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 email@example.com.
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 »
November 14, 2013
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 »
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 »
September 27, 2013
October is breast cancer awareness month. Westwood Police officers along with the officers of six other Pascack Valley towns will be wearing pink
hats in support of breast cancer research.
Pink hats will also be available for sale at Westwood Police Headquarters for anyone who wishes to be a supporter. The cost of a hat is $25.00 and all proceeds will go directly to the October Woman Foundation for Cancer Research.
August 14, 2013
The combined efforts of a Bergen County Police Department dispatcher and Pascack Valley police officers helped save a 52-year-old Westwood man on Monday evening after he dialed 911 saying he wanted to take his life.
On Aug. 12 at 5:40 p.m., Westwood Police Department fielded a call from the county’s Mahwah-based dispatch center reporting that one of their dispatchers was on the phone with a man who said “he was sitting on the porch of his… home with a loaded gun and planned to kill himself,” according to Police Chief Frank Regino.
Officers from Westwood, along with back-up from Hillsdale and River Vale, were immediately deployed to the home while the dispatcher, Cindy Siedel, kept the man on the line, Regino said.
“After a few minutes of talking to him, she realized she knew him. Previously, she’d been a dispatcher in Closter, so she recognized him from some type of interactions there,” the chief explained. “She was able to calmly talk him into putting the weapon down and he came out with his hands up after about 15 minutes.” Read the rest of this entry »
July 16th, 2013
A 54-year-old Hillsdale man has been charged with assault by auto and reckless driving after an accident Monday morning in Westwood that ”seriously injured” a 46-year-old Belleville man, according to Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli.
The crash occurred when Michael Baba drove through a red light at the intersection of Lafayette and Washington avenues, directly into the passenger side of a sport utility vehicle being operated by Niall O’Hagan shortly after 10:45 a.m. on July 15, Molinelli said. The impact of the collision sent O’Hagan’s Ford Explorer towards the intersection’s northwest corner, where it flipped over onto its roof and came to a rest on the yard of a nearby home.
O’Hagan was transported via medevac helicopter to Hackensack University Medical Center where it was determined he had “suffered serious bodily injury,” Molinelli said. Read the rest of this entry »