Westwood Police Department

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On behalf of The Borough of Westwood and all Westwood Emergency Services, Chief Michael R. Pontillo would like to report...
06/06/2020

On behalf of The Borough of Westwood and all Westwood Emergency Services, Chief Michael R. Pontillo would like to report the final birthday drive by parade. This has been a positive and uplifting experience for all of the emergency services as well as many of the children in the community. We have enjoyed bringing smiles to the faces of children who may not fully understand why they could not have their own birthday party. These are trying and uncertain times, but all of the Westwood Emergency Services are here for the community.

As we return to some level of normalcy, we are seeing an increase in calls for service, vehicular traffic and changes in the allowances through the Executive Orders issued by the Governor. We hope and expect that Westwood will be the active and bustling center of commerce that it once was.

The last parade is scheduled for June 16th. As of this time, we are no longer taking additional requests but we will fulfill those requests that have been made already. We expect that with gatherings becoming allowed under certain conditions that kids would rather have a party with their friends that involve social distancing than a drive by emergency parade. If the Emergency Services get invited to stop by any of the parties, we may stop by if time and activity levels permit.

We would like to remind everyone to remain safe and healthy and we are here to work with our community to see those objectives through.

The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo feel compelled to address the current unrest throughout our...
06/03/2020

The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo feel compelled to address the current unrest throughout our nation and speak out against police brutality. Police Use of Force has been a hot button topic for some time across our nation. We have seen the divides created, the feelings of resentment & anger flourish and meaningful progress lost due to media sensationalism and the politicization of many hot button topics. Black Lives do matter. All lives do matter. The Westwood Police Department and all of New Jersey Law Enforcement have made great strides to become a trusted and professional profession. We all have more work to do to enhance the trust established and maintain the relationships with all segments of our community.

The Westwood Community is blessed to have what we have here. This is a stigma free community. Hate has no home here. Instead of protesting about the divides of our nation, we should share the successes that we have here and other communities should model themselves off of what has been built here. In Westwood, we strive to have inclusive government. We strive to have compassionate, empathetic and professional law enforcement. We strive to deliver service, we strive to be a part of our community. Westwood Police Department has worked hard to maintain Law Enforcement Accreditation, long before it was trendy and mainstreamed. We train our personnel in de-escalation techniques, appropriate use of force, to be aware of the mental health and behaviors of people we encounter. We train our personnel about the ills of biased based profiling and that behavior is not tolerated here. Excessive force is not tolerated here. Westwood Police Department stands against disparate treatment of individuals. Law enforcement, as a profession, needs to be better now more than ever.

Bergen County NJ law enforcement has the luxury of the finances to appropriately staff, equip and train their police departments and recruit only the finest of individuals. The result of that is a better trained and supported officer on the street who delivers for their community.

The Westwood community can and does proudly stand together.

The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo would like to give a shout out and big thank you to Ralph C...
05/29/2020

The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo would like to give a shout out and big thank you to Ralph Colantuono & Julie Moreno C at Granita Grille 487 Broadway Westwood, NJ. Westwood Police Department approached Granita Grille with a plan to purchase and deliver hot dinners to the families of health care workers in our town on one of their nights off. WPD wanted to bring them some joy & some family time in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic. Police Officers know, all too well, the psychological toll work related stresses can have on individuals and their families.
Granita Grille prepared the dinners and they were delivered by the Westwood Police Department. Thank you to our front-line workers, you are our heroes. Thank you to Granita Grille for partnering with us. #wearewestwood #Granitagivesback #feedingfrontliners #policecanhaveheroestoo #westwoodstrong

Hillsdale Police Department NJ
05/28/2020

Hillsdale Police Department NJ

WANTED PERSON:
The Hillsdale Police and the Bergen County Sheriffs Department are endeavoring to locate the following party who is wanted by the Bergen County Sheriffs Department for multiple outstanding criminal charges:

Patrick McMeekin is 5'10 Approximately 225 lbs with grey hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent public places and does not operate a motor vehicle.

He is a former resident of Hillsdale and is known to also reside in Colorado.

If anyone has had any contact with this individual, they should contact the Hillsdale Police Department Communications at 201-664-4200, or The Bergen County Sheriffs Department at 201-646-2222.

The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo would like to thank and remember all those who have fought ...
05/25/2020

The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo would like to thank and remember all those who have fought for our freedoms and allow us to live as a free nation. For those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, for those who have served and for those currently serving, we remember, we honor and we thank you for your service.

Although we are somewhat confined due to the Covid19 pandemic, please appropriately pay your respects to those deserving.

Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday weekend!

