Westwood Police Charge Man with Sexual Assault

November 9, 2015


The Westwood Police Department has charged a 48 year old man with with sexually assaulting a woman outside of her apartment.

On Friday, November 9th the Westwood Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from the victim’s neighbor, who reported a struggle between her neighbor and a man. Before Officers arrived, the suspect fled on a bicycle. Officer’s searched the area and ultimately located a man matching the description provided by the victim. Alan Broadbent, a resident of Ridgewood was subsequently arrested and charged with one count each of sexual assault and criminal sexual contact. He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail, where he was held in on $200,000 bail.

Photo courtesy of the BCPO

Child Passenger Safety Week


September, 2015

Child passenger safety week is September 13th through September 19th and the Westwood Police Department would like to take this opportunity to advise our community of the new changes in the child seat laws. We would ask our residents to become familiar with the new changes to ensure the safety of all involved.

The following recommendations will provide the safest way to transport your child according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Additionally it will ensure compliance to the New Jersey Child Passenger Restraint Law. (Title 39:3-76.2a)


Any child under the age of 8 years old and a height of 57 inches shall be secured as follows in the rear seat of a motor vehicle:

a. A child under the age of 2 years and 30 pounds shall be secured in a rear-facing seat equipped with a 5-point harness.

b. A child under the age of 4 years and 40 pounds shall be secured as described in (a) until they reach the upper limits of the rear-facing seat, then in a forward-facing child restraint equipped with a 5-point harness.

c. A child under the age of 8 and a height of 57 inches shall be secured as described in (a) or (b) until they reach the upper limits of the rear-facing or forward facing seat, then in a belt positioning booster seat.

d. A child over 8 years of age or 57 inches in height must be properly secured by a seat belt.

If there are no rear seats, the child shall be secured as described above in the front seat except that no child shall be secured in a rear-facing seat in the front seat of any vehicle that is equipped with an active passenger-side airbag. The aforementioned is acceptable if the airbag is de-activated.


Schools Open


SchoolsOpen 2015


The Westwood Police Department would like to remind residents and visitors that school begins on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015. Once again, our children will be walking, traveling on bicycles, and riding school buses to and from the area schools.

Motorists are reminded to be extra vigilant in and around school zones and bus stops. The Westwood Police Department will be conducting proactive patrols of school zones to insure the safety of our students and motorists.

Annual Junior Police Academy held

July 3, 2015

A record number of kids learned what it’s like to be a police officer last week when departments from Hillsdale, Washington Township and Westwood hosted their annual junior police academy at Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School.

The community policing program, which marked its seventh year as a collaborative effort between police in the three towns, is designed to introduce children between the ages of 10 to 14 to law enforcement careers, as well as reinforce the consequences of breaking the law. Prior to Hillsdale joining in, the program was offered each summer by Westwood and Washington Township police for children in the two towns for the past 14 years.

Over the course of last week’s program, 120 kids were treated to demos by the Bergen County Police K-9 Unit, the Bergen County Police Bomb Squad, the Drug Enforcement Agency, as well as a helicopter landing by Hackensack University Medical Center’s AirMedOne and a field trip to the United States Military Academy at West Point, according to Washington Township Police Officer Heather Castronova. Read the rest of this entry »

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