Multiple area Chiefs of Police are not pleased with an Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler initiative involving the Ring doorbell/video camera product.

They believe that it interferes with and lends confusion with respect to their own local law enforcement efforts.

Included in our report, we are providing copies of letters written by Galloway Township Chief of Police Donna Higbee and Longport Police Chief Frank Culmone.

Numerous law enforcement officials have advised that this camera initiative program has long existed without Scheffler’s involvement.

“This initiative, although on its’ face appears to be a good idea, only complicates the reporting of a crime or serious activity by delaying the reporting directly to the Galloway Township Police Department,” wrote Higbee.

“This initiative only complicates the reporting of a crime or serious activity by delaying the reporting directly to the Longport Police Department. Essentially, the Atlantic County Sheriff’s office with notify the Longport Police Department (third-party) of suspicious activity or, Sheriff Scheffler is launching a program where his department would be investigating these activities through the Mays Landing office there has been no direct communication with this department or any other department directly from the sheriffs office. This initiative only complicates the reporting of a crime or serious activity by delaying the reporting directly to the Longport Police department. Essentially, the Atlantic County sheriffs office will notify the Longport Police department third-party of suspicious activity or, sheriff Scheffler is launching a program where his department would be investigating these activities through the Mays Landing Office there has been no direct communication with this department or any other department directly from the sheriffs office,”
wrote Culmone.

In fact, in 2019 the Longport Police Department implemented its own program to promote public safety through a collaboration between the Longport Police Department and their community directly.

In other words, this program has already existed in Longport and elsewhere.

The Scheffler effort is at best redundant and appears political in nature, particular in light of the fact that multiple area Chiefs have confirmed that there was no collaboration Between Scheffler and the local communities.

“I want no confusion about public safety, who to report crime to, who will be investigating reports of crime here in Galloway Township and who will be coming to your aid should you call,” wrote Higbee.

The Higbee and Culmone letters are provided here in their entirety for your reference.

I have been advised that several other Chiefs have written similar letters about Scheffler’s political ploy.

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