DWI Enforcement Crackdown!
(Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Year End Campaign)
(Ramsey,NJ) — Law enforcement officials from the Borough of Ramsey will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning December 9, 2016 and continuing through January 1, 2017, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. “During the last five years New Jersey has experienced approximately 41,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in more than 800 fatalities,” said Chief Gurney. “This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent.”
Last year, 29% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving crashes. The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $37 billion annually.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2016 Year End Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice for holiday season:
- Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- Spend the night where the activity or party is held.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
- Always buckle-up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
- If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
On Tuesday November 1, 2016 at approximately 9:25PM, a man was robbed at gun point and assaulted as he was walking in the vicinity of Orchard Place and Summit Avenue. The victim was walking and making telephone calls, when a Honda or Toyota typed vehicle with a loud muffler, passed him on Orchard Place. The actor asked the victim for directions. The victim then began to run, due to his knowledge of previous street robberies in Ramsey. The victim was then attacked on a front lawn of a Summit Avenue home. The actor reentered his vehicle and headed south on South Central Avenue, towards Allendale. The actor was described as an a dark skinned, tall, skinny with dread-locks, wearing a cabbie cap and spoke with a heavy Spanish accent. The handgun was only described as dark colored. The proceeds of the crime was and IPhone and prescription medication. The actor meets the description of previous cell phone robberies that occurred in last summer. The Ramsey Police Department urges the public not to use cell phones outwardly on the streets after dark. Parents are also urged to reinforce this with their children.
If anyone has any information on this crime, please contact the Ramsey Police Department at 201-327-2400.
The Ramsey Police wants to thank Mayor Dillon, Council President Vanessa Jachzel, Councilman William Jones, Councilman Ken Tyburczy, Councilman Harry Weber, Councilman Joseph Verdone, Councilman Peter Kilman for their continued support! The governing body recently approved the Thin Blue Line being painted on School Street as a sign of their continued support and the support of our residents!
On Wednesday October 26, 2016 at approximately 2:50PM, the Ramsey Police Department was dispatched to the Peach Hill Townhouse Community with regard to an unconscious person. Upon arrival it was determined that a tree service worker was struck with a large part of a tree. The tree service was hired by Peach Hill Townhouse Community to perform tree work on the property. The worker was a 30 year old husband and father of two from New City, New York. Members of the Ramsey Police Department and Ramsey Ambulance Corps administered first aid to the worker/victim for upper body and head injuries. The worker/victim was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern NY, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 3:35PM.
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and representatives of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded to the scene. The matter continues to be investigated.
Chief Bryan Gurney, MAS,
Ramsey Police Department
FBI National Academy Session 199
Be advised that a 14 year old high school boy was walking south on N. Central Ave. at 8PM on the evening of October 11th when a white SUV-type vehicle stopped and asked the boy for a ride. The driver identified himself as a varsity coach at the High School. The boy was shown last year’s Ramsey HS yearbook and could not positively identify any of the coaches. Schools have been contacted. I am going to post this on our website and Facebook page. I have asked the schools to do the same.
Please be mindful of your surroundings. If you suspect something isn’t right, call the Ramsey Police at 201-327-2400.
Law enforcement always finds itself facing new and challenging problems. In recent weeks a new problem has emerged; clowns!
Throughout the nation police departments have been receiving complaints of clowns chasing people, attempting to lure people, causing lockdowns at schools or just being present and creeping people out. Many law enforcement professionals and residents are asking themselves; “What can I do if confronted with such a report?”
Depending on the circumstances of the encounter with the clown, some statutes may apply. However, please be mindful that people may dress as they wish and we must be cautious and reasonable about addressing a person’s attire; what we can address is their conduct.
Below is what the Ramsey Police Department plans to do.
Step 1: Conduct a proactive media campaign utilizing your social media outlets and other resources advising your residents of the issue, proactive tactics to enhance security in the community and what offenders will face if they conduct themselves inappropriately.
Step 2: Review scenarios and the elements of criminal statutes with our officers so that we increase their situational awareness. Officers need to have the tools necessary so they can properly utilize discretion and reasonableness when dealing with these situations. In addition, your entire agency needs to be consistent with how these situations are addressed and documented.
