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