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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.

RPPD seeks Re-Accreditation

VILLAGE OF RIDGEFIELD PARK

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

accredsmThe Ridgefield Park Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of the process to maintain accreditation status 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 standards that represent the best practices in Law Enforcement. The accreditation process is rigorous and includes a close examination of the agency’s written directive system, administration, operations, facility and support services. 

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments to the accreditation assessors assigned to the on-site assessment by calling 201-229-1035 on Monday, February 22, 2016 between 09:00am-11:00am.  Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the accreditation standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Ridgefield Park Police Department, 234 Main Street, Ridgefield Park, N.J. 07660. Please contact Sgt. Arthur Jensen at 201-641-6400 for more information.

Winter Message 2015-2016

Happy Holidays! 

All of us at the Ridgefield Park Police Department wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

I am sure you are all aware of the recent terror attacks in France and threats elsewhere in the world. I want to remind you to remain vigilant during this holiday season, to pay extra attention to your surroundings, and to report any suspicious packages or activity immediately.

The winter season is upon us and I want to provide some reminders to follow during this holiday season and for any upcoming snow storms:

Please follow the No Parking When Roads are Snow Covered signs whenever there is an impending snow storm.  These storms are generally forecasted far enough in advance to give everyone the proper time to remove their vehicles from the No Parking side of the streets.

Do not rely on listening for public announcements via the patrol vehicles on patrol.  The announcement for removing vehicles will be disseminated via the reverse 911 system, Nixle, and the Ridgefield Park Police Department’s website.  Remember, all vehicles remaining on the snow side are subject to ticketing and towing.

All residents and businesses are reminded to remove snow and ice from their sidewalks and storefronts.  The village ordinance requires snow removal at the end of each storm.  If you will be away for any period of time and would be unable to take care of the removal yourself, please make arrangements with someone in advance to have the snow removed before you leave.

Again, best wishes for a safe, healthy and prosperous new year!

Job Offering: Police Utility Officer (Civilian)

Employment Opportunity

The Ridgefield Park Police Department is currently accepting applications for the full-time position of Police Utility Officer.  A current resume must accompany all applications.  Applications with resume must be delivered to the police desk and will be accepted until Friday December 18, 2015 at 12:00 Noon.  Click here for the application.  Applications may also be picked up at the police desk, located at 234 Main Street Ridgefield Park, NJ.

The minimum qualifications for the position of Police Utility Officer are as follows:

  • Is a US Citizen.
  • Is a resident of the State of New Jersey.
  • Is able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently.
  • Is of sound and good health.
  • Is of good moral character.
  • Has not been convicted of any offense involving dishonesty or which would make the person unfit to perform the duties of this office.

POLICE UTILITY OFFICER

Under direction performs varied tasks involved in painting traffic and crosswalk lines and/or assists in the assembly, installation, removal and maintenance of traffic, control devices, automatic traffic recording (ATR) devices, signs and other traffic related equipment; also performs other related duties as directed.

NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

  • Mixes paints for traffic lines and paints traffic lines.
  • Performs varied line painting tasks using a commercial paint machine for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
  • Operates crosswalk type line marking machine, power spray guns, mobile line painters, and other motorized line painting equipment.
  • Operates van, ladder, and drilling equipment.
  • Erects and repairs damaged traffic poles and signs.
  • Operates component equipment on a line-striping motor vehicle.
  • Paints sign poles and traffic warning and regulatory signs.
  • Paint interior walls of the Police Department.
  • Mixes concrete and grouts for traffic pole bases.
  • Interprets plans and sketches.
  • May assist in cutting, threading, assembly, and laying of electrical conduit/fittings, and in making and maintaining of wood and metal forms.
  • Obtains and inputs information into traffic database.
  • May assist in compiling traffic reports.
  • Reviews and sorts downloaded traffic information.
  • Sets up barricades, flags, signs, redirects motorists, moves cones, etc., to ensure work zone safety.
  • Participates in work zone safety activities.
  • May conduct pedestrian counts at specific locations for statistical purposes.
  • Performs sign installations and inventory surveys.
  • Maintains records and files.
  • Utilizes safety equipment and follows safety procedures while controlling traffic flow to ensure protection of personnel, equipment, and the general public during maintenance operations.
  • Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
  • Supervise the crossing guards and perform crossing guard duties when assigned.
  • Maintain the department’s vehicles and related equipment.
  • Work on a ladder.
  • Lift heavy objects.
  • Collect coins from the parking meters and transport them to the bank.
  • Maintain the parking meters.
  • Driving a van with a trailer attached.
  • Change light bulbs.
  • Maintain the Police Department offices, work area and storage areas.
  • Ability to use various power tools.
  • Supervise summer employees.
  • Must possess basic carpentry skills.
  • Maintain an inventory of all paint and other supplies and order as necessary.

