Chief's Bio

Chief Edward Rose was sworn in as a Police Officer with the Ridgefield Park Police Department on March 27th, 1984.  He was a patrol officer until January 1989 when he was assigned as a Detective to the Juvenile Bureau.   In January 1998 he was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant and shortly after returned to the patrol division. Chief Rose was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in January 2000 and was assigned as the Patrol Supervisor.  In June 2007 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and served as the Department Commander.  On April 30th, 2010 he was appointed Acting Chief and on June 8th, 2010 was sworn in to the rank of Chief of Police.

Chief Rose received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from William Paterson University and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration & Supervision from Seton Hall University.  He is also a 2007 graduate of the West Point Command & Leadership Program.

Chief Rose is an active member of the Bergen County Chiefs of Police Association and serves on the Executive Board.  He is a member of the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  He is a member of PBA Local 86 and previously held the offices of Treasurer and Vice President.  He is a past member of the BC Juvenile Officers Association and served as the Treasurer, Vice-President and President.  Chief Rose is also a life member of the Ridgefield Park Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

In his tenure as Chief of Police, he completed a top to bottom review of the Department’s practices and led the Department through its first accreditation process.  The Ridgefield Park Police Department received its initial accreditation in February 2013 and is currently in the process of completing its re-accreditation. Chief Rose has revised the Department’s hiring process, hired almost half of the officers currently in the Department, revised the Department’s promotional process, restructured the Department’s Table of Organization and made various other infrastructure and technology improvements throughout the Department.  The Ridgefield Park Police Department continues to enjoy a good reputation among local, county and state law enforcement agencies and works hard to maintain a positive relationship within the community.

Edward Rose, 2010-present

Past Chiefs

Robert W. Lee, 2006-2010
Dieter Ahrlich, 1999-2006
Walter J. Grossmann, 1980-1999
Richard H. LaTour, 1972-1980
William J. Colbourne, 1970-1972
Elmer J. Thompson, 1959-1970
Joseph E. Gorman, 1944-1959
Philip O’Bach, 1944-1944
Robert J. Benson, 1939-1943
Frederick Larson, 1921-1936
John McElroy, 1916-1921