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The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo would like to thank and remember all those who have fought ...
05/30/2021

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. Please pay your respects to those deserving.

Although the Covid19 restrictions are easing, please enjoy your weekend safely. This is the unofficial start of summer and we would encourage people to enjoy themselves responsibly.

Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday weekend!

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. Please pay your respects to those deserving.

Although the Covid19 restrictions are easing, please enjoy your weekend safely. This is the unofficial start of summer and we would encourage people to enjoy themselves responsibly.

Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday weekend!

Come on out and enjoy!#cops #police #foodtruckfestival #food #fun#pba206
05/15/2021

Come on out and enjoy!
#cops #police #foodtruckfestival #food #fun
#pba206

Come out and join us this may at our first Food Truck Festival! Plenty of great vendors will be there. Hope to see everyone there at this great outdoor event at Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake.

#foodtruck #Cops #fundraiser #food

The Westwood Police Department is blessed to be a part of this community and to have the support of all of our elected o...
05/12/2021

The Westwood Police Department is blessed to be a part of this community and to have the support of all of our elected officials and the community. Thank you!

Westwood supports the mission of The Westwood Police Department. We appreciate our officers who are charged with the task of keeping every member of our community safe and secure. And we thank them for their efforts in bringing our Westwood community even closer together.

This week marks the 59th annual National Police Week. Some history as told by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund: “In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.”

Westwood thanks its police officers today, and every day, for their dedicated service.

Due to the forecasted rain, the Kinderkamack Road paving project will suspend operations on Wednesday May 05, 2021. They...
05/04/2021

Due to the forecasted rain, the Kinderkamack Road paving project will suspend operations on Wednesday May 05, 2021. They will commence paving on Thursday May 06, 2021 at 4:00am in order to have the Old Hook and Kinderkamack intersection paved and open for the morning rush hour. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the period of the work. This infrastructure project is part of the Bergen County Roadway Resurfacing Program.

Residents who live on Kingsberry Avenue, Lester Avenue, Green Street and Crest Street will be impacted throughout the day based on the times that the project moves past your street and curing time for the new asphalt. As such, there are planned alternate parking areas on Crest Street, The Knights of Columbus parking lot on Crest Street and Stop & Shop parking lot adjacent to Kinderkamack Road in Emerson. Parking at these alternate sites is on an "at your own risk" basis. Vehicles will be prohibited from driving across the new asphalt till such time that it is safe for vehicular travel.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Captain Jay Hutchinson at 201-664-7000 ext #153 or [email protected]

Thank you!

Due to the forecasted rain, the Kinderkamack Road paving project will suspend operations on Wednesday May 05, 2021. They will commence paving on Thursday May 06, 2021 at 4:00am in order to have the Old Hook and Kinderkamack intersection paved and open for the morning rush hour. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the period of the work. This infrastructure project is part of the Bergen County Roadway Resurfacing Program.

Residents who live on Kingsberry Avenue, Lester Avenue, Green Street and Crest Street will be impacted throughout the day based on the times that the project moves past your street and curing time for the new asphalt. As such, there are planned alternate parking areas on Crest Street, The Knights of Columbus parking lot on Crest Street and Stop & Shop parking lot adjacent to Kinderkamack Road in Emerson. Parking at these alternate sites is on an "at your own risk" basis. Vehicles will be prohibited from driving across the new asphalt till such time that it is safe for vehicular travel.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Captain Jay Hutchinson at 201-664-7000 ext #153 or [email protected]

Thank you!

WESTWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT PARTNERS WITH FRONTLINE PUBLIC SAFETY SOLUTIONSThe Westwood Police Department and Chief Micha...
04/30/2021
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WESTWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT PARTNERS WITH FRONTLINE PUBLIC SAFETY SOLUTIONS

The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo are proud to announce a partnership with Frontline Public Safety Solutions in order to bring a new level of cooperation between the Police Department and the residents of Westwood. Frontline offers an online portal that will enable residents to connect with the Police Department in a variety of ways. All residents and business owners are encouraged to take advantage of this unique program.

Through Frontline Public Safety Solutions, the Westwood Police Department now has the ability to take overnight parking requests from residents using any web enabled device. In addition, residents will be able to register their homes while away, enabling officers to keep tabs on vacant properties. Users will also be able to register their pets, bicycles, and at-risk relatives easily and in a secure fashion. Business owners now have the ability to register through Frontline to provide the most up to date emergency contact information. Finally, through the Citizen Complaint module, residents will be able to provide information about non-emergency inquiries directly to the Police Department.

The Westwood Police Department would like to encourage all residents to utilize this great service. It is accessible by visiting
https://www.frontlinepss.com/westwoodnjpd. Below is an overview of the modules available starting May 1st, 2021.

