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July 4th Parking Regulations

Attention RP Residents
Parking Restrictions For
Saturday, July 4th, 2020

The Village of Ridgefield Park will celebrate its
Annual Fourth of July

The following streets in the village will be posted
on that day for the Parade 

No Parking will be permitted from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

(Or until the Main Parade is completed)

Between Main Street and Euclid Avenue

Between Cedar Street and Brewster Avenue

Between Brinkerhoff Street and Union Place

Between Teaneck Road and Euclid Avenue

Between Teaneck Road and Euclid Avenue

Approximately 100 feet east and west of Hudson Avenue

Between Preston Street and Hobart Street

Between Hudson Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue

Between Preston Street and Union Place

Between Roosevelt Avenue and Main Street

Between Bergen Avenue and Main Street &
Between Main Street and Lincoln Ave west of headquarters

(Park Street will be a two way street from Bergen Avenue to the IGA parking lot)

 Please inform your guests to park elsewhere, where parking is permitted.

Again this year, your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

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Covid-19 Updates and Information

The Ridgefield Park Police Department is sympathetic to the fact that residents have a heightened sense of concern during this COVID-19 outbreak.

Our Department is requesting you to please note the temporary changes we have implemented due to this current outbreak:

Our Records window on the ground floor is closed until further notice.  The Records Clerks are working Mon-Fri 8AM–4PM and can be reached at 201-641-4950, select option 9 or by email at

The ground floor lobby of the Police Department is currently locked.  If you need to respond to headquarters for situations that cannot be handled by telephone, you will be able to enter the first door in the lobby and see the second door is locked.  There are instructions posted to communicate with the Dispatcher via an intercom on the wall to your right.  You can follow the Dispatchers instructions at that point.

If you call 911 or 201-641-6400, you may be required to answer a standard series of questions to determine any potential level of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.  The truthful answer to these questions is paramount to the safety of our responding officers as well as our community.

We will do our best to update you with any other pertinent information in a timely fashion.  Stay safe, healthy, and remain calm during this unsettled time.  Follow all the orders put in place by the Village, Bergen County & the State of New Jersey.

Chief Edward Rose

Ridgefield Park Police Department


Click here for Guidance from NJ Department of Health and the NJ Communicable Disease Service regarding close or casual contact with a confirmed case or suspected case of COVID-19



Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, Tips, and additional Info

As concerns of the COVID-19 Virus grows the Ridgefield Park Police Department would like to remind residents of simple ways to help reduce their chances of contracting the virus.

  • Residents should maintain a social distance of a minimum of 6ft
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth with your arm when coughing and/or sneezing
  • Wipe down surfaces that are frequently used.

As per Executive order #107, Governor Murphy has ordered that all NJ residents shall remain home unless they:

  • Are obtaining good or services
  • Are obtaining food
  • Seeking medical attention
  • Using essential services
  • Seeking assistance from law enforcement
  • Visiting close family members or people who they share a close personal relationship with

All parking enforcement throughout the Village has been suspended until further notice such as:

  • Alternate side enforcement
  • Permit Parking
  • Meter Enforcement

We ask that you keep an eye on our seniors and neighbors that may need assistance.  If you know of any resident or senior that needs assistance please contact the the police department at 201-641-6400

We also understand that this is a frustrating time for residents, businesses, and the community as a whole.  Together as a community, we will get past this difficult time if we all work together.  We are here for our residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We thank you for your cooperation and please be safe, be smart, and stay healthy

Job Opening: Civilian Dispatcher

The Ridgefield Park Police Department has a position available for Dispatcher.

All applicants must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States
  2. Be able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently; and
  3. Be of good moral character, and has not been convicted of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude.
  4. Be at least 18 Years of age
  5. Proficient in the use of computers and the ability to multitask

Anyone who is interested should complete an application and drop it off at the police desk.  The application can be found here 

Junior Police Academy

The Ridgefield Park and Little Ferry Police Departments are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 15th Annual Youth Academy Program.  The week long program will be held from Monday, June 24, 2019 through Friday, June 28, 2019.

The program’s objective is to give local youths an overview of law enforcement through an enjoyable, educational and disciplined format.   There will be guests from specialized units of federal, state and county law enforcement agencies who will provide demonstrations of their expertise.  Local fire, EMS and rescue squads have been invited to attend.  A one day field trip is also being planned.

