Chief Gurney’s Message
Over the past couple of years, the Ramsey Police Department has been met with many challenges. Hurricane Irene blew into Ramsey causing extensive wind damage. The October 2011 snowstorm created major interruptions to our power grid and tried the nerves of all Ramsey residents.
On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy devastated our town. Hundreds of trees were uprooted causing damage to homes, blocking roadways and destroying the power grid. During this storm, Captain Raymond Bailey of the Ramsey Police Department, was severely injured when a tree fell on him at the intersection of Oakridge Road and Darlington Avenue. Due to his injuries, Captain Bailey was forced to retire.
The loss of Captain Bailey was a major blow to the Ramsey Police Department. He was the most dedicated and professional officer on the Police Department. Despite the void that was created by Captain Bailey’s injuries, the Ramsey Police Department has advanced and made considerable progress:
- The Patrol Service Unit has provided non-traditional police services and methods that include, the use of chainsaws (extremely helpful during Sandy), water rescue and special tactics;
- The DARE program had another banner year under the direction of Ptlm. Timothy Shoemaker;
- The Detective Bureau continues to solve numerous crimes that occur in our jurisdiction and continues to work with federal, state and county law enforcement agencies;
- The Traffic Bureau and it’s staff take a proactive approach to traffic safety along with responding to the concerns of our citizens;
- The Patrol Division which is considered the backbone of the Ramsey Police Department is active in enforcing traffic and criminal laws. The Patrol Division also professionally supplies safety and security to the community through the protect and serve philosophy;
- Despite losing Captain Bailey, who was our accreditation manager, the Ramsey Police Department was reaccredited by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and is recognized by the Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation;
- The Ramsey Police Department recently hired three new patrol officers, who will be serving the community this summer;
- The Ramsey Police Department will be promoting officers to the rank of sergeant, lieutenant and captain before the end of this year.
As the Chief of Police for over ten years, I have seen many challenges that the Ramsey Police Department have encountered. I have also seen the police department meet these challenges without wavering. This would not have been possible without the support of the Mayor and Council, and more importantly, the community that we serve.
I want to thank the residents of the Borough of Ramsey for their continued support. It will be my distinct and continued honor to serve as your chief of police.