05/13/2020

**SCAM ALERT - PLEASE SHARE THIS**

A common scam that targets older adults, known as the Grandparent Scam, has resurfaced in the Pascack Valley area over the past few weeks. In a typical Grandparent Scam, a con artist calls or emails the victim posing as a relative in distress or someone claiming to represent the relative (such as a lawyer or law enforcement agent). The "relative" of the grandparent explains she is in trouble and needs their grandparent to meet at a location where cash will be exchanged for the purpose of bail money, lawyer’s fees, hospital bills, or another fictitious expense.

The victim is urged not to tell anyone, such as the parent of the “grandchild” because they do not want them to find out about the trouble they've gotten themselves into. The grandparent never hears from their fake grandchild again and is tricked out of hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

To avoid becoming a victim of the Grandparent Scam, Westwood Police Department recommends the following tips:
• Beware of any urgent solicitation of funds, especially if it is needed to pay for unexpected bills, such as bail money, lawyer’s fees, or doctor bills
• Independently contact the relative (or parent of the relative) the scam artist is claiming to be (or represent) at a known phone number to verify the details of the story.
• Scam artist’s payment method of choice is the wire transfer. Any urgent request to wire money should be treated suspiciously.
• Be aware that fraudsters attempting the Grandparent Scam may call late at night to confuse potential victims.
• Consumers who have been victims of this scam should immediately report it to their local law enforcement.

Today is International Firefighters' DayChief Michael R. Pontillo and the members of the Westwood Police Department wish...
05/04/2020

Today is International Firefighters' Day

Chief Michael R. Pontillo and the members of the Westwood Police Department wish to thank the Westwood Fire Department for their dedication and service to our community. We recognize all of the hours that you collectively volunteer for the betterment of our community.
Keep up the good work Westwood Volunteer Fire Department

This is what community is all about. Officer Danielle has been doing a fantastic job with this program. Glad to see so m...
05/04/2020

This is what community is all about. Officer Danielle has been doing a fantastic job with this program. Glad to see so many smiles on the kids faces during these difficult times!
Thank you to Celebrate Westwood or recognizing Officer Neuberger!

#WeAreWestwood
Celebrate: Officer Neuberger!

When life hands you a lockdown, make a parade! Faced with the prospect of Westwood kids missing out on traditional birthday celebrations, Councilwoman Erin Collins brought an idea to the Westwood Police Department: parade the borough emergency vehicles through town to spread some cheer! Chief Pontillo happily agreed and since then, Officer Neuberger has been on the case! She has organized over 116 parades since 3/31 with over 23 still scheduled through mid-May, for kids of all ages. And it's not just the birthday boys or girls that get in on the excitement! The parades have become neighborhood events, with residents running to their front porches when they hear the familiar roar of sirens, waving with ear to ear grins at the DPW trucks, Westwood Volunteer Fire Department, Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps vehicles, and police vehicles rolling down the block. Residents have begun to join with their own decorated vehicles, signs, balloons, and enthusiastic cheers. Sure, we all want this pandemic to end, but this is one thing we could get used to sticking around!

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It is with deep regret that the Westwood, Washington Township and Emerson Police Departments announce the cancellation o...
04/22/2020

It is with deep regret that the Westwood, Washington Township and Emerson Police Departments announce the cancellation of the 2020 Junior Police Academy. We will be back stronger than ever in 2021.
Until then, be safe, stay healthy and practice #socialdistancing

On behalf of The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontilllo, we would like to wish everyone in the commun...
04/12/2020

On behalf of The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontilllo, we would like to wish everyone in the community a Happy Easter and a Happy Passover. May you make the best of this time focusing on the important things in your life.
Be safe, be healthy and continue to grow.

On behalf of the Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo, we would like to publicly extend an offer to ...
03/31/2020

On behalf of the Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo, we would like to publicly extend an offer to brighten peoples day in these difficult times.

If your child has a birthday celebration that has been cancelled due to the most recent executive orders, please reach out to Westwood Police Department's Community Policing Bureau. We will work with you to schedule a drive by, light show or light and siren show (while being respectful of the noise to the neighbors) in an effort to brighten the day.

Arrangements can be made by calling 201-664-7000 ext#169, or by emailing [email protected]

Thank you to the community for stepping up in these difficult times. As a reminder, please continue to practice #socialdistancing. All of Westwood's resources are working to keep Westwood as safe as possible. Be safe, be smart and stay healthy!!

Please see the attached Borough of a Westwood Press Release / COVID-19 Update from Mayor Ray Arroyo.Please continue to p...
03/27/2020

Please see the attached Borough of a Westwood Press Release / COVID-19 Update from Mayor Ray Arroyo.

