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The Mission of the Ridgewood Police Department is to ensure the safety, security and the highest quality of life for all members of our community, along with those who work within and/or visit Ridgewood. It is also our mission to provide the highest level of police services based upon best practices, high ethical and professional standards in partnership with our community.

Our mission is public service and we are proud of it

  • "Miranda" rights for Social Media

    Social media can be an incredibly useful tool and medium to stay connected with family and friends.  Here are some "miranda rights" to remember when posting to social media:


    "You have the right to remain silent"

    • What do you have to gain from posting?  If you stand to lose more than you stand to gain - you have the right to remain silent!
    • If you're posting out of anger - maybe in a political discussion - then you "pump the breaks" before engaging anyone online.  Perhaps waiting a time period to allow you to calm down, and revisit the topic later.  More often then not, you'll be able to make a more informed decision as to whether you'll post on the topic.


    "Anything you say can, and will, be used against you."

    • There is no such thing as "private" social media accounts.
    • Your "private" messages can be screen-captured and can still be shared without your knowledge.
    • Ask yourself - 'are all of your social media "friends" actually a friend?'.  Do you know them well enough to trust them with your career, education, reputation or family life?


    "You have the right to have an attorney present"

    • Sure, I'm sure people will come to your defense on social media to some of your posts.  But think about it, you've put yourself in a position where you need to be defended.


    "If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you"

    • As stated above, you've created a situation where you "need to be defended" online.  Another problem that creates is - you can't choose your defenders.  They may take your post "too far" and you could be to blame for their words as well!
    • Members of fringe organizations, or individuals whose profile pictures are offensive and do not represent your beliefs can quickly jump into the fray to "defend" you, but actually make things much worse.


    "Do you understand your rights as they've been explained to you?"

    • Don't be afraid to walk away from a debate.  Put down your phone, walk away from your desktop, and do something that will make you happy and calm you.
    • Before posting, ask yourself "How is my life, career, or relationships going to practically benefit from this exchange?"  If you don't think you'll see any positive results, then why engage in the conversation?
    • Un-follow or un-friend toxic people.  You're not obligated to give people access to you, or our family!
    • Remember: be kind to others.  There are no two people exactly the same in this world, and everyone is entitled to their opinion.  Some opinions may differ, but you should always respect each other, and each others rights to have those opinions.  
  • Lose Power? Here is what to do!

    Here are some basic suggestions, of what to do if you lose power in your home:

    • Check your fuse box or circuit breakers.

    One of the first things you should check is your fuse box and/or circuit breakers.  Most circuit breakers will have some sort of indicator on them to show that the fuse was tripped. 

    (Please note: if your fuse or breakers are in a flooded area, DO NOT go near them until the water has receded or is removed.  This could be very dangerous.)


    • Look around your neighborhood, do your neighbors also seem to have no power?

    Another way to tell if the issue is isolated to your home is to look around your neighborhood.  If the lights are out in the neighborhood, then there is most likely something going on outside of your home.

    If your power goes out in the middle of the day, simply communicate with a neighbor in your area and ask them if they lost power as well.


    • Avoid going outside in inclement weather!

    If you’ve lost power during inclement weather, avoid going outside if you can.  Often, power is lost due to an interruption in the power grid.  This can be from a tree falling on wires and pulling them down, or a tree limb falling on your home’s service lines.  This can be dangerous as a live wire could be on the ground and cause serious injuries to anyone who makes contact with them.


    • When all else fails, call PSE&G (or your utility provider). 

    If there doesn’t appear to be any obvious reason for your loss in power, call PSE&G and report the outage. 

    PSE&G Phone Number: 1-800-436 7734.


    • It may not be a PSE&G Issue, it may be a “your home” issue.

    More often than not, when you call PSE&G about a power outage, they’re aware of the issue and are in the process of fixing it.  Sometimes, the problem is not with PSE&G, and you may have something going on inside your home.  If you don’t know how to properly fix the issue, don’t try to do it on your own.  Call a professional electrician into the home and hire them to troubleshoot your system. 


    • See Power Lines Down?

    This can be an emergency and should be reported right away.  As a reminder: stay away from down power lines and always assume they are engergized!

    Make sure you and any people with you are safe, then either call 9-1-1 or (201)652-3900 to notify emergency services of your situation.


    • Certain items will not work in your home, prepare a “backup plan”.

    Remember, certain items in your home may not work in power outages.  Some of these items may include:

    • electric wells;
    • sump pumps;
    • garage doors;
    • refrigerators; and,
    • boilers / heaters.

    Simply plan for “backups” to these devices and knowing what to do when they are not useable. 


    • Prevent damage to your electronics!

    Unplug all motor-driven appliances like refrigerators and freezers and sensitive electronic equipment (like TVs, microwaves and computers) to prevent a possible electrical overload when power is restored. You can also purchase a good quality surge protector to protect your electronics. 


    • Create an obvious sign that the power has been restored.

    Leave one light switch on in the home so that you will know when power has been restored. 


    • Have a battery-operated radio and flashlight handy.

    This is a very basic tool kit to help you get through some times when you’ll be without power for a period of time.  During emergencies, such as significant storms, cellular services may go down and you’ll need access to information related to the storm. 


