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Brick Mayor: Goal to Increase Size of Police Department

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Police Chief James Riccio and Mayor John Ducey, Dec. 5, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Police Chief James Riccio and Mayor John Ducey, Dec. 5, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick Mayor John Ducey said one of the goals for his administration’s second term is to expand the township’s police department.

Ducey, whose second four-year term began Monday, has already added a few officers and brought in more special police officers to perform routine tasks to free up patrolmen to work on the streets. Police Chief James Riccio, appointed by Ducey, reworked the township’s patrol districts.

“One of my goals, and one of the chief’s, is increasing the size of our police department to the amount deemed necessary to be able to continue to provide the full [level of] protection our residents deserve,” Ducey said.

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The mayor and chief will work in concert to select a target number of officers and work to meet it. The department has been generally working with between 132 and 134 sworn officers at a time over the last two years.

Ducey said the police department has been kept especially busy due to Ocean County’s opiate drug epidemic. Brick was the first police department in the state to run the Blue HART program, where addicts can come to the department without the fear of arrest to receive treatment.

Other goals, Ducey said, include continuing to rebuild all of the township’s parks, host more family events and develop additional tourism and economic development outreach with grant funding.


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  • craigoftruth

    The Brick Police Department is one of the best in the entire State of New Jersey! My question is with one of the lowest crime rates in the State, why do we need additional Police Officers? Does Mayor John Ducey want to create his own National Guard Unit here in Brick? The Brick Police Department is already one of the best equipped departments with so much army surplus equipment and weapons. Mayor John Ducey, how much is enough and how much is too much?

    • Global Warming is a Hoax

      Every town says that their police department is the best in the state. Every state says that their State Troopers or police force is the best in the country.
      I would be happy if the police department dedicates 20 patrol cars to pull over speeders and tailgaters and people running red lights and stop signs and making illegal turns and driving on shoulders and weaving recklessly through traffic without using blinkers. Use the fines to fund the department and town.

      • craigoftruth

        The problem is that those things that you want (and I do too) won’t happen no matter how many police persons are hired in Brick. I would still like to know from the mayor how many more police employees is enough?

      • That is yet to be determined. When there is an announcement of some sort, we’ll report it.

      • craigoftruth

        Thank you!!!

      • Tommy Q

        It should be noted that the 130 or so officers are not all in patrol. That number is about half the total with only 70 something patrol officers. The rest are administrative, detectives, etc. There are some hours in the day when there are only 7 officers patrolling the ENTIRE town and responding to calls. normally, there will only be 14 officers working at a time.

      • craigoftruth

        I forgot to mention if you look at the crime statistics by municipality, you will see that Brick has a very low crime rate. The low crime rate in Brick has much to do with the exemplary police department! Just go one town to the West or South and you will see the difference in policing.

      • Global Warming is a Hoax

        Police do not prevent crime. Brick is mostly elderly middle class white people. Very low on the crime scale.
        My family does not commit crimes because we are honest people, not because Brick has a good police department.

      • craigoftruth

        Only 18% of the Brick’s population is over 65 years, I hardly call tat group “most” of the community. Like you we try to obey the laws of the land but we in our family believe in FACTS. I attached below the demographic FACTS of Brick Township.
        In the township, the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.6 years.

      • Global Warming is a Hoax

        How many residents between ages of 16-35? That age group commit the most crimes.
        Also race has a lot to do with crime. What is the racial makeup of age group?

      • Frank Rizzo

        Police prevent crime by being visable and active. Everyday motor vehicle stops find other crimes and tells crap to move it along elsewhere. Do you speed in Brielle or manasqaun where the cops are known for being hardliners

      • Global Warming is a Hoax

        What’s the crime rate in Greenbriar compared to Maple Leaf?
        Whats the crime rate in Lions Head compared to Waterside Gardens?

  • Chief Wahoo

    The democRATS love increasing government. Even the bald headed thugs who dress up in costumes in the police state. Politics make strange bedfellows. But always follow the money.

    • Global Warming is a Hoax

      Who is standing behind Riccio? He looks like Dr Evil rubbing his hands with glee before the fleecing commences.

    • wahoosux

      Hey princess wahoo is back, did mom pay the cable bill in the basement and got your internet turned back on

    • Lord Trump, Westeros

      you are smart, my beloved boy! don’t forget that democrats are rats and republicans are can=dos

  • Frank Rizzo

    Attack landlords by imposing high yearly inspection fees on any and all rentals in town to help fund this. This is our problem to begin with. Real estate should not be an investment or money making scheme for these people to prosper from while the rest of us suffer the consequences. Be responsible on who you rent to as if they were living next to you. Then lets address the parents of crappy kids and build our school reputation up which will raise real estate values all of which will all lead to us needing less cops.

    • Goodgrief

      Can I refuse to rent to a family based on my opinion of their appearance?

      • Frank Rizzo

        Yes….under the guise of a credit check…are you renting to section 8 because the government will make life easy for you and just send the check regardless of who you place in our neighborhood…shame on you if so..

      • craigoftruth

        If you own a 2 family home you can legally discriminate, 3 family homes and up you must rent to everyone and anyone. That is the law.

      • Goodgrief

        Thank you for the answer Craig.

  • Global Warming is a Hoax

    Does Brick have any Black police officers? I have never seen one.

  • Ray Mann

    And yet when they raise our taxes next year because of health care costs they’ll say it was “due to circumstances beyond our control”. The decision to over staff is in your control.