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Ridgewood Police Solicitor / Peddler License
These are directions for applicants who request/require a Solicitor/Peddler License in the Village of Ridgewood.
Applications can be picked up, and returned to, Ridgewood Police Headquarters: Monday thru Friday - 7am - 11:30am (Closed Holidays)
Solicitor / Peddler License Application
All applications and related forms can be completed online, however they must still be printed and returned to Ridgewood Police Headquarters.
Ridgewood Village Ordinances and Laws Pertaining to Solicitation and Peddling
Village Ordinance 218-2 It shall be unlawful for any person, directly or through an agent or employee, or for a peddler, solicitor or canvasser to ply or conduct his trade or solicitation within the Village of Ridgewood without having first obtained a certificate of registration from the Village Clerk, as hereinafter provided. It shall be unlawful for any person, individually or as the agent or employee of a person, or for any peddler, solicitor or canvasser to ply or conduct his trade or solicitation within the Village unless his principal or employer has received a certificate of registration, as hereinafter provided. It shall be unlawful for any person or for any peddler, solicitor or canvasser to ply or conduct his trade or solicitation within the Village without visibly displaying an identification card issued to that person by the Village Clerk, as hereinafter provided. It shall be unlawful for any person to alter an identification card issued by the Village Clerk. It shall be unlawful for any person or for any peddler, solicitor or canvasser to solicit while displaying an identification card issued by the Village Clerk in the name of another. It shall be unlawful for any peddler, solicitor or canvasser to ply or conduct his trade or to solicit between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. on any day. It shall be unlawful for any person, directly or through an agent or employee, or for any peddler, solicitor or canvasser to ply or conduct his trade or to solicit within the Village of Ridgewood after expiration of any certificate of registration. It shall be unlawful for any person registering, or the agents or employees thereof, or for any peddler, solicitor or canvasser to ply or conduct his trade or solicit outside the scope of the purposes set forth in the registration statement upon which the certificate of registration was issued. It shall be unlawful for any person who shall solicit or for any peddler, solicitor or canvasser to ply or conduct his trade or solicit within the Village to represent that the issuance of the certificate of registration or an identification card by the Village constitutes an endorsement or approval of the purposes of such solicitation by the Village or any officer or employee thereof. It shall be unlawful for any person engaged in solicitation or for any peddler, solicitor or canvasser to knock at the door or ring the doorbell of any home, apartment or any other dwelling unit in the Village upon which is clearly displayed at the entrance a notice which reads "No Solicitors" or which otherwise clearly purports to prohibit solicitation on the premises, unless such person is or has been invited upon the premises by the occupant thereof. It shall be unlawful for any solicitor or for any peddler or canvasser to fail or refuse to depart from any premises upon being requested, either orally or in writing, to leave the premises by any owner or occupant thereof.
Village Ordinance 218-7: Exemptions from Registration The following persons are exempt from the registration requirement of this chapter: Any person whose activities are regulated exclusively by the State of New Jersey. Any person selling subscriptions for the delivery of newspapers to the door of residence or business on regular daily or weekly schedule. Anything otherwise contained in this chapter to the contrary notwithstanding, any person may travel from house to house, or from street to street, solely for the purpose of communicating information or seeking views or polling for noncommercial purposes, for example, political or charitable or religious conversation, without the requirement of registering hereunder. This chapter shall not be utilized to regulate the free exchange of ideas of a political or religious or charitable nature, unless the free exchange of ideas is accompanied by an attempt to sell or to solicit... Any persons desiring to solicit, peddle or canvass within the Village for charitable or other nonprofit purposes and religious and political organizations shall be exempt from satisfying the requirements of this chapter. Persons desiring to solicit, peddle or canvass for charitable or nonprofit purposes shall notify the Village Clerk's office of such intent or desire in person prior to any such solicitation, peddling or canvassing and provide proof of charitable or nonprofit purpose and, in the case of a charitable organization, proof of the qualifications as such under the Internal Revenue Code.
Village Ordinance 218-4: Registration Required All persons, except as otherwise provided in this chapter or by law, desiring to solicit for charitable or other purposes or to peddle, solicit or canvas within the Village shall file with the Police Department prior to any such solicitation a registration statement on forms provided by the Police Department containing the following information: [abbreviated] Name of person registering; Is person a natural person, partnership, corporation or association; and, If natural person - business / residence address and telephone. If a partnership - name of all partners, business address and telephone number of EACH partner. If a corporation - is business organized under the law of the State of New Jersey? Address, location, and telephon number of individual in charge of local office. Names of all officers and directors or holders of 10%, or more, stock in corporation. If an association - principle address and telephone number, name and addresses of all members of association (unless ten or more in which the officers may be listed in lieu of the members). If multi-state organization, then the central office shall be listed. The name, date of birth, social security number, personal photographs and complete driver's license information of ALL PERSONS who will be soliciting or canvassing; A breif description of the nature of business, or goods to be sold; The names, dates of birth, social security number, driver's license information of all individuals who will in direct charge, but who are not soliciting (supervisors); The time period you will be soliciting; If vehicles are used, information regarding the vehicles must be included; Name of other towns where organization has solicited in past 12 months; Names of any persons who has been convicted of any crimes or found liable within the last 10 years for any soliciting or transaction of enterprise.
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.
Alcohol Beverage Control Unit
Criminal Intellegence Unit
Detective Bureau Personnel
Evidence / Property Unit
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
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.
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.
Ridgewood Police Department Firearms Application GuidelinesHandgun Permit
These are directions for applicants who possess a Firearms ID Card, and who are requesting a Handgun Permit.
Applications can be picked up, and returned to, Ridgewood Police Headquarters: Monday thru Friday - 7am - 11:30am (Closed Holidays)
NJSP Online Form
Criminal Records Check
Mental Health Form
All applications and related forms for firearms can be completed online, however they must still be printed and returned to Ridgeowod Police Headquarters.
To apply you must be 21 years old, or older, AND must provide the following:
An Application for Firearms Purchasers Identification Card / Application to Purchase a Handgun must be completed in full, listing two (2) references (not relatives), including their name, full address and telephone number.
Complete a SBI 212A form and pay online (see link above). When filling this form, you must enter the ORI as NJ0025100. *No refunds will be given for the improper entry of the ORI on the online form.*
The top portion of the Consent for Mental Health Records Search Form must be completed, signed, and returned to Ridgewood Police Headquarters.
A photo ID is required when you are contacted to pick up your completed Firearms ID Card and/or Pistol Purchase Permit to confirm your identity.
Additional Fees Apply and can only be paid at Ridgewood Police Headquarters by check, money order, or cash. Firearms ID Card: $5.00 Permits: $2.00
Online Form 212a - Criminal Records Check**New Procedures**
All applicants who possess a Firearms ID Card must complete a 212a Criminal Name Check Application. This application must be completed and paid for online. Once completed, the Application will be electronically submitted to the Ridgewood Police for approval then forwarded to the New Jersey State Police SBI Unit. This process will decrease the wait time associated with mailing items and waiting responses. You must complete the application, which can be found by clicking on the link above or can be found at: https://www.njportal.com/njsp/criminalrecords/ When prompted for an "ORI" Number, you must enter: NJ0025100 Complete the application, pay the fee using a credit or debit card and submit the application electronically. Please note: If you are rejected by the Ridgewood Police Department, you will receive an email advising you of the reason for rejection.
Print out all confirmation information on all online applications for reference at a later time. Double check all e-mails listed on your applications, as an incorrect e-mail address can delay or stop your application process.
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Non Emergency Phone: (201) 652-3900
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