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RIDGEFIELD PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT

“COP CARD”

TRADING CARD PROGRAM

 

The Ridgefield Park Police Department is happy to announce the return of the police trading card program also known as “COP CARDS”, along with an accompanying contest. The Ridgefield Park Police Department first held the program in 2005. Due to many changes within the department since 2005, Chief Rose and the Community Policing Unit have decided to run this program so the residents and children of the Village get to know the police officers serving our community.

The department has a total of 39 different trading cards which include Ridgefield Park Police officers, civilian police personnel and two mystery cards. All department members are being issued 250 cards, which they will have with them while on duty. Each card has a photograph of the officer on the front along with a biography on the back. The primary goal of this program is to provide children a chance to get to meet the police officers within the community and to show that the officers are approachable and there to help them when needed.

Ridgefield Park children between the grades K-6 are invited to participate in our trading card contest. The goal of this contest is to collect one of every card. Each card will have a number, so participants will know which ones are needed to complete their collection. We understand that it may take some time to collect each card, particularly since our patrol officers work rotating shifts, may be off duty, or in training. It is important that children only approach officers when they are not actively involved in a police call including a motor vehicle stop, motor vehicle accident, interviewing witnesses, or directing traffic. Children are encouraged to wave down officers to obtain a trading card and are even welcome to stop into police headquarters located at 234 Main Street. Please use the Park Street entrance to Police headquarters.

The program will kick-off and cards will be available on Monday September 24th, 2018. Two cards will be released after the kick-off of the program. Announcements will be made on the Ridgefield Park Police Department’s Facebook Page with the times and dates for the release of these two cards. A check list card to assist with the collection of each card will be made available at police headquarters.

When all 39 cards are collected, the child may then stop at police headquarters to the communications desk with their completed card set. At that time the completed set will confirmed by an officer and it will be signed, dated and time stamped. The first child from each of the three elementary schools Grant, Roosevelt and Lincoln School will receive a prize. The winner from each school will be announced in school on December 21st, 2018.

The Ridgefield Park Police Department would like to thank The Ridgefield Park/Bogota Rotary Club and Vorkees-Ingwersen Funeral Home for their generous donations and continued support of Ridgefield Park Police Department programs in our community.

For further questions about the program, please contact Lt. Brian Hippe at 201-641-6400 Ext. 137

Operation Take Back NJ

 

operationtakebacknjThe 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.

 

SYRINGES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hours:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location:  Ridgefield Park Police Department Headquarters (Park Street Entrance)

Any questions regarding regarding the collection contact Lt. Brian Hippe at bhippe@rppd.org.

For more information about the Operation Take Back program visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov

RPPD Delivers Baby

Ridgefield Park Police Officers Complete Special Delivery: Lyon Judah

Please see article below from the DailyVoice

http://ridgefieldpark.dailyvoice.com/police-fire/ridgefield-park-police-officers-complete-special-delivery-lyon-judah/702653/

No-Shave November

2016-11-09-12_52_20-startThere was a noticeable change about members of the Ridgefield Park Police Department during the month of November 2016. As part of Chief Rose’s continuing efforts to foster community involvement, members of the Ridgefield Park Police Department participated in “No Shave November” to promote cancer awareness. Sworn and civilian members were eligible to participate in the event by making a monetary contribution toward cancer awareness and research. In doing so, neatly trimmed beards were allowed through the month. More than thirty members signed on for the event. Donations have come from department members and from those willing to grow facial hair, as well as other members by simply offering a donation.  This past year the Ridgefield Park Police Department participated in No Shave November as team “RidgefieldParkPD” and all proceeds from the event will be donated to honor Retired Chief Dieter Arhlich who lost his battle with cancer in 2016.

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No-Shave November

2016-11-09-12_52_20-startThis year the Ridgefield Park Police Department is participating in No Shave November as a team.. We hope you join the fight against preventable cancer! For more information or if you wish to donate, please visit our team page at:https://no-shave.org/team/RidgefieldParkPD

Promotions and New Hires

On July 12, 2016, at the regularly scheduled Commissioner’s meeting, the following promotions and swearing ins were announced:

  • Lt. Charles Gneiding was promoted to the rank of Captain
  • DSgt. Brian Hippe was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant
  • Det. William Morton was promoted to the rank of Sergeant

Effective this fall, Sgt. Michael Cmielewski is slated to be assigned as the Detective Sergeant in charge of the Detective Bureau and Patrolman Brian Lyons will be assigned to the Detective Bureau as well.

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RPPD gains Re-Accreditation

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On April 12, 2016, the Ridgefield Park Police Department was presented with its NJSACOP Re-Accreditation certificate at the Board of Commissioner’s meeting by program director Harry Delgado.

Accreditation is a progressive and time proven method of assisting law enforcement agencies to calculate and improve their overall performance. Initial Accreditation status is valid for a three year period after which time an independent, trained team of assessors arrives to conduct a two day on-site review as well as a comprehensive review of every standard to verify that the applicable standards continue to be implemented. This program assists the RPPD in maintaining standards that reflect professional best practices in law enforcement.

The Ridgefield Park Police Department is one of only approximately 20 agencies in Bergen County that are accredited agencies. Sergeant Arthur Jensen is the Department’s Accreditation Manager.

Chief Edward Rose stated, “I am extremely proud of all our personnel for their continued efforts in preparing for these on-site assessments which are now conducted every three years.” Chief Rose was particularly impressed with comments contained in the final report which included:

“It was immediately clear to the assessment team that the agency has embraced the Accreditation process and made the transition to the new program almost seamlessly. It was also clear to the Assessment team that the agency as a whole from the newest patrol officer through the command staff is very knowledgeable about their agency, their policies and their community. To sum up our impression of the agency, Accreditation has become a culture of the agency.”

Chief Rose and the Command Staff of the RPPD are committed to maintaining high professional standards and improving our relationships within the community while providing fair and impartial law enforcement services for everyone.

In Memoriam Sgt Steven Sulborsky

 

 In Memoriam

SGT STEVEN SULBORSKY
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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.

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)

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