REQUIREMENTS:

Must be a US citizen and be able to work full time Monday thru Friday. Must also be available to work at night, on weekends and holidays for special events and be on call for emergencies. Prior to receiving an offer of employment an applicant must submit to a comprehensive background check that includes being fingerprinted. Applicants must also pass a medical physical and a drug test by urinalysis as a condition of employment.

LICENSE:

Appointees will be required to possess a driver’s license valid in New Jersey to perform essential duties of the position.

Appointees may be required to possess a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and applicable endorsements for the class and type of vehicle being operated.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to learn to use the materials and equipment for the assembly, installation, and maintenance of traffic control devices, signs, and/or in street painting.
  • Ability to learn to operate traffic counting devices and equipment.
  • Ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral and written direction.
  • Ability to learn safety measures.
  • Ability to keep notes and records.
  • Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
  • Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English proficiently to perform duties of this position.
    Police Utility Officer

PARKING PAY STATIONS

Recently, new Pay Stations were installed in the Park Street and Cedar Street Municipal Parking Lots. They were placed into service on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7:00 am. Citizens parking in the Municipal Parking Lots will be able to use cash or credit cards at the Pay Stations to pay for parking. Upon paying for parking at the Pat Station, you will receive a ticket which must be displayed on the driver’s side dashboard of your vehicle. In the Park Street Lot citizens only need to pay for parking if their vehicle is parked in a parking spot with green lines and a green pole in front of the parking spot.

Please contact Sgt Locarno if further information is needed.

Job Opportunity: Parking Enforcement Officer

The Ridgefield Park Police Department is currently accepting applications for the part-time position of Parking Enforcement Officer. A current resume must accompany all applications. Applications with resume must be delivered to the police desk and will be accepted until Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:00 Noon. Click here to download a copy of the application. Applications may also be picked up at the police desk, located at 234 Main Street Ridgefield Park, NJ.

The minimum qualifications for the position of Parking Enforcement Officer are as follows:
• Is a resident of the State of New Jersey during the term of appointment.
• Is able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently.
• Is of sound and good health.
• Is of good moral character.
• Has not been convicted of any offense involving dishonesty or which would make the person unfit to perform the duties of this office.


Job Specifications

  PARKING ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

DEFINITION
Under direction, patrols designated areas and issues summonses for motor vehicles to enforce state or municipal statutes, resolutions, and ordinances for regulations related to the parking of motor vehicles within the municipality, performs work involved in collecting, counting, recording, and depositing monies from parking meters; does related work as required.

