Homeland Security Drill in Essex County

Looks like the county will have an increased level of police activity for the rest of the week. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office says “This is a drill. There is no need for alarm.”

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and local police agencies in the county will be participating in a four-state “Secure the Cities’’ drill in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the New Jersey State Police.

The exercise started today and will end on Saturday, April 9. As part of the exercise, there will be an increased law enforcement presence throughout the county. In addition, roadside checkpoints will be set up on Saturday in Belleville and Nutley to test law enforcement readiness in case of a true emergency.

Belleville Chief Joseph Rotonda and Nutley Police Chief John Holland have agreed to participate in the drill along with Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura.

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  1. Local Security Action in Baristaville

    by Conan | Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Township and police officials of Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair, and adjacent communities have announced that normal police activity will continue for the rest of the week, and maybe even next week, too. People who are observed breaking the law will be questioned and possibly arrested during this period for things like misdemeanors, felonies, using cell phones while driving, and walking on the grass. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said “This is not a drill. There is need for alarm because these are the types of crimes that often go unnoticed and are not prosecuted because we are too busy looking for terrorists under our flower beds.” The exercise started on the 6th and is scheduled to end on the 9th when law enforcement officials will go back to the more important business of checking all container transport ships attempting to dock in Baristaville for nuclear weapons or fish caught in waters within 12 miles of Fukushima, Japan.

    Officials also said that if the four-day exercise results in significant arrests and a noticable drop in crime in the area it may be continued for up to another week, depending on the availability of Federal funding for overtime and retraining.

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