2017 Chief Michael Feeney Jr.Police Academy

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The Ridgewood Police Department is pleased to announce the 4th annual Chief Michael Feeney, Jr. Police Academy scheduled from Thursday June 22nd to Friday June 30th 2017 at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. The academy is open to Ridgewood Residents entering 5th 6th 7th and 8th grades in the fall of 2017.  


 Last year’s academy featured demonstrations from The Ridgewood Police Department, Bergen County Sheriff’s Department K-9 and Bomb Squad, Police Motorcycles, Ridgewood Emergency Services, FBI, Ridgewood Fire Department, Helicopter landing as well as demonstrations from various other agencies. A field trip to the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Complex in Mahwah is also scheduled.


 Applications are online through Ridgewood community pass. The deadline for registration is Thursday June 1st 2017. The fee for the Academy is $50 per student which includes two shirts per student a baseball hat a string bag and transportation to our field trips. 


 The Junior Police Academy has proven to be a valuable experience for all involved and has provided a vital link between the Police Department and the youth of Ridgewood. Further, the Junior Police Academy has afforded students a deeper understanding of the Police function as well as an increased ability to see what the Police and the community can do to serve the Village. The overwhelming success of our Junior Police Academy class has far exceeded the expectations of everyone involved. This program attracts a highly motivated group of recruits, and the Instructors thoroughly enjoy their interaction with these young people. We look forward to another great class.


2014 Police Academy Video



IRS Phone Scam

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Several residents report having received a phone call from a man identifying himself as Dennis Gary with the treasury department, 303-479-3380. This is a scam do not call the number back.


The IRS does not:

  1. 1Call you to demand immediate payment. They will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.


  1. 2Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the chance to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.


  1. 3Require you to use a certain payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.


  1. 4Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.


  1. 5Threaten 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


  • 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


  • If phone scammers target you, also contact the Federal Trade Commission at 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 and type “scam” in the search box.


Volunteers Sought to Help Combat Domestic Violence in Bergen County

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Local Bergen County Police Departments and the Bergen County Department of Human Services and the Division of Alternatives to Domestic Violence (BCDHS/ADV) are recruiting volunteers for a regional team that will respond to victims of domestic violence at police departments located throughout the county. Volunteers from the community are trained to offer necessary information and referrals to victims at a time when they need it most. Anyone interested in applying should go to Application form for Services, Alternatives to Domestic Violence, Get Involved Application (see link below). Please complete then submit and print. Signature page needs to be faxed. If you do not have internet access, please call 201.336.7577. BCDHS/ADV has provided family violence prevention, education and training and emergency intervention services in Bergen County for the past 37 years. Applicants are required to consent to a criminal background check, urine test, be finger-printed and attend a 40-hour training.


Email and Phone Scams

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We have seen a continuing trend of email and phone scams impacting the region as well as our own residents. While not an all-inclusive list, these scams vary from international lottery winnings, inheritance funds, and financial transactions offers through threats against relatives and/or relatives/friends being stranded overseas. Some involve false notices that your credit card, bank or business account has been compromised. With these scams an advanced fee or personal information is being requested. In most cases these are mass spam messages looking for a response. Please do not respond to these.
The Ridgewood Police Department would like to offer the following information on how to protect your personal information. That helps you protect your identity and from scams.  Here are some preventative actions you can take:

• At home:

*Keep your financial records, Social Security and Medicare cards in a safe place

*Shred papers that have your personal or medical information

*Check your bank statements carefully and often. Report any inquiries or suspicious behavior to your bank, who will take measures to protect your account and notify proper authorities.

*Take mail out of your mailbox as soon as you can

*Keep a list of valid contact numbers and information in a safe place for all credit card, internet accounts and service providers.

* Never respond to suspicious emails or calls requesting or demanding money or personal information.

* Promptly destroy all old cards or cards you no longer use. Dispose of them in a manner ensuring the card number is unrecognizable.

* Do not write your card number on a postcard notifying you that you have won a prize or gift and requesting the number as part of the award arrangements.

• As you do business:

*Only give your Social Security number if you must. Ask if you can use another kind of identification

* Do not give your personal information to someone who calls you or emails you

*Retain all carbon copies of your receipts when making a purchase and retain receipts from ATM withdrawals. If you don't get a billing statement on time, notify the credit card issuer immediately.

* Check billing statements carefully upon receipt to make sure all charges are yours. Errors or changes that don't belong should be reported as soon as possible.

* Remember to get your card back after purchasing goods or services. Do not leave the card in hotel rooms or unnecessarily exposed for long periods of time. The number can be copied even if the card is not taken.

• On the computer:

* Use passwords that are not easy to guess. Use numbers and symbols when you can

* Do not respond to emails or other messages that ask for personal information

* do not put personal information on a computer in a public place, like the library 

• If you believe you have been the victim of  credit card fraud or identity theft the following steps should assist you:

* Report the crime to the police immediately. Get a copy of your police report or case number. Credit card companies, your bank, and the insurance company may ask you to reference the report to verify the crime.

* Immediately contact your credit card issuers. Get replacement cards with new account numbers and ask that the old account be processed as "account closed at consumer's request" for credit record purposes. You should also follow up this telephone conversation with a letter to the credit card company that summarizes your requests in writing.

* Call the fraud units of the three credit reporting bureaus. Report the theft of your credit cards and/or numbers. Ask that your accounts be flagged. Also, add a victim's statement to your report requesting they contact you to verify future credit applications. The following is a list of addresses and numbers to the three credit bureaus:

Equifax Credit Information Services - Consumer Fraud Division
P.O. Box 105496
Atlanta, Georgia 30348-5496
Tel: (800) 997-2493

P.O. Box 2104
Allen, Texas 75013-2104
Tel: (888) EXPERIAN (397-3742)

Trans Union Fraud Victim Assistance Dept.
P.O. Box 390
Springfield, PA 19064-0390
Tel: (800) 680-7289

* Keep a log of all conversations with authorities and financial entities.
* Notify the Social Security Administration if you suspect your Social Security number has been used fraudulently.

For additional information you contact our department to speak with one of our crime prevention officers and/or detectives 201-652-3900.


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