    • Safety concerns with emergency generators.

    Know how to use your emergency generator.  Some generators automatically turn on when power is lost to the home, while some require manual manipulation to start.  Be knowledgeable as to how to operate your generator.  Never store a portable generator inside your home, this can be very dangerous!  Be careful when refueling gasoline generators.  Be aware of people trying to steal your generators, have a plan for this.  This can be as simple as chaining and locking your generator to a permanent structure or item.  Again, do not place the generator inside an enclosed space for security purposes, this is very dangerous.


    • Be Patient!!!

    We recognize that in modern times, the loss of power can be a serious interruption in your daily life.  But please be patient and allow emergency services, as well as PSE&G time to resolve the issue(s) that are creating your outage.  Simply call PSE&G to report the issue, and perhaps ask to speak with someone to get an estimate as to when the power will most likely be restored.  There may be a larger issue then you’re aware of that is creating your service interruption and they take time to resolve.  Again, please be patient and allow us time to safely fix the problem. 



    Tips to prevent food spoilage:

    • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold enough for a few hours. A freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours and a full freezer, between 36 and 48 hours.
    • Throw a blanket over appliances (not stoves, or items that may cause a fire) for added insulation.
    • You can also extend food storage by packing refrigerated milk, dairy products, meats, fish poultry, eggs, and other foods in a cooler surrounded by ice.
    • Specific advice on food spoilage is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the American Red Cross.
  • I.R.S. Phone Scam Alert

    The IRS does not:

    1. Call you to demand immediate payment. They will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.
    2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the chance to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
    3. Require you to use a certain payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
    4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
    5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying.

    If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what to do:

    • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to talk about payment options. You also may be able to set up a payment plan online at IRS.gov.
    • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
    • If phone scammers target you, also contact the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” to report the scam. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

    Remember, the IRS currently does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issues. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

  • Ransomeware Scam Alert

    The Ridgewood Police Department has received an increasing number of reports from residents who have fallen victim to online scams known as “Ransomware”.

    Ransomware is a type of malware that stops you from using your computer until you pay a certain amount of money (the ransom).
    It is also called "FBI Moneypak" or the "FBI virus" as it often uses the FBI or local police logos and asks you to pay using Green Dot MoneyPak.

    There are two types of ransomware.

    Lock screen ransomware - which uses a full-screen image or webpage to stop you from accessing anything on your computer.

    Encryption ransomware - which locks your files with a password, stopping you from opening them.

    Most ransomware shows a notification that says your local authorities have detected illegal activity on your computer. They then demand you pay a "fine" to avoid prosecution and to get access to your files again.Typically a user encounters them when surfing the internet when suddenly the computer will lock up and a screen stating that the computer is now under control of a Police Department appears. DO NOT SEND MONEY.

    You can regain access to your computer by starting it in SAFE mode (Shift F8 at startup) and then running a full antivirus scan. More information can be found by visiting the links below.




    For Microsoft users



    For Mac users


  • Stay ahead of Burglars

    KEEP TRACK OF YOUR KEYS: Do not leave a key under a doormat, flowerpot or on a window ledge. That is the first place burglars look.

    KEEP GARAGE DOORS CLOSED AND LOCKED: A locked garage door helps protect valuable property stored in your garage.  Curtains or blinds on garage windows also help protect against people seeing valuables inside. If you are going to be gone for any length of time, consider disconnecting electric door openers or putting a padlock on the garage door track.

    WINDOW AND DOOR LOCKS: Even when at home, out for a walk, or sleeping, lock your windows and doors.

    PARK A CAR IN YOUR DRIVEWAY: If you have a second car, leave it in your driveway. If not, let a neighbor park there. This gives the appearance of an occupied house.

    BE AWARE OF “BEWARE” SIGNS: Signs that say you have an alarm system deter thieves. However, you should not use “Beware of Dog” signs. You may be admitting that you are liable if your dog bites someone, even if that someone is a burglar.

    HAVE YOUR LAWN AND WALKWAYS TAKEN CARE OF: Dry, uncut grass says you are away, and thick and tall unkempt shrubbery provides cover for burglars and lets them work undetected.

    DO NOT LET DELIVERIES ACCUMULATE: Have a neighbor pick up mail, newspapers, packages, and circulars daily or just have deliveries stopped so they do not pile up.

    HAVE A NEIGHBOR USE YOUR GARBAGE CANS: Empty garbage cans can be a sign that you are away.

    CONSIDER AN ALARM SYSTEM: They vary from simple door alarms that make noise to silent alarms linking directly to law enforcement.

    DO NOT KEEP VALUABLE JEWELRY AT HOME: Keep it along with other small valuables and important documents in a safe deposit box.

    CONSULT A LOCKSMITH: Different kinds of doors and windows require different kinds of locks. Single-cylinder deadbolt locks are recommended.

    LEAVE A RADIO ON: Connect a radio or a TV to a timer so it comes on at different times, giving the illusion that someone is home.

  • Statement from Ridgewood Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke

    An internal investigation initiated by Ridgewood Police Chief 

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