“The president of the Irvington Police Benevolent Association, Detective Jerry Ramos, said that after a period of adjustment, rank-and-file officers – who can be reluctant to change, he said – have adapted to Santiago’s demands for results.
“They’re working hard,” Ramos said, “and you can’t argue with the results.”
Mayor Wayne Smith said Santiago’s meshing of technology with manpower has brought a more focused crime-fighting force to the township.
“His strategies seem to be taking root,” Smith said. “We definitely saw a reduction in crime in every category so we’re significantly proud of that.””
IRVINGTON — Joseph Santiago took the reins of the Police Department in October 2008, a month before a state report would characterize the department as a “dysfunctional environment with little accountability.” The verdict came as little surprise to Santiago, the…