Friday, May 27, 2016

Retirement-Carol Parker

Join us in celebrating the retirement of Records Clerk, Carol Parker.  The members of the Bergenfield Police Department thank Carol for her 16 years of service to the Borough.  Carol has done a great job for the police department over the years.   We wish her good luck, good health, and good fortune in her retirement.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Bergenfield Fire Dept. Training exercise

From: Bergenfield Fire Department

Subject: Training exercise Sunday May 15, 2016

To our neighbors,

The Bergenfield Fire Department will be hosting a training exercise on West
Clinton Avenue the morning of Sunday, May 15, 2016. There is no cause for alarm if you
see numerous fire apparatus in the area. The training area will extend from the front
entrance of the Bergenfield High School down to the dead end cul-de-sac. In addition to
the members of the Bergenfield Fire Department, we expect to have seven (7) area
departments participating in the training exercise. The training will begin at about
10:00 a.m. and last until approximately 12:00 p.m. The Bergenfield Fire Department will
allow and arrange for local residents to enter and exit with their vehicles while the
training is being conducted. We ask that residents do not drive over any hose lines that
may be in the street. If you need to enter or exit the area we will assist you. The fire
department also asks that you refrain from parking any vehicles on the street from 9:00
a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The goal and focus of this training exercise is to judge the
capabilities and effectiveness of our mutual aid system to provide a water relay operation
in the event of a major fire or train incident that could occur within the borders of
Bergenfield. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to stop by Prospect
Firehouse located at 238 West Clinton Ave. and speak to one of the Fire Chiefs. We
thank you for your advanced cooperation

Christopher Naylis
Deputy Fire Chief

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Bear Sightings

There have been numerous bear sightings throughout town. A black baby bear, approximately 60 pounds was observed on the Knickerbocker Country Club which backs up to the rear yards of Marcotte Lane. The bear was also sighted in the rear yards of Highland Ave, Pleasant Ave. and Ford Court.  It is believed to be the same bear that is possibly following the brook.  The bear was last observed approximately 10 minutes ago.

The N.J. Department of Environmental Protection, Wildlife Division was contacted and notified. Experts at the Wildlife division recommend that residents tighten up their garbage and bring in their bird feeders as they believe the bear is looking for food. They do not believe the bear is a threat but encourage all residents not to approach the bear as it may become aggressive, if threatened.  They believe the bear will return to his normal habitat within time.

Neighboring Police Departments have been notified.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sector Supervisor Meetings/ Dates

Bergenfield PD’s Sector Supervisors will hold its meetings for the following sectors and dates: 

SW Sector meeting will be held in the Borough Hall Court on May 13, 2016, from 7-9 pm. 
SE Sector meeting will be held in the Borough Hall Court on May 26, 2016, from 7-9 pm.
NE Sector meeting will be held in the Borough Hall Court on May 31, 2016, from 7-9 pm.

The meeting will be attended by the supervisors of their respective sectors. We urge all residents in their respective sectors to attend and participate. Any issues, concerns, or comments are welcomed. We look forward to engaging with the community in hopes of extending our already great relationship.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Press Release- Custodian Death

On 5/3/2016, at approximately 07:08 am, police were dispatched to Bergenfield High school on a report of an unresponsive and unconscious male. Upon arrival, officers observed a male, later identified as David Zatta, age 59 of Dumont, NJ, inside the second floor leisure room. Mr. Zatta was pronounced dead by Paramedics on scene at 07:30 am. Mr. Zatta is a custodian for the Bergenfield High School and was working the overnight shift. The Bergen County Medical Examiner’s office responded to the scene and took custody of Mr. Zatta. At this time, the death is not deemed suspicious in nature.

Mr. Zatta’s family was notified by Bergenfield officers with the assistance of Dumont PD. Our deepest condolences go to Mr. Zatta’s family, friends, and the Bergenfield High School staff.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Operation Take Back New Jersey April 30, 2016

On Saturday, April 30th, 2016, from 10am-2pm, Bergenfield PD in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be participating in “Operation Take Back New Jersey”.  There will be drug disposal boxes present in HQ for the collection of expired, unwanted, new/used medications.

Individuals may dispose of medication either in its original container or by removing medication from its container and disposing directly into the drug disposal box. If the original container is submitted, the individual is encouraged to remove the prescription label if it contains any personal identifying information. Liquid products, such as cough medicine, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage. Syringes and other sharp instruments will not be accepted.

Law enforcement officers will by standing by the drug disposal box at all times. However, they will not handle the medications at any time. The depositor will be able to deposit medication freely and independently. 

"Meet Our Officers" introducing PO Joseph Arrigo

     Joseph was born in Passaic, NJ and raised in Garfield, NJ.  He attended Garfield High School and graduated in 1996.  Joseph attended Bergen Community College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in 1999.  Joseph also attended William Paterson and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2001.

     Joseph began his law enforcement career in 2005, for the Morris County Sheriff’s Office as a Sheriff’s Officer.  Joseph was in the Protective Services Division and the Community Services Division where he participated in Project Lifesaver.  Joseph was hired in 2012 by the Bergenfield Police Department as a transfer through the Intergovernmental Transfer Program.  Joseph is involved in many community orientated programs such as the Youth Police Academy and D.A.R.E.  
 When not at work, Joseph likes to read and play basketball.  Joseph also likes to spend time with his friends and family.  Joseph looks forward to continuing to provide guidance to the youth of Bergenfield.