I assume most of our readers read with dismay about Clif, a Vineland Police dog that was killed in action on October 10. Police dogs are more than animals, they are partners to the law enforcement officers that the work with. They are treated as law enforcement officers, and respected as such. Well, except, I understand, but CCDO co-chairman and also warden of the county jail Bob Balicki.
A friend from the inside informed me that Balicki has decided to play politics with his Corrections Officers. There is a memorial service being held today for Clif. It will be as somber as any service for any officer killed in the line of duty. Law enforcement from around the state will attend, all in full dress uniform. All, that is, except for the Cumberland county jail CO’s, who were forbidden to wear their dress uniforms to this service by Balicki.
Doug Long, co-Chair of the CCDO stepped down as counsel to the CCIA due to conflicts of interest. I seems that Balicki is the one that is conflicted. As a public employee at the county jail, he needs to stop playing political games. This move was petty, and embarrassing. And, it reeks of disrespect to all law enforcement officers in Cumberland County.