RAMSEY POLICE OFFICER WINS MADD AWARD FOR DWI ARRESTS
The Ramsey Police Department is proud to announce Patrolman Scott Peterson has won the Mothers Against Drunk Driving award for arresting the making the most drunk driving arrests within the department. Patrolman Peterson made fourteen self-initiated drunk driving arrests in the year 2013. Please take a moment to view the link below to read the accomplishment of one of our fine police officers.
Distracted Driving Enforcement and Education Campaign
April 1- April 21, 2014
Law enforcement oficers from the Ramsey Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers as part of a new national distracted driving enforcement campaign.
Beginning April 1 and running through April 21, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving. The slogan of the national campaign is “UDrive. UText. UPay.”
“Distracted driving is a serious issue on our roadways,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that each year thousands of people are killed in distracted driving related crashes and nearly a half million people are injured.”
Despite the fact that using a hand held cell phone or texting while driving is illegal in New Jersey, the practice appears to be widespread. In a 2013 survey conducted by the FDU PublicMind Poll for the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, 72% of respondents said they “very often” see driver’s texting.
The campaign is being carried out during the month of April, which is National Distracted Driving Month. The campaign is modeled after similar successful high visibility enforcement campaigns such as Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
What is a Permanent Presciption Drop Box? Where are they Located?
With the growing concern for misuse of prescription medication and water quality, the first 24/7 free standing permanent drug disposal site in Bergen County was recently established at the Paramus Police Department. Other departments – Palisades Park, Park Ridge, River Vale, Leonia, Township of Washington and Ridgefield – have recently established the drop-off sites, with numerous other municipalities expressing interest.
A local initiative of the Bergen County Department of Health Services, Office of Alcohol and Drug Dependency’s County Municipal Alliance Program in cooperation with Consumer Affairs Division of the Attorney General’s office, this community based public health initiative highlights the problem of prescription drug abuse and enables Bergen County residents to contribute to the solution. This Box is monitored and maintained by the police department, offering a place to drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no questions asked. The metal, locked box is similar to a mailbox and once the unwanted pills are dropped in, they cannot be removed nor can anyone reach into/through the door.
LAKE STREET CLOSURE
Earlier in the year, the Borough of Ramsey was informed that the bridge near what is commonly referred to as Napolitano’s Pond on Lake Street (between Duck Pond Lane & Lakeview Terrace), will be replaced by the County of Bergen. The County has contracted with D.R. Mullen Construction Co. Inc to perform the work.
The project will begin on Monday November 4th and Lake Street will be closed between Franklin Turnpike and East Crescent for the duration of the project to both east and westbound traffic. Local traffic will be allowed on Lake Street. The County of Bergen has provided for up to one year to complete this project.
As noted, the closures will be at Franklin Turnpike and East Crescent Avenue, however local traffic will be allowed onto Lake Street. While there will be local access, due to the work zone at the bridge, there will be no through traffic at that section so local traffic vehicles will need to enter Lake Street from the appropriate side of the bridge either Franklin Turnpike or East Crescent Avenue.
The specific detour routes will be signed on the streets and are detailed at the bottom of this release and are posted for review on the Ramsey Police Department website as well as the Borough’s website. There will also be additional electronic signs advising of the road closure and detours.
Due to this road closure, the Ramsey Police Department is advising that residents allow for additional travel time within the Borough, particularly during opening and dismissal of schools.
If you should need any additional information regarding the Lake Street road closing, please check our website at: www.ramseypd.org or follow on Twitter at @ramseypd and also on Facebook as well as the Borough website at www.ramseynj.com.
The Lake Street Detours are as follows:
- Vehicles northbound on Rt 17 looking to exit on Lake Street for travel to East Main Street
◦ Should continue on Rt 17 north to the North Franklin Turnpike exit. Make a left at the exit back over Rt 17 onto N. Franklin Turnpike heading southbound then right onto East Main St.
- Vehicles travelling westbound on Lake St from the east side of Rt 17
◦ Should exit Lake Street (at traffic signal) before Rt 17 overpass) following signs for Rt 17 northbound to North Franklin Turnpike exit and follow directions above
- Vehicles travelling eastbound from Main Street on Lake St to get to Rt 17
◦ Will be diverted north on North Franklin Turnpike for both Route 17 north and southbound traffic.
- Vehicles travelling east from Main Street wanting to continue on Lake St past Rt 17 overpass
◦ Will be diverted north on North Franklin Turnpike for Route 17 southbound. Should then exit Rt 17 south at the Lake Street exit (immediately after overpass) and travel over Rt 17 and continue on Lake St eastbound.
