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Essex County Sheriff announces re-election bid, gets approval for COPS grant

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting formally announced his candidacy for re-election June 3 at a press conference at the Government Center.

Cutting, who has been with the department for 37 years, ticked off a list of highlights accrued during his nearly four-year tenure as Sheriff, including fiscal responsibility, bringing in a half-million in federal grants, working with the Department of Defense in acquiring military equipment in times of public disaster — including a Humvee — and renting out available space in the county jail to agencies with excess numbers of inmates, bringing in almost $4.7 million in revenue in the process.

The incumbent also highlighted public safety features, including the Mobile Patrol smartphone app that gives users access to booking files and the ability to register for alerts when an inmate is released, as some of his crowning achievements accomplished during his tenure.

A second smartphone app, Offender Watch, is in the final stages of development, he said.

The app will give subscribers the ability to set alerts around geographic parameters. They will be pinged when registered sex offenders move in or out of the boundaries.

Cutting, who joins Essex County Treasurer Michael Diskin on the Republican Party ticket, has been endorsed by the county’s GOP committee and is currently circulating petitions. As of press time, he is running unopposed. Opponents have until July 11 to turn their signatures to the board of elections.

“I have maintained an open door policy to stay in contact with you and look forward to the opportunity to add four more years,” Cutting said.

COPS

Cutting’s re-election bid follows a pair of sessions with the board of supervisors in which he found himself on the hot seat over his request for lawmaker approval to apply for a federal COPS grant that would put resource officers back into Essex County schools for the first time in a over a decade.

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