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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

By William E. Cleary Sr. 

(CNBNewsnet) Gloucester City Acting Police Chief George Berglund announced today that the department has launched an aggressive campaign to combat crime and quality of life issues in the community. He also announced that new patrolmen will be hired to replace the officers who recently retired. The announcement in the form of a letter to the residents is below.

 Dear Resident: 

The Gloucester City Police Department is about to take steps to improve everyone's quality of life.  We will begin an aggressive campaign to make  improvements throughout the city.  By working with the residents, business owners, and other city departments as well as the city officials we can make a difference.  I have been reading comments being posted on the blogs and in the newspaper, additionally I have seen that improvement needs to be made, and it is obvious there is much needed work that has to be done. 

I have realigned the manpower on the department to put more officers on per shift so that we can work on the issues that are affecting you directly.  We have one of the finest Police Departments in the area and I am confident that if we all work together we can accomplish our mission. We are currently in the process of hiring officers to replace those who have retired.  Unfortunately we may not see these replacements until June of 2010 due to the training at the Police Academy.  By shifting manpower we have increased the number of officers who work per shift from four to five.

We are going to work on small sections of the city at one time and we are going to aggressively enforce all of the city ordinances.  We will enforce the dog license laws; the leash laws; curb your animal laws; parking regulations; motor vehicle regulations; curfew violations; loitering and other violations that are observed.  Landlords will be held accountable for the actions of their tenants.  Problem properties will be charged with maintaining a disorderly house and if it is a rental property we will go after the landlord to revoke their right to rent that property.  It begins with the small things first.  Any
juveniles caught violating the laws or ordinances will be forced to clean up areas of the city that need to be cleaned up.  The adult offenders will face stiff fines in municipal court.

An area that will be targeted first will be Broadway from Essex to Market Street.  Officers will be on the T-3 Chariots as well as on foot. We will additionally utilize plain clothes officers to add an element of surprise.  I will personally be in the area walking around to see that our goals are being accomplished.  There will be a heavy emphasis between the hours of 7pm and 11pm.  There will be a constant presence during the hours mentioned.  As stated our goal is to work one section at a time and to expand operations into other areas. I have lived here my entire life and the issues that affect your family also affect mine.

I am asking the public for your help and support during this endeavor.

If you see anything suspicious such as drug activity, abandoned vehicles, housing issues or any issue please call my office at 456-0901. Your call will remain strictly confidential. Should you want to report a non emergency after normal business hours please dial our dispatch center at 456-0900. We will keep you updated on the progress that we make through our crime reports.  At the end of the day all of our goals are the same and that is to make this a safe and enjoyable place to raise your family. The Gloucester City Police Department with your help is committed to make that happen. 

George Berglund  

Gloucester City Acting Chief of Police




George is the man said...

Wow is great to finally hear from a chief of police. I guess when the other one moved to deptford he forgot where he came from. Chief berglund I knew you would do a good job! Keep up the good work and take our streets back. We needed this a long time ago. It's about time people are held accountable for there actions. Again good luck George and congrats on your promotion.



Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 10:55 AM



Finally... said...

I think it is great the the department has a Chief that is willing to listen to the citizens and finally act on our behalf. You guys deserve to be given a fair contract and it is now time for council to realize this as well. My only question is why did the department do away with the bike cops after 16 years. Besides having the men walking the street I think it would be beneficial to have a plain clothes cop on a bike. This is just my opinion, for whatever it is worth. Keep up the good work George, the community is behind you and the entire police force.



Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 12:08 PM




This is great news that the city is making the strides to finally hire more officers, but what was the delay. I'd like to thank the Chief and the Police dept for all their effort and hard work protecting us, let's hope they get a new and fair contract soon.



Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 02:55 PM



Sean Constinteen said...

Great Work Men! Will Goober be walking Foot Patrol as well? I think it would help the City and himself at the same time. He's very respected from his peers,as well as the citizens of Gloucester.



Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 06:01 PM



Wil Levins said...

I would like to thank Chief Berglund for his fundamentally sound plan to improve our City by cracking down on the issues that affect all of our residents.

I am very impressed with his “take it to the streets” attitude and I completely support our Police Department in this new approach. I believe this aggressive and appropriate direction will yield much success because of the superb Officers who serve our community.

I can only hope that our Mayor and Council will back-up our Police Department better now then they have done over the past three years. I also hope that this will be a first step in showing our Police Officers the real respect and support they deserve from a complacent City government that has neglected them for too long.

Good luck, Chief Berglund, to you and our Police Department!


Wil Levins

Independent Candidate for Gloucester City Council, Second Ward

(P.S. Mayor and Council: Stop delaying and make George Berglund THE CHIEF…enough with the “Acting Chief” title already.)



Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 07:52 PM



Gloucester City resident said...

Thanks to George Berglund and the entire GCPD for keeping our city safe and the efforts to ramp up patrols to keep us safer yet!

How about a shout out to the citizens who cause no harm or trouble, those that don't give the police force and other fellow citizens trouble.

That eliminates roughly 90% of the citizens the force doesn't have to worry about.

Hit the bad guys and HIT THEM HARD!



Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 06:28 AM



WOW said...

Give up wil! That's what the police dept is suppose to do! It's there job buddy. Anyway I probally respect you more if you didn't have bill dilks write everything for you!



Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 07:44 AM



ok said...

i think councilman marchese changed his name to wow. your right, its the police departments job to enforce the laws and ensure we live in a safe city. its the mayor and council's job to provide the necessary equipment and resouces to do that job. i dont know where you have been but the mayor and council have turned their back on the entire pd and are the reason these guys have no morale. what makes berglund different from the past administration is that he is not a vindictive bully who will run the pd based on personal agendas and abuse of power. dont be mad at wil because he supports the police officers. you are the guy to blame for the pd's problems. you and the rest of your guys are to blame for everything wrong with this city right now. we are way worse than we were three years ago. u broke all your promises and blew away city money on idiotic decisions and politics. wow to you.



Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 10:34 AM



Voting Levins said in reply to WOW...

Well,well it looks like the democrat club has finally issued an official statement.

It may have come from THEIR leadership.

It appears to also contain their agenda for the next three years.

Thanks WOW.



Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 11:11 AM



dave townsend said...

Been calling for cops to walk a beat for several years..very glad to see that will finally happen! And to the list of "quality of life" issues add, "behavior in public that would normally be found on the Jerry Springer Show." Thanks again!

Dave Townsend

North King Neighborhood



Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 12:19 PM



Tom said...

WOW, get that monkey off your back pal. Everyone should be pleased that the GCPD is making a bigger effort at helping YOUR town.

I'd probably respect you more if you knew the difference between there, their, and they're. Proper English, it's wonderful.



Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 02:36 PM



Wil Levins said...

Dear Wow,

I know the intent of your comment was different than how I received it, but I was very flattered by your words.

Anyone who knows Bill Dilks will tell you he is a college educated lawyer, a dedicated church-going man, a seventy-seven year old great-grandfather, a proud member of the Lion's Club and a very generous man. For you to confuse my words with what his might be is quite an honor.

So, thank you very much. That may be the best compliment I have received this entire campaign.


Wil Levins



Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 06:26 PM



Lori said...

Great effort GCPD. The problem I see with the quality of life issues are the selective enforcement that has always been a problem. The democrat club has used it as a tool to punish the people they don't like by calling their cronies to enforce it. I hope you don't come up against a brick wall with this from the current administration protecting their friends. It is all about the votes you know not about being fair and equal. Congrats George on the promotion it is well deserved.



Friday, October 23, 2009 at 12:31 AM


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