Overnight Parking

This module is an online database that enable residents to register their vehicle for overnight parking. In lieu of contacting the Westwood Police Dispatch center, residents can simply access Frontline from any web enabled device to register their vehicles under certain circumstances.

Vacation Watch

The Vacation Watch module is a secure online database that allows residents to create entries for their property while they are away on vacation. When a resident goes away on a vacation, their primary concern may be their home. This module provides peace of mind that their home is being checked and monitored by the Westwood Police Department. Officers will have access to a list of homes that have requested that their homes be put on a watch list for a determined period of time. Officers then have a way of posting acknowledgement of checking on the home and even have the ability to email the homeowner that “all is well” right from their patrol vehicles.

Pet Management

Residents can register their pets with the Police Department through Pet Management. This module will also allow residents to upload photos of their pets in the event they were to become lost.

Business Key Holder

This module give business owners in town the ability to register their business with the Police Department and provide valuable information in case of an emergency. It provides a database of vital information instantly to Officers. Business contact information including names, addresses, phone numbers, cell phone numbers and 2nd & 3rd contact people can be stored.

At-Risk Residents

The At-Risk module allows Officers gather and store information on individuals that may need special assistance. The elderly and special needs individuals are some of the people that may benefit from this platform. Names, addresses, physical descriptions, photos, medical histories, and forms of communication are the type of the information that can be stored. Officers now have immediate access to this information when a situation unfolds which helps the Police Department and residents bridge the gap in a time of need.

Citizen Reporting

Citizen Reporting gives residents a venue to provide information about non-emergency events and inquiries. Once received, each submission will be reviewed and distributed to Officers or other departments accordingly. This portal will keep the phone lines open for emergency situations. Remember, this should be utilized for non emergency situations only.

Bike Management

Residents will have the ability to register their bicycles with the Police Department. Photos can be uploaded in the event a bicycle is stolen or goes missing.

As a resident, you have the ability to request your own entries that will be directed right to your Law Enforcement Agency. Simply choose the selection below and fill out a form for your request.

The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo would like to inform our residents that Tilcon Paving Compa...
04/29/2021

The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo would like to inform our residents that Tilcon Paving Company, in conjunction with the Bergen County Road Department, will be resurfacing Kinderkamack Road from the Old Hook Road intersection to Lincoln Boulevard in the Borough of Emerson. The milling and paving of the road will commence on or about Monday May 3rd and run through Thursday May 8th. The work will be conducted between the hours of 4:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Schedule adjustments may occur based on the weather between now and the start date of the project and the work will be completed depending on cooperating weather.

Due to the nature of this project, it is important that residents and business owners are made aware that the ability to leave or return to their homes or businesses will be impacted at some point during the work hours. It is suggested that vehicles be moved prior to start times or parked in other locations during this time period.

Please be advised that traffic detours will periodically change during the construction to ensure the best possible traffic flow throughout duration of the project. Police Officers will be onsite to assist and guide motorists to their destinations. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Captain Jay Hutchinson at 201-664-7000 ext. 153 or [email protected]

Thank you for your patience and understanding while this infrastructure work is completed. Reverse 911 calls will be made to residents, through The Westwood Office of Emergency Management, in the local areas prior to the commencement of the work.

The Westwood Police Department and Chief Michael R. Pontillo would like to inform our residents that Tilcon Paving Company, in conjunction with the Bergen County Road Department, will be resurfacing Kinderkamack Road from the Old Hook Road intersection to Lincoln Boulevard in the Borough of Emerson. The milling and paving of the road will commence on or about Monday May 3rd and run through Thursday May 8th. The work will be conducted between the hours of 4:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Schedule adjustments may occur based on the weather between now and the start date of the project and the work will be completed depending on cooperating weather.

Due to the nature of this project, it is important that residents and business owners are made aware that the ability to leave or return to their homes or businesses will be impacted at some point during the work hours. It is suggested that vehicles be moved prior to start times or parked in other locations during this time period.

Please be advised that traffic detours will periodically change during the construction to ensure the best possible traffic flow throughout duration of the project. Police Officers will be onsite to assist and guide motorists to their destinations. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Captain Jay Hutchinson at 201-664-7000 ext. 153 or [email protected]

Thank you for your patience and understanding while this infrastructure work is completed. Reverse 911 calls will be made to residents, through The Westwood Office of Emergency Management, in the local areas prior to the commencement of the work.

This is a public service announcement for residents of Bergen County who are seeking, but have yet to find, a venue for ...
04/26/2021

This is a public service announcement for residents of Bergen County who are seeking, but have yet to find, a venue for receiving a Covid-19 vaccination. Eligibility is now open to everyone.

