On October 4, 1984, Ptl. Thomas Glapion organizes the South Brunswick Police Department’s new crime fighting effort, “Neighborhood Watch”. Glapion had run a crime prevention program at Ft. Dix for 3 years when he served in the Army.
On November 8, 1984 The Seltzer Corporation, developers of the new Princeton Corporate Center, donated a check to the PBA to cover the costs of providing bullet- proof vests to the 35 members of the 43 man department who did not have vests. “…A live saving gesture by the Seltzer Organization.” said Glapion, PBA President.
The Ford LTD continues its run through 1985.
On January 1, 1985, Dr. John Tambascia passed away at the age of 52. He was the police physician, “A real fine human being.”
A comprehensive study of the department’s organization, management and control based on community and local crime trends as well as the evaluation of police service resources was conducted by an outside agency on February 7, 1985. Township officials reviewed it. The study calls for the hiring of six new officers.
On June 1, 1985 Tracie Beauregard was hired as a civilian dispatcher.
On July 7, 1985, five new officers are sworn in bringing the total to 48, Scott A. Bevensee, Michael J. Marosy, Patrick O’Brien, Patrick J. Owens and Gregory Rule.
On March 10, 1985, an ordinance recommended by Chief Simmons is introduced to the township committee that will attempt to protect employees of late night businesses in town It calls for businesses to close between 11:00pm and 5:00am unless there are two employees working together where the public has access. It eventually passed.
July 22, 1985 was the day David Breccia was hired as a dispatcher.
A triple homicide occurred in the Kingston section of town on the morning of October 7, 1985. The crime was solved quickly due to Ptl. Hubbard’s observation of a vehicle parked near the crime scene during the early morning hours. The license plate was traced to its owner who loaned it to the actor. Felix Diaz, 27 of Brooklyn, NY was convicted on June 22, 1989 of the crime and gets a life sentence.
Patricia Reddan was hired as a civilian dispatcher on November 15, 1985.
At the end of 1985, officer’s salaries began at $18,000.00 with the top patrolmen earning $24,944.00.
1986 introduced the Chevrolet Caprice to the fleet and the LTD was phased out. The Caprice lasted until 1997.
June 23, 1986 was the date Patricia DeYoung was hired as a civilian dispatcher for the department.
Kenneth Southwick was sworn in as a police officer on August 12, 1986 and resigned shortly thereafter.
On October 2, 1986, South Brunswick Township proposes and implements a towing ordinance to assist police in the removing of disabled and impounded vehicles, and to insure motorists are charged reasonable fees when their vehicles are removed.
In January of 1987, Officers from the rank of Corporal and above begin in earnest to explore the separation from PBA Local 166. They express a need for a more powerful voice in issues and collective bargaining power.
Kris Olsen was sworn in as a police officer on January 12, 1987 and resigned during the police academy.
On February 2, 1987, 17 Officers sign a petition to break all ties with PBA Local 166. The officers listed on the petition are: Cpl. A. Cresci, Capt. F. College, Cpl. A. Duca, Sgt. J. Duca, Sgt. M. Duca, Sgt. J. Giorno, Cpl. R. Hutchison, Lt. C.R. Larsen, Lt. J. Niper, Sgt. G. Olynyk, Cpl. M. Paquette, Sgt. J. Petrik, Sgt. A. Santowasso, Chief F. Simmons, Sgt. B. Spilatore, Sgt. D. Trent and Cpl. F. Volpicella. The petition is forwarded to The Director of Representation in Trenton on February 27, 1987.
During this time departmental personnel increased 38 percent from 34 to 47 between 1978 and 1986. The numbers of calls or assignments have increased 76 percent. “We’re making do,” said Captain College on March 2, 1987.
In March of 1987 Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 51 received its charter.
On May 14, 1987, three new Sergeants are sworn in, Frederick A. Thompson, Michael D. Paquette and Charles Fahrenholz.
On May 19, 1987 the department hired three civilian dispatchers, Paula Kuhne, Thomasine McAllister and Barbara Mella.
Janet Petrone was hired as a civilian dispatcher on August 1, 1987.
On August 17, 1987, Ptl. Ronald Schmalz is sworn in as Sergeant and assigned to the Traffic Bureau.
The department expanded on August 24, 1987 with the swearing in of Richard Adams, Joseph Charmello, Martin Conte, Edward George, James Stoddard, John McNamara and William Grischuk.
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