The Ridgewood Police Department - Patrol Services Bureau provides the foundation for department operations. As such it is the largest of the Divisions that makes up our Police Department. The officers assigned to patrol are responsible for the delivery of police services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days/year.
The Patrol Services Bureau is represented by the dedicated men and women in uniform. They are seen operating patrol cars, a police motorcycle, and bicycles. When a community member dials 9-1-1 seeking help, it is often members of the Patrol Services Bureau who are the first to arrive. Our officers respond to an average 30,000-35,000 calls for service annually.
The core duty of the Patrol Services Bureau is the prevention and detection of crime and the protection of life and property of all citizens. The assigned 36 uniformed officers and supervisors comprise approximately 70% of the Department's 2019 strength of 45.
In order to effectively serve the citizens, the Patrol Services Bureau has made continuous efforts to maintain effective communication using modern technology and equipment. All patrol vehicles are equipped with Mobile Data Computers which link to the State and National crime computers as well as the department intranet. This allows the officers twenty-four hour real time information and instant updates.
The Patrol Services Bureau is divided into four work groups known as “Squads” each comprised of approximately 7 patrol officers and 2 supervisors. These officers work across 8 different shifts, ensuring that officers remain on patrol throughout the day.
The Ridgewood Police Department is the primary First Responder on all medical calls within the Village of Ridgewood. Every officer is trained as First Responders (First Aid) and many are certified Emergency Medical Technicians. Each officer is certified, and proficient in CPR. Each patrol car is equipped with medical kits, oxygen, and Automated External Defibrillator's (AED) to provide high quality, professional emergency medical treatment until the arrival of EMS units.
Most of our patrol vehicles are Ford Police Interceptor SUVs (equivalent to the civilian Ford Explorer Model) and we also deploy Chevrolet Tahoes as well as a BMW Police Motorcycle. The Ridgewood Police Department also deploys an unmarked Dodge Charger as well as several other ‘un-marked’ vehicles used by our various other divisions.