The Borough of Westwood has and will continue to work to make vaccinations available to our residents through the H.U.M.C. at Pascack Valley Campus. Those opportunities will also be posted here when that option is available.

This is a public service announcement for residents of Bergen County who are seeking, but have yet to find, a venue for receiving a Covid-19 vaccination. Eligibility is now open to everyone.

The Borough of Westwood has and will continue to work to make vaccinations available to our residents through the H.U.M.C. at Pascack Valley Campus. Those opportunities will also be posted here when that option is available.

On behalf of Chief Michael R. Pontillo and the Westwood Police Department, we wish to congratulate Laura Robertson, a 7t...
03/25/2021

On behalf of Chief Michael R. Pontillo and the Westwood Police Department, we wish to congratulate Laura Robertson, a 7th grader at Westwood Regional Middle School. Laura took part in the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office / Westwood Police Department Police Department Youth Essay Contest in which students were asked to write their stance on, "Why it is important for members of the community to engage with local law enforcement?"

Her essay was the #1 submitted essay to Westwood Police Department. For her work, she won a new Chromebook.

Congratulations Laura! We are proud of you!

Pictured below is Laura with her family and Westwood Police Officer Danielle Neuberger.

On behalf of Chief Michael R. Pontillo and the Westwood Police Department, we wish to congratulate Laura Robertson, a 7th grader at Westwood Regional Middle School. Laura took part in the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office / Westwood Police Department Police Department Youth Essay Contest in which students were asked to write their stance on, "Why it is important for members of the community to engage with local law enforcement?"

Her essay was the #1 submitted essay to Westwood Police Department. For her work, she won a new Chromebook.

Congratulations Laura! We are proud of you!

Pictured below is Laura with her family and Westwood Police Officer Danielle Neuberger.

Less than 10 days ago, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy approved legislation which legalized cannabis, decriminalized mar...
03/03/2021

Less than 10 days ago, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy approved legislation which legalized cannabis, decriminalized marijuana and clarified penalties for underage possession and use of marijuana and alcohol. This legislation was done in three separate bills:
A21- The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance & Marketplace Modernization Act

A1897- Decriminalizing Marijuana and Hashish Possession

S3454 – Clarifying Marijuana & Cannabis Use, Possession and Penalties for those under the age of 21

If you had the time to follow the lengthy discussions and bills that worked their way through the NJ Government, you would likely have heard that the cornerstone of this legislation was tied to social justice. You may have also heard that there was an attempt to legalize hallucinogenic mushrooms in concert with this legislation. That piece of it ultimately failed.

It is no secret that the majority of New Jersey residents favored the legalization of marijuana. In fact, it passed with approximately 2 to 1 vote in favor with 67.1%. The ballot question was worded as follows:

[Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”? Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis. The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market. Cannabis products would be subject to the State sales tax. If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.]

The new bills passed include the following provisions:

Possession of up to 6 ounces of regulated cannabis is legal for adults 21 and over

Possession of illicit marijuana is now decriminalized
The odor of marijuana or alcohol no longer constitutes reasonable articulable suspicion to initiate a stop of an individual under the age of 21, nor does it provide probable cause to search the person’s personal property or vehicle.

The possession of an alcoholic beverage or marijuana that is observed in plain sight shall not constitute probable cause to initiate a search of an individual under the age of 21 or that individual’s personal property or vehicle to determine a violation of any law.

An individual under the age of 21 who possesses marijuana or alcoholic beverages shall not be arrested, detained, or otherwise taken into custody except to the extent required to issue a written warning.

For an individual under the age of 18 who possesses marijuana or alcoholic beverages as a first offense, this new law forbids officers to contact a parent or guardian. Not only does it forbid that contact to a parent, the law makes it a 3rd degree criminal offense for Deprivation of Civil Rights for the police officer who contacts you, which would make that officer subject to the loss of their job, amongst other penalties.

A juvenile is defined as a person under the age of 18. There is no differentiation between a 3 year old and a 17 year old. To put this in perspective, a 13 year old who is in possession of up to 6 ounces of marijuana and an open bottle of liquor would be given a warning and the marijuana and alcohol removed from their possession. They would be issued a warning which would be entered into the local jurisdictions CAD system. There is no state database which tracks warning number by name, so if the same juvenile is caught in another town, it is unclear if there will be a system by which the police can determine the offense number to determine if parental notification is authorized.

There is a stark contrast between the ballot question and what was given to NJ in the final passage of this legislation. Yes, those over 21 can legally purchase and use regulated cannabis. But your rights as a parent have been infringed. Your right to look after what your child, whom you are ultimately responsible for, has been infringed. Your right to be aware of a police contact with your child is no longer your business, if it involves your child’s use of marijuana and alcohol. Your right to guide your child in a direction that you feel is appropriate has been infringed. This was not specifically written into the law, but these are the practical consequences of the legislation.

