Friday, November 11, 2016

BPD Salutes those who served: Veteran's Day, November 11, 2016

              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, 2016. 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:

Lt. Robert Boria
Det. Kevin Doheny
PO John Brown  
Det. Jon Sommer  
PO John Galarza
PO Marc Rispoli 
Det. Michael Dymek
PO Michael Legregni 
     Det.David Tortora       
PO Robert 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
PO Andres Enriquez
Telecommunicator Cathy Racas
Telecommunicator Robert Groezinger II

Friday, November 4, 2016

Bergenfield Police Open House








NOvember 11, 2016 10am-12pm

Open House

Come join the members of the Bergenfield Police Department at “our house.”  We will be conducting two tours, one at 10:30am, and one at 11:30am.  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.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Press Release- Barricaded Subject / Arrest

On 11/2/2016, at approximately 2:04 pm, a call was received from a third party that there was a male threatening suicide with a gun inside of the residence. Officers responded but were unable to make contact with the male. The male along with the third party caller were in contact with each other while the incident was unfolding. Unable to directly make contact or visualization with the suicidal male, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Swat team was notified. Mutual aid was requested from Tenafly and Dumont PD’s for traffic control. The area was secured and awaiting the arrival of the SWAT team when the suicidal male exited his residence and surrendered. The suicidal male was transported to Bergen Regional Medical Center.

 Officers secured the residence and obtained a search warrant. The search of the home resulted in the finding of numerous weapons. The resident, who is not the suicidal caller, is identified as Edward Obertlik, age 42, of Bergenfield, NJ was subsequently arrested and charged with the following:

1.  2C:39-5b(1) Possession of a handgun
2.  2C:39-7B(1) Certain persons not to have weapons.
3.  2C:39-5J Possession of an assault firearm
4.  2C:39-5C(1) Possession of a rifle
5.  2C:39-5C(1)  Possession of a shotgun (4 counts)

Superior Court Judge Langan was contacted and set bail at $120,000 with 10% option to post bail.  Mr. Obertlik was remanded to BCJ in lieu of bail.

Friday, October 28, 2016

"Meet Our Officers", introducing Officer Eugenio Estevez

Eugenio was born in Jersey City, NJ and raised in Union City and Moonachie, NJ.  He attended Wood-Ridge High School and graduated in 2000.  Eugenio served in the United States Marine Corps from 2003 to 2007.  He graduated from Bergen Community College with an associates degree in 2013 and is currently seeking a Bachelor's degree from FDU.  

Eugenio began his law enforcement career in 2012 with the Hudson County Sheriff's Office as a Sheriff's Officer.  He then transferred to South Hackensack PD in 2014, and eventually hired by the Bergenfield Police Department off of the NJ Civil Service Law Enforcement List in 2015. Eugenio is currently serving in the patrol bureau for the PD and participating in the 4th Grade Program.  

When not at work, Eugenio likes to spend time with his friends and family, and preparing for an additional family member come 2017.  Eugenio looks forward to continuing to provide guidance to the youth of Bergenfield.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Seeking assistance with Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Crash involving a pedestrian

The Bergenfield Police Department is investigating a Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Crash involving a pedestrian that occurred on 10-10-16 at approximately 5:10 pm at the intersection of S. Washington Avenue and Bedford Avenue.
The victim, a 73 year old female from Westwood, was crossing S. Washington Avenue westbound, when a vehicle, described as a black Nissan SUV, made an illegal left turn onto S. Washington Avenue from Bedford Avenue, striking the victim. The Nissan SUV immediately reversed and left the scene traveling the wrong way on Bedford Avenue.
With the assistance of local surveillance video and the Bergenfield Nissan dealership, the fleeing vehicle is described as a Black 2013 Nissan Rogue SL with tinted windows. There is no further description for the driver of the vehicle. The vehicle possibly sustained front end damage or damage to the hood.
The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to Pascack Valley Hospital.

Anyone with information regarding the crash, please contact the Bergenfield Police Department at 201-387-4000.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Press Release- Stabbing incident / arrest

On Saturday, 9-17-16 at approximately 8:36 pm, Officers were dispatched to the area of 202 Howard Drive on a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival at the scene, officers located a 36 year old male victim of Bergenfield, who had sustained a stab wound to his abdomen.  The victim reported that he was involved in a physical altercation with the suspect prior to being stabbed.  The suspect fled the scene and discarded the weapon prior to police arrival. The Bergen County Sheriff’s K9 unit was summoned to assist.

The victim was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and is expected to survive and make a full recovery.

The suspect was identified a short time later after he returned to the scene as Emmens Forges, 34 year old male of Phillipsburg, NJ.  Mr. Forges was placed under arrest and transported to Englewood Hospital by the Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corp. for injuries he suffered during the physical altercation with the victim. Mr. Forges was treated and released to the custody of the Bergenfield Police Department.

Mr. Forges was charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Tampering with Evidence. Bergenfield Municipal Court Judge Herbert set bail at $50,000.00 with no 10% option. Mr. Forges was transported to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of posting his bail.


Monday, September 5, 2016

Press Release- Eluding arrest

On Saturday, 9-3-16 at approximately 1:19 am, Officer Christopher Brugger observed a black Chevy driving recklessly in the area of Sylvan Avenue and Beechwood Street. Officer Brugger attempted to initiate a motor vehicle stop, but the vehicle failed to stop and continued traveling southbound into Teaneck on S. Washington Avenue. Officer Brugger pursued the vehicle into Teaneck. Due to the high rate of speed of the fleeing vehicle and the potential for injury, Officer Brugger terminated the pursuit.

The vehicle continued traveling southbound, and shortly thereafter, crashed into another vehicle that was also traveling southbound on Teaneck Road. Officer Brugger responded to the Motor Vehicle Crash. Teaneck PD, along with the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corp responded to assist. The condition of the driver of the vehicle that was struck is unknown at this time, but any injuries are not considered life threatening.

The driver of the black Chevy, identified as Harry Allen, a 53 year old male from Bergenfield, was placed under arrest after attempting to walk away from the scene. Mr. Allen was also observed throwing a Newport cigarette pack, which was later found to contain marijuana.

Mr. Allen was transported to Holy Name Hospital by the Teaneck Ambulance Corp. for treatment for his injuries.

Upon his release, Mr. Allen was charged with Eluding, 2C:29-2B and Possession of CDS, 2C:35-10A(4) along with being issued several motor vehicle summonses for Reckless Driving, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Driving while Suspended, Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Stop.


Bail was set at $25,000, no 10% option, by Bergenfield Municipal Court Judge Helene Herbert. Mr. Allen was transported to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of posting his bail. Mr. Allen also had outstanding warrants for Failure to Appear from Englewood, NJ $600.00 bail, and a No Bail Warrant from Columbia South Carolina for Illegal Use of Credit Cards.