National Night Out 2014

JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

TUESDAY AUGUST 5TH AT 6:00PM

MUSIC, FOOD, MOVIE NIGHT

Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine announced today that the Bernardsville Police Department will participate in the 31st Annual National Night Out. The National Night Out program; 'America's Night Out Against Crime,' was introduced by the National Association of Town Watch in 1984.  NNO 2013 involved over 37.8 million people in 16,242 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. National Night Out 2014 is expected to be the largest ever.

 The Bernardsville Police Department has conducted this program in the past and will do so in partnership with the Bernardsville Community Emergency Response Team, Bernards Lions Club, the Bernardsville Recreation Department, Empower Somerset and Friendly’s Ice Cream of Bernardsville.  Police Chief Kevin Valentine said that “National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and to generate support for local anti-crime programs”. National Night Out also serves to “strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships while sending a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.” 

This year’s program is being coordinated by Lt. John Gardner. Bernardsville will specifically celebrate National Night Out by hosting a family friendly movie at the Bernardsville Community Pool.  There will be refreshments, ice cream, crime prevention information, a display of police vehicles and a showcase of public safety programs.  Door prizes will be awarded. Local residents are encouraged to participate in National Night Out by illumining their porch lights, taking flashlight walks and visiting the Bernardsville Community Pool, located at 141 Seney Drive on August 5, 2014 from 6-10 PM.

National Project Coordinator, Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight for a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us and “give crime a going away party”.     

For Information about this Press Release or more information on the program contact:

Chief Kevin Valentine or Lieutenant John Gardner at 908-766-0037.

 

 

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Smart911

Sign Up for Smart Prpepare and Smart911

 NEWS RELEASE

 

Bernardsville Police Offers New Service to Enhance Emergency Preparedness and Provide Emergency Alerts

 

Citizens are encouraged to register online ahead of emergencies

 

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ, May 9, 2014 – Bernardsville Police Chief and OEM Coordinator Kevin Valentine has announced that the Bernardsville Police Department Office of Emergency Management is rolling out a new service to aid in emergency preparedness and response for the community.  The Borough recently entered into an agreement with Rave Mobile Safety to provide the Smart911 program to the community. Smart911 is a free service that enables citizens to create a Safety Profile for their household or business with information they would want emergency responders to know about in the event of an emergency. These details can include general data on a household - ranging from the identity of residents, locations of bedrooms and utility information - to specific details about disabilities and medical conditions requiring such things as oxygen, dialysis and more.  Subscribers provide as much or as little information as they a comfortable with. Police Department officials can use this data to identify needs in the community and expedite emergency response and recovery efforts during emergencies. In addition providing preparedness information citizens can opt-in to receive emergency notifications from the Bernardsville Police Department on their cell phones and via email. The Bernardsville Police Department is the first Municipal Police Department in the State of New Jersey to utilize the Smart911 Program.

 

“One of our primary objectives is to prepare for the impacts of a disaster, in order to lessen its consequences,” said Chief Kevin Valentine.  “A significant portion of our planning activities attempt to address the specific needs of members of our community. Having advance knowledge of which residents require assistance greatly enhances our ability to respond and provide assistance during emergency situations.  Incidents of fallen trees, flooding, snow storms and power outages might present certain hazards and challenges where the system will be utilized. By also opting in to emergency notifications, citizens can receive immediate messages regarding all emergencies. ”        

 

For example, during a weather emergency which may cause a power outage, officials can determine which residents may require power for medical conditions, which individuals may need assistance evacuating their homes, and even require special assistance with the handling of pets.  A Safety Profile is safe and secure, and each citizen manages their own information.  The availability of these details will enhance the Emergency Management’s capabilities around preparing the whole community for a disaster or other emergency, not just those with functional or access needs.

 

To participate in the program, citizens can visit www.smart911.com to create a Safety Profile.  Smart911 is also a national service used by many 9-1-1 centers across the country.  As a result, if a registered Bernardsville resident ever needs to dial 9-1-1 in any of the 450 communities across the U.S. using Smart911, the information they entered in their Safety Profile will appear to the 9-1-1 dispatcher in that location, potentially aiding in a fast and accurate response to their emergency.

 

Smart911 is a product of Rave Mobile Safety, a trusted software partner for campus and public safety agencies and organizations.  “Having access to the right information is critical for minimizing the impact of any emergency situation. The features of Smart911enable emergency management officials to anticipate the needs of the community long before a disaster strikes and allows for a much more efficient and coordinated response,” said Tom Axbey, president and CEO, Rave Mobile Safety. “By putting more information in the hands of emergency responders, jurisdictions like Bernardsville dramatically improve their ability to respond to their community.

 

Members of the Police Department are working with volunteers from the local Office of Emergency Management Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to get residents to register for Smart911. Officials will be reaching out to local community groups and service providers in the area to get as many people to sign up as possible. “The success of this program will be determined by the amount of community involvement we receive”, said Det. Brian Kelly, program coordinator. “It is important to get the word out and have people begin signing up as soon as possible.”  Officials and volunteers will be attending public events such as the Bernardsville Street Fair, Memorial Day Parade and the local Farmers Market to get information about the program out in the community. Employees and volunteers at the Bernardsville Library who are members of the CERT Team are working with the Police department to be available to assist residents in signing up for the program.