NOTE: The definition and examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only.  A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

  • Issues summonses electronically or in hand written form for motor vehicles that are parked unlawfully or parked overtime at a meter in an assigned area.
  • Checks the condition of parking meters and informs those responsible for the repair of meters or any malfunctions.
  • Makes checkmark on tires of vehicles parked in metered time restricted areas, records time, and returns at specified intervals to issue summonses to vehicles remaining in the area in violation of time limitations.
  • Gives testimony in court pertaining to summonses issued.
  • Prepares reports of work activities.
  • May operate a motor vehicle in connection with this work.
  • May follow or precede motorized street sweeper to issue summons to motor vehicles illegally blocking passage of the sweeper.
  • May arrange for the towing away of any vehicle parked, stored, or abandoned in the municipality in violation of a statute, resolution, ordinance, or regulation from the scene of the violation.
  • Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and computerized information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
  • Counts and records all monies collected from parking meters.
  • Reseals coin parking meter boxes for next collection.
  • Totals parking meter collection receipts, balances same, and makes bank deposits.
  • Maintains records and files.

 REQUIREMENTS

LICENSE:

  • Appointees will be required to possess a driver’s license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of problems involved in parking violations or the procedures used in dealing with such problems.
  • Knowledge of recordkeeping and of making reports of conditions noted and actions taken.
  • Ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Ability to analyze routine problems, organize assigned work, and develop effective work methods.
  • Ability to learn quickly from oral and written explanations and from demonstrations.
  • Ability to note significant conditions and take proper action in accord with the prescribed procedures.
  • Ability to report significant conditions noted and actions taken and to keep relevant records.
  • Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
  • Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
  • Knowledge of procedures/methods involved in keeping accurate records of cash receipts after a period of training.
  • Ability to organize assigned work.
  • Ability to keep accurate records of monies collected from parking meters.
  • Ability to make necessary mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to keep records and files.
  • Ability to perform Crossing Guard duties.
  • Ability to stand or walk for extended period of time, which may include walking on inclines and declines.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather and temperatures.
  • Ability to follow proper radio communication procedures.
  • Ability to properly lift buckets containing large quantities of coins.

 

Click here for a copy of the Employment Application
Click here for a copy of the Job Specifications

SNOW PARKING STILL IN EFFECT

The Snow Parking Regulations are in effect until further notice.  Please check back here for further updates.

WINTER STORM JUNO!

Winter Storm Juno!
(01/26/2015)

  • The Snow Ordinance will be strictly enforced.  All vehicles that are parked in violation of the Snow Ordinance will be ticketed and towed!  Please move your vehicles now!
  • Shoveling or blowing snow into the street is a violation of a Village Ordinance.  The DPW will be attempting to clear the streets and shoveling or blowing the snow into the street will just require more work of the DPW to clear the streets.  It is also a hazard to vehicular traffic.
  • A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities will lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded stay with your vehicle.
  • All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destinations before the heavy snow begins and to allow snow removal equipment to begin to clear roads.  It is suggested that all residents remain inside their homes unless necessary.
  • If there is a power outage please contact PSE&G at 1-800-436-7734
  • Click here for information about the PSE&G Outages
  • Please do not call the police department to inquire when power is going to return (if there is an outage).  The police department is not notified by PSE&G regarding power restoration.
Blizzard Warning
Statement as of 3:29 AM EST on January 26, 2015

…Blizzard Warning remains in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to midnight EST Tuesday night…

  • Hazard types…heavy snow and blowing snow…with blizzard conditions.
  • Accumulations…snow accumulation of 18 to 24 inches…with locally higher amounts possible. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour expected late tonight into Tuesday morning.
  • Winds…north 20 to 30 mph with gusts 45 to 55 mph….strongest across eastern Long Island. Visibilities…one quarter mile or less at times.
  • Temperatures…in the lower 20s.
  • Timing…light snow will begin this morning…with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible by sunset. Snow will pick up in intensity Monday evening…with the heaviest snow and strongest winds from about midnight into Tuesday afternoon.
  • Impacts…life-threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds…with whiteout conditions. Many roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.

Chief’s Fall Message 2014

Fall is here and before we know it the beginning of the holiday season will be upon us.  We all have to be reminded that as we progress into this season, the days continue to get shorter and it becomes darker earlier.

