Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Specialized agencies within the Bergen County Police Department provide a vital support system and cost savings to municipalities, Chief says.
Lucy Heller, president of the Bergen County League of Women Voters, told the crowd Tuesday night that the League sponsored "information session" on the services provided by the Bergen County Police appeared to be one-sided because it was. "Like PBS, sometimes it's important to tell the untold story," she said. "If citizens aren't aware of the services provided, then they can't make informed choices." And that is what Bergen County Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety, Brian Higgins, set out to do--inform the audience of the specialized services his department provides to the 70 municipalities in Bergen County. With a panel that included New Milford Police Chief Frank Papapietro, Chairman of Mutual Aid for the Bergen County Chiefs …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Alfonso Bowen of Newark was arrested early Thursday morning for allegedly stealing a New MIlford resident's vehicle
A convict who fled a Newark halfway house last week was arrested Thursday morning by Bergen County Police after a short car chase, according to officials. Alfonso Bowen, 26, was taken into custody in Lodi after Officer Jason Gretkowski saw a blue Mazda CX-9 that matched the description of a vehicle reported stolen out of New Milford just before 7 a.m. Gretkowski chased the vehicle in his vehicle from Teterboro along Rt. 46 before stopping in Lodi, according to County Police Lt. Jim Mullin. Bowen then fled the Mazda on foot and was apprehended a short distance away without incident. Bowen initially provided police with an alias, however police determined his actual identity and discovered he was an escaped fugitive from the NJ Department of…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Bergen County Police Department Bomb Squad deemed the package safe after a two-hour investigation in the campus mailroom. Only part of the campus was evacuated.
A suspicious package, which county police say turned out to be "harmless," caused part of the Bergen Community College Paramus campus to be evacuated Tuesday afternoon. The package was deemed suspicious by mailroom workers as it was an unexpected delivery which had "suspicious handwriting and no sender information" according to Lt. James Mullin of the Bergen County Police Department. Mullin said the entire campus was not evacuated, just the mailroom and surrounding area for a two-hour period as Bomb Squad personnell investigated. The bomb squad later deemed the package "safe" said Mullin. 'Like' New Milford Patch on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Inspectors to spread out across Bergen County and authorities will have “zero tolerance” for fraudulent home repair companies and contractors, the Bergen County Executive said.
Officials will inspect contractors working on repairs in areas slammed by Superstorm Sandy as part of a new county police-led task force designed to protect homeowners from storm-related scams, the county executive announced Tuesday. “My administration will have zero tolerance for fraudulent home improvement companies or any contractor or company that seeks to take advantage of vulnerable people suffering from the terrible tragedy that hit our county,” Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan said in a statement. Led by County Police Capt. Victor F. Cuttitta Jr., the task force will include officials from the Consumer Affairs and Consumer Protections offices. Inspectors will fan out across Bergen County, with special attention given to …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Simulated child abduction coordinates county resources and prepares police for real events
Editor's note: In light of the recent attempted luring incidents, Police Chief Frank Papapietro asked that Patch re-run this story about an inter-jurisdictional drill that was held in New Milford last November centering around a child abduction. Here is the drill and the breakdown of the coordination that occurs among all of the agencies that would be involved in a real incident. "In light of the recent attempted lurings, I want to reassure the public that we are fully trained and fully prepared to deal with any potential situation of this magnitude," Papapietro said. "We may not advertise our training drills," he said. "But we are always exercising them." Every parent's worst nightmare was simulated Friday morning in the area behind New …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Effort to disband Bergen County Police Department failed with a 3-2 vote.
Bergen County Freeholder John Driscoll released a statement Friday explaining why he opted to abstain from a hotly-debated vote on folding the county police department into the sheriff's office. The freeholders on Wednesday voted 3-2 to reject an ordinance that would have eliminated the 89-member county police department. Freeholder Joan Voss also abstained. Driscoll's full statement is below: “I want to take this opportunity to give my reason for my abstention vote on the County Police ordinance. I have sat and watched as this ever import issue was batted around over the last few months. Since July I have been calling for the three leaders of law enforcement in Bergen County to come together on this issue. I believe that there are…
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Effort to eliminate county police department is defeated in 3-2 vote.
The Bergen County Freeholders on Wednesday voted against an ordinance to disband the county’s 89-member police department and merge it with the sheriff’s office, northjersey.com reported. The vote came after more than a year of debate, two studies and legal action. In a 3-2 vote with two abstentions, the board nixed the ordinance after initially approving it on first reading in August with a 4-2 vote. County Executive Kathleen Donovan, a strong supporter of the county police, had vowed to veto a vote to disband the department and called the idea “idiotic” at a freeholder work session. Freeholders Maura DeNicola and Robert Hermansen voted against the merger, along with Freeholder David Ganz, who first voted for the measure in August. …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Former Bergen County prosecutor, executive, sheriff and police chief argue that merging the county police and sheriff's offices may actually cost taxpayers more
Three former Bergen County officials threw their support behind the Bergen County Police Department in an ongoing debate about whether or not the department should be merged with the Sheriff’s Department. Former Bergen County Executive William “Pat” Schuber, former County Prosecutor Jay Fahy, and Joel Trella, who served both as the county Sheriff and the BCPD Chief, held a press conference at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute in Mahwah Tuesday afternoon to argue against a proposed ordinance that would disband the BCPD and incorporate some of its functions into the Sheriff’s Department. The three argued against points that have been presented by supporters of the merger — namely that it would be a cost savings to the county …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Three day celebration brings in pipe bands from Boston, Chicago, Cleveland and New York, and welcomes the return of the "Icebreaker."
Sergeant Kenny Porrino, a detective in the Fort Lee Police Department and a resident of New Milford, has been a member of the Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County since its inception in 1992. "We've never put together something as large as this event," Porrino said. "Nothing on a scale like this." Porrino, now a Drum Sgt. and Vice President of the band, recounted the band's origins 20 years ago when Drum Major Mike Conway (ret. Fort Lee Police) and George Kellinger (ret. detective Bergen County Sheriff Dpt.), both volunteer Fort Lee firefighters, had the idea to start a pipe and drum band in memory of their friend, Doug Connell. Connell, also from Fort Lee, was a drummer and founding member of the NYPD’s Emerald Society Pipe Band. …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Bergen County Police say the remote control evidence recovery robot is one of only a half dozen in the county and provides a valuable shared service that local municipalities likely couldn't afford on their own.
An underwater robot the size of a microwave has found its way into the crossfire of a divisive county-wide debate. This week, the Bergen County Police Department’s Water Search and Recovery Unit showed off its new SeaBotix LBV-200-4 Mini ROV — a robot designed to assist the 15-person unit in underwater search and recovery. During a demonstration at the lower lake of the Ramapo Reservation in Mahwah this week, BCPD Sgt. Mark Tiedemann showcased the remote-control device, which sends a video feed from underwater to its operator on dry land. County police conducted the demonstration in the long shadow of a debate over whether or not the county’s police department — and its specialty units like the WSAR — will continue to exist on their own or…