Westwood Police Department will be accepting applications for full time police officer.

Applicants must be fully trained with a Class “A” basic police officer certification

from the New Jersey Police Training Commission; or who have completed and graduated the Alternate Route program from one of the 11 Commission Approved schools; or a waiver eligible, New Jersey Special Class II.


Additional requirements are as follows:

All Applicants must:


  • Possess a New Jersey Police Training Commission(PTC) certificate for full-time Municipal police officers; o
  • Possess a New Jersey Special Class II certification (certification must be valid as of 10/17/16); or
  • Possess a certificate as an Alternate Route graduate from one of the 11 Commission approved schools within the State of New Jersey.
  • Be a citizen of the United States and a resident of New Jersey
  • Be at least eighteen (18 ) years of age
  • Possess a valid New Jersey driver license
  • Possess at a minimum an Associates degree, or equivalent in college credits (64) from an accredited college or university.
  • In lieu of the educational requirement possess veteran’s status and has been honorably discharged from the armed services.
  • Have good moral character and not been convicted of a criminal offense involving moral turpitude;
  • Be psychologically and physically fit to perform all the duties of a Police Officer;
  • Be able to read and write the English language conversantly.


Applications are available at Police Headquarters

101 Washington Avenue, Westwood, NJ 07675

Beginning October 17, 2016 – Monday through Friday, between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


Completed applications must be returned by 4:30 pm on November 1st, 2016

An application fee of $50.00 (Non-Refundable) is due upon submission.

A full job description is available here.

NJ TRANSIT Service Plan for Morning Commute – 09/30/2016




NJ TRANSIT service plans for Friday morning, September 30 following a commuter train accident at Hoboken Terminal.  All rail service into and out of Hoboken Terminal remains suspended.  All Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service will resume full service into and out of Hoboken Station.



The following service will be in effect:

  • All New York City bound trains (Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, MidTOWN DIRECT), Raritan Valley and Atlantic City lines will operate on a normal weekday schedules.
  • Main, Bergen, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines will continue to operate on a modified weekend schedule originating/terminating in Secaucus.
  • There will be limited rail shuttle service on the Montclair-Boonton Line west of Montclair State University.
  • There will be rail shuttle service on the M&E between Hackettstown and Dover.
  • The Gladstone branch will have its two regularly scheduled MidTOWN DIRECT trains in addition to rail shuttles between Gladstone and Summit.

Customers may experience overcrowding and possible delays caused by congestion.

Metro North Service for Pascack Valley Line and Port Jervis Customers

  • For schedule information, click HERE.

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Westwood Police Seize Handguns, Marijuana From Traffic Stop

May 24, 2016

DSCN1938On May 23rd, 2016 a Westwood Police Officer was on motor patrol near the area of Washington Avenue and Broadway. The Officer observed a grey Mazda make an illegal right turn on red at the traffic signal. They initiated a motor vehicle stop and approached the vehicle which contained five occupants. The Officer made contact with the male operator, Morlin Enrique Vindel-Medina (20) from Wilkes Barre, PA and detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The Officer removed the driver and the four remaining male passengers from the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded a quantity of marijuana inside a clear bag as well as two handguns, one of which was loaded with hollow point ammunition, as well as a gas operated pistol. Read the rest of this entry »



May 23, 2016

From May 23rd to June 6th, the Westwood Police Department alongside many across the nation will be participating in the ‘Click It or Ticket Campaign’. The Click It or Ticket is a high-publicity law enforcement effort that gives people more of a reason to buckle up – the increased threat of a traffic ticket. Most people buckle up for safety. But for some people, it is the threat of the ticket that spurs them to put on a safety belt. In Click It or Ticket programs, law enforcement agencies are asked to mobilize to focus on safety belt violations and publicize the stepped-up effort through news media and advertising. It is the two-pronged approach that makes these campaigns powerful: Not only are tickets issued to unbelted motorists, but the surrounding publicity ensures that people know they are more likely to get a ticket.



April 01, 2016

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on New Jersey’s roadways. Driver inattention has been a major contributing factor in nearly 800,000 motor vehicle crashes in the state from 2010 to 2014 and nationwide, 3,179 were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2014 alone. To combat these troubling statistics, during the month of April, law enforcement agencies including the Westwood Police Deparment throughout New Jersey will be using a combination of traditional and innovative strategies to crack down on motorists who text and drive. This effort is a part of the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay high-visibility enforcement (HVE) campaign that combines periods of intense anti-texting enforcement coupled with advertising and media outreach to let people know about the enforcement and convince them to obey the law.

U Drive. U Text. U Pay enforcement strategies include roving police patrols, spotters on highway overpasses, and stationary police vehicles prominently placed at strategic locations. Historically, the most effective tool used to change driver behavior are targeted law enforcement campaigns, like Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket. Since their inception, these two initiatives have resulted in significant reductions in impaired driving and gains in seat belt usage, respectively.

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.



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