Thursday, May 30, 2019

Chief Cathy Madalone's farewell


It is with a heavy heart I bid Bergenfield farewell.  I have been your chief for almost 4 years.  From day one I made community policing my number one platform.   In that time we have accomplished great things together.   I can't express how beyond proud I am of the men and women of the BPD.  We were named the 4th safest city in the United States by Neighborhood Scout in 2019. 

I believe that feat was in large part due to Bergenfield Police Department’s commitment to community policing. We formed partnerships and worked together to reduce crime and the fear of crime.  We brought back the chaplain program,  we created an amazing youth police academy, we attended functions,  events, played basketball, ran through sprinklers,  had snow ball fights,  and were always there to talk to, to lean on, in both good times and bad. We created a community that was inclusive even though our demographics screamed differences.   We broke down barriers and worked together.  

I would like to thank the members of the mayor and council, the Borough Administrator, and all of the Borough Department heads for their support of me and the Police Department.  Without their help, our success would have been much more difficult to accomplish.  

I will be bringing my community policing philosophy to Pacific Grove, CA along with my 25 years of experience from Bergenfield and law enforcement to their community and Police Department.  I look forward to becoming a part of their community as I did in Bergenfield on day one, back in August of 1994.  I am excited for my new venture and already feel welcomed from their staff and community. 

If I named every member of our community that impacted me, this letter would turn into a novel.   I will just say each and every one of you hold a special place in my heart and I am eternally grateful. Individually, you know how you impacted me.

I leave you in great hands with the members of BPD and my administration.  DC Massey and Captain Rabboh both shared in my vision of community policing during my tenure as Chief.  DC Massey was born and raised in Bergenfield and Capt Rabboh did as I did and became part of the community by getting involved. 

This opportunity is bittersweet.  I was honored to be your first female officer, and first to attain every rank including becoming first chief in a Bergen County municipality on Sept 1, 2015. 

A great leader makes a place better than they received it and hopes that those who follow will continue on that path and make it even better.   I hope I exceeded your expectations during my time as your Chief

Thank you all, I wish all of you nothing but the best.

Warmest Regards,
Chief Cathy Madalone

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

2019 Police Youth Academy Update

Good morning all,
Hope everyone is doing well. Parents have reached out to me in regards to eligibility for returning kids. As you may be aware, we have revamped our selection process to give kids who have never participated in the program the first opportunity to register. There are currently 15 spots remaining.
I understand this is disappointing to many but keep in mind the purpose of the program. I cannot thank you enough as you guys are ultimately responsible for its success. 
Due to the limited number of spots available (15),  I am requesting you to respond back to me with your child's name only if you're interested. The return email must be received by noon time Monday 4/29/2019. Any emails received after that time will not be considered.
Upon tallying the number of cadets interested, and to be as fair as possible,  I will place all the names in a container and randomly pick the fifteen remaining spots. The selection process will be conducted on April 29th @ 6 pm in the court room for anyone who is interested in attending. The results will be emailed the following day to the parents whose kids were selected.
I realize that some of the parents on this email do not have any children that are eligible to return but would kindly ask you to pass along the information to anyone I may have missed. Thank you
The academy is from July 22-26.
Capt. Mustafa Rabboh
198 N. Washington Ave
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
201-387-4000 ext. 4002

Thursday, March 28, 2019

2019 Police Youth Academy

Police Youth Academy Applications will be distributed starting on April 4th, 2019 @ 9am, in the Borough Hall lobby (198 N. Washington Ave). Eligibility will be for first time Bergenfield residents who have never participated in this program AND who are entering the 6th, 7th or 8th grade as of September 2019. For instance, if your child is CURRENTLY in the 5th, 6th or 7th grade and has never participated in the program, your child would be eligible for an application. If your child is currently in the 8th grade, or has already participated in the program, your child is not eligible.

