Thursday, November 20, 2014

2014 Annual Toy Drive

Please help the men and women of the Bergenfield Police Department collect unwrapped toys for needy children this season.  A drop box is located in the main lobby of Borough Hall.  Toys are being accepted beginning today, deadline to be determined.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BPD Salutes those who served: Veteran's Day, November 11, 2014

              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, 2014. 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:

PO Michael Legregni         PO Marc Rispoli

PO Kyle Witty                    PO Jon Sommer

PO Rob Mader

PO David Tortora              PO Jorge Candia

PO David Keelor               PO Firman Masri

Det. Michael Dymek

PO John Brown

Sgt. Robert Boria            Det. Kevin Doheny

PO John Galarza

Telecommunicator Cathy Racas

Telecommunicator Robert Groezinger II

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cub Scout Pack 613 Tours BPD HQs

Scouts learn about police work in the department squad room.
On Tuesday evening, November 4, scouts from Pack 613, made up of Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts and Webelos from the communities of Bergenfield, Fair Lawn and Teaneck, visited the Bergenfield Police Department's headquarters for a tour and to learn about the department, its facility, equipment and technology,  as well as how to stay safe and prevent crime.

Police Officer Robert Mader guided the tour speaking about the history of the department and then showing some historical police items, which included an original police blotter book from 1922. This book and many other items are on display in the main hallway at Borough Hall in the police department's display cabinet.

PO Rob Mader and Pack 613 getting started


The tour then moved on to the secured areas of the station where the scouts were shown the 911 Communication Center. There they met with the telecommunicators who were actively working the police radios, dispatching units to various calls for service that were received via the standard telephone line of 201-387-4000 or via 911. They also observed how computer technology at the communication center played a vital role in retrieving important data concerning vehicles, driver's licenses, stolen property or wanted persons. Scouts then moved to the one area  that they were anxious to see: the jail cell. Here they learned about the use of and securing of the heavy iron bar cell doors as well the type of prisoners could be placed into the cells.
Jail Cells

Live Scan Fingerprinting
Scouts were then shown the Live Scan fingerprint scanner and computer program.Officer Mader demonstrated the machine and had some of the scouts themselves provide their prints to see what fingerprints look like. Officer Mader described how this technology has reduced the time it takes to identify individuals and how they have solved many cases in police work. The scouts learned that each and every one of them has a unique set of fingerprints.

The scouts then toured the various offices and bureaus within the department, which included the detective bureau. Here, the scouts saw the police interview room, which detectives use to interview victims or suspects in order to piece together information and determine facts in order to solve a crime or incident. The important part of this room that the scouts learned about was the electronic recording of the interview using the video and audio recording equipment.

The scouts also saw the Juvenile Bureau and were welcomed by the Chief of Police into his office. The scouts were very helpful to the chief who was preparing the budget for the department for the next calendar year. The scouts recommended keeping a tight rein on spending, including overtime costs to keep within the budget cap, however, they felt very strong on providing budget monies for ongoing training for the officers. Great recommendation scouts!

Squad Room line up; 1900-0700 Tour; November 4, 2014
The tour ended up in the squad room where Officer Mader explained how the room is used for the start of each tour of duty. The scouts learned that here, the officers are given their assignments, briefed on incidents, events and crimes that had been reported since their last shift, provided wanted or missing person alerts and are inspected by the Officer in Charge, who is either the Sergeant or Lieutenant.The scouts were impressed by the department's Smart Board, which is the latest technology added to help in conducting training for the officers. The scouts then were given the opportunity to ask questions to Officer Mader and Chief Carr.

The scouts were very impressive with their questions, which ranged from asking how the officers patrol, which cars they drive, how they arrest people, and what an assault is, to name just a few. Equally impressive were the answers the scouts gave for various questions posed by the Chief and Officer Mader concerning crime prevention and civic duty. 

The tour of BPD was a big success for Pack 613. They learned that the police department also has a Mission Statement like scouting and officers also take an oath, follow and enforce the laws. Officers must be of good character and have high ethical standards and values, just like scouting promotes. But, the most obvious similarity between the scouts and police officers is that both are dedicated to citizenship, service and leadership. Pack 613 displayed these qualities on Tuesday night. There is no doubt they have earned their badges.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Beware of IRS Telephone Scam


The Bergenfield Police Department is warning residents to be aware of a recently reported IRS telephone scam.  Callers are claiming to be employees of the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), stating that back taxes are owed, and if not paid in full, they will be arrested. 

The callers request that the victim purchases either a Green Dot or prepaid card and then make a return telephone call to provide the security code on the back of the card, enabling the scammer to utilize the funds on the card. 

The scammers are also using an app (short for application, which refers to a software or computer program that can be used on a smart phone or computer tablet). This app will display the telephone number of the Bergenfield Police Department.  If you are unsure about the call, please call the police desk at 201-387-4000 and ask to speak to an officer in regards to the call.  The Bergenfield Police Department has no business calling you in regards to an IRS matter.

Here are some things you need to know about the IRS:
  • The IRS will never call before mailing an official letter; 
  • Will not demand you to pay prior to giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed; 
  • will never require a specific payment method; 
  • will not threaten to use the local police department against you.  

Click the links below for more information:
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Scam-Phone-Calls-Continue-IRS-Unveils-New-Video-to-Warn-Taxpayers

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Reiterates-Warning-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam

If you feel you are the victim of a scam, please see the below listed information:

 If you know you do not owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.

Anticipated Road Closures


See below for road closures for the week of November 3, 2014