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”

Village Plans Virtual Forum and FAQ Re: New Cameras

By CPC Outreach Subcommittee Donna Coallier, Village Trustee Liaison to the CPC has informed OutreachCPC that she met with the South Orange Police Department on Friday, May 7th and came away with a plan to do a virtual discussion forum to gather broader input from the community on the installation of new cameras as outlinedContinue reading “Village Plans Virtual Forum and FAQ Re: New Cameras”