Constables will patrol Paterson parks to make people feel safe | Paterson Times

Constables will patrol Paterson parks to make people feel safe


Several municipal parks will be patrolled by a dozen Passaic County constables during the summer to make residents feel safe, councilman Luis Velez and mayor Andre Sayegh said on Monday morning at the Roberto Clemente Park.

Velez said the constables will volunteer their time. He said Roberto Clemente Park on Market Street will be patrolled by constables for four hours from 5 p.m. to sundown on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

12 constables will also handle Eastside Park, Westside Park, and Barbour Park. Velez said constables will “serve and report.” He said constables will verbally warn people who are breaking local laws by smoking, drinking, or engaging in other antisocial behavior.

“People that come to the parks will feel more comfortable and enjoy the parks,” said Velez, who spearheaded the pilot initiative.

Parks are there for residents to enjoy them. He said parks are not there for drinking, doing drugs, shooting fireworks, or playing loud music.

Velez is attempting to beautify the Roberto Clemente Park. A playground for autistic children is planned for the park, said the mayor.

“We know these parks will be safe places to play,” said Sayegh. He thanked Velez for coming up with an “innovative” way to make residents feel comfortable at the parks.

Roberto Clemente Park is in middle of the crime-ridden Sandy Hill neighborhood. The area is known for drugs, Latino street gangs, and violence.

Velez has said he is trying to change that by getting residents to take back their park.

Constables are appointed by the mayor and City Council members. About 10 constables stood behind Velez as he unveiled the new initiative.

Velez said constables will patrol the parks from beginning this Thursday through Labor Day.

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  • John Brown

    How long before 1 of these wannabe cops are bought up on charges for something?..

  • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

    Make work jobs for Velez's cousins lol, people are going to laugh at these clowns if not worse.

  • Plumber

    The magic words are make residents feel safe but in actuality they won't be safe a constable is very limited in their actions and would still have to have a police officer response in the event that they get involved in a shit show the mayor is giving residents a false sense of security typical POS

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    Notice "5 p.m. to sundown on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday." That's it what a joke. Didn't they shut down the bars after 10pm, where do you think the would go at night, the parks, are people that gullible to fall or this?
    Won't be lone till I hear about the lawsuit or death of one of these, "Let's play Cops," faces.

    They are putting them in harms way. Paterson is not the other cities they stole this idea from, Paterson is it's own animal and I meet some of these constables and I'm telling them, it's not worth your life or lawsuit for going after people untrained as a police officer.

    This is a false sense of security with a 5 to sundown time for four days. They are politicians with no answers and stole this idea from the all White cities where you can do this.

    The real crimes are the shooting, robberies, car their, break-ins, assaults, theft, burglaries and the real crimes, not chasing away a few vagrants at sundown. How stupid do they think Paterson residents are?

    Fix the real crime problems, go downtown and first make people feel safe there and on 12 and 10 ave and the forth Ward and First Ward.
    See they won't send them there because that where the real crime is they would probably get killed.

    5-sundown, Thur-Sun in the Parks not the real crime area. SMH

    • bigron

      Thank you Mrs. Debbie Downer. You always have something false and stupid to say.

  • Yogi Zuna

    Are they unarmed? If they are unarmed and can do nothing but call in the police, how can the residents feel safe? I was both an unarmed and armed guard in the 1970's for awhile, and believe me, when I was unarmed there was very little I could do to help people in a violent situation.