How to Identify Loyal Cops in a Bad Economy

These articles were published in December 1933. Publication name unknown.  This clearly was in the midst of the Great Depression – a time when communities worked together to succeed.

1933 12 - Cops Offer to Take Pay Cuts - no dateCops Offer To Take Pay Cuts

Ridgefield Council Notified of Their Voluntary Action

Ridgefield police last night at the council meeting, volunteered to take a 10 per cent cut in salary, effective immediately, and to continue until 1935, and further, recommended that the personnel of the department be limited to the present force, not filling the vacancy left by the recent death of Sergeant Charles Erickson.

The voluntary reduction forestalls a cut by protest and limits the time during which it shall continue.  Last year the police contributed five per cent, the only reduction so far effected [sic].

The salary of Patrolman Joseph Sucek was reduced $65 a year.  He has been drawing lieutenant’s pay since he was demoted in 1931.

Fire Chief Romano requested that alarm boxes be installed at the Shaler boulevard, Abbott avenue, and Norfolk street, at the intersection of Edgewater avenue.

The police commission recommendations brought forth a storm of dispute.  Councilmen Lange, Knobloch and Hildebrandt, opposing the measure.  Knobloch declaring that such action was not withing [sic] the province of the present administration, that it should be left to the incoming mayor, who will be held responsible for the 1934 budget.

Mayor Berger expressed surprise, saying: “You did not show that consideration for me last year.”  Knobloch replied, “We weren’t considered much, either.”

The second half of the county taxes, amounting to $30,588, was ordered paid.

The State Highway commission, in a communication, said that it is not responsible for installation of traffic control lights, and that the borough should apply to the State Motor Vehicle Department for a light at Bergen boulevard and Edgewater avenue.

1933 12 20 - Ten Percent of Pay Given Up

10 Per Cent Of Pay Given Up By Ridgefield Police

Cops Surrender Share of Salary to Assist Borough In Economy Move – Council Splits on Offer

As an economy move, the police department of Ridgefield donated 10 per cent of salaries for 1934 to the Borough at a meeting of the Mayor and Council last night.  The uniformed force also recommended that no patrolman be appointed to fill an existing vacancy on the squad and at the same time volunteered to do extra duty if the situation required such service.


Although both offers were accepted, their proposal in a letter from the police commission precipitated a lively controversy among the Councilmen and as a consequence it required the vote of Mayor Berger in both motions to decide the issues.

When the letter was read Councilman Formon recommended that the offers be accepted, but Councilman Knobloch opposed this move maintaining that it should be held over until Jan. 1 for action when a new Mayor will be sitting.  Knobloch succeeded in making his suggestion an amendment to Formon’s motion, and when it came on the floor for a vote Councilmen Lange, Knobloch and Hildebrand favored holding the recommendation over until Jan. 1, while Councilmen Gildner, Formon and Lohrey opposed it.  The deadlock was broken when Mayor Berger also opposed it.

Formon’s motion to accept the proposals was then presented and carried with the Mayor again casting the deciding vote.  Formon argued that if the police were willing to make this donation he saw no reason why the Council should not accept it.


Another motion which was also decided by the Mayor’s vote was one in which the police commission recommended the reduction of the salary of Patrolman Joseph Sucek.  He has been receiving the pay of a lieutenant since he was reduced from the rank several years ago.  As a lieutenant he was receiving $8 a day but as a first grade patrolman he will hereafter be paid $6.84 a day.

With the donation made last night this brings the voluntary reductions in pay made by the police to 15 per cent since Jan. 1 of this year.  At that time they also turned over to the Borough $1,000 which they raised on a dance held last winter.

The vacancy which now exists on the force was caused by the death of Sergeant Erickson.  Although the Mayor and Council received a recommendation from the police commission for the appointment of a sergeant several weeks ago, no action has as yet been taken on this recommendation.


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