Friday, July 31, 2015

TD Bank donates more than $2,000 to the Bergenfield Youth Police Academy Class # 3

We had a blast with all of the kids, families and police officers who helped us Bring Change for the Bergenfield Police Department and their third-annual Police Youth Academy. Thanks to your donations, 43 6th-8th graders will spend a week this summer learning about teamwork, commitment and what it takes to be a police officer. Check out more photos from the event by clicking the link below.

Chief Carr, PO Edone and PO Rynn Retirement

Please join the men and women of the Bergenfield Police in wishing Chief Michael T. Carr, PO Edward Edone, and PO Owen Rynn good luck in their retirement. Between the three officers, the Borough is losing more than 78 years of police experience.

All three officers served the Borough residents with pride and will be missed. Chief Carr in his tenure at the rank of Police Chief has pushed the agency forward with technology and established an excellent rapport with the media and members of the community. Chief Carr gave the department a face and voice in the social media world.
Please do your best to share, retweet, favorite, and like on Facebook and Twitter to send these officers off with the best of luck on their new journey in life. 

Special Thank you to all BPD Social Media Followers and Friends

As the outgoing Chief of Police, I would like to take this moment to recognize all of our BPD Twitter and Instagram followers, and our Facebook friends who have liked our page to the tune of 1300+ "Likes" since 2011. Twitter at this time has us with 2937 tweets with 1887 followers. Not bad for a small agency, group of  law enforcement, social media amateurs starting out in 2011. However, the real congratulations goes out to you, the followers.

This endeavor started as part of what we wanted to consider a "getting back to a community-policing philosophy." We asked ourselves,  How do we connect with the community and communicate with them in this 21st century? Sure, face to face communication and interpersonal interaction is absolutely necessary but what we were missing out on was the trend that had begun. It was staring us in the face. The social media craze took off in our modern society and law enforcement needed to take part in the frenzy. However, we would do it as professionals always mindful of what we can and cannot post or say. We remained neutral providing the forum for citizens to share information but more importantly for us at the police department, to share more of our information, public information, to keep you informed of what occurs in your community. We engaged you on regular basis. We kept you up-to-date with crime, incidents and events. We hope we were able to entertain you at times with our postings. It was good and bad, sad and happy, but in the end we were able to connect with our community using this medium.

So, I hope the experiment worked and I truly hope it continues. If it were not for the assistance of a certain person who got us started with Twitter, Facebook, our Blog, and later Instagram, this would not be possible right now. I must recognize our tall, social media savvy, red-haired lady, whom I shall keep anonymous, otherwise she will shut our system down (LOL). That is only said because she does not look for recognition. We thank her 1, 124 times over for getting us going. I also need to thank and recognize the persons from various organizations and law enforcement agencies that provided training to us on the use of Social Media in Law Enforcement. Their experiences and knowledge shared at various training sessions at either the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police), or SMILE Conference was very beneficial to the BPD improving its delivery of postings. It was only a matter of time before we would be gaining more followers and likes on our pages.

Special thanks to the IACP Center for Social Media , the Park Ridge NJ Police Department , Boise, Idaho Police Department, the Arlington Texas Police Department,  the Palo Alto Police DepartmentMountain View, CA Police Department, and the Fremont, CA Police Department

During the implementation I was influenced by many different agencies using social media but the above departments, to me, were catalysts and pioneers in the use of social media as a law enforcement agency. We watched what they did and tried to imitate. We came close, but we will never surpass them. Thank you to all of them.

To end, I feel our department has been successful with police-community relations the last four years. The use of our social media platforms has made this possible. If not for those citizens out there engaging us and taking an interest in this, we would need to connect in other ways. That is still an achievable goal if these platforms were not around but the truth is, they are here and they are a unique way to connect and communicate. Thank you again for following, liking, re-tweeting, commenting, messaging and just being a part of the police-community relations initiative. Actively taking a role in your community is a positive thing that will change the way you think, feel and respond to events, incidents and emergencies in and around your area. An informed citizen is the best thing we could ask for to help us keep you safe and secure. Help spread the word to others out there to follow too. 

I leave this department on Friday July 31, 2015 after 27 years of law enforcement service to the Borough of Bergenfield. I thank you for your support of the BPD. I hope I was able to provide you a valuable way of keeping our relationship strong by communicating through this medium. Please remember:

The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence. -Robert Peel
Sincerely yours,
Michael T. Carr
Chief of Police


Sign up for Swift 911 – a FREE app for your smart phone that can be downloaded so you can keep informed of emergencies and other important events or messages. The Borough and its Office of Emergency Management utilizes the SwiftReach Networks program to send alerts and notifications. It is similar to what you may remember as being called “Reverse 911.” Go to the Borough of Bergenfield website to register your number and get the free app for your smart phone.

