Tiny town police forces taking staff hits

ONLY ON CLIFFVIEW PILOT: Harrington Park became the latest town to see its wall of protection eroded when its council agreed to lay off two of the department’s 11 officers, effective May 17. That comes on the heels of nearby Park Ridge’s decision to ax four employees, including a records clerk.

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Harrington Park’s is the same local government that requires at least one officer present whenever any commercial filming or videotaping is done in town.

“Hopefully these layoffs will not effect our response times to calls when people need us most,” one officer said, in response to this week’s council decision.

For those not familiar with the town: Harrington Park covers 2 square miles in northern Bergen County.

There are plenty of other municipalities that are now also talking about cutting back — a frightening proposition for some residents.

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