Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lightning Detection System installed and activated

A lightning detection system has been installed and is active within the borough as of April 15, 2014. The sensor locations have been placed at the following locations:
Coopers Pond, Veterans Memorial field, PAL field, Melrose Ave-Little League field, Applegate Park-Hickory Ave, Hoover School, Bergenfield High School, Roy W. Brown Middle School. Other locations are pending. The detection system is highly reliable and provides a strobe light warning as well as an audible (horn) warning. If a warning is activated, all persons should seek immediate shelter to protect themselves and minimize any risk of a lightning strike to themselves or others. More information will be released on this system in the near future. All residents are reminded that the system is active and they should heed any strobe or audible warning as an actual lightning detection.
Link to lightning detection system website

Lightning safety tips: weather.com

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BPD to participate in National Take-Back Day April 26

Click here for a list of location sites in our area.
On April 26, 2014, from 10 am to 2 pm, the Bergenfield Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Bergenfield Police Department at 198 N. Washington Avenue. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds — more than 1,700 tons — of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines— flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Class # 2 Youth Police Academy applications available

Applications for Class #2 of the Youth Police Academy will be available today at 12 pm.  Applications can be picked up at the police desk. Deadline to apply for this year's program is April 28th at 12 pm.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April is Distracted Driver Month

New Jersey's first statewide Distracted Driving Enforcement Crackdown began Tuesday, April 1 and runs through Monday, April 21. The Bergenfield Police Department will be participating in this campaign in an effort to educate the motoring public. During the month, the Traffic Bureau will be conducting an educational enforcement detail geared towards this campaign as well as pedestrian safety. The Police Department is urging motorists to avoid collisions and don't drive distracted.

Click on the link below to visit the Department of Law and Public Safety website for more information on both campaigns.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Train Derailment Drill CANCELED

The train derailment drill scheduled for 3/30 has been CANCELED due to inclement weather.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Train Derailment Drill

The Bergenfield Police Department will be participating in a train derailment drill being conducted by the Bergenfield Fire Department.  The drill will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 10am in the area of West Central Ave and West Church St.  This is just an exercise, it is NOT an emergency.  Be prepared to see emergency workers in the area.  Please do not contact the police desk in regards to this drill to allow for actual emergencies to be handled.

This drill is intended to test the ability of the Interboro Mutual Aid group to deploy its resources to an evolving incident and to fill a rapidly growing command structure with mutual aid resources eventually creating a Unified Command at a Type 2 incident.  This exercise is not intended to demonstrate water delivery or fire fighting capability and is essentially a 'dry run' for a future full resource deployment.  Recognizing the short comings of tabletop exercises this exercise will test the ability of the groups' leadership to effectively institute an organizational structure ahead of the utilization of resources.  Presumably all responding agencies would know how to deploy their equipment and personnel into a firefighting task such as water supply, foam support, or mass evacuation.  This exercise will test whether or not an effective command structure can be developed and positioned to supervise and guide those resources.  Expected difficulties will include radio communications / frequency coordination, unfamiliarity with the ICS for expanding incidents using a geographic command, and inability of task officers to remain focused on assignments.

For more information click here for the Fire Dept. website

Monday, March 24, 2014

Operation Take Back New Jersey is April 26

National Take Back Initiative April 26, 2014, 10 am  - 2 pm
Drop off your old, expired, unused, prescription medicine at
the Bergenfield Police Department, 198 N. Washington Avenue.
Click on link to the right for more information.