The Ridgewood Police Department currently has five officers assigned to the Detective Bureau as Detectives.  These detectives are overseen and commanded by Det. Captain Forest Lyons.  The Detective Bureau, commonly referred to as simply “the Bureau”, is a part of the Investigatory Division, and is primarily tasked with conducting follow-up investigations of incidents and crimes that receive a response and preliminary investigation by members of the Patrol Bureau.  Often times, Detectives and Patrol Officers will work side-by-side in investigating incidents on the scenes of large scale incidents. 

Typically, Detectives are experienced patrol officers who receive additional investigative training and have access to tools not normally available to patrol officers.

In addition to the Bureau’s primary responsibility, detectives conduct their own investigations by developing and maintaining sources of intelligence regarding criminal activity occurring within our community.

The Bureau also works closely with neighboring agencies as well as the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office (BCPO), the New Jersey State Police (NJSP), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), US Postal Inspectors, the New York State Police (NYSP), the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and US Secret Service regarding investigations or criminal matters that may travel outside the our jurisdiction.

The Bureau is also charged with the investigation and mitigation of all juvenile matters within the Village of Ridgewood.  The Bureau has a full-time School Resource Officer/Juvenile Detective assigned in overseeing juvenile operations within the Village, SRO/Juvenile Detective Anthony Mormino.  SRO Mormino is assisted by two, part-time, SROs who assist, as needed, on a part—time basis.  SRO Mormino is the liaison between the Ridgewood Police Department and the Ridgewood Public School System.

Detectives assigned to the Bureau investigate all crimes reported to the department.  Some of the more common type of crimes our Detectives investigate our Thefts, Burglaries, Robberies, Fraud, Narcotics, Sexual Assaults, and Juvenile Investigations.  Some of the other functions the Bureau is responsible for is conducting background investigations for police applicants, firearm purchase permits, and conducting Internal Affairs Investigations.

The Bureau is also responsible for storing and securing evidence relating to investigations. Additionally they are responsible for administrative tasks such as police applicant background checks, Village employee Background checks, Bartender Background Checks and Alcohol Beverage Control Enforcement.


Detective Bureau Personnel

Detective Captain

Detective Captain Lyons #153

Commander of Investigatory Division

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Detective Sergeant

D/Sgt. Peter Bolten #177

Detective Supervisor

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Detective

Det. Douglas Henky #160

Criminal Intelligence Unit | A.B.C. Compliance Officer

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Detective

Det. Peter Youngberg #105

Criminal Intelligence Unit

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Detective

Det. Jeff Casson #106

Evidence Custodian | TAC Officer

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Detective

Det. Steven Shortway #156

Criminal Investigations Unit

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Juvenile Detective / S.R.O.

S.R.O. Anthony Mormino #152

School Resource Officer / Juvenile Detective

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Evidence / Property Unit

Property / Evidence Supervisor

Det. Captain Forest Lyons

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Evidence Custodian

Det. Jeff Casson #106

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Evidence Custodian

Det. Peter Youngberg #105

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Property Custodian

SRC Thomas Shortway

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The Ridgewood Police Department currently has 1000's of pieces of items in its evidence inventory.  Items in our inventory include firearms and other weapons, controlled dangerous substances (CDS), items used in the commission of crimes or offenses, photographs, and other miscellaneous items found to of evidentiary value.

Additionally, anytime a piece of property is recovered by the Ridgewood Police Department we work hard to return the property to the rightful owner.  The Department has 1000s of pieces of property in our inventory, and follow strict guidelines as to the dispotision of our property items.  Often times, as a matter of law, the person who turned the item into the department has a right to the property after some time has passed.  See the FAQ section below for more.

Property & Evidence Unit FAQ

"I found an item in town, and turned it in. Am I entitled to that item if the owner does not want it?"

Yes!  The Ridgewood Police Department is required to hold the item for six months and make contact with the suspected owner of the property.  If the owner does not want the item, or does not respond to our communications, and the hold period has passed, you are entitled the item.

"I lost something that belonged to me, how do I check to see if you have it?"

There are a few ways you can check to see if we are in possession of your property.  These include:

  • You can call our department (201)652-3900 and follow the prompts for the Records Bureau.  We can help you locate any property in our possession that may belong to you.  Please be prepared to show proof of ownership for all items.
  • You can also come to Ridgewood Police Headquarters and speak with someone at our Records Bureau (see Records Bureau Hours of Operation).  On weekends, and after hours, you can respond and speak with an officer at the Police Desk, who may be able to help you.  Typically, however, your items are locked up and not accessible by persons not assigned to the Property Control Unit.

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