A UNION PRESIDENT WRITES: Over the past several days there has been a barrage of news articles released through various media outlets all pertaining to law enforcement right here in Bergen County. More specifically, it involves the validity of a motor vehicle stop of Bergen County Freeholder Maura DeNicola conducted by Sheriff’s Officer Vincent Surace, and an inquiry in to how and why the Bergen County Police had two additional officers respond to that same scene.
Additionally, this triggered a written response from Bergen County Police Chief Brian Higgins to Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, his boss, outlining his synopsis of the “incident.”
In an attempt to re-direct attention from lying to the public about the accounts of what exactly happened that particular evening, Chief Higgins then states negative comments about Sheriff’s Officer Matthew Ryan and Corrections Officer Nolan Mamo, thus calling their character into question.
The purpose of this response is not to fuel the ongoing debate of whether the Sheriff’s Office and County Police should be merged together, nor is it to agree or disagree with any one particular political entity.
My purpose for responding is twofold, yet very simple and clear cut.
All of the above-mentioned officers who were singled out in Chief Higgins’ letter have the complete and utter support from myself and the executive board of PBA Local 134, as well as its entire membership.
Furthermore, I would like to assure the residents of Bergen County that no matter what you may hear, see, or view in the media in regards to any and all of our sworn officers, it does not and will not interfere with the level of law enforcement services that we provide to the taxpayers of this county around the clock each and every day.
Our officers will continue to carry out their duties in the most efficient and professional way — as we always have.
Opinions will always vary and political wars will come and go, but when the dust settles and the use of smoke and mirrors stops, the hard-working men and women of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office will still be here protecting the citizens of Bergen County.
Michael J. Doyle
PBA Local 134