Applications must be fully completed and returned no later than April 11th @ 8 am to secure your child’s enrollment. Applications during this period are only for new cadets. Parents will only be able to take one application per child. No applications will be given for friends, neighbors, others as each application is numbered. Any new cadet not returning his/her application before April 11th will be considered as a returning cadet and will not receive priority enrollment.
Upon confirming the number of new cadets registered and if any remaining slots are available, applications will be open to returning cadets on April 18th. More information will follow as the date nears. The number of applications available will be dictated by the number of new cadets signing up.

The academy is free of charge and will begin on Monday, July 22, and run through Friday, July 26, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

Bergenfield PD Re-Accreditation


Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

(Bergenfield / Bergen County, NJ) A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Monday, April 8, 2019, to examine all aspects of the Bergenfield Police Department policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services Chief Cathy Madalone announced today.

            “Verification by the team that the Bergenfield Police Department meets the Commission’s “best practice” standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence”, Chief Madalone said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or email.  The public may call 201-387-4000 x4012 on Monday, April 8, 2019, between the hours of 9:00 am and 11:00 am.  Email comments can be sent to

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards.  A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Bergenfield Police Department 198 N. Washington Ave., Bergenfield, NJ  07621.  Please contact Captain Mustafa Rabboh at 201-387-4000 x 4002. 

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Bergenfield Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email the Accreditation Program Director at or write the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

The Bergenfield Police Department must comply with NJSACOP LEAP standards in order to achieve accredited status.  Chief Madalone indicated, “Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.” 

The Accreditation Program Director for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Mr. Harry J Delgado, Ed.S.  “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies.  The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed.  Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status”, Harry J Delgado stated. 

Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police through its New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission is the legitimate authority and accreditation agency in the state of New Jersey. For more information regarding the Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission please write the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053 or email

Media Contact:
Captain Mustafa Rabboh 201-387-4000 ext. 4002

Sunday, November 11, 2018

BPD Salutes those who served: Veteran's Day, November 11, 2018

              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, 2018. 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:

Det. John Brown  
Det. Jon Sommer  
PO John Galarza
PO Marc Rispoli 
Sgt. Michael Dymek
PO Michael Legregni 
     Det. David Tortora       
PO Robert Mader
Sgt. Kyle Witty
PO Firman Masri 
PO John Hwang
PO Timothy Knapp
PO Eugenio Estevez
PO Christopher Brugger
Det. Rick Tauber
PO Andres Enriquez
PO James Warnet
PO Matthew Siemaszkiewicz
PO Jessica Hunter
PO Oscar Lopez
Telecommunicator Cathy Racas
Telecommunicator Robert Groezinger II

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Bergenfield police open house

NOvember 11, 2018 10am-12pm

Open House

Come join the members of the Bergenfield Police Department at “our house.”  We will be conducting an open house from 10:00am - 12:00pm.  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.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Mosquito spraying in Bergenfield on Thursday, October 4, 2018

Due to the amount of rain in our area, there has been a reported case of West Nile Virus in Bergenfield. As such, the Borough and the County of Bergen are taking proactive measures and will be performing enhanced aerial-based spraying in parts of Bergenfield on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 3 am to 5 am. Aerial spraying is a very effective and safe way to kill adult mosquitoes in large, densely populated areas.
We understand that many people have concerns about exposure during aerial spraying; for those people, health officials suggest the following precautions:
  • Minimize exposure. Avoid being outside, close windows and consider keeping pets inside while spraying occurs.
  • If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water.
  • Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure.
  • Cover small ornamental fish ponds.
  • Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.
  • Should a resident wish to not have their property sprayed, please contact the Bergen County Mosquito Control at (201) 634-2881.
Also contained in this website posting is a location map of the spraying; frequently asked questions regarding West Nile Virus; helpful hints to safeguard your property against mosquitoes; and other pertinent information. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Bergen County Mosquito Control at (201) 634-2881.

Corey Gallo, Borough Administrator

West Nile Virus FAQ

"Bergen Bites Back" flyer

Mosquito-Proof Your Yard Flyer

Bergen County Mosquito ULV Spray Map 2018-Bergenfield

Scourge Insecticide Label

Scourge Insecticide Safety Data Sheet