West New York police say crime down 20% in 2016, acquiring 4 new vehicles


The West New York Police Department has formally announced that crime is down 20.4 percent for the first quarter of 2016, also noting that they will be acquiring four new vehicles at no expense to the taxpayer. West New York police

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The 20.4 percent figure comes from statistics compiled from the State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, which Mayor Felix Roque credited to the “professionalism and dedication of the WNYPD for their continued service to the community.”

The mayor also credited the residents of West New York who reported suspicious activity to the police department as another contributing factor for crime dropping.

Roque further stated that the town’s police fund will be utilized to purchase four 2016 Ford Explorer Police SUVs, which come equipped with pursuit rated and all-wheel drive, as well as two mechanically and electronically controlled locking gun racks.

Also the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, Roque first mentioned the crime decrease and the newly acquired police vehicles after expressing his support last week for renewing Police Director Robert Antolos’ contract through the end of the year.


  1. It is difficult on the body to have all patrol squads from all three shifts rotate together to the next shift, but this insures that each shift has to experience all three shifts, thus treating all patrols equally and assuring that WNY has the optimum protection at all times. The Mayor and the Police Director deserve the credit.

  2. After so many years of talk, Director Antolos comes in and gets the Steady Shifts done with the approval of the Mayor and Board of Commissioners! Luckily since the Mayor is a Doctor, he immediately understood the benefits for the officers’ health, but Director Antolos knew the results would come from officers not trying to adjust their sleep and bodies on a grueling rotating shift. I don’t know how they’ve done it all those years!!! I’ve spoken with quite a few officers and they love it. They say that they feel better and are sleeping better, as well as experiencing a better family life. The Midnight Shift guys are out there and working hard! Kudos to Director Antolos for his leadership and the Mayor and Board of Commissioners for supporting him. When I come home from the city (NY) late at night, I feel safer. The numbers don’t lie. They are compiled by an independent source, not the town, so there’s no “cooking the books” as we say in the accounting field. Much respect and appreciation also for the Supervisors and all of the brave men and women of the WNYPD for getting the job done. Thank you sincerely.

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