 

 

For information regarding this press release contact: 

Detective Brian Kelly or Chief Kevin Valentine at 908-766-0037

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Smart Prepare

Smart 911 Is Here!

Sign Up Now!

 Bernardsville Police Offers New Service to Enhance Emergency Preparedness and Provide Emergency Alerts

 

Citizens are encouraged to register online ahead of emergencies

 

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ, May 9, 2014 – Bernardsville Police Chief and OEM Coordinator Kevin Valentine has announced that the Bernardsville Police Department Office of Emergency Management is rolling out a new service to aid in emergency preparedness and response for the community.  The Borough recently entered into an agreement with Rave Mobile Safety to provide the Smart911 program to the community. Smart911 is a free service that enables citizens to create a Safety Profile for their household or business with information they would want emergency responders to know about in the event of an emergency. These details can include general data on a household - ranging from the identity of residents, locations of bedrooms and utility information - to specific details about disabilities and medical conditions requiring such things as oxygen, dialysis and more.  Subscribers provide as much or as little information as they a comfortable with. Police Department officials can use this data to identify needs in the community and expedite emergency response and recovery efforts during emergencies. In addition providing preparedness information citizens can opt-in to receive emergency notifications from the Bernardsville Police Department on their cell phones and via email. The Bernardsville Police Department is the first Municipal Police Department in the State of New Jersey to utilize the Smart911 Program.

 

"One of our primary objectives is to prepare for the impacts of a disaster, in order to lessen its consequences,” said Chief Kevin Valentine.  “A significant portion of our planning activities attempt to address the specific needs of members of our community. Having advance knowledge of which residents require assistance greatly enhances our ability to respond and provide assistance during emergency situations.  Incidents of fallen trees, flooding, snow storms and power outages might present certain hazards and challenges where the system will be utilized. By also opting in to emergency notifications, citizens can receive immediate messages regarding all emergencies. ”        

 

For example, during a weather emergency which may cause a power outage, officials can determine which residents may require power for medical conditions, which individuals may need assistance evacuating their homes, and even require special assistance with the handling of pets.  A Safety Profile is safe and secure, and each citizen manages their own information.  The availability of these details will enhance the Emergency Management’s capabilities around preparing the whole community for a disaster or other emergency, not just those with functional or access needs.

 

To participate in the program, citizens can visit www.smart911.com to create a Safety Profile.  Smart911 is also a national service used by many 9-1-1 centers across the country.  As a result, if a registered Bernardsville resident ever needs to dial 9-1-1 in any of the 450 communities across the U.S. using Smart911, the information they entered in their Safety Profile will appear to the 9-1-1 dispatcher in that location, potentially aiding in a fast and accurate response to their emergency.

 

Smart911 is a product of Rave Mobile Safety, a trusted software partner for campus and public safety agencies and organizations.  “Having access to the right information is critical for minimizing the impact of any emergency situation. The features of Smart911enable emergency management officials to anticipate the needs of the community long before a disaster strikes and allows for a much more efficient and coordinated response,” said Tom Axbey, president and CEO, Rave Mobile Safety. “By putting more information in the hands of emergency responders, jurisdictions like Bernardsville dramatically improve their ability to respond to their community.

 

Members of the Police Department are working with volunteers from the local Office of Emergency Management Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to get residents to register for Smart911. Officials will be reaching out to local community groups and service providers in the area to get as many people to sign up as possible. “The success of this program will be determined by the amount of community involvement we receive”, said Det. Brian Kelly, program coordinator. “It is important to get the word out and have people begin signing up as soon as possible.”  Officials and volunteers will be attending public events such as the Bernardsville Street Fair, Memorial Day Parade and the local Farmers Market to get information about the program out in the community. Employees and volunteers at the Bernardsville Library who are members of the CERT Team are working with the Police department to be available to assist residents in signing up for the program.

 

 

For information regarding this press release contact: 

Detective Brian Kelly or Chief Kevin Valentine at 908-766-0037

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04 29 2014 Theft From Vehicles Reported

04 29 2014 Theft From Vehicles Reported

  

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

April 29, 2014

 

BERNARDSVILLE POLICE

REPORT THEFTS FROM MOTOR VEHICLES

 

Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine reported that seven Bernardsville residents reported thefts from seven motor vehicles overnight between late Monday night, April 28, 2014 and early Tuesday morning, April 29, 2014.  In total five residents reported vehicles having items missing and two residents reported vehicles rummaged through without having items removed. 

There were no signs of forced entry to any of the vehicles and all vehicles involved were reported to be unlocked and parked in residential driveways.  Various items and undisclosed amounts of cash were reported stolen.  Thefts were reported from vehicles parked in the area of Bell Terrace, Hill Street, Maple Street, Liberty Road, and Dayton Crescent. 

The Bernardsville Police Department is investigating and seeking additional information regarding suspicious activity or unreported thefts.  Any residents with information regarding these incidents are urged to contact the Bernardsville Police Department at (908) 766-0037.  Additionally residents are reminded to remain vigilant in securing their vehicles and residences at all times. 

