RPPD Achieves Accreditation

Untitled-2On Thursday, February 14th, 2013, the Ridgefield Park Police Department became an accredited law enforcement agency. Chief Edward Rose appeared at a public hearing before the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission along with other members of his staff. At the conclusion of the hearing, the commission voted to grant accreditation status to the Ridgefield Park Police Department.

The Ridgefield Park Police Department is now an accredited law enforcement agency and becomes part of an elite group of only 11 of 68 law enforcement agencies in Bergen County to receive Accreditation status. In the state of New Jersey, there are over 550 law enforcement agencies and only about 93 of those agencies are currently accredited.

After many years of discussions, the Ridgefield Park Police Department officially embarked on the accreditation process in June 2010 when Chief Rose was sworn in as Chief of Police. Captain Dan Hippe was named the Accreditation Manager and Sgt. Art Jensen was named the Assistant Accreditation Manager. These two officers were instrumental in keeping our agency on track to compete this project.

Chief Rose said the department conducted an in depth review of every aspect of the agency’s organization, management, operations and administration and after these internal reviews decided to begin the accreditation process by implementing a new, computerized, written directive system. “Numerous towns hired an outside agency to assist with policy development but we felt that it was best for our agency to write all our policies from the “bottom up” ourselves. This was a long, arduous 2 ½ year task, but we felt the end result was the best option for our department”.

The Department funded the Accreditation project by utilizing approximately $46,800.00 of the agencies forfeited funds managed by the BC Prosecutor’s Office. By using these funds, there was NO cost to the Ridgefield Park taxpayers. These funds allowed the Ridgefield Park Police Department to: purchase and implement a computerized written directive system, the building of a new Evidence room and Seabox container, a new state of the art computerized evidence program, and all the fees incurred to enter the accreditation process.

The accreditation process validates that the Ridgefield Park Police Department is following the best practices in law enforcement. Some other benefits of the program include:

  • Greater accountability within the agency
  • Reduced risk and liability exposure
  • Stronger defense against civil lawsuits
  • Savings on Insurance Premiums

Chief Rose stated that he is extremely proud of the men and women in the Ridgefield Park Police Department who bought into this process from its inception. All personnel had a stake in this process and due to their professionalism we were able to take the accreditation process from an idea to a reality. The Department has chosen this new path and now must prepare for re-accreditation every three years.

Chief’s Message Spring 2013

Spring has arrived, although it has been hard to tell with the colder temperatures the past few weeks!

This is the time we see a visible increase in the pedestrian and vehicle traffic. It is also the time that many children and adults are riding their bikes and skateboards, are walking from place to place and are playing in the streets and the parks.

The Police Department will be increasing our enforcement efforts in three areas this year. The first area is pedestrian crosswalk safety. The law states that all drivers shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a roadway in a marked crosswalk. Drivers shall also yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway at an intersection with an unmarked crosswalk. The fine for a first offense is $200.00.

The second is driving while talking or texting on a cell phone. Statistics are showing that the likelihood of being involved in an accident as a result of talking or texting on a cell phone while driving increases significantly. The government says that 3,092 people died last year in “distraction-affected” crashes, a newly refined measurement meant to tally the effect of texting, phoning or simply answering a call while driving. The fine for a first offense is $100.00.

Finally, we are attempting to educate the public as to the speed limits throughout the village. The speed limit on Railroad Avenue is 40 MPH. The speed limit on North Avenue and Challenger Road is 35 MPH and the speed limit on Route 46 through the residential portion of town is 40 MPH. The speed limit on all other Village streets is 25 MPH. We have started a project to put speed trailers throughout the Village in different locations to increase motorist’s awareness of their actual speeds while driving. Fines for speeding vary depending on the speed limit and speed of the driver.

We are committed to having our town remain a safe place for all residents and those who visit and travel through Ridgefield Park!

If You See Something, Say Something

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If you see something suspicious taking place then report that behavior or activity to the Ridgefield Park Police Department or in the case of emergency call 9-1-1. Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. For that reason, the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity. Only reports that document behavior reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with federal partners.

 

Reporting tips or information about suspicious activity or behavior, can also be reported to the NJ Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness in one of the following methods:

Call 2-1-1 or our 24-hour, toll-free tip line:
866-4-SAFE-NJ (866-472-3365)

Operation Take Back: Saturday, April 27

The Ridgefield Park Police Department Community Policing Unit will be participating in the bi-annual Operation Take Back Program sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. This program enables the public to get rid of unused, unwanted and expired medications properly. The old method of flushing the pills down the toilet has been found to be harmful to the environment and drinking water. The pills are also being abused by adolescents. Last year Ridgefield Park Police collected over 25 pounds of pills for disposal.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Hours:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location:  Ridgefield Park Police Department Headquarters (Park Street Entrance)

Any questions regarding regarding the collection contact Lt Scott Ehalt at sehalt@rppd.org

For more information about the Operation Take Back program visit www.operationtakebacknj.com