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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.



Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017

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

For more information about the Operation Take Back program visit

RPPD Delivers Baby

Ridgefield Park Police Officers Complete Special Delivery: Lyon Judah

Please see article below from the DailyVoice

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.


Click Here for a Copy of the submitted check

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:

Police Officer Entrance Exam

Career Opportunities

The Ridgefield Park Police Department will be holding an entrance examination for the position of Police Officer on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 6:00pm.  Pre-registration is required, at which time a non-refundable fee of $100.00 in the form of money order only must be submitted along with an application.

Click here for a copy of the application.
All applications must be turned in, (in person) to the Police Department

The list of necessary qualifications are posted below.  The list of qualifications will also be provided to all applicants at the time an application is requested.

Qualified applicants may pick up an application at Ridgefield Park Police Headquarters, 234 Main Street Ridgefield Park, NJ.  Applications will be available beginning at 8:00 am on Monday, October 24, 2016.  Applications must be returned with the $100.00 testing fee (money order only, made payable to “Village of Ridgefield Park) no later than Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm (noon).  Upon returning a completed application, qualified applicants will be pre-registered, and will be provided with a study guide and location of the written examination.

The Ridgefield Park Police Department will utilize the same exercises and standards on the physical fitness phase of its entrance exam as the NJ Police Training Commission for pre-admission tests.

To learn about the minimum physical requirements and to see a demonstration of the exercises, Click Here

Qualifications for the position of Police Officer

  • As per NJSA 40A:14-122, candidates must meet the following requirements to be considered for appointment as a sworn police officer with the Department:
    1. Be a citizen of the United States
    2. Be sound in body and of good health sufficient to satisfy the board of trustees of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System of New Jersey as to his/her eligibility for membership in the retirement system;
    3. Be able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently; and
    4. Be of good moral character, and has not been convicted of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude.
  • Candidates shall be between 18 and 35 years of age at the time of appointment. Candidates with prior police service are permitted to deduct their years of prior service from their current age to meet the maximum age requirement.
  • As per 40A:14-122.8, candidates shall reside in New Jersey at the time of their appointment, and thereafter.
  • Additionally, candidates shall:
    1. Have completed or be able to complete a basic police training course at a school approved and authorized by the NJ Police Training Commission.
    2. Possess a valid New Jersey Driver’s License at the time of appointment and thereafter.
    3. Not be prohibited from purchasing, owning, possessing or controlling a firearm as per 2C:39-7 or prohibited from obtaining a firearms ID card or Permit to Purchase a Handgun as per 2C:58-3. and
    4. Possess a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in any field, or be a declared criminal justice major with 60 or more credits toward a bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree. Education must have been obtained at a recognized college or university.
  • Candidates are subject to a comprehensive background investigation, as well as medical and psychological examinations and drug testing by urinalysis.
  • A negative result for the drug test by urinalysis is a condition of employment.  A positive result for the drug test by urinalysis will result in the candidate being dropped from consideration, cause the applicant’s name to be reported to the central drug registry maintained by the Division of State Police and preclude the applicant from consideration for future law enforcement employment for a period of two (2) years.  Candidates employed by another law enforcement agency who produce a positive drug test will have the results reported to their employer and are subject to termination and will be permanently barred from future law enforcement employment in New Jersey.

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
  • Ptl. Daniel Ventrice was sworn in as a probationary Patrolman
  • Ptl. Christopher Halley was sworn in as a probationary Patrolman

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. We also welcome Dispatcher Nicholas McCoy and Parking Enforcement Officer Joseph Convery to our department.


RPPD gains Re-Accreditation


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



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



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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