Monday, November 23, 2015

Bergenfield Police Department to serve as a Safe Exchange Zone

The Bergenfield Police Department is proud to introduce a new service, a Safe Exchange Zone, to the residents of the Borough. Sgt. Daniel Brizek brought the idea of a safe exchange zone program to Chief Madalone’s attention a few months ago after seeing an article from the Hillsdale Police Department about such a program.

The Chief worked with the governing body on this initiative and on November 10, 2015, the Mayor and Council unanimously passed a resolution allowing for the creation of a Safe Exchange Zone in the Borough. This will allow residents to come to the lobby of police headquarters, located at 198 N. Washington Ave., to meet a buyer or seller when making transactions via Craigslist or any other classified advertisements website.
This is a great community policing tool that will help protect our residents from becoming victims of scams, frauds or thefts. The best part is that this service is provided free of charge.
The logo above will be displayed on the front and rear entrances of Borough Hall at 198 N. Washington Ave.

The main lobby of Borough Hall can be used for the transactions Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Bergenfield Police Department cautions residents that they should be suspicious of persons who are not willing to meet at the Borough lobby to conduct the transaction. 

What safer way is there to make such an exchange than to use a police department for the transaction? If a person’s intention is to rob someone, the last place they will do that in is the police station.

The Bergenfield Police Department prohibits transactions involving weapons, drugs, guns or other paraphernalia.

Borough residents are asked to call the police department at 201-387-4000 with any questions.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BPD Salutes those who served: Veteran's Day, November 11, 2015

              The men and women of the Bergenfield Police Department extend their heartfelt gratitude to all veterans of the United States Armed Forces on this Veteran's Day for November 11, 2015. We salute and honor all those who have served this great country and thank them for their sacrifice, dedication and loyalty. Those veterans who make their home in the Borough of Bergenfield are especially remembered and honored by the officers, telecommunicators and civilian personnel of our police department.
And, to our own officers and personnel who have served, or their sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, sisters or brothers that serve or have served, thank you.
The following officers and 911 telecommunicators of the Bergenfield Police Department have served honorably in the United States Armed Forces:

Sgt. Robert Boria
Det. Kevin Doheny
PO John Brown  
PO Jon Sommer  
PO John Galarza
PO Marc Rispoli 
PO David Keelor   
Det. Michael Dymek
PO Michael Legregni 
Det.David Tortora       
PO Rob Mader
Det. Kyle Witty     
PO Jorge Candia
PO Firman Masri 
PO John Hwang
PO Timothy Knapp
PO Eugenio Estevez
PO Christopher Brugger
PO Rick Tauber
Telecommunicator Cathy Racas
Telecommunicator Robert Groezinger II

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bergenfield Police Open House

NOvember 11, 2015 10am-2pm

Open House

Come join the members of the Bergenfield Police Department at “our house.”  We will be conducting two tours, one at 10am, and one at 12pm.  You will see the communications area, cell area, offices and police vehicles used on a day to day basis.  We will have light refreshments.  At 11 am please join us in front of Borough Hall to honor our veterans with a short ceremony.

Friday, October 23, 2015

No-Shave November

Bergenfield Police Department is following Fairview Police Department’s lead and will be participating in the "No Shave November."

Chief Madalone will be relaxing the facial hair policy for members of the department who wish to participate. Madalone believes this is a good cause and wishes to invite members of the community and other Bergen County Police Departments to join in. The sad truth is that so many lives are affected by cancer, Madalone said.

The Bergenfield PBA Local 309 members will be maintaining a donation web page.  All members of the Police Department who are participating have agreed to donate $50.00 each.  Proceeds will go to American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in honor of our brother Detective Kenneth Otto.  Detective Otto died in 2005 from Pancreatic Cancer, but has never been forgotten, said Madalone.

"No-Shave November" has grown in popularity nationwide over the years.

According to the original organizers, "The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.  That goes for women, as well, by "letting those legs go natural, and skipping that waxing appointment. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle."

According to Madalone all officers who participate are required to keep their facial hair neat and tidy and present a professional appearance at all times during the month.  

Click the link to make donations.