Bloomfield Opens Felton Field Community Police Substation

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Bloomfield Opens Felton Field Community Police Substation

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Town officials took part in a ceremony today to announce the opening of the Felton Field Community Police Substation. Community policing is an initiative the Bloomfield Police Department has increasingly utilized in recent years to deter crime by stationing police officers in schools and parks. With the opening of this substation, which has seven exterior cameras and one interior camera, officers will be able to monitor the activity in Felton Field from inside the community police substation, as well as from Bloomfield Police headquarters.

“We have taken an underutilized space and made it not only beautiful and accessible, but extremely safe,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “Community policing is working in Bloomfield because Bloomfield’s finest are truly a part of the community they are protecting, working in schools, parks, and Downtown Bloomfield. I would like to thank the Bloomfield Police Department and the Department of Parks and Recreation for their excellent work to make this vision a reality.”

“Adding additional community police presence to this area will have an immediate and positive effect,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “The main mission of our department is community engagement, and I can think of no better way for us to connect with this community than to move in, and build a substation here. This space will can be enjoyed by children and families, knowing that the community police officers are nearby and accessible at any time.”

Many township departments collaborated on this project including the Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Engineering and Information Technology departments. All electrical work on this project, including the installation of all new cameras, was performed by the township. This park improvement follows the 2016 renovation of the Felton Field Tot Lot Playground to accommodate park goers with special needs. That renovation earned the Ruth Hughes Innovative Accessible Recreation Facility Award for going “above and beyond compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.” Also present at today’s ceremony were Councilman Nicholas Joanow, Councilman Carlos Pomares, Director of Parks and Recreation Michael Sceurman and Police Lieutenant Naomi Zepeda, of the Community Policing Unit.

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