For Immediate Release:


Ramsey Police Department officers underwent randomized drug testing for the year 2019. RPD is required to drug test 10% of the department. There were four drug tests conducted on two occasions. Please click link for results.

Click It or Ticket


Seat Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign to be Conducted Locally as Part of Nationwide

Click It or Ticket Mobilization May 20 – June 2, 2019


(RAMSEY) — Law enforcement officers from the Ramsey Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Beginning May 20 and running through June 2, the annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization utilizes high visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts.

“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for motor vehicle occupants to protect themselves on the road,” said Eric Heitmann, Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.   “Crash statistics show that between 2013 and 2017, seat belt use saved nearly 69,000 lives nationally.”

In New Jersey, a key focus of this year’s Click It or Ticket campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front AND rear seats. The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 94.47%. However, adults riding in rear seats are buckling up at a significantly lower rate, only 48% according to a recent survey.

“For whatever reason there seems to be a disconnect with people feeling they don’t need to buckle up when riding as passengers in rear seats, and this is a concern,” Heitmann said. “By promoting back seat usage of seat belts during our Click It or Ticket campaign, we’re encouraging passenger habits that will save lives.”

During the 2018 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 357 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative.  As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 19,659 seat belt citations, 4,437 speeding summonses and made 661 impaired driving arrests.

O&R Opens Staging Area in Mahwah to Speed Recovery


Subject: O&R Opens Staging Area in Mahwah to Speed Recovery; New Mutual Aid Due Sunday Pushes Field Forces to 1,200 – March 10, 3:30pm




PEARL RIVER, NY, March 10, 2018 3:30 p.m. — To help support and accelerate electric system emergency repair and service restoration in Rockland and Bergen counties, O&R today is deploying key emergency repair materials and equipment to a temporary staging area on the grounds of the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel in Mahwah, NJ.

Thousands of feet of wire, dozens of poles and transformers and other equipment are being transported this afternoon to the site which is centrally located to most of the current storm damage to the electric system in Rockland and Bergen counties.

The staging area also helps accommodate the additional influx of mutual aid overhead line technicians O&R expects to report for duty later today and tomorrow.

About 220 additional mutual aid overhead line technician joined O&R’s repair and restoration effort today. Another 250 mutual aid overhead line technicians are expected to join the O&R field workforce by Sunday.

All those technicians, and more, are working to help O&R restore service to the 8,500 customers who remain without electricity as a result of destructive, back-to-back nor’easters.

With the support of additional mutual aid assistance, O&R is aiming to complete power restoration in Sullivan and Bergen counties by midnight Sunday night and also expects to have the vast majority of Rockland customers restored by then.

When the new group of 250 mutual aid line technicians begins work Sunday, it will bring O&R’s field force of line, tree, single service, damage assessment and site safety personnel to approximately 1,200 – representing the largest restoration contingent O&R has deployed to the field since Hurricane Sandy.

While O&R focused on completing substantial and widespread tree removal and line repairs in Sullivan County, NY, the area hardest hit by Winter Storm Riley’s damaging winds, a second nor’easter moved through the service territory. That second storm, Winter Storm Quinn dumped over a foot of heavy, wet snow, which downed trees onto poles and lines. Winter Storm Quinn caused the greatest damage in Bergen County, NJ, and Rockland County, NY.

As restoration operations continue, customers are reminded to please:

  • Be especially mindful of the potential for downed lines to be buried beneath snow.
  • Put your safety and the safety of your children first at all times. Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with, including puddles and fences.
  • Never touch or approach any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Call O&R immediately toll-free at 1-877-434-4100. Depending on the situation, you may also want to call your local police to divert traffic until an O&R crew arrives.
  • If you experience a power outage, don’t assume that O&R automatically knows about it, or that someone else will report it. Also, notify the company if power is restored to your neighborhood, but not your home. All outages and safety concerns should be reported immediately.

There are several ways customers can report outages and check service restoration status:

  • Go to the O&R website from any computer or web-enabled mobile device;
  • Use the O&R mobile app from your iPhone, iPad or Android device;
  • Text “OUT” to 69678 (myORU); or
  • Call Customer Assistance at 1-877-434-4100
  • The following video describes the typical storm repair and power restoration process:

For more information, visit O&R’s Storm Center at

News Media contact: (845) 364-4601


Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

August 18-September 4, 2017

Summertime and the end-of-year holidays are when most Americans gather to enjoy their free time with friends and family. They are also some of the most deadly times on American roads due to impaired driving. That’s why during the summer and the end of the year, a nationwide campaign comprised of thousands of traffic safety partners, join together to protect citizens from this deadly crime.

Here in New Jersey, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety utilizes the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign to achieve its goal: prevention.
The Goal is Prevention
The key to deterring impaired driving is highly visible enforcement. The research is clear on the affect highly visible enforcement has on deterring impaired driving. Prevention and not arrest is the goal of the campaign. Drivers must perceive that the risk of being caught is too high before their behavior will change. Use the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over message to convince audiences that the chance of being caught is too high to risk. This message works and has influenced many citizens nationwide not to drink and drive.

Thin Blue Line on School Street


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!


For Immediate Release:


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 Mindful of Your Surroundings


Dear residents:

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.

Thank You,

Sgt. Falotico

Creepy Clown Threats


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.

Thank You,
The Ramsey Police

Media Release: Robberies


Chief Press Release


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.

Robbery SuspectRobbery Suspect #2Robbery Suspect #3


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.

July 25th, Suspect #1

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.

August 2nd, Suspect #1

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.

Project Medicine Drop


Ramsey Police Department Installs New “Project Medicine Drop” Box to Help Residents Dispose of Unused Medications, Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse.

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