Bergen freeholders give final approval to merging County Police and Sheriff's Office

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HACKENSACK, New Jersey — Bergen County freeholders have given final approval to ordinances that will merge the County Police Department with the Sheriff's Office.

Under the ordinances, the 98-year-old department's 95 officers will be placed under the command of Sheriff Michael Saudino.

Freeholder Maura DeNicola was the lone dissenter on the board. She tells The Record (http://bit.ly/1Gxp1Xp ) newspaper she's not sure the merger will save money or be more efficient.

The law-enforcement consolidation was a major issue in the county executive election in November.

Democrat James Tedesco, who favored the merger, defeated Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan. Tedseco said the merger would save between $90 million and $200 million over 25 years.

Tedesco described Wednesday's vote as "monumental."


Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, New Jersey), http://www.northjersey.com

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