 

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Smart Alert Smart Prepare

SIGN UP NOW

FOR NEW EMERGENCY ALERTS

FROM THE BERNARDSVILLE POLICE DEPT

The Bernardsville Police Department Office of Emergency Management has partnered with Rave Mobil Safety to provide Smart Prepare and Smart Alert services. This partnership will help emergency responders to better respond to and prepare for emergencies. This is a new program that will begin on or about May 1, 2014. Every land based telephone number in the Borough will be automatically included in the program. You will have to register cell phone numbers and emails that you want included in the program.

SmartPrepare will provide important information that you provide and share with local emergency responders (Police, Fire, First Aid). This information allows first responders to more effectively provide the emergency services you might need and plan for a response to emergencies and disasters that might occur.

SmartAlert provides a way for the Bernardsville Office of Emergency Management to keep you informed with important information during emergencies. Emergency alerts are issued to land based telephones, cell phones and email addresses by the Police Department Communications Center when needed.  

One easy process exists for you to sign up for both services. You provide as much or as little information as you want to. The more information you provide, the better prepared emergency responders will be to assist you. We ask that you at least provide cell phone numbers and email addresses for us to contact you with emergency information.

Go to http://www.smart911.com to sign up now.  If you do not have internet access you can visit the Bernardsville Public Library where employees or volunteers trained to work with the local OEM can assist you in registering for this program. You can also call the Bernardsville Police Department for assistance at 908-766-0037 and press 0 to speak with someone who will help you.

Be Smart. Be Prepared.

 

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Bernardsville OEM AM Radio

TUNE TO 1640 A.M.

EMERGENCY iNFORMATION

BERNARDSVILLE OEM

The Bernardsville Police Dept. Office of Emergency Management operates an emergency information radio station on 1640 A.M. Important emergency information regarding emergencies, evacuations and disaster response will be posted on this radio station as needed.

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JCPL Reporting Procedures

JCPL Storm Info

Power Outage Reporting Procedures

Customers should immediately report any downed wires to JCP&L or their local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line. Customers are also reminded to never attempt to remove trees or tree limbs from power lines.

To report power outages call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or visit the JCP&L 24/7 Power Center. Customers can also obtain a summary of any current outages affecting their town by clicking on the "MyTown" link on the JCP&L 24/7 Power Center outage maps page. The MyTown pages can be accessed at www.firstenergycorp.com/mytown. Customers may also report power outages on smartphone devices. Information on JCP&L's free smartphone apps is available at www.jcp-l.com.

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Ready 2014

RESOLVE TO BE READY 2014

Prepare for Emergencies Now

http://www.ready.gov/prepared2014

www.ready.gov/kids

Propóngase estar listo en el año 2014

This year's Resolve to be Ready campaign focuses on 'Family Connection' to reinforce the importance of parents including their children in preparedness conversations in advance of potential disasters. The Ready campaign makes an emergency preparedness resolution easy to keep by recommending families consider these three ideas when making a plan: who to call, where to meet and what to pack.

The campaign includes age-appropriate tools and resources to introduce conversations about disaster preparedness to children on www.ready.gov/kids, including a downloadable family emergency plan, emergency kit checklists and guidelines on how to make preparedness a year-round family activity. Check out the materials that you can use in your community to get families prepared in 2014.

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Bernardsville PD Promotion Announcement

Bernardsville Police Department Announces Promotions

NEWS RELEASE

December 11, 2013

 

BERNARDSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

 

Bernardsville Chief of Police Kevin Valentine announced today that the Bernardsville Borough Council has authorized the promotions of four officers within the Department to a higher rank.  The promotions that take effect on January 1, 2014 were needed due to the retirement of Captain Michael Perez earlier this year and the pending retirement of another ranking officer in 2014. The promotions were made official through a Resolution adopted at the Borough Council meeting HELD on December 9, 2013.

 

“The selection process was completed and the Council has considered the results in acting on the promotions”, said Chief Valentine.  The Chief further stated that “these promotions will ensure that there is adequate supervision and management in place to operate the Department. The newly appointed supervisors will be providing new leadership and fortifying the internal stability of the Department.”

 

The Department has been reorganized to eliminate the current Captains position and to create an additional Lieutenant’s position. Going forward, there will be a total of two Lieutenants. Two new Sergeants are being promoted to replace vacancies created by the Lieutenant promotions. Total Police staffing remains unchanged at 18 sworn officers which is remains less than the 19 officers that were in place several years ago. 

 

Sergeant John Gardner is being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  As Lieutenant he will assume command of the Operations Division. Sgt. Gardner began his career with the Bernardsville Police Department in 1987 where he served as a Patrol Officer and DARE Officer.   In 1994 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Lt. Gardner is a graduate of Ramapo State College and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.

 

Sergeant John Remian is also being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As Lieutenant he will assume responsibility for commanding the Patrol Division.  Lt. Remian began his career with the Bernardsville Police Department in 1993 where he served as a Patrol Officer and DARE Officer.   In 2000 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Lt. Remain has a Bachelor’s Degree in the Administration of Justice from Rutgers University.

