Members of the New Jersey State Police have agreed to join with the Asbury Park Police Department to assist with patrols.
“Because we are understaffed, state police have agreed to come in and assist patrolling once or twice a week,” said Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon.
Between six and eight state police officers will assist the department. The numbers of officers and the days the patrol will be based “on their availability and other factors,” he said.
The state patrolmen will be here for their tour and not answering calls for service, he said. Along with conducting patrols, they will also be provided with statistical information about crime in the city and will also work with the Asbury Park Police street crimes unit, Kinmon said.
Having more officers available to conduct patrols also allows the Asbury Park officers to handle reports as well as address traffic enforcement and traffic issues, Kinmon said.
“They have no problem coming and are going to continue to do it as long as they can,” he said.
The Asbury Park Police Department is still accepting applications for Class II special law enforcement officers. There are two days left to submit an application. Click here for more information.