Step 3: Know your criminal statutes and the elements of the crime that must be present to make the arrest. Don’t ignore the obvious:
If a clown directs violence toward a school or other area of public assembly and creates fear, that threat may fall under a “False Public Alarms” type of statute (2C:33-3)
If a clown directly threatens anyone. That threat may fall under “Terroristic Threats” (2C:12-3) or under “Harassment” (2C: 33-4)
If you have clown that has been dealt with at a location and they return after being warned about their conduct previously, a statute of trespassing (2C:18-3) or even stalking (2C:12-10) may be appropriate. If a clown approaches a juvenile and lures or attempts to lure him/her to a secluded area with the purpose to commit a crime against them, a statute of luring, enticing a child (2C:13-6) may be appropriate. If an adult is the victim, a statute of luring, enticing an adult (2C:13-7) may be appropriate.
If a juvenile in a clown suit engages in conduct that would expose others to bodily injury or death, a statute of Endangering Another Person (2C:24-7.1) may be appropriate. For Example, a juvenile dresses as a clown and attempts to scare others in a park as a prank. Children see him and run due to fear. During their flight, they run into a street and almost get struck by a passing car. This charge may be appropriate.
Step 4: If your agency falls victim to such an incident, be sure that you fully document all the elements of the crime committed/charged, document all the actions of the suspect and get witness/victim statements to demonstrate the fear created or risk of injury created by this fear. You may also want to document your proactive media campaign initiative that warned your community about such activity.
We hope that this information assists you and makes your feel a little more comfortable should you be.
The Ramsey Police
The Ramsey Police Department is investigating three recent robberies. The Ramsey Police Department is asking that anyone with any information regarding these three incidents to contact the Ramsey Police Department at 201-327-2400. Residents are advised to be vigilant and to walk with a friend.
Strong Arm Robbery- July 25, 2016
On Monday, July 25, 2016 at approximately 2347 hours (11:47PM), a pedestrian was approached in the area of North Island Avenue and Washington Drive by two male suspects. Suspect #1 is described as a black male; about 160 pounds; approximately 5’8″ in height; thin build. Suspect #2 is described as a white male; approximately 160-170 pounds; 5’8″-5’10” in height; slender build. See below link for the sketch of Suspect #1. No sketch available of Suspect #2 at this time.
Armed Robbery – August 2, 2016
On Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at approximately 2324 hours (11:24PM), a resident of East Crescent Avenue, Ramsey, was approached by two males, one of which displayed a black handgun. Suspect #1 is described as light skinned, black male; 18-25 years old; muscular build; approximately 150-175 pounds; approximately 6’0″ in height; short, black hair. Suspect #2 is described as a black male; muscular build, approximately 6’0″ in height. See below link for the sketch of Suspect #1. No Sketch available of Suspect #2 at this time.
Attempted Strong Arm Robbery – August 11, 2016
On Thursday, August 11, 2016 at approximately 2259 hours (10:59PM), two juvenile residents were walking on Hart Street while using their cell phones. Three actors in a dark-colored four door sedan stopped next to the victims. Two black male suspects exited their vehicles and approached the victims. The two victims were able to flee the scene after a brief collision with a suspect and call for help. No proceeds were taken and no weapons were shown to the victims. No sketch of the suspects available at this time.
Ramsey Police Department Installs New “Project Medicine Drop” Box to Help Residents Dispose of Unused Medications, Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse.
Due to impending inclement weather, the 2016 Memorial Day Parade has been cancelled. The Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Ramsey High School auditorium at 11am. Sorry for the inconvenience. Have a great weekend and support the men and women serving our country!
New “Coast to Coast” Seat Belt Enforcement Effort
Aims to Increase Click It or Ticket Participation, Save Lives
[Ramsey, NJ] – From May 23 to June 5, 2016, local law enforcement personnel will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while 88.5 percent of passenger vehicle occupants buckled up in 2015, almost 50 percent of occupants of fatal crashes nationwide are not restrained. In some states, the rate is as high as 70 percent unrestrained in fatal crashes. This fact gravely highlights the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.
“As law enforcement, we have a special role in helping protect the safety of our citizens, from the East to the West Coast,” said Chief Gurney. “Time after time, we see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important steps in increasing survivability in a crash. Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and to keep them from repeating this potentially deadly mistake.”
In 2014, nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were unrestrained, according to NHTSA. During the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number increased to 57 percent of those killed. Law enforcement agencies will write citations day and night, with a zero-tolerance approach.
“Hundreds of thousands of citizens will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend, as well as throughout the summer vacation season. We want to make sure that people are buckling up to keep themselves and their families safe. It is the greatest defense in a vehicle crash,” said Chief Gurney.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.