Please continue to practice #socialdistancing and work to flatten the curve. Don’t forget to follow the personal hygiene recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.

Please see the attached press release / Covid19 update from Mayor Ray Arroyo. As referenced in the letter, those seeking...
03/26/2020

Please see the attached press release / Covid19 update from Mayor Ray Arroyo. As referenced in the letter, those seeking to find the local number of Covid19 cases may do so through the Borough of Westwood website directly at the link below:

www.westwoodnj.gov/bergencounty

Please continue to practice #socialdistancing and work to flatten the curve. Please follow the personal hygiene recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.

Work to stay safe and healthy!
Chief Michael R. Pontillo

Please see the attached press release from Mayor Ray Arroyo. Please continue to practice #socialdistancing and help to f...
03/25/2020

Please see the attached press release from Mayor Ray Arroyo. Please continue to practice #socialdistancing and help to flatten the curve. Thank you and stay safe!
Chief Michael R. Pontillo

Please see the attached press release from the Borough of Westwood and Mayor Ray Arroyo.
03/21/2020

Please see the attached press release from the Borough of Westwood and Mayor Ray Arroyo.

Effective immediately, The Westwood Police Department will be instituting the use of the 911 Eye System. This system ena...
03/19/2020

Effective immediately, The Westwood Police Department will be instituting the use of the 911 Eye System. This system enables our Emergency Dispatchers to send a link to a mobile phone caller to create a live streaming video portal between the caller and the dispatcher.

This system will allow WPD to conduct an assessment of the call, get at scene video and more quickly send the appropriate emergency services to calls for service. Further, this will allow confirmation of information received by our dispatchers.

During this public health emergency, the public should know that we will respond, no matter what emergency that you are calling about. We urge callers to be honest so that our first responders can take the proper protective measures in order to maintain their own health so that they can continue to respond to emergencies. We understand peoples concerns and are doing everything we can to mitigate the public health hazards to our first responders so that we can maintain service to this community in these unprecedented times.

The 911 Eye System is just another step we are taking to ensure the safety of everyone.

See a link to how the system works and watch a video here:
https://911eye.com/how-it-works/

As a reminder, the following rules remain in effect:
We remind our community to practice #socialdistancing, #washyourhands and to be safe. The school facilities and fields have been closed by the school district. Groups of 10 or more are prohibited in parks.

The Governor' State of Emergency Declaration can be found here:https://nj.gov/infobank/circular/eocc104.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate department or call the Westwood Police Department
non-emergency line 201-664-7000.

Thank you!

Please see the attached press release from Mayor Ray Arroyo on behalf of The Borough of Westwood. Please know that in th...
03/17/2020

Please see the attached press release from Mayor Ray Arroyo on behalf of The Borough of Westwood. Please know that in these uncertain times that all of your Westwood 1st Responder resources (Police, Fire, EMS & DPW) remain prepared and ready to respond to any emergency.

Should you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact your local officials or departments.

Please practice #socialdistancing and common sense as we navigate through this emergency.

The Westwood Police Department will continue to respond to calls for service. The services that we deliver may be different than a normal response. This is an effort to reduce the exposure that officers may face interacting with others. Some of these changes include:

1. Non-emergency reports can be taken over the phone
2. Records requests will be fulfilled electronically
3. Accident reports can be purchased through the CarFax
portal (www.crashdocs.org) or sent via email.
4. Handicapped placards can be sent via mail once completed
and we can mail them back or drop them off to you.
Applications available on NJDMV website.
5. Firearms permits must have an appointment to drop off
completed applications. You must speak with the Detective
Bureau at 201-664-7000 ext 164 or ext 159.
6. The filing of complaints and applications for court relief can
be filed in person, but you will be met outside by an officer.
7. Ambulatory patients on medical calls will be asked to meet
the police and ambulance outside of their homes prior to
transport.

If you have a non-emergency police matter please call 201-664-7000. If you have an emergency please call 911.

Updates will be provided on all Westwood Borough social media and websites as information is received.

Thank you for your understanding and stay safe!
Chief Michael R. Pontillo

Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
03/13/2020

Bergen County Prosecutor's Office

During this health crisis, #BCPONJ warns that criminals are taking advantage. Beware of online scams and emails about #coronavirus. Do not click on unknown links!

Please see the attached press release on behalf of The Borough of Westwood. We would like our community to be sensible a...
03/13/2020

Please see the attached press release on behalf of The Borough of Westwood. We would like our community to be sensible and safe as we navigate through this situation. Should you need any assistance, know that your Borough and all of its emergency responders are here for you.

