Murphy wants state police patrols at Cedar Knolls, Pleasantville Cottage

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State Sen. Terrence Murphy is calling on state police to patrol the campuses of Cedar Knolls and the Pleasantville Cottage schools following recent violence.

Police say four students at Pleasantville Cottage were arrested Wednesday for robbery and criminal mischief.

Earlier in the week, authorities say a 17-year-old runaway from Cedar Knolls broke into a Thornwood home and confronted the homeowner with a box cutter.

Murphy has been working for years with officials at both facilities trying to make it safe for students and the community at large, but on Wednesday he said “enough was enough.”

He's calling for closed campuses at both schools and has recently introduced legislation for a third party to take over management of Cedar Knolls. Murphy also says he'd like to see state police get involved as soon as possible.

“I would like to see the state police get involved in this because it’s an overburden for the Mount Pleasant Police Department. It’s now time to bring in the big boys,” he says.

Local officers say they would welcome the help and homeowners say they wouldn't mind, either.

Officials from Cedar Knolls say they are in the process of hiring an independent security firm to audit their systems. They say they are also launching a hotline so the community can reach them directly about their concerns. Officials at the Cottage school say they are working closely with Sen. Murphy to address the problems.

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