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Notice to Residents: February 26, 2021 Update from the Chief of Police

Residents,

The State Legislature drafted three Bills which Governor Murphy signed into Law on February 21, 2021 to legalize, regulate and decriminalize marijuana.  The reason for this message to all of you is to make you aware that part of the Law deals with underage consumption/possession of alcohol as well as underage consumption/possession of marijuana.  The Law indicates that any juvenile, 17 years of age or younger, who is found by the police to be under the influence and/or in possession of alcohol or marijuana must be given a written warning, but more importantly, the police cannot advise the parents of the juvenile.  As an example, your 15 year old child is found to be under the influence of alcohol and in possession of 5 ounces of marijuana, the police must confiscate the marijuana and provide the juvenile with a written warning but cannot advise you as their parent of the offense.  If the juvenile is found to be in possession and/or under the influence of alcohol or marijuana a second time, they must be provided with a written warning and only then can the parents be notified.  Furthermore, the Law states any juvenile under the age of 18, which astonishingly means any child of any age falls into this category.  

The Florham Park Police Department is concerned with this portion of the Law for several reasons.  First, the Law as it stands is counterproductive to the decades’ long approach the Department has spent teaching our children about the dangers of alcohol and drugs through school based educational programs.  Secondly, and most importantly, the law takes away your rights, as a parent, to have knowledge of your dependent child’s behavior which can be dangerous and/or deadly to their health and wellbeing.

I encourage all of our residents to contact your representatives, whose contact information you can find below, and make your feelings known about this Law and how it can or will affect your children, as well as your ability to parent.  

Senator Richard Cody - District Office:  651 Old Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039  (973) 535-5017
Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (who co-sponsored the Bill) - District Office:  511 Valley St., Maplewood, NJ 07040  (973) 762-1886
Assemblyman John McKeon - District Office:  221 Main St., Madison, NJ 07940  (973) 377-1606

 Joseph Orlando
Chief of Police/Deputy OEM Coordinator
February 26, 2021

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Message from the Chief:

 

Community Members, another school year is upon us and as such, school and traffic safety are of paramount concern to the Police Department.  In an effort to maximize the safety of the Borough’s schools, we have hired and will be placing SLEO III Officers at each of the three public schools.  Those officers will work in accordance with statutorily mandated hours requirements, therefore their scheduling and presence in the schools will fluctuate.  

Our two full time School Resource Officers (SRO’s) will remain within the schools to maintain a presence, teach DARE/Anti-Bullying related curriculum and to continue to nurture relationships with the community’s youth.  Our patrol officers will continue to randomly visit all of the Borough’s schools on a daily basis for an additional layer of security.  The Police Department’s administration will continue to maintain a close working relationship with the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools and all of the Principals in an effort to provide the safest environment for our school system.

Parking and speeding are always issues in and around the schools.  We will have several officers patrolling and enforcing speed, parking and other traffic related violations within the school zones and residential areas that surround the same.  We ask that all residents, especially those who will be driving to the schools, to obey the posted speed limits and to park in designated spots only.

Have a safe school year!!

Joseph J. Orlando
Chief of Police
Florham Park Police Department