Wildwood Mayor: This is Unfortunate for Everyone Involved

Reminds People that Wildwood is Always a Family Community

The Dom Giordano Program
May 29, 2018 - 2:16 pm

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Mayor of Wildwood, New Jersey, Ernie Troiano, joined the Dom Giordano Program on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT to discuss the controversial video tape of Wildwood police officers attempting to arrest a woman Saturday for underage drinking, and hitting her on the back of the head. 

“It’s unfortunate for everyone involved. It’s unfortunate someone would come down here and have to experience that. It’s unfortunate the police officers were put in that position. It’s unfortunate that this publicity comes out, this is one incident.  I mean, did we make a lot of arrests on the beach over weekend? Absolutely not. Did we issue a lot of tickets for underage drinking? Yes we did.”

Troiano explained to Giordano that he doesn’t want people to think that Wildwood is a place where anything goes and that it is really a family community.

“We try to portray, and we do, that we are a family community. That is involved in all types of activities. I mean look, we’re not prudes about anything, we understand people want to come down and have a good time and enjoy themselves and we want them to have a good time. It’s just that [there are areas] that people have to understand that there are laws that said you have to be 21 to drink and to brazenly have open containers on the beach and you know taking videos of it and throwing it in people’s faces, here I am in Wildwood where some people think the law is the lawless and they can just do what they want to do and that’s not what we want to portray.”

Troiano also addressed to Giordano that the training for Wildwood police is a rigorous, military boot camp like training, and we might not know all the training that would have caused the officer to hit the woman in the head.

“When I was a kid growing up [and] you wanted to be a summer cop, you walked in they gave you a uniform, they gave you a baton and they gave you a gun and they said ‘go out and patrol these street.’ That’s not the case anymore. These kids are extremely well trained by very, very competent trainers. You know the striking of the back of the head, I don’t know. There are tactics that they have out there that I’m not aware of that you know I’ll see something like a police officer talking extremely loud and aggressive and you sitting there going ‘whoa, you don’t really need to do that.’ But in they’re training its to take a position of command. And there are a lot of things that you and I don’t know, that the public doesn’t know that they’re taught. I got to tell you, I’m not saying what he did was right or wrong because I don’t really know but I do know that are police officers are well trained and our police department is one of the best.”

UPDATE: After the release of the body camera footage was released to the public, the Mayor joined Giordano on Thursday to explain that the entire situation is a learning expierence for everyone in the Wildwood police department, including the Chief of Police, Robert Regalbuto.

"I was talking with the police chief [Wednesday] and his position is that the officers are coming in [Thursday] for more conversations. He immediaitley said that they are going to review and look at all policies that are in place. This is a learning expierence for everyone here, so [Rogalbuto] he's going to take it as a learning expierence and make it work.

 

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