 

Patrolman Jeffrey Melitski is being promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  Sgt. Melitski previously served as a police officer on the Warren Twp. Police Department and was subsequently hired in Bernardsville in 2002. Melitski, a graduate of Bernards High School,  previously served as a Patrol Officer and DARE Officer. Sgt. Melitski has a Bachelor’s Degree from Southwest University which he obtained in 2013.  

 

Ptl. Jon-Paul Tay is also being to the rank of Sergeant.  Ptl. Tay was hired in 2002 after previously being employed as a United States Customs Officer. Sgt. Tay was previously assigned to the Patrol Division and currently serves as the Department’s lead firearms instructor.  He is also a member of the Somerset County Emergency Response Team. Sgt. Tay has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Seton Hall University.

 

All of the Officers promoted were selected from within the existing ranks of the Police Department.  Chief Valentine related that “the officers promoted were selected from a pool of applicants that included some well qualified and experienced officers.”  Chief Valentine further stated that “effective supervision is important to the successful operations of the Department and I look forward to getting these officers started in their new positions as soon as possible”.  

 

For Information about this Press Release contact:

 

Chief Kevin Valentine at 908-766-0037

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Press Release

December 3, 2013

 

Bernardsville – Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine has announced that the Bernardsville Police Department will be participating in the “DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER” statewide crackdown being coordinated through the New Jersey Department of Highway traffic Safety. The initiative being conducted between December 6, 2013 and January 2, 2014 will see extra DWI Enforcement patrols deployed in the Borough during the holiday season.  The crackdown is part of a national effort to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high visibility enforcement and public education. 

 

Chief Valentine reported that the NJ DHTS notified the Police Department that it has been approved for up to $4,400 in grant funding to reimburse the Borough for overtime expenses incurred as part of this initiative.  “Extra patrol officers will be deployed during strategic times and at various locations in the Borough in an effort to detect and apprehend drivers operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs”, the Chief said. 

 

The Bernardsville Police Department offers the following advice to drivers during the holiday season to help prevent drinking and driving related injuries or deaths.

 

  • Take     mass transit, a taxi or ask sober friends to drive you home if you have     been drinking.
  • Spend     the night where the activity is held.
  • Immediately     report impaired drivers to the police. Your actions may save a life.
  • Use     your seat belts. It is your best defense against impaired drivers.
  • Be     responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get     behind the wheel.

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ELSA

New Language Translation Technology Being Used by Police

Press Release

December 3, 2013

Bernardsville – Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine has announced that officers have started using innovative language interpretation technology in an effort to better communicate with members of the non-English speaking public.  The use of a hands free language interpretation device called ELSA, enables officers to instantly connect with interpreters providing services in over 180 languages. The Bernardsville Police Department is the first Police Department in New Jersey to use the ELSA  (Enabling Language Services Anywhere) device  offered by RTT Mobile Technology based in Minnesota.  It is currently being used by several police departments across the country including police in Minnesota, Florida and in New Orleans among others.  “The ELSA device will greatly enhance the ability of our police officers to communicate with non-English speaking residents and members of the public”, said Chief Valentine.

The Police Department has acquired two of the devices for use by officers in the field.  Chief Valentine anticipates purchasing a third unit to be used at the communications desk in Police Headquarters in the near future. “There are a significant number of residents who do not speak English residing in the Borough” said Chief Valentine. “More and more frequently we are encountering communication issues as the result of language barriers. With a simple press of a button on a small hands free device, ELSA provides a cost effective and easy to use solution to this problem”, said the Chief. The device can be used during the response to potentially life threatening emergency medical calls, investigations, traffic stops and a multitude of other situations.  “It’s like having an interpreter in your shirt pocket” said the Chief.

Prior to deploying the ELSA device officers often had to rely on unknown third party citizens to interpret at the scene of emergencies. The Police Department also currently  uses a telephonic interpretation service and employs on call part time language interpreters to assist as needed on the phone or in person. However, “these services were not always immediately accessible and could delay the translation of potentially critical information said Chief Valentine. The Chief stressed the advantages of having the ELSA device deployed with officers on patrol and immediately available for use as needed. The service also enables police to retrieve recordings and written transcripts of all language interpretation transactions as needed.

Chief Valentine related that the Bernardsville Police Department strives to be a community minded organization that continually seeks out ways to better communicate with and serve the public.  “The use of the ELSA device goes a long way to help us achieve this goal”, said Chief Valentine. Several officers have already been trained in the use of ELSA and training is continuing for the remainder of all officers and dispatchers in the Department.  Chief Valentine expects to have the entire Department trained for the beginning of the New Year.

For information regarding this press release contact:

Chief Kevin Valentine (908)766-0037

 

 

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Teen Driving NJ GDL INFORMATION

New Jersey Graduated Drivers License Information 

http://www.ugotbrains.com/what-you-dont-know/graduated-driver-license

National Safety Council Teen Driver Information

https://sites.google.com/site/njcoalition/teen-driving-resources

http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/TeenDriving/Pages/TeenSafeDriving.aspx?utm_medium=print&utm_source=vanurl&utm_campaign=teensafedriving

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I Know Everything

Teen Drivers

Pay attention when you are driving

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS5lUZR6iKs&feature=player_embedded

Teen Drivers

Pay attention when you are driving

We know you really do know everything about driving safely! You’ve heard it from your parents, your teachers and maybe even your friends…but here are a few reminders:

Pay attention 100% of the time.

