Galloway Township police announced Friday they will be adding patrols in areas of high criminal incidents or complaints.
Officers will be on patrol in plain clothes and in uniform in areas identified through complaints, calls for service and crime statistics, the department said in a statement.
The township had cut down on patrols recently due to budget cuts, but the township is now using money forfeited through arrests to add the extra patrols. The department did not reveal how many patrols would be done and where the officers would be located to make it “unpredictable.”
“The irony is that the bad guys are actually funding an offensive against themselves,” Chief Patrick Moran said.
Moran also said the officers agreed to a detail rate that is less than their normal overtime rate to allow for additional patrols.
“It is no surprise to me that the officers agreed to a lesser rate to help the community; they are truly dedicated to public safety and the well-being of our residents,” Moran said. “Our officers and employees are constantly doing more with less and now they are agreeing to do more for less and I commend them for their hard work and dedication.”