Heightened security measures stretch resources of Jersey City police dept.
It's week three of New Jersey's heightened terror alert and Jersey City's police department remains serious about security. But all this overtime is taking a toll on the department.
According to Jersey City Police Chief Ronald Buonocore the department's manpower is the lowest it's been in 30 years, with less than 800 officers. That's down from a high of more than 1,200 officers. He says there are dozens of posts to cover and most officers are on overtime at a cost to the department of $35-40,000 a day.
Buonocore says he's expecting 60 new recruits by the end of the year, but to meet the security demands he needs at least twice that number. He adds that recruiting new officers has been just as challenging as meeting security demands.