  • Your car or someone else’s car can spin out of control in just seconds.

Know how to be a safe driver

  • Don’t talk or text on your phone, eat, change music on your iPod or read directions while driving.
  • Don’t drink alcohol and drive.
  • Know and obey the speed limit.
  • Always wear a seat belt.
  • Know your limits and don’t drive when you’re too tired.

Make sure your parents know your plans and whom you’ll be driving or riding along with.

Know what to do in a risky driving situation, such as a crash, bad weather or other unexpected event.

Know what the punishment will be if you violate the law or your parent’s rules.

Know the consequences of what will happen if you break the law in your state as a driver under 18 years of age

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2013 EMERGENCY SERVICES EXERCISE

JUNE 17 2013

2013 EMERGENCY SERVICES EXERCISE

NEWS RELEASE

June 17, 2013 

Bernardsville Office of Emergency Management

Exercise 2013

 

The Bernardsville Office of Emergency Management and Somerset Hills School District conducted a full scale emergency response exercise on Friday morning June 14th at the Bernardsville Middle School.  The exercise was conducted from 0900 -1100 hours and involved over 700 people including emergency responders, school district employees and students.  The exercise was held during regular school hours and enabled the Police Department and School District to fulfill New Jersey State mandated emergency exercise requirements. For safety reasons access to the Bernardsville Middle School was restricted during the exercise.  For security reasons details about the exercise were not released prior to the exercise taking place. Area residents, parents and school officials were advised of the exercise in advance.   The exercise culminated with a detailed review and discussion used to critique the exercise and assess the capabilities of emergency responders.  The critique was held at the Bernardsville Fire Department immediately following the exercise with refreshments and lunch provided by a donation from the Bernards Lions Club and Shoprite of Bernardsville. “There is an incredible amount of planning that goes into an exercise of this magnitude” said Bernardsville Police Chief and OEM Coordinator Kevin Valentine.

The Somerset Hills School District is a regional district comprised of students from Bernardsville, Far Hills and Peapack Gladstone.  Bedminster also sends High School students to the District.  Emergency response, public safety and homeland security responsibilities primarily fall upon the Borough of Bernardsville. All of the School District facilities are located inside the jurisdictional boundaries of the Borough. “The responsibility to facilitate these types of exercises lies with the Bernardsville Police Department and the School District”, said Chief Valentine. “We are fortunate that the emergency service agencies in the Somerset Hills area work well together and recognize the important role cooperation plays in response to incidents that might occur in our schools. The safety and security of our students, faculty, staff and community depend on it, said Chief Valentine.

Members of the Bernardsville Police Dept. Office of Emergency Management, Somerset Hills School District and Peapack Gladstone Police Dept.  designed and planned the exercise.  The following agencies and organizations participated or supported the exercise.

Bernardsville OEM

Bernardsville Community CERT Team

Bernardsville Police Dept.

Bernardsville Police Communications

Bernardsville Fire Dept. and First Aid Squad

Bernardsville DPW

Peapack Gladstone OEM

Peapack Gladstone Police Dept.

Peapack Gladstone Fire Department

Peapack Gladstone First Aid Squad

Somerset Hills Regional School District

Bernardsville Middle School (students and employees)

Bernardsville Middle School CERT Team

Bernardsville High School CERT Team

Bedwell Elementary School CERT Team

Somerset County Office of Emergency Management

Somerset County Communications

Somerset County Prosecutors Office

Bernards Lions Club

Shoprite of Bernardsville

The exercise scenario involved an active shooter situation at the Bernardsville Middle School.  The exercise enabled responders to practice response skills and mutual aid response plans.  Equipment, communications and procedures were tested.  The school also tested and practiced school lock down procedures and conducted a post incident evacuation of the entire school population.  “The exercise plan focused on developing interaction and coordination between emergency responders and school officials” said Sgt. John Remian who helped to plan the exercise. Officials used the exercise to evaluate existing emergency response capabilities and to identify strengths and weaknesses in the local emergency response plan.  The exercise was observed by members of the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management and the Prosecutor’s Office, who provided feedback during the exercise critique. 

One very important aspect of this exercise was the role that the School Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) played in executing the exercise. The Police Department and OEM coordinate procedures, training and monthly drills with CERT Teams in each school on a routine basis.  “This exercise tested the effectiveness of the local School CERT Program” said Chief Valentine.  “The CERT Team is a vital part of our school emergency response program” said the Chief.  “This exercise demonstrated that they are prepared to assist emergency responders during critical incidents”. 

This exercise was organized as part of the NJ State OEM required Emergency Exercise Program coordinated through the County and State OEM.  Local communities are expected to prepare and execute exercises relevant to local needs in their own communities. 

 Press release issued by:

 Chief Kevin Valentine Bernardsville Police Department, 908-766-0037.