   (*The following is taken from the SwiftReach Networks website at SwiftReach - Swift 911)

Our Swift911™ solution integrates world-class Emergency Alerting, Lockdown Incident Management, Public Contact Registration, and Contact Lookup into one easy to use application. Swift911™ is utilized by over 1,500 organizations nationwide. These organizations consist of numerous industries such as: government, technology, education, healthcare, utilities and enterprise. Swift911™ provides a user friendly interface, backed by a fault-tolerant network, utilized to alert residents, staff and customers regarding emergencies and other time-sensitive events. Using an integrated, cohesive approach, Swift911™ delivers messages via multiple contact methods including;  voice, text, email, fax and social media and syndicates messages via RSS and CAP/IPAWS.
Swift911™ is used by customers to keep its constituents informed during fires, outages, floods, hurricanes, evacuations, road closures and more. All notifications are delivered via the Notification Delivery Network™ (NDN), a network owned and operated by SwiftReach for the sole purpose of delivering emergency messages. Swift911™ delivers time sensitive, mission critical information with unmatched speed and reliability. Organizations of all sizes ranging from 100 people to more than 2 million depend on SwiftReach to deliver messages everyday.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BPD Donates to Bergenfield Museum

Dedicated members of the Bergenfield Museum Society pose with some of the artifacts donated today. L-R, Barry Doll, Fran Zura, Jean McCartney, Joanne Thomas and Chief Michael Carr. Photo taken by Margaret Lowe.
Chief Carr, on behalf of the officers, 911 telecommunicators and civilian personnel of the Bergenfield Police Department, donated several pictures as well as some artifacts of historical significance to the Bergenfield Museum today. The members of the Museum Society accepted the items which will be exhibited in a section of the Cooper House dedicated in honor of the history of the police department. This same room and area will also display exhibits from other emergency services within the borough, including the fire department and ambulance corps.

The historical pieces included a Police Blotter book, "Blotter #2", with entries from September 1923 thru 1924. This book contained the handwritten daily list of incidents and activities of the officers of the Bergenfield Police Department. The book is in very good condition and can be perused by museum visitors to read the events from a date in history. Blotter #1 is on display at police headquarters in the main hallway of Borough Hall.

Additionally the museum received a radar unit (circa 1970-1971). This Doppler radar unit was purchased for the Traffic Bureau to enforce speed limits within the Borough. Donated along with the radar unit was a photo that was taken of the radar attached to Traffic Car 707, as it was being demonstrated by Lieutenant Joseph Detourney to former Mayor and Councilman James Lodato.

Finally, the museum society received several pictures for wall display which included a portrait of the first Chief of Police of the Bergenfield Police Department, Scott D. Coombs. Chief Coombs served the department from 1921 thru 1939. Additionally photos of police cars,  a favorite of museum visitors, as well as police motorcycles, were framed and ready for their place on the wall of history. The police department hopes to donate more photos and portraits for display at the museum so visitors can take a look back in time to see how their police department began.

The museum is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1 PM to 3 PM. We encourage you to stop in and see the history of the Cooper House as well as the history of Bergenfield through artifacts and photos. It will certainly enlighten your historical knowledge of the Borough of Bergenfield.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

REWARD Offered for Information on Criminal Mischief at Local Business

The Bergenfield Police Department is seeking assistance locating the person(s) responsible for vandalizing the awning of Nick's Pizza & Pasta located at 44 W. Main St, Bergenfield.  The owner is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the damages.  In addition, a cash reward is also being offered by Crime Stoppers.  Please contact the Detective Kevin Doheny at 201-387-4000 x 4016 with any information or call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-844-466-6789.

Bergen County Opens Cooling Centers

Michael Pagan

Bergen County Opens Cooling Centers to Address Heat Index

Hackensack, NJ – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has opened several cooling centers throughout the county to help residents stay cool during the current heat wave which is supposed to last until Wednesday, July 22.  Temperatures are expected to climb over 90 degrees and the accompanying humidity will make it feel closer to 100 degrees.

It is recommended that residents stay indoors if possible from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest and burns and heat strokes are more likely to occur.  All age groups are at risk for heat stroke so please take necessary precautions if you have to be outdoors, including wearing sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and staying properly hydrated.

It is NOT okay to leave a child or pet in a locked vehicle even for a moment as temperatures can rise quite quickly.  It is also imperative to lock all parked vehicles so children cannot accidentally lock themselves inside while playing games like hide and seek.  Also check on elderly family, friends and neighbors to assure their well-being.

There are several designated cooling centers open throughout the county. Additionally, public libraries, shopping centers, recreation and senior centers can also provide respite from the high temperatures.

Bergen County has established four regional cooling centers. The following will be open these next couple of days from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

County Administration Building
One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, 1st Floor                           (201) 336-7300

Northwest Bergen Senior Activity Center
46-50 Center Street, Midland Park, NJ                                               (201) 445-5690

Bergenfield Senior Center
293 Murray Hill Terrace, Bergenfield, NJ                                          (201) 387-7212

Southwest Bergen Senior Activity Center
147 Hackensack Street, East Rutherford, NJ                                       (201) 935-8920         

For additional information, please visit the Bergen County Website: