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Auxiliary Police


Fundraiser for Bergenfield Auxiliary Police - Please support these public safety volunteers at their Fish n' Chips fundraiser on April 1, 2016



The Bergenfield Auxiliary Police Unit always seeks new volunteers to assist the police department and serve the community. If you are interested in joining, training will be provided.

The minimum requirements are:

-18 years of age or older
-Possess a valid NJ driver's license
-Have no criminal history
-Reside in Bergenfield or within 5 miles of the border of Bergenfield if the municipality you reside in does not have an Auxiliary Police Program
-Volunteer 8 hours a month - 96 hours per year
-Attend mandatory training on the last Monday of each month at 7 pm

Applications are located at the Police Communication Desk 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

If you have any questions about the unit, contact Lt. Jerry Stapleton at 201-387-4000 x4008.

Auxiliary Police Chief Rich Goddin

Fraud Scam Information

October 2015

Click the highlighted link and read a North Jersey Media news article entitled: "Phone, email scams on the rise" which features information provided by

Bergenfield PD Detective Bureau commander, Lt. David Doherty, on "Bail Money" and "Fake Lottery" scams which are occurring more frequently.

Link to article Phone, email scams on the rise


Fraud-Scam Emails: "Phishing"  Click here

Click this link: IRS Phone Scams for information on our blog regarding IRS Phone Scam.

This occurred right here in Bergenfield.

Residents need to be aware.

Distraction/Imposter burglary-theft Alert: Incident occurred in nearby Paramus. Be aware of these type of crimes.

Click here for article from Northjersey.com

Residents are reminded to be wary of any type of emails, letters, or phone calls from persons not known to you that involves you sending money via Western Union to other locations or addresses, especially international addresses. Scams have occurred whereby the caller or email sender will send you a check for a certain amount of money, asking you to deposit it to your own account then to Western Union monies to them based on that check. Those checks sent to you are fraudulent. You will not realize it until your bank contacts you about that check not being valid.

Other scams, one of which is being investigated presently, involve a resident accepting delivery of packages after receiving a call from a person who requested the parcels be sent to this resident. In turn, the resident would re-package the items and send them to another overseas address. In return for the favor of sending the packages the resident was promised a monetary payment. These parcels were all purchased with stolen credit card numbers.

A scam that has recently been attempted in the Bergen County area involves the "Grandparent" scam. A caller has made multiple calls to elderly victims claiming to be a grandson who has been arrested for DWI in Los Angeles and/or New York City. The scammer attempts to get the victim to wire money to bail him out of jail.

There are numerous scams, frauds and cons perpetrated each day on unsuspecting citizens. These occur here in Bergenfield too. The Bergenfield Police request residents to be aware of the frauds and to watch out for their elderly friends and neighbors too. Senior citizens are often easy targets for the scammers. Speak to your neighbors and make them aware.

Some complaints have been received regarding phone telemarketers soliciting for donations to police organizations. Many of the organizations are legitimate, but are not soliciting on behalf of the local police organizations, such as Bergenfield PBA Local 309. If in doubt contact the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs to verify whether the solicitor is registered. If you have a complaint against the solicitor, also lodge that complaint with the Division of Consumer Affairs. See link below for more information.

Websites with useful information on scams and frauds:

Click on any one of the below agencies to link to information

NJ Division of Consumer Affairs *When arriving at this site go to bottom of page to search, type the word "police." This will show the registered charitable police organizations within the State of NJ.


NABI (National Association of Bunco Investigators)

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Overnight Parking

Residents and visitors are reminded that there is NO Overnight Parking on borough streets from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., seven days a week.

No Overnight Parking Ordinance 299-10 Click here


Crime Updates

Swatting Incidents - Information

Click here for link to north jersey media article on "Swatting" incidents around the area

False Report-Swatting Incident April 25 2015

False Report –Swatting Hoax – Hostage Barricaded Subject incident

On Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:52 p.m., officers of the Bergenfield Police Department responded to Hollywood Cleaners, 51 New Bridge Road, after a male caller reported he was inside the business and would shoot himself and two persons with him and anyone who would come near the building. The caller also indicated he had bombs strapped to the hostages.


Based on the information provided involving weapons and explosives, the call was handled as a barricaded subject incident. Officers formed a secure perimeter around the business and additional resources were requested from the Bergen County Sheriff Department for SWAT, Bomb Squad and a Crisis Negotiation Team.


Traffic in the area was detoured, however, based on the location and the hour of the incident, no surrounding businesses or residents required evacuation.


The SWAT team made entry into the building at 12:56 a.m. and conducted a thorough search of the premises for the caller and victims with negative results.


At 2:34 a.m., the SWAT team deemed the building to be safe and all resources secured from the scene. At this time the business has been turned over to the owner who had also responded to the scene.


The incident is under investigation and detectives have several leads on the origin of the call. Details will be released when more information is confirmed.


A similar “swatting” hoax incident occurred recently in Clifton. As with that incident and any hoax calls, the seriousness and danger that exists by making a false report puts not only citizens, but multiple emergency personnel responding to the call at risk of death or serious injury. This is a public safety issue and innocent people are put at risk due to “swatting” or hoax calls. The police department will aggressively pursue this investigation to hold the person or persons responsible for making this false report and will prosecute them to the full extent of the law.


Bergenfield Police were assisted at the scene by the Bergenfield Volunteer Fire Department and Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corp.



Tips for Crime Prevention

Never leave your keys in your car.
tip1The majority of car thefts in the borough are the result of people leaving their keys in the car.
Use motion sensors and timers to keep would-be burglars guessing.
tip2Whether away for the day, or on vacation for one or more weeks, make your home look occupied. Vary the timers throughout the house.
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country.
tip 3Do not leave mail in your mailbox for an extended period of time. When possible, shred your credit card statements, unsolicited credit card applications etc. before placing them in the trash.

In the News

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 February 2016 18:37 )

Attempt to Identify-Forgery Counterfeit

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Click on link below for media release with photos. BPD asking for assistance in identifying two persons who perpetrated a forgery by passing counterfeit currency


Last Updated ( Friday, 22 January 2016 22:24 )

Media Release: Hit-Run March 4

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Bergenfield police investigate hit and run

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 January 2016 22:24 )

Hit & Run Investigation

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On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at approximately 06:20 am, a female pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle while crossing the above intersection. The vehicle involved subsequently fled the scene.  The victim was identified as Maria Cano, age 60, of Teaneck, New Jersey. She sustained serious injuries and was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center by Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance emergency medical technicians and hospital paramedics for treatment of her injuries. The Bergenfield Police Department, along with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, is seeking assistance in locating the vehicle involved in this crash.The vehicle involved has now been identified as a silver or white, late model Mercedes Benz SUV, possibly a model ML 350, 450 or 550. This vehicle may have sustained damage from the impact in the area of the front passenger side headlamp, bumper or fender. The vehicle was initially traveling eastbound on W. Clinton Ave prior to the impact with the pedestrian which occurred in  the intersection of S. Washington Ave and E. Clinton Ave.  After the impact the vehicle continued eastbound on E. Clinton Avenue towards Tenafly. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Bergenfield Police at 201-387-4000. The case investigator is Det. Richard Ramos. Case # 14-24296.


Last Updated ( Friday, 23 January 2015 15:32 )
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Chief's Message

Welcome to the official website of the Bergenfield Police Department. We encourage you to peruse the information listed here regarding our services, programs and crime updates. Also available are contacts with phone numbers and email addresses so you are able to contact us or be directed to the appropriate Division. Additionally, I encourage our residents to sign up for our Swift Reach emergency messages, NIXLE alerts messages, follow us on TWITTER@bergenfieldnjpd and “like” us on FACEBOOK for the most up-to-date information on community news, road closures or conditions, as well as emergency alerts. Also look for photos of events at our Instagram account

Our mission as a department is to serve and protect the public – including all residential, commercial and visiting neighbors of Bergenfield. The men and women of our department – both sworn and civilian – are dedicated to protecting the life and property of all of our residents, while also keeping order, resolving conflict and investigating and charging those in violation of the law.

There have been many changes in this line of work, particularly in technology. Today, we are able to utilize technology to analyze and store crime data and statistics in a way we never could before. The records management systems we operate today allow us to retrieve data quickly and be able to analyze issues and be proactive in addressing them.

We are dedicated to continuing to advance our department, technologically, while being mindful of budgetary constraints plaguing local municipalities today.

Chief Cathy Madalone continues the work of all previous police administrations and maintains the forward motion of this force. We are all dedicated to ensuring the integrity of this department.

The men and women of our department continue to keep our community safe and maintain a low crime rate – for which they are to be commended. Public safety has always been at the heart of our mission as a police department and that is something that will never change.


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Quick Facts

The Bergenfield Police Dept has:

  • 45 sworn Police Officers
  • 8 civilian Telecommunicators/9-1-1 Dispatchers *5 Part-Time/Per Diem
  • 3 civilian Records Bureau employees

Examinations for employment are conducted through the New Jersey Civil Service Commission.

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***For Uniform Crime Report for 2014 go to the following link: click here and go to page 23 for Bergenfield

Link to FBI site for information about the Uniform Crime Report CLICK HERE

UCR Current Data for 2015 : Click here

In 2014, the Police Department responded to 39,037 Calls for Service (CFS):

  • Non Criminal Incidents 18673
  • other incidents 7198
  • Arrests: warrants, criminal, juvenile, other 223
  • Missing Person/Runaway reports 27 *Missing returned 27
  • Fraud/Identity Theft 105
  • Criminal Mischief 49
  • Domestic Violence 62
  • Motor Vehicle Crashes 834
  • Medical Cases 1525
  • Alarms 708
  • Fire Reports/Assists  462
  • Bank Escorts 181

***The above statistics show a general breakdown of the various calls for service. Police responses and other duties or responsibilities that occur, or are handled during the year, vary in their classification. The official crime index is handled through the New Jersey State Police / FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and is available for 2014 at this time. Click the current data link to receive data current data from 2015

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