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Vehicle Theft June 1 2013

Vehicle Theft June 1 2013

 NEWS RELEASE

June 3, 2013 

 Vehicle Reported Stolen in Bernardsville

Thefts Reported from Other Vehicles

Bernardsville Chief of Police Kevin Valentine reported that a vehicle was stolen from a residential driveway in the Borough sometime late Friday May 31, 2013 and early Saturday Morning June 1, 2013.  Police are investigating the theft of a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was parked in a driveway on Winding Way. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit is assisting in the investigation. No other details regarding the investigation are being released at this time. 

In addition to the vehicle reported stolen, 10 other cars parked in residential driveways were reported as being entered and rummaged through. The owners of seven of those vehicles reported various personal items stolen from the cars. Items reported stolen include computer equipment, a wallet, personal papers and a volunteer fire department blue light and turnout gear. All the vehicles were left unlocked and were parked in private driveways in the Borough.  Vehicles involved were parked in the area of Mullens Lane, Winding Way, Tower Mountain Rd., Harvey Drive, Overleigh Road, Crest Drive, Stonefence Road and Highview Avenue. 

On Saturday afternoon Police canvassed local neighborhoods where the crimes occurred searching for additional unreported thefts and seeking any information or witnesses that might have information.  The Police Department also issued a community notification message on Saturday afternoon advising residents of the thefts and asking anyone with information to report their observations to the Police Department.

The Bernardsville Police Department is once again warning residents that they must lock their cars and remove valuables from vehicles left parked in private driveways or other public parking areas in the Borough. “These thefts were crimes of opportunity that may potentially have been prevented if the vehicles were locked” said Chief Valentine.  “Residents in the Borough have experienced these types of crimes before and police have issued warnings for residents to lock their vehicles on prior occasions”.

For further Information regarding this matter please contact Jack Bennett at the Somerset County Prosecutors Office.  908 231-7100

Press release issued by:

Chief Kevin Valentine Bernardsville Police Department, 908-766-0037

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Wireless Emergency Alert information

Learn More About WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERTS In Our Area

FEMA and Ad Council Help Americans Prepare for Severe Weather with Wireless Emergency Alerts

Recent severe weather and the start of the Atlantic hurricane season reinforce the need for Americans to familiarize themselves with the look, sound and authenticity of real-time Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs).

What to expect with the WEAs:

  • WEAs are emergency messages sent by local authorized government authorities through wireless carriers’ networks.
  • The alerts include a special tone and vibration.
  • The messages are no more than 90 characters and contain the type and time of the alert, any action individuals should take and the issuing agency.
  • Types of alerts include extreme weather such as hurricane, tornado or flash flood warnings; AMBER alerts and alerts issued by the U.S. President.
  • Alerts are broadcast from area cell towers warning everyone in range with a WEA-capable device of a potential emergency situation.
  • You do not need to register to receive WEA notifications. You will automatically receive alerts if you have WEA-capable phone and your wireless carrier participates in the program.

To encourage, educate and empower Americans to identify WEAs so they can take steps to prepare for emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Ad Council are unveiling new public service advertisements (PSAs). For more information on WEAs and access English radio, TV, and digital PSAs visit Ready.gov/alerts; and in Spanish language visit radio, TV and digital PSAst Listo.gov/alertas.

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STOP THE TEXTS STOP THE WRECKS

STOP THE TEXTS - STOP THE WRECKS

www.stoptextsstopwrecks.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Motor Vehicle Accident Closes Rt. 202

Motor Vehicle Accident Closes Rt. 202

NEWS RELEASE

May 3, 1023 

 Motor Vehicle Crash Closes Rt. 202

Bernardsville Chief of Police Kevin Valentine reported that as of 10:50 AM. the North bound lane of Rt. 202-Morristown Road remains closed in the area of N. Finley Ave as the result of a motor vehicle crash that occurred earlier this morning.  The roadway was closed in both directions for most of the morning.

The incident was reported to police at 6:14 AM on the morning of May 3. A call was received from the On Star call center reporting a motor vehicle crash on Route 202 near N. Finley Ave.  Police responded to the scene and observed that a telephone pole near the front of the Somerset Hills Bank was snapped in half as the result of the crash. The only vehicle involved in the incident was located a short distance away in the parking lot of the Somerset Hills Bank. Officers observed extensive damage to the vehicle and observed one occupant who was unconscious in the driver’s seat.

Bernardsville Police Officers John Paul Tay and Steven Seiple extricated the driver from the vehicle.  Officers reported the driver was not breathing and had no pulse when they first observed him in the car.  Officers immediately began CPR and utilized a cardiac defibrillator in an attempt to revive the victim.  Police subsequently received assistance from members of the Bernardsville First Aid Squad and fire Dept.  The crash victim was transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital by the Bernardsville First Aid Squad where he was admitted for further treatment of his injuries.

The driver was identified as Eugene Henry, 63 years of age, residing in Wallkill NY. The vehicle involved was a grey 2011 Chevrolet Pick up truck.

Police immediately closed Route 202 in both directions pending response from the Jersey Central Power and Light Company and Verizon.  Ongoing repairs and traffic disruptions are expected to continue throughout the day.  Police were assisted at the scene by the New Jersey Department of Transportation Traffic Diversion Team under the supervision of Richard Pierson. The road closure caused extensive delays and traffic congestion throughout Bernardsville and Basking Ridge which began to clear at about 1030. The cause of the accident remains under investigation and no further information is being released at this time.

