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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)

PSE&G SCAM

PSE&G is alerting its customers not to be defrauded by a scam in which individuals misrepresenting themselves as PSE&G employees threaten to turn off electric and gas service if payment is not made to them that day.

The scam, which has been reported across the country, involves payments using Green Dot MoneyPaks and seems to be targeting Hispanic neighborhoods in PSE&G’s service territory. As noted on the MoneyPak packaging and on the company’s Web site (www.moneypak.com), to protect themselves from fraud, consumers should treat the MoneyPak like cash and only use the MoneyPak number with businesses on their approved partner list.

How the Scam works:

  • A Spanish- or English-speaking individual pretending to be a PSE&G employee calls customers saying their service would be disconnected if they do not make a payment using a prepaid debit card. In some cases, the call is prerecorded.
  • Customers are told to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak at a pharmacy or convenience store, use cash to put money onto the card, and then provide the number on the card to the person who called them.
  • Customers are advised that if they do not immediately call back and provide the MoneyPak information, their service will be turned off that day.
  • Typically, after the customer provides that MoneyPak number, the scammer transfers the funds to a prepaid card, and cashes it in at an ATM.

How to Prevent the Scam:

  • Know the direct telephone number and address of your local PSE&G Customer Service Center.
  • Know that when PSE&G makes an outbound telephone call to customers, customer-specific information is shared with the customer. That information includes account name, address, number and current balance.
  • If customers do not receive this correct information, they likely are not speaking with a bonafide PSE&G representative.

What to do if you receive such a call:

  • Try to verify the validity of the number the scammer is calling from and record the number of the scammer.
  • Try to verify the authenticity of the caller of the scam.
  • Disconnect the call immediately after attempting to verify this information.
  • Immediately check your recent PSE&G bill and find out when it was last paid.
  • If you cannot determine when your last PSE&G bill was paid, contact PSE&G directly at 1.800.436.7734 or visit a local PSE&G Customer Service Center. Service Centers are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM with locations listed on customer bills and on-line at: http://www/pseg.com/centers.
  • Subsequent to this, notify us at 201-41-6400

Lottery Fraud: If You Have To Pay, You Didn’t Win

 The following post is from the US Justice Department Consumer Protection Branch of the Civil Division.

The pitch is simple.  You receive a call from a foreign lottery announcing that you have won money, a car and other prizes.  The caller tells you that you entered a contest: a form you submitted in the mail, or on the Internet, or while shopping.  You have won, but you must pay taxes, insurance and other up-front fees in order to get your prize into the United States.  Despite several payments totaling thousands of dollars, you never receive the prizes promised to you.

According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Americans have lost $42 million to fraudulent foreign lotteries and sweepstakes.  The majority of victims are elderly.  In addition to losing their life savings, victims are duped into giving fraudsters their Social Security numbers and financial accounts.  Fraudsters convince victims to send money quickly, and they warn victims not to discuss their winnings with family, friends or professional advisors.

The Department of Justice Consumer Protection Branch is working with its investigative partners to prosecute lottery fraudsters.  This effort has identified common signs of lottery fraud that you can use to protect yourself and loved ones.

  • You should not have to pay fees or taxes in advance to receive lottery or sweepstakes winnings.  Beware of checks or wire transfers sent to you by the lottery.  The fraudsters will tell you to cash these payments and forward the money, but after you have sent this money, the payment you originally received will bounce.
  • Lottery fraudsters use technology to mask their telephone number.  Your caller-ID may identify a call as coming from the United States that is actually coming from a foreign country.
  • Lottery fraudsters impersonate officials from federal agencies in order to convince victims that the scam is legitimate.  The United States government does not participate in the distribution of prize money from lotteries and sweepstakes. 
  • You should never give your Social Security number, bank account number or any other personal identifying information to these callers.  Fraudsters promise to use this information to pay the “fees” for your prize, or they offer to pay off your debts.  In reality, they use this information to steal your identity and your money.
  • Lottery fraudsters are particularly successful with victims who live alone or suffer cognitive impairment.  Fraudsters befriend victims to create trust and to convince victims to hide the payments from family members.    

Additional information on this scam is provided by the U.S. Postal Inspection service at www.deliveringtrust.com, and by the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/phonefraud/sweepstakes.shtml.

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