Council President Explains Community Service Officer Changes

Goes from police to Office of Emergency Management

Column as submitted by Toms River Council President Maurice "Mo" Hill:

In 2002 the then Dover Township Committee established a Community Service Officer Program to meet the growing needs of the Township for 24 hour first aid and ambulance service.  Toms River has been very fortunate over the years to have very dedicated volunteer first aid squads which have served our residents.  The CSOs and our volunteer first aid squads work in harmony with one another providing support throughout the community.  Until recently the CSO program was under the direction and administered by the Toms River Police Department. 

However with the large number of retirements (29 officers) over the past two years there has been an increased strain on the police department personnel.  The program was managed by one full time police officer with three additional police officers providing part-time support. 

Recently the Mayor and Council established the CSO program as a separate civilian department.  The establishment of the new department has freed up the police officers to provide for the public safety of the residents of Toms River.  Over the past year the CSOs have responded to 7500 calls with an average response time of 8 minutes and 40 seconds. 

Currently there are 16 full time CSOs and 20 part time CSOs in the department.  Last year the department received $1.753 Million in fees for services rendered to the residents of Toms River.  Those fees covered the cost of the CSO program making the program revenue neutral in that the fees offset the cost of the salaries and benefits of the CSOs.  The move to a civilian department will result in a cost savings to the Township of approximately $100,000. 

The new department will be headed by Paul Daley who has over 25 years of Emergency Service experience as an EMT.  He is already assistant emergency management coordinator and will perform this as an additional collateral duty thus saving the cost of a new full time position.  The Mayor and Council felt this change was prudent at this time in that it provides relief for the Police Department, cuts costs and will provide enhanced service to the community.   


Mo Hill

Toms River Council President

Captain Honesty July 25, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Complete lies! The Town Council got took over the program to free up 1 police officer who didn't even go back on the road to help the shortage due to retirements. In his place, they gave 1 guy a raise and hired two more political hacks in addition. Explain how that saves money for anybody. Let's not pretend this was anything but a political move by the town.
bojangles July 26, 2012 at 08:44 AM
All I have to say is ive known Paul since I was 5 years old. He has been doing this for a long time and I think it maybe a good change. Who cares whos running the program. If the ambulance shows up when you dial 9-1-1 be greatful and shut up
Martin July 26, 2012 at 11:47 AM
It's the taxes, Bojangles -- it's the extra supervisor's salary and benefits the TR politicians are sticking to us taxpayers!
1stcav July 26, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Once again " The Good Old Boys Club taking care of there own, who needs a job, will create one and PUSH it through, if the public doesn't like it, too bad..Signed: a caring Mayor & council who " doesn't care" how HIGH our taxes go with less home owners paying taxes....The burden is NOW on those who do pay there fare ( Inflated ) share, bunch of crap....November can't come soon enough !
Bob Hockenfrocken September 26, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I laugh when I read these comments. You people are terribly uninformed and shoot from the hip with outlandish and completely ignorant comments...


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