The program will alternate each day between Ridgefield Park and Little Ferry.  Transportation to a predetermined, local meeting point will be the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.  Transportation to and from the neighboring town (when applicable) will then be provided by bus.  The daily schedule will run from approximately 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, and the week will culminate with a short graduation ceremony on the evening of Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Memorial School located at 130 Liberty Street, Little Ferry, New Jersey.

There will be a $40.00 cost per child to help defray the expense of uniforms and the field trip.  Children should be prepared to bring a bag lunch each day.  Water will be provided.

The program will be open to boys and girls who will complete 6th, 7th and 8th grade in June 2019Twenty five “junior recruits” will be chosen from each town. Parents should be aware that some physical exertion will be required to participate and paramilitary discipline will be practiced.

Application, permission slip, and fee (check written to “RP/LF Jr. Police Academy”) should be returned to your respective police department no later than May 31, 2019.  A mandatory information night will be held in each town for parents whose children are selected to participate.  Failure to attend will result in your child’s application being rejected.

You can Download a copy of the application HERE

For questions or more information, contact the following officers:

Little Ferry:
Sgt. Michael Derwin

Ofc. Michael Hinchcliffe

Ridgefield Park:
DSG. Michael Cmielewski

Det. Robert DiStasi

On-Site Accreditation 04/12/2019


The Ridgefield Park Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of its program to achieve accreditation by verifying that it meets recognized professional best practices.

Administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with best practice standards in five basic areas: the administrative function, the personnel function, the operations function, the investigative function, and the arrestee/detainee function.

Agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 201-708-8120 on Friday, April 12, 2019 between the hours of 09:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M.  Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team.  Email comments can be sent to the police department at

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards.  A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Ridgefield Park Police Department, 234 Main Street, Ridgefield Park, N.J.  Please contact Sgt. Arthur Jensen at 201-641-6400 for more information.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Ridgefield Park Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them by email to Harry J Delgado, Ed.S Accreditation Program Director,, or write to the New Jersey State Association of Chief’s of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.

New Firearms Application Process

The Detective Bureau handles all the applications for Firearms Identification Cards and Permits to Purchase Handguns.  Please follow the directions below to apply for a Firearms ID Card or a Pistol Purchase Permit.  A PDF version of the document can also be found HERE.

If you need any assistance you may contact a detective at or by calling the detective bureau.

FARS Application Procedures

  • The firearms application process is now electronic. Please follow the below instructions for the Firearms Reporting System.
  • This entire process is applicant driven.  Please be sure that all the information that you enter into the application is correct. Specifically phone numbers, email addresses, and ORI (NJ0025000).
  • You will receive automated emails from the FARS system throughout the process.
  • When deciding on how many permits that you would like please take the following into consideration:
    • One permit is needed for each handgun you wish to purchase ($2 each).
    • You can only purchase 1 handgun every 30 days.
    • Permits are only good for 90 days (90 day extensions can be granted under certain circumstances)
    • After the process is over and you need an additional permit, you MUST complete the entire process again.  Applications can not be modified to add additional permits.


  • Step 1: Go to the website if the link does not work please copy and paste it into a new browser window.
  • Step 2: Click on the orange button that says “Online S.T.S 033 Form”.
  • Step 3: Enter the ORI for the Ridgefield Park Police Department NJ0025000 then click “Continue” and complete the entire application process.
    • Please advise the references that you list in the FARS system.  The FARS system will automatically email them to complete the questionnaire.  These questions are completed online, so your reference can answer them from any device with an Internet connection.
    • Please print a copy of all documents for your records.
  • Step 4: Proof of employment needs to be submitted to the Detective Bureau.  You may submit a letter on company letterhead from your employer, or a paystub (only salary information may be redacted).  Your submission can be made by the following methods.
    • Hand deliver (please enclose in a sealed envelope with your name and “firearms” on the envelope and deliver to the police desk)
    • E-mail by scanning or taking a picture of the paystub and sending to
  • Step 5: Once your application and the background investigation have been completed you will receive a phone call from a detective and they will schedule a time for you to respond to headquarters to pick up your FID Card and/or Pistol Purchase Permit(s).
    • Payment will need to be submitted at this time.  Each Pistol Purchase Permit is $2 and the FID Card is $5 (if applicable).  Money orders are the only accepted form of payment.  One money order can be used for the entire amount.

RPPD Cop Cards





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.



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

For more information about the Operation Take Back program visit

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