 

 

 

For more information about this press release contact:

 

Chief Kevin Valentine Bernardsville Police Department, 908-766-0037 or

Lt. Demmings Hoadley Bernardsville Police Department, 908-766-0037

 

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Share the Keys

Share The Keys

NEWS RELEASE

FEBRUARY 1, 2013

 BERNARDSVILLE POLICE ANNOUNCE SHARE THE KEYS TRAINING

“SHARE THE KEYS”

Parent/Teen Safe Driving Presentation

 Program discusses New Jersey’s intricate and strict Teen-Driver Probationary licensing rules and restrictions.

Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine announced today that the Bernardsville Police Department will present New Jersey’s Share the Keys training in conjunction with the New Jersey Division of Highway and Traffic Safety. The course is specifically designed to educate parents of teen drivers about the New Jersey Graduated Drivers License program and their roles in the successful training of their inexperienced teen drivers.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and disability in teens and young adults. While many teens lose their lives on our roadways, many more are living with disabilities, including brain injury as a result of these crashes.  Teen aged drivers are involved in nearly 43,000 motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey each year. Each year in our nation, nearly 6,000 teens die and more than 300,000 are injured.  Driver-inexperience plays a major role in these crashes.  It takes about 1000 hours of driving practice or about (2-Years) before a driver is deemed to be “Experienced”. 

The program was developed by the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety & Kean University, for those involved in the GDL process. It is intended to assist the parents of “Permit, and Probationary” drivers on the intricacies of the GDL laws and to offer positive tips on how to coach their kids during the teen driver training process.  Share the Keys is approximately 60-90 minutes in length and is an interactive program designed for teens and their parents to expand their knowledge and understanding of the Graduated Driver’s License Program to help keep our children safer as they become teen drivers. 

The program will be presented by Patrolman Paul Kelley on Wednesday February 20th, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Bernardsville Municipal Building and again on March 20th, 2013 at 7 PM at the Bernardsville Library.  Seating is limited to 40 people each night so participants are requested to sign up in advance by contacting the Police Department at 908 766 0037 “extension 0”, or via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For Information about this Press Release or more information on the program contact:

 Patrolman Paul Kelley at 908-766-0037 or visit http://www.njteendriving.com/

 

 

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Distracted Driving Month

BERNARDSVILLE POLICE INCREASE ENFORCEMENT DURING NATIONAL DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH

NEWS RELEASE

April 1, 2013

 BERNARDSVILLE POLICE INCREASE ENFORCEMENT DURING NATIONAL DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH

Chief of Police Kevin Valentine is spreading the word that April has been declared as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  The National Institute of Traffic Highway Safety and the National Safety Council are spearheading national awareness regarding this initiative.

Locally, the Bernardsville Police Department will be participating along with other area Police Departments with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office distracted driving initiative during the month of April.  The countywide initiative is being conducted following the recent “Put It Down” traffic safety campaign that was conducted throughout Somerset County.

As part of the initiative, officers will be on patrol looking for violations related to distracted driving. “The goal here is to reduce the number of accidents that are caused by distracted driver activities” said Chief Valentine. Statistics released by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office indicate that 44% of all reported motor vehicle crashes in Somerset County were caused by driver inattention. Furthermore, it has been reported that 3,331 people were killed nationwide as a result of distracted driving in 2011. “We want to educate drivers about distracted driving laws in an effort to reduce the frequency of these types of violations. We will be focusing on the use of cell phones and the use other electronic devices while driving”, said the Chief. Strict enforcement of violations will be undertaken.

This enforcement campaign is different than the previous “Put It Down” program that was recently conducted throughout the County. That program was designed to create awareness and issue warnings to motorists who are using cell phones. Violators were given the opportunity to complete an educational program online in lieu of receiving a summons. In this instance, our officers are being instructed to pursue strict enforcement action against violators. “Summonses will be issued” the Chief warned.

As part of the campaign, the Police Department will be posting information on the Department website at www.bernardsvillepd.org and on the Bernardsville Borough website at www.bernardsvilleboro.org. Posters will be distributed at several locations throughout town to inform drivers about distracted driving. Additional information will be available at police headquarters. Police officers will also be distributing educational information to vehicles that are stopped along with summonses that are issued. 

For more information about this press release contact:

Chief Kevin Valentine Bernardsville Police Department, 908-766-0037

Patrolman Paul Kelley, Bernardsville Police Department, 908-766-0037

 

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REGARDING RECENT BURGLARIES

A Letter to Bernardsville Residents Regarding Recent Burglaries

October 11, 2012

 

A Letter to Bernardsville Residents Regarding Recent Burglaries

 

Recently, local news media sources have reported information about burglaries that have been occurring in our area.  The fact is that since the beginning of the year there has been a significant increase in reported burglaries throughout Morris and Somerset Counties.  Bernardsville has experienced two home burglaries in recent weeks.  Communities located near interstate highways such as Rt. 287 and Rt. 78 continue to provide attractive targets for would be burglars.  Being aware of these facts, the Bernardsville Police Department and Bernards Twp. Police Department previously issued a joint press release to foster citizen awareness regarding steps that can be taken to secure your home and property.  Unfortunately, since that time, home burglaries in surrounding communities continue to be reported with alarming frequency.  