- Vehicles travelling north will continue onto Rt. 17NB to Spring Street where they will get on Rt. 17SB and exit onto North Franklin Tpk. SB for westbound traffic on East Main Street.
- Vehicles that exit Rt. 17 SB at East Crescent and Lake Street will continue straight on East Crescent Avenue and then right onto Hillside Avenue in Allendale. Hillside Avenue turns into South Central Avenue in Ramsey. South Central Avenue intersects with Main Street.
LOCAL BUSINESSES COUNTERFEIT $100 BILL ALERT
Since the beginning of 2013 there have been several incidents in Bergen County involving the passing of counterfeit bills at retail establishments.
Businesses in Rochelle Pk., Closter, Upper Saddle River, Ramsey, N. Milford, Hackensack and Edgewater have reported such incidents.
In Bergen County, counterfeit $100 bills have been passed in the most recent months.
In Ramsey, local and highway businesses should remain vigilant for customers attempting to pass counterfeit bills.
If you believe that a customer is attempting or has passed a counterfeit $100 bill do not physically confront or challenge the party. Follow your store or business policy on the passing of counterfeit bills (i.e. check the bill with a Dri Mark bill detector pen). Try to obtain as much physical information as you can i.e. (clothing, vehicle).
Immediately notify the Ramsey Police at 201-327-2400.
To learn more information on US currency, check the following links:
The past week, there has been a bear in the northwest part of town (Myrtle, Manor, Pine Tree, Carriage Lane). If you could add this if a resident sees a bear:
- Do not feed or approach the bear
- Remain calm and make the bear aware of your presence
- Make sure the bear has an escape route
- Make noise, bang pots or pans; raise your arms and look as large as possible
- Bears may utter huffs, popping sounds and snap their jaws as a warning if you are too close
- Bears may bluff charge if cornered
- Do not make direct eye contact with a bear
- Do nut run away from a bear, slowly back away
- If the bear is causes damage or becomes a nuisance, call the Ramsey Police Department and or the New Jersey Department of Environmental Division of Fish and Wildlife at 1(877) WARN DEP
For further information regarding black bears go to: www.njfishandwildlife.com
A story from NJ.com:
Ramsey to Dedicate New Communications Center to Former Chief
MARION BROWN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Thursday, March 28, 2013
BY CATHERINE CARRERA – STAFF WRITER
Ramsey Suburban News
Ramsey — The borough’s new $1.5 million communications center in police headquarters will be dedicated on April 6 to its onetime chief who is being lauded for bringing the local force into the modern age of technology.
According to Police Chief Bryan Gurney, one of his predecessors, Norman Stegen, “introduced the first computer” to the department.
“His foresight of computers in law enforcement was a testament to his vision,” Gurney said in an interview.
After about two years of planning, construction began in the summer and was completed by Jan. 31. It involved revamping the lobby, which now features two service windows; installation of touch-screen computers to dispatch police, fire, ambulance, rescue and Department of Public Works staff; and a conference room with televisions airing local news, maps of the borough and space for meetings during crisis situations with emergency services staff and town officials.
The department also replaced repeater and receiver radio equipment, which now uses a digital platform, Gurney said.
The center handles about 24,000 emergency calls a year in the town, whose population of 14,000 grows to about 30,000 on weekdays as a result of its commercial, corporate and school “footprint,” Police Lt. David Stitz said during a tour of the facility.
Gurney, who began his career with the department as a civilian dispatcher in 1979, has a special place in his heart for Stegen.
“He suggested that I apply for the civilian dispatcher position that had just started,” Gurney said. “He knew that I wanted to be a police officer. I was taking police science classes at the time. I applied and was hired in August of 1979 [and] I have been here ever since.”
Stegen retired from the department in 1978 after serving as its chief for 16 years. He was unavailable for an interview due to health concerns, but Gurney said he hopes to be present for the dedication ceremony.
“With all the updated software and utilities we have in here [the communications center] I feel absolutely more secure in the safety of our residents and I know my dispatchers are all secure,” Stitz said.
Ramsey Police 2012 Year in Review:
Ramsey Police Captain injured answering calls to assist residents during Hurricane Sandy:
Ramsey Police respond/investigate attempted murder of JV’s:
RPD investigates deadly crash:
Ramsey Officers give back:
Knife weidling resident arrested:
RPD investigate safer RR crossing on Main St.:
RPD responds thru Hurricane Sandy:
2 Officers appointed:
Bank robbery-Police Chase:
Internal Court Audit reveals theft:
Prostsitution Arrests in Ramsey:
Woman Collapses in Ramsey pool:
Ramsey Schools Report on Violence/Vandalism/Drugs