. Fulop mentioned. “That completely different perspective provides worth to the whole group.”