If you are walking or bicycling, please remember to wear lighter colored clothing in the evening hours and consider having some type of reflective garment or light to make you more visible.  Also, please cross in the crosswalks as crossing between cars or in the middle of the street during darker hours increases the likelihood of sustaining an injury.  Motorists have less time to react when someone darts out in the street from between cars.  Motorists are now required to come to a complete stop and wait for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Our new civilian Parking Enforcement Officer, Kyle Ruppert started on August 4th, 2014.  The parking enforcement officer will be walking the Main Street Business District and Municipal lots and will be enforcing overtime meters, parking for more than 2 hours at a meter as well as other parking, handicapped and fire zone violations.  Please remember to have time on your meter when parked in the Main Street Business District.

Halloween is on Friday, 31st, 2014 this year.  The safety of all our children is a priority all year but, becomes an increased concern on Halloween.  Here are some tips to make your Halloween safe:

  • Never trick or treat alone. Go with a group and preferably go with a grown-up.
  • Make sure your costume lets you see and hear perfectly. You need to be able to watch and listen for vehicle traffic.
  • Make sure your costume fits properly. It is easy to trip or fall on costumes that are too big.
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing. Put glow in the dark or reflective items on your costumes to make you more visible.
  • Carry some type flashlight or other type of lighting.

Finally, there have been some questions in reference to the operation of motorized, electric scooters within the Village.  NJSA 39:4-14.12 states that no person shall operate a motorized scooter on any public street, highway, sidewalk or on public property or land.  This means that you are only able to ride the scooter on your own private property (not the front sidewalk) or with consent on private property of a person who has a contractual right for use of that property.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Sgt. Locarno.

Please remember to sign up for NIXLE for text alerts: simply TEXT 888777 to 07660

PSE&G Underground Construction Project

PSE&G Begins Underground Construction in Ridgefield Park as part of Northeast Grid Electric Reliability Project

 

(Newark, NJ – August 19, 2014) Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) has begun construction through Ridgefield Park as part of the utility’s Northeast Grid Electric Reliability Project. The utility will be installing 15 miles of new 230,000 kilo-volt (230kV) underground electric transmission circuit from its Athenia Switching Station in Clifton to the Bergen Switching Station in Ridgefield. The underground route in Ridgefield Park runs from Railroad Ave. to Mt. Vernon St. to Teaneck Rd. to the Bergen Turnpike. Manhole installation construction began on August 18, 2014. Trenching and conduit installation is expected to begin on or about September 15, 2014.

PSE&G’s Northeast Grid Electric Reliability Project will upgrade the utility’s high-capacity electrical lines in the northern part of New Jersey to comply with requirements set by the PJM Interconnection, which operates the regional energy grid. This project will help ensure safe, reliable electricity to nearly 1 million New Jersey businesses and residents for many years to come. In addition to installing the new 230kV circuit through Passaic and Bergen counties, the project will add 3.5 miles of new 230kV underground circuit through Jersey City, upgrade overhead transmission lines from the Hudson Switching Station in Jersey City to the Roseland Switching Station in Roseland, and upgrade several of the utility’s substations.

Construction dates and scheduled work hours in Ridgefield Park are tentative and subject to change due to the construction process and weather sensitive work activities. PSE&G will continue to take all necessary steps to avoid any major inconvenience. However, road and lane closures with possible detours will be necessary during construction. If possible, motorists are encouraged to travel an alternate route until the work is completed. A police detail will be on site at all times to oversee new traffic patterns. Interruptions will be kept to a minimum.

For everyone’s safety, PSE&G crews use work area protection, including local police department traffic management assistance, traffic cones, barriers, utility work signage, and flaggers, providing measures for a safe project completion.  The utility reminds motorists to slow down and be alert when driving past a PSE&G worksite.

Residents who wish to receive daily email construction updates may submit a request, with email address, to Regional Public Affairs Manager Arthur Ondish at Arthur.Ondish@pseg.com.

For questions about the project, please call PSE&G’s Northeast Grid Project Hotline at 1-877-678-5784 or visit www.pseg.com/negrid.