South Orange to Host Newcomers Day on October 3rd – All Residents Welcome

by the Community Police Collaborative Attention all South Orange Residents (old and new)! South Orange Village invites everyone to join them for their annual Newcomers Day on Sunday, October 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Duck Pond in South Orange.  You will be able to meet your new and old neighbors, spend time speakingContinue reading “South Orange to Host Newcomers Day on October 3rd – All Residents Welcome”

SOPD Commended and Thanked for their Heroic Actions During Hurricane Ida

By the Community Police Collaborative In the aftermath of the Hurricane Ida, which hit South Orange and surrounding communities on September 1st and 2nd, the South Orange Police Department has issued commendations to personnel who went above and beyond the call of duty to save lives and help our community members survive the storm. AttachedContinue reading “SOPD Commended and Thanked for their Heroic Actions During Hurricane Ida”

Two New Workshops on Suicide Prevention by CC&J – Sign Up Today!

By Donna Coallier, South Orange Village Trustee and CPC Liaison September is Suicide Prevention Month, and the South Orange Community Care & Justice Initiative is hosting 2 workshops: 1) Thursday, 9/16 at 7pm: Anxiety Management for Everchanging Normalcy – for youth 13 to 18 years old (parental/guardian registration required). For more information or to registerContinue reading “Two New Workshops on Suicide Prevention by CC&J – Sign Up Today!”

South Orange Moves Forward with Police Body Cams

By Annemarie Maini, CPC Member On Monday, July 25th, South Orange Board of Trustees approved the purchase of Police Body Worn Cameras (BWC) using a grant from the New Jersey State Department of Law and Public Safety.  (Res #2021-220, Res #2021-217). The grant became available January 1, 2021 and South Orange received approval for theContinue reading “South Orange Moves Forward with Police Body Cams”

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”

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 9/12/2021] 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”