The Westwood Police Department is currently hiring for the position of full time Public Safety Telecommunicator. Applica...
03/12/2020

The Westwood Police Department is currently hiring for the position of full time Public Safety Telecommunicator.

Applicants are required to possess a Basic 911 Telecommunicator Certification, Emergency Medical Dispatch Certification and CPR certification. The position requires good communication skills, public contact, the ability to multi-task, basic computer familiarity and the ability to solve problems. Applicants must be able to pass a background investigation and drug screening test.

Applications are available at Westwood Police HQ - 101 Washington Avenue Westwood, NJ 07675. You may also contact Captain Jay Hutchinson at 201-664-7000 ext #153.

The Borough of Westwood is an equal opportunity employer.

The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo would like to thank Mr. Mac Miranda with The Primoris Acade...
03/11/2020

The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo would like to thank Mr. Mac Miranda with The Primoris Academy for inviting us to share about Westwood and educate his students during their lesson on "Community Helpers."

The Westwood Police Department values any and all opportunities to interact with the youth of our community, particularly when we can grow and learn together to keep Westwood a safe and happy place to live or visit. We also know that this isn't a one person or one department job, but that of a true "team."

Westwood Officers Danielle Neuberger and Brian Donaghy were happy to be able to show that "team effort" by having Westwood Fire Department (Ron Stankus & Emmanuel Majia) Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps (Jennifer Hughes & Nicole DiJoie) and Westwood DPW (Danny Snyder) join us at Primoris Academy to share how they help our community as well. Together, as a team, we keep Westwood, its residents and those who come here safe and sound.

#westwoodpolicenj #wpd #wpdnj #WestwoodFireDepartment #wvfd #wvac #WestwoodVolunteerAmbulance #WestwoodDPW #wearewestwood #westwoodpdcares #community #communityhelpers

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Thank you so much for making my daughters birthday so special today and many others kids in town as well!
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There are absolutely no words to describe the joy my heart feels knowing that my family and I are members of such a loving community. Today we celebrated the heavenly birthday of my aunt Shirley Jackson who passed away on 4/2/20 via a mobile parade/processional. Let me tell you, the Westwood Police Department, Westwood Fire Department, Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corp, and the Westwood DPW showed up and showed out!!!!!!!!!!!! We could never say enough thank you’s or write enough cards to express our gratitude for what you’ve done to help honor our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, and “president.” On behalf of the Jackson, Johnson, and Smith families, we love and truly appreciate you all.
I think we could use a Police presents at Trader Joes . Folks are starting to park everywhere . Thank you . Maybe you could look into it
I need a ride on Friday Dan play now I got the middle and I need a ride I'm going to open the melon is Ed Murtaugh football
A Westwood patrol officer on vehicle burglary patrol chased down a local man after catching him rolling a stolen tire down the street, authorities said.
I saw the new signs warning pedestrians to stay in the crosswalks. I want to know when WWPD will start holding drivers responsible for following the laws. I stand in the crosswalk with my daughter waiting, while sometimes 15 cars drive past me. I witnessed a person getting hit in a crosswalk on Irvington.
SHOUT OUT: An exclusive four-course, prix fixe dinner at Westwood’s popular Caffe Anello next week will help raise funds for Special Olympics New Jersey.
Sending thanks to all our police officers on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day! Thank you!!!
The other day down in Special Olympics we want silver and volleyball we have fun when is the fundraiser for Special Olympics when are you guys doing the fundraiser please don't forget to call me Anthony God bless all the people in Westwood Police Department and I was wondering I don't know our Special Olympics team leprechauns basketball team we could really use a warm-up suits I don't know if you know any collections for us have a great day bye bye God bless you Ed Edward Murtagh
We have a missing dog from Needham who has crossed in to Dover this evening & the tracker says the dog may be heading somewhat southerly. Would you please be able to post this flyer on your page? Dover PD posted it for us & we rec'd calls when people saw him. Thanks so much & Happy New Year! Lee Tran (Admin 'Needham, MA' group) www.facebook.com/groups/60150430936/permalink/10156651167400937
December 4th, 2018, at the Hillsdale Mayor and Council meeting, Hillsdale Police Officer Brian Considine and Westwood Police Officer Brian Donaghy were commended with A Life Saving Recognition Award by Hillsdale Police Chief Robert Francaviglia. During our last snow storm, Officer Considine and Officer Donaghy rushed to the aid of an elderly man in the midst of a life threatening heart attack. Were it not for the officer's quick action, training and skill, the heart attack may have proven fatal.