If you are upset about it, you have a few options………. Do nothing and see how this plays out…… chill out and smoke a joint (clearly this is a facetious suggestion, but it underlines the seriousness of the issue)…….. or petition the legislature to repeal the section of the law which has deprived parents of their previously enjoyed parental rights.

We normally say that actions speak louder than words, but in this case, the results speak louder than the plain text of the bill. Unfortunately, NJ didn’t follow the will of the people on the ballot question, they legislated parenting. This is an over reach of government which is a deeply troubling and inappropriate step, based on the times we are living in.

Chief Michael R. Pontillo

Less than 10 days ago, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy approved legislation which legalized cannabis, decriminalized marijuana and clarified penalties for underage possession and use of marijuana and alcohol. This legislation was done in three separate bills:
A21- The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance & Marketplace Modernization Act

A1897- Decriminalizing Marijuana and Hashish Possession

S3454 – Clarifying Marijuana & Cannabis Use, Possession and Penalties for those under the age of 21

If you had the time to follow the lengthy discussions and bills that worked their way through the NJ Government, you would likely have heard that the cornerstone of this legislation was tied to social justice. You may have also heard that there was an attempt to legalize hallucinogenic mushrooms in concert with this legislation. That piece of it ultimately failed.

It is no secret that the majority of New Jersey residents favored the legalization of marijuana. In fact, it passed with approximately 2 to 1 vote in favor with 67.1%. The ballot question was worded as follows:

[Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”? Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis. The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market. Cannabis products would be subject to the State sales tax. If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.]

The new bills passed include the following provisions:

Possession of up to 6 ounces of regulated cannabis is legal for adults 21 and over

Possession of illicit marijuana is now decriminalized
The odor of marijuana or alcohol no longer constitutes reasonable articulable suspicion to initiate a stop of an individual under the age of 21, nor does it provide probable cause to search the person’s personal property or vehicle.

The possession of an alcoholic beverage or marijuana that is observed in plain sight shall not constitute probable cause to initiate a search of an individual under the age of 21 or that individual’s personal property or vehicle to determine a violation of any law.

An individual under the age of 21 who possesses marijuana or alcoholic beverages shall not be arrested, detained, or otherwise taken into custody except to the extent required to issue a written warning.

For an individual under the age of 18 who possesses marijuana or alcoholic beverages as a first offense, this new law forbids officers to contact a parent or guardian. Not only does it forbid that contact to a parent, the law makes it a 3rd degree criminal offense for Deprivation of Civil Rights for the police officer who contacts you, which would make that officer subject to the loss of their job, amongst other penalties.

A juvenile is defined as a person under the age of 18. There is no differentiation between a 3 year old and a 17 year old. To put this in perspective, a 13 year old who is in possession of up to 6 ounces of marijuana and an open bottle of liquor would be given a warning and the marijuana and alcohol removed from their possession. They would be issued a warning which would be entered into the local jurisdictions CAD system. There is no state database which tracks warning number by name, so if the same juvenile is caught in another town, it is unclear if there will be a system by which the police can determine the offense number to determine if parental notification is authorized.

There is a stark contrast between the ballot question and what was given to NJ in the final passage of this legislation. Yes, those over 21 can legally purchase and use regulated cannabis. But your rights as a parent have been infringed. Your right to look after what your child, whom you are ultimately responsible for, has been infringed. Your right to be aware of a police contact with your child is no longer your business, if it involves your child’s use of marijuana and alcohol. Your right to guide your child in a direction that you feel is appropriate has been infringed. This was not specifically written into the law, but these are the practical consequences of the legislation.

If you are upset about it, you have a few options………. Do nothing and see how this plays out…… chill out and smoke a joint (clearly this is a facetious suggestion, but it underlines the seriousness of the issue)…….. or petition the legislature to repeal the section of the law which has deprived parents of their previously enjoyed parental rights.

We normally say that actions speak louder than words, but in this case, the results speak louder than the plain text of the bill. Unfortunately, NJ didn’t follow the will of the people on the ballot question, they legislated parenting. This is an over reach of government which is a deeply troubling and inappropriate step, based on the times we are living in.

Chief Michael R. Pontillo

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BBBCNJ Welcomes all new members everywhere. Need help growing support. Numbers matter. This is an apolitical group for the purposes of support for law enforcement and their families. To ensure that funding and expansion, along with tax payer support of to ensure that our police are treated with respect and salaries they deserve. God Bless America and our first line in the defense of our freedom! https://www.facebook.com/groups/323835148964666
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