Mayor Pasquale Menna and Police Chief Mark Fitzgerald continue to stick to the information blackout imposed on them by by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office last week in the wake of the shootings at the Montgomery Terrace public housing units on Tilton Avenue.
But with the caveat that he couldn’t address specifics about the case, Menna last night unveiled a series of initiatives aimed at quelling crime throughout town but particularly on the West Side.
Among the measures he outlined at last night’s bimonthly borough council meeting:
The hiring of two additional police officers and the hiring of three new civilian police dispatchers, freeing up officers who’d been filling in on the radio desk, bringing total staffing in the department to 43 employees.
The institution of a “park and walk” program, whereby cops will get out of their patrol cars and walk all neighborhoods in town.
“Aggressive” enforcement by police of no-trespassing and anti-loitering policies at Montgomery Terrace and Evergreen Terrace, which together comprise about 100 units of subsidized housing.
“The issue here is not public housing. The issue is not Montgomery Terrace,” Menna said, before outlining a host of security measures he said had been or would soon be implemented at the borough Housing Authority’s two complexes and throughout town.