August 8, 2014
As a result of an undercover operation, Westwood Police have charged a 26-year-old Brooklyn with promoting prostitution at the Wellness Center massage parlor on Broadway. Elina Chapurina was charged and released with an Aug. 20 court appearance.
The Westwood Police Department had received numerous complaints alleging prostitution at the Welness Center. On Thursday August 7th, an undercover officer conversed with Chapurina, and she solicited him for sex in exchange for money.
The investigation was conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigation Squad as well as the Westwood police.
MONDAY JULY 7TH, 2014
PSE&G ENERGY STRONG PROJECT
On or about Monday, July 7th, PSE&G is scheduled to begin its gas main replacement project in Westwood as part of its Energy Strong Project. Work will begin in the areas of Broadway, Jefferson, Irvington, Washington, Park and 3rd Avenues. All retail establishments and businesses will be open throughout the duration of this project. Work will be conducted from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM – Monday to Friday. Please expect delays during this time.
July 3, 2014
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 »
June 12, 2014
In March, the Westwood Police Department was reaccredited by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP). The department first achieved accreditation by the NJSACOP in 2011 after spending nearly a year working to incorporate more than 100 best practices standards, which are based on national standards as well as state law. Since accreditation is only valid for a three-year period, the department set to work last year on recertifying its status. Harry Delgado of NJSACOP said the benefits of being accredited include greater accountability within the agency, reduced liability exposure and increased community confidence in departments. Of the 470 law enforcement agencies in the state, 115 have gone through the accreditation process and an even smaller number have gone on to become reaccredited, making Westwood Police Department part of a “very, very exclusive group.” Read the rest of this entry »
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 »