Core Values

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Truly successful organizations owe their achievement to a sound set of core values, from which policies and actions are derived and guided. These values not only guide the organization’s vision and strategic plans but must be an integral part of the organization’s daily operation. The Ridgewood Police Department subscribes to a set of governing values, which clearly states the department’s beliefs as an agency. The values of this department have been demonstrated by a long history quality and compassionate service to our community. Our values are;

Integrity - The Ridgewood Police department and its personnel can only succeed in their mission if we maintain our integrity. Our authority comes from the trust bestowed upon us. Once this trust is broken, by an individual or by the department, our actions are rightfully called into question. The department and its employees must hold themselves to a standard that is beyond reproach.  We are committed to nurturing the public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of professional & ethical conduct.


Professionalism- We believe in adherence to the highest professional standards in our actions, conduct and job performance. We are proud of our rich tradition of providing quality police services to the residents and visitors of Ridgewood. We are proud to be a part of a noble profession that is called upon to maintain safety, security and public order in a free society. We are proud of the real partnerships we have with the people we serve. We are proud of the highly motivated, highly trained, and highly respected personnel we have. We are proud of our recognition as an Internationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency.  


Community - We believe that the cornerstone of this department is the relationship we have with the community we serve. Our ability to be effective in carrying out our mission is based on the credibility we have with the community. Understanding that we are a part of, and not separate from, the community is critical. Although we are granted full-time responsibility for policing the community, we cannot do it without the approval and cooperation of the public. We are committed to empowering our members and the community to resolve problems by creating a collaborative environment that encourages holistic solutions that address the needs of the community.



Courage – We believe in Courage. We will exercise physical courage by reacting appropriately to threats even when faced with physical risk. We will demonstrate moral courage by doing what is right even when not popular with others. We are proud of the continuous physical and moral courage demonstrated by our members during times of crisis and in our daily activities.



Respect – We believe in the principle that every individual has dignity and worth. We are committed to respecting individual rights, human dignity, and the value of all members of the community and of the department. We will treat all persons in a dignified and courteous manner, and exhibit understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity, in both our professional and personal endeavors. We understand our role as guardians of the constitution and pledge to uphold the principles and values embodied in the constitutions of the United States and the State of New Jersey. 


Excellence – We believe in striving for excellence in everything we do. We are committed to continuous improvement, always looking for ways to better serve our community and enhance our profession.


Innovation – We believe that the challenges/opportunities of today and those in the future require new and innovative solutions. We encourage and empower our members along with the community to seek out and/or develop unique and innovative solutions.  We promote and support an atmosphere that encourages communication, creativity and participation.



Vision Statement

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It is the vision of The Ridgewood Police Department to be a mission driven, learning organization committed to excellence, continuous improvement and community service. An organization which is both responsive and responsible to the public we serve. 

A professional organization we can be proud of, as well as an organization our community can be proud of and one which other departments use as a benchmark of excellence.



Wheelchair symbol plates and persons with a disability placards

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Wheelchair symbol plates and persons with a disability placards

Individuals who meet the medical qualifications are eligible to choose from one of three options:

One set of wheelchair symbol license plates

One person with a disability placard

One set of plates and one placard

Qualified applicants can receive one set of wheelchair symbol license plates for a vehicle registered either to the qualified person with a disability or to one family member who provides them with transportation. See the Qualifications page for detailed information.

The person with a disability placard will authorize you to park any vehicle in a wheelchair symbol parking space as long as the person designated on the “Person with a Disability Identification Card” is in the vehicle and has their ID card with them.

The "Person with a Disability Identification Card" must be in the vehicle or with the qualified person at all times as proof of disability. This card is non-transferable and must be with you at all times to utilize the wheelchair symbol parking privileges. Any abuse or misuse of this privilege will be cause for immediate revocation of the ID card, placard and plates.

Persons with a disability parking privileges are valid for 3 year periods, after which a new application and certification by an approved medical practitioner must be submitted.

For detailed information regarding wheelchair symbol license plates and persons with a disability placards, use the following links

Wheelchair Symbol Plate and Placard Checklist


Temporary placards are issued for six months, with one six-month renewal allowed.

To apply for a temporary parking placard you must:

1.Download and complete the Temporary Placard Application [pdf] or visit a local, municipal police department to obtain the application.

2.Have a qualified medical practitioner certify that you are qualified for a temporary placard; see Qualifications for medical certification information.

3.Submit the completed application to a municipal police department with a check or money order made payable to MVC in the amount of $4.00.

4.After review and upon approval by the municipal Chief of Police, their department will issue your temporary placard.


How to Recertify and Renew

Frequently Asked Questions


Identity Theft

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Identity Theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes. According to the Federal Trade Commission, approximately 9 million Americans have their identity stolen each year. Identity thieves may use your personally identifying information to establish lines of credit, bank accounts, credit card accounts and other forms of credit. You may not find out your identity has been compromised until you receive a bill in the mail or are contacted by a debt collector.

Here is a reference guide for how to prevent identity theft and what you should do if you are a victim



Village Of Ridgewood Website

Ridgewood Office Of Emergency Management