North Plainfield Borough Council Meeting – May 11 and June 6, 2015

Police Youth Week Program – Chief William Parenti

Chief William G. Parenti announces North Plainfield Police Department’s first Police Youth Week program.  We hope to provide innovative and effective programs.  The North Plainfield Police Department Youth Academy is designed to provide the cadet an opportunity to gain an understanding of the role of the police officer.  The program will provide a positive environment to build a bond between our police officer and our young people.

Cadets will undergo physical training, lectures and hands on practical activities designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of Law Enforcement.  Students will learn valuable skills too include; Communication, problem solving, pride in appearance and team building.  This academy will expose cadets to some of the training, procedures and technology utilized by police officers in order to provide the tools necessary to form objective opinions regarding police action.  They will learn; Accident Investigation, Crime Scene Investigation, Radar/Speed enforcement, Driving While Intoxicated detection, Fingerprinting, Canine Demonstration, Internet Safety, The perils of Distracted Driving and the need for Physical Fitness Training.  It is our hope that this program inspires an interest and leads some of the graduates to consider a career in police work.

The applicant must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade and because of limited space, we can only accept 20 students.  The selected process is on a first come first serve basis.  Hence, get your application in fast.  The one-week program, and will be held July 13-17, 2015 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at the West End Elementary School, located at 447 Greenbrook Road.

Applications are available for pickup at the police desk, on our website by email or calling Detective Albert Domizi at (908) 769-2971  The applications will be accepted until July 1st and may be mailed to the North Plainfield Police Department, Attn: Youth Academy, 263 Somerset Street, North Plainfield, NJ 07060, hand delivered to the police desk located in the lobby of Borough Hall or emailed to:

Each Cadet will receive an official North Plainfield Department Youth Academy uniform to wear throughout the program.  Upon successful completion of the program, the Cadets will be presented with a certificate of completion.  The Youth Police Academy is not a “boot camp” for troubled youth.  It is designed to operate like an actual police academy for those interested in law enforcement.

North Plainfield Borough Council Meeting – April 27, 2015 (video)

North Plainfield Borough Council Meeting – April 13, 2015 (video)

North Plainfield Borough Council Meeting – March 23, 2015 (video)

North Plainfield Police Dept. Press Release – March 30, 2015

Distracted Driving Enforcement and Education Campaign

UDrive. UText. UPay

Chief William G. Parenti announced that officers from the North Plainfield Police Department shall comply with Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano request to step up enforcement on distracted drivers during April as part of the national UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign.

Beginning April 1 and running through April 21, the zero tolerance, high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.   Motorist caught with a cell phone in their hand will receive a ticked in the other.

“Distracted driving is a serious issue on our roadways,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety”.  “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2012 alone, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.”

The campaign is modeled after similar successful high visibility enforcement campaigns such as Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.  The Media and done a great job helping us educate the motoring public on this serious epidemic Chief Parenti said.  Motorist know the perils of cell phone use; Accidents, Property Damage, Injury, and Death are the very real danger they face.  Knowing those facts mystifies me that people don’t those facts is not enough reason to put the phone down.  Chief Parenti detailed a few additional reasons to Put The Phone Down.  The ticket you receive will cost between $200.00 to $400.00 and your car insurance rates will go up for the first offence, $400.00 – $600.00 and even higher insurance rates for a second offense and $600.00 – $800.00, possible license suspension and greater insurance rates for a third offense.

William G. Parenti Chief of Police

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North Plainfield Police Dept. 263 Somerset Street North Plainfield, N.J. 07060 (908) 769-2920

North Plainfield Borough Council Meeting – March 9, 2015 (video)