Village Seeks Community Input and Pauses Camera Purchases

By Donna Coallier, South Orange Village Trustee and CPC Liaison South Orange elected officials are working with the South Orange Police Department (SOPD), Village administrative team, and the South Orange Community Policy Collaborative (CPC) to review SOPD policy on how the Village Digital Video System (DVS) is used in police operations. To give us time toContinue reading “Village Seeks Community Input and Pauses Camera Purchases”

Community Care & Justice Program Wants Your Input!

Link to Survey: https://shu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ehxgoE9G0FmPaxU By Donna Coallier, South Orange Village Trustee and CPC Liaison South Orange is partnering with Essex County and Seton Hall University to create and launch a social work pilot called the Community Care & Justice Program. The CC&J mission: to engage community members in designing and traveling their own wellness journeys,Continue reading “Community Care & Justice Program Wants Your Input!”

Village Provides FAQs and Community Forum about the Digital Video System

By Donna Coallier, South Orange Village Trustee and CPC Liaison In response to questions from the community about Village plans to upgrade the Digital Video System (DVS) and related policy for its use, we have provided an in-depth FAQ on the a SOPD web page, which can be reached at this link: https://www.southorange.org/838/Digital-Video-System. In addition, weContinue reading “Village Provides FAQs and Community Forum about the Digital Video System”

LETTER: South Orange Posts FAQs on Police Video Camera System, to Host Meeting July 21

Written By Donna Coallier, South Orange Village Trustee  (originally published in Village Green, June 27, 2021) To the editors: As has been shared and discussed in Village public meetings and on social media, South Orange  elected officials, in collaboration with the South Orange Police Department (SOPD), Village administrative team, and the South Orange Community Policy CollaborativeContinue reading “LETTER: South Orange Posts FAQs on Police Video Camera System, to Host Meeting July 21”

South Orange Police Swear in First Female Sergeant

By SO Police Dept. and CPC Outreach At the June 14th Board of Trustees meeting the Village of South Orange made it official: Sally Reaves is now the first woman to be appointed to the rank of Sergeant. At Police Headquarters Acting Police Chief Stephen Dolinac praised Sergeant Reaves’ work with several of her familyContinue reading “South Orange Police Swear in First Female Sergeant”

CPC Analyzes Beta Version of State’s New “Use of Force” Database

By Annemarie Maini, CPC Member [Updated 11/4/2021] The State of New Jersey, in an effort to improve transparency in law enforcement has launched the beta version of a website that will catalog every use of force by every police officer in the Garden State. The data, which state officials began collecting in October 2020, will allowContinue reading “CPC Analyzes Beta Version of State’s New “Use of Force” Database”

SOMSD Task Force Resolution to Protect Students from Sexual Harassment and Violence

By Annemarie Maini, CPC Member As a member of the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education, I would like to share the resolution that the Board passed on Monday, May 17th. It directs the Superintendent to establish a task force to protect students from sexual harassment and assault with a comprehensive approach across all ages.Continue reading “SOMSD Task Force Resolution to Protect Students from Sexual Harassment and Violence”

CPC Surveillance Camera Policy Review

By Annemarie Maini, CPC Member In light of the recent news and information coming out regarding South Orange Village’s plan to install new surveillance cameras in certain areas of town, the following Surveillance Camera Policy Review was presented at the monthly meeting of the South Orange Community Police Collaborative on May 13, 2021. Please clickContinue reading “CPC Surveillance Camera Policy Review”

South Orange Police Replacing and Expanding Public Security Camera Network With Newer Technology

By Mary Barr Mann (reprinted from Village Green article April 17, 2021) The South Orange Police Department is in the process of replacing public security cameras throughout the Village — mostly in commercial areas and busy intersections — and adding more, a process that will take several years as 8-12 cameras are replaced or installedContinue reading “South Orange Police Replacing and Expanding Public Security Camera Network With Newer Technology”

OPINION: Upgrades to South Orange Police Security Camera Network Should Be Paused

By Ben Vitale (originally published in Village Green article April 25, 2021) The Village Green recently reported on the South Orange Police Department’s surveillance camera project. I call on the Village Trustees to suspend this project, conduct broad public consultation, debate, and vote. Budget approval is not enough, because the cameras raise issues beyond dollar costs. NeitherContinue reading “OPINION: Upgrades to South Orange Police Security Camera Network Should Be Paused”