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Gov-elect Murphy nominates first Sikh-American attorney general

New Jersey is set to make history with Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s nomination for attorney general. Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal has been tapped for the top law enforcement officer spot. If confirmed, he would become the country’s first Sikh-American attorney general. The nomination is Murphy’s first for his Cabinet. Grewal worked as an assistant U.S. attorney from 2010 to 2016, including in the Criminal Division and as chief of the Economic Crimes Unit, where he
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N.J. license plates would let loved ones honor fallen officers, firefighters

Family members of fallen police officers and firefighters could soon have license plates commemorating them. Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Howarth, R-Burlington, passed the Law and Public Safety Committee unanimously Thursday. The tags would be funded through donations from individuals, corporations or organizations and would come and no cost to the family members who apply. “Our police and firefighters put their lives in danger every day, not because it’s a job, but because it’s a
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Atlantic City firefighters come to rescue in Mullica

Atlantic City firefighters went a distance to help a woman trapped in a well Thursday. The Fire Department’s Special Operations Unit was called to help in Mullica Township after 3 p.m. for a woman who got stuck in a nearly 12-foot-deep well. Rescue 1, Engine 2 and Battalion 1 were able to safely lift the 67-year-old woman to safety after she was stuck for nearly three hours. The woman had major injuries, according to Fire
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State cannot cut Atlantic City Fire Department, judge rules

Cutting Atlantic City’s firefighting personnel to the levels the state has asked for would cause irreparable harm and endanger public safety, an Atlantic County judge ruled. Judge Julio Mendez previously placed an injunction on any reduction to the Fire Department as the case goes through the court. The state wanted to cut the department to 148 with a goal of 124. But anything below 180 would endanger residents, Mendez said Friday as he denied the
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Atlantic City swears in new Class II officers

Atlantic City got nine new officers this week. The residents were sworn in as Special Law Enforcement Officers, commonly known as Class II. The officers have nearly the same training as full-time officers but are paid $15 an hour without benefits and have limited hours. They replace seven Class IIs who were promoted to full-time officers last month. That has not previously happened in Atlantic City, but was allowed due to the lifting of civil
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State, ACFD back in court over staffing cuts

A Superior Court judge will consider whether to lift his ban on Atlantic City Fire Department staffing reductions that would allow the state to cut the Atlantic City Fire Department by a quarter. That will bring the already thin department to a dangerous level for even a medium-scale event, according to two experts who have submitted reports on the fire union’s behalf. But the state says the change to three platoons from four, and an
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Four Atlantic City firefighters transferring to Ventnor FD

Four Atlantic City firefighters in danger of losing their jobs are transferring to a neighboring department. Ron Laielli, Matthew Williams, William Nagel and Joseph Welsh III are four of 85 firefighters hired on a federal grant. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant ends in September. And, although Mayor Don Guardian has said there’s enough money to last until November, the state has indicated otherwise. A memo from Timothy Cunningham, director of the
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Seven Class II officers become full-time Atlantic City police

Seven Class II Atlantic City officers are now full-time officers after a swearing-in ceremony Friday. The city had 72 Special Law Enforcement Officers out of 90 it is approved to hire. The officers work limited hours and are paid $15 an hour with no benefits. The move was allowed to happen because Atlantic City is no longer under Civil Service requirements as part of the state takeover. Prior to that, any Class IIs would still
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Atlantic City mayor will push to extend grant paying firefighters

Atlantic City needs to reapply for a federal grant currently paying the salaries of 79 firefighters, the mayor said Tuesday. A July 5 notice from Division of Community Affairs Director Timothy Cunningham warns firefighters that their positions will be terminated when the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant ends. The affected firefighters would then have to reapply for a “limited number” of spots. But Guardian said he will try to work with the
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Sheriff Balles returning to Pleasantville police work

Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles is returning to his policing roots. After deciding not to seek re-election, Balles will return to the Pleasantville Police Department as a captain, Chief Sean Riggin announced Tuesday. Balles, who was second in command when he left his position of nearly 25 years to become sheriff, asked to return. And Riggin said he happily granted that request. “I am thrilled to have Frank back at our department and I know
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