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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  Police News  >  Old Bridge Lays Off 10, Rally Set for Monday

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Old Bridge Lays Off
10,  Rally Set for Monday
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Saturday, March 12, 2012  8:51 a.m.


Last Thursday, ten police officers with the Old Bridge Police Department were given layoff notices. 

Some were called off the road and blindsided by instructions to clean out their locker and turn in their gear. 

While there was rumor, there was no notice.  The forty-five day rule of notice is not a requirement for municipalities such as Old Bridge which are Chief's Towns and do not fall under Civil Service Commission rules.

Additionally, ranking officers were told that demotions will soon follow.

Old Bridge is medium to large-sized department covering almost 40 square miles and serving more than 65,000 residents.

The agency peaked at 106 officers several years ago.  They have since dropped to 91 officers through normal attrition and not hiring any replacements.  This layoff will put their total number at 81 officers.

The last time Old Bridge had this few officers was 1994 according to the New Jersey Uniform Crime Reports.

Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry said the layoffs were necessary because of an arbitrator's decision which was issued in 2008.

Striking a familiar tone, he seemed to blame the previous administration and the police unions.  From the Home News Tribune:

“Prior to taking any of these actions, my staff and I met with representatives of each of the police unions in an effort to continue negotiation to save the officers’ jobs. However, we were unable to secure any type of meaningful concessions from the unions and therefore we were forced to proceed as we did. That being said, I am committed to working with the unions to hopefully return patrolmen back to their jobs.”

A rally in support of these 10 officers being held on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Bridge Municipal Complex.  Old Bridge officers are asking for any any all to come and support them.

In preparing this article, spoke with a source from within the Old Bridge Police Department.



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