Westwood Police Drug Take Back


April 3, 2014

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Westwood Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Westwood Police Department at 101 Washington Avenue, Westwood, NJ.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.  Read the rest of this entry »

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Addresses Drug Addiction

March 22, 2014

In an effort to raise awareness for drug addiction, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office has released four ads each describing a hypothetical drug-related incident taking place in Bergen County.


An Open Letter About Heroin

An Open Letter About The Drug Epidemic

An Additional Thought About Heroin

A Final Letter With A Promise


If you, or someone that you know needs help with drug addiction, you are encouraged to contact the Westwood Police Department at 201-664-7000 or the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-226-5758.

PBA Toy Drive is a success

January 2, 2014

HDToyDrive_010213_CL_tif_Hillsdale Police, along with those from Emerson, Park Ridge, River Vale, Washington Township, Westwood and Woodcliff Lake, were among the 34 departments in Bergen County that collected new, unwrapped toys for the annual PBA Toy Drive this year. Altogether, the agencies collected 10,000 gifts, the largest amount in the history of the 25-year-old toy drive. All of the gifts, which were destined for families in need, children’s hospitals and military families in New Jersey, were sorted by dozens of police officers, firefighters and other volunteers at the Closter Fire Department on Dec. 18. Read the rest of this entry »

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

November 20, 2013

(Westwood Borough / Bergen County, NJ) A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Sunday, December 15, 2013 to examine all aspects of the Westwood Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services Chief Frank Regino announced today.

“Verification by the assessors that the Westwood Police Department has met the Commission’s “best practice” standards is a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a measurement of law enforcement professional excellence”, Chief Regino said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the public would like to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or email. The public may call 201-664-2574 on Monday, December 16, 2013 between the hours of 9:00 a.m.-11:00a.m. Email comments can be sent to

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the accreditation standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Westwood Police Department, 101 Washington Avenue, Westwood, NJ. Please contact the Accreditation office at 201-664-7000. Ext. 155. Read the rest of this entry »

Driver in crash at Westwood Trader Joe’s cited for careless driving

November 14, 2013

Investigators at the scene of the accident Wednesday.

The borough police department issued careless-driving charges against the driver who struck a pedestrian in a store’s parking lot a day earlier, officials said on Thursday.

The driver, Maryann Lewis, 75, of New Milford, was backing out of a handicapped parking spot in front of the Trader Joe’s grocery store on Irvington Street when her sedan apparently accelerated and lurched forward, striking an employee who had just finished her shift at the store. Read the rest of this entry »

Woman severely injured after car accident at Trader Joe’s in Westwood

November 13, 2013

A driver hit the front of a grocery store late Wednesday afternoon, severely injuring a female employee who had just finished her shift, police said.

Around 3 p.m., a woman who appeared to be elderly had backed out of a handicapped spot in front of the borough’s Trader Joe’s on Irvington Street. The car, a sedan, apparently accelerated and lurched forward, striking a female employee who had ended her work day and was grabbing a shopping cart outside the store, Police Chief Frank Regino said.

The female employee “sustained some very severe injuries” and was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, Regino said. He said he did not know the extent of her injuries or current condition, but last was made aware that she was in surgery. Read the rest of this entry »

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