Home burglaries are Crimes of Opportunity. As such, prevention efforts can have a dramatic impact on reducing the likelihood that you will be the victim of this type of crime.  Homeowners should take extra precautions to secure their homes and valuables.  One simple thing you can do is to make your home look occupied.  This can be accomplished by leaving lights on at night, parking a vehicle in the driveway and taking in the mail and trash cans can go along way to convince a would be burglar to move on.  

Employing common sense security measures at your home can also help to prevent you from being a victim.  Locking your doors and windows is the first step.  You are not alone if you are not locking your doors. Then actions such as using exterior lighting after dark, installing solid dead bolt door locks on doors, trimming shrubs and trees near doors and windows and properly using security and alarm systems can reduce your risk for burglary.  You can also take extra precautions such as inventorying your valuables and securing or hiding them in a safe place in your home or other location.  You should ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your house when you are not there and be sure to notify the Police Department when you go away on vacation.  

Most importantly, you need know that you are an important part of our response to this community wide issue.  Residents need to be aware of and keep in tune to your surroundings.  Nobody knows your neighborhood like the people who live there.  You must report all suspicious activity to the Police Department immediately.  Unfamiliar vehicles parked on a street, unknown persons walking in the area, a suspicious phone call or knock at the door, and strange vehicles entering your driveway all need to be reported to Police.  Provide descriptions of vehicles and persons of concern, the number of vehicle occupants, license plates and the direction of travel. Reporting these incidents will cause police to investigate the source of your concern and possibly detect a crime in progress.  I can not overstate the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the Police Department immediately.  

Detectives and officers from the Bernardsville Police Department continue to actively investigate these incidents and are coordinating with other local, County and State Police Agencies.  The frequency of police patrols in residential areas has been increased and officers are alerted when burglaries occur in nearby communities.  We encourage you, our residents and citizens, to be our eyes and ears in an effort to better secure our community. Thank you for your cooperation with this important community issue. 

Further information about protecting your home is available on our website at http://www.bernardsvillepd.org.  You can also visit the below websites for more information on securing your home. 

 

Sincerely,

Kevin J. Valentine

Chief of Police

 

NCPC Crime Prevention Tip Links

http://www.ncpc.org/topics/home-and-neighborhood-safety

http://www.ncpc.org/resources/files/pdf/neighborhood-safety/lock.pdf

Secure your Home:

http://www.ncpc.org/topics/by-audience/law-enforcement/rapid-response/burglary-clip.wav/view

Family Vacation Tips

http://www.scpo.net/safteytipsvacation.htm

Neighborhood Watch

http://www.citizencorps.gov/programs/watch.shtm

http://www.usaonwatch.org/

 

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New officers Appointed

May 29, 2012 Two New Police Offciers Appointed in Benrardsville

NEWS RELEASE

May 29, 2012

BERNARDSVILLE POLICE ANNOUNCE THE HIRING OF TWO  NEW POLICE OFFICERS

 

Bernardsville Chief of Police Kevin Valentine announced today that two new probationary police officers have recently been appointed to the ranks of the Bernardsville Police Dept. The officers will fill two vacant positions that exist within the department and bring the total number of sworn officers back to 18. Both officers, Daniel Hansson and Steven Seiple have been appointed at a starting salary of $40,000 and were ceremoniously sworn in during a Borough Council meeting held Tuesday night May 29, 2012. 

Officer Hansson, 25, of Edison, began his regular police duties on 05/01/2012.  Prior to his appointment Hansson served as a Special Class Two Police Officer and Police Dispatcher with the department.  Officer Hansson possesses an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice-Police Science from Middlesex County College and is a graduate of the Somerset County Police Academy.

Officer Seipel 27, of Madison, began his police duties on 05/14/2012.  Prior to his appointment Seiple served six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a combat engineer.  His military experience included a deployment overseas as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.   Officer Seiple possesses 115 college credits towards a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice at Liberty University and is a graduate of the Morris County Police Academy.

Chief Valentine related that “both officers are excited about their opportunity to join the force.” “The officers were selected from a pool of highly qualified applicants and we are looking forward to getting them on patrol as soon as possible”. In addition Chief Valentine said, “I would like to thank the members of the Borough Council for recognizing the importance of maintaining a fully staffed Police Department during these trying economic times.  The council continues to act in the best interest of public safety by authorizing these appointments.” 

For Information about this Press Release contact:  Chief Kevin Valentine at 908-766-0037

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Somerset Hills Burglary and Theft

May 21, 2012 Burglary and theft reported at Somerset Hills Counry Club

MAY 22, 2012

 Somerset Hills Country Club Burglary

 Bernardsville  - Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano and Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine announces that Somerset Crime Stoppers, Inc. is offering a reward of up to $5,000.00 for information leading to arrest of the individual(s) responsible for breaking into the Somerset Hills Country Club early this morning.

Prosecutor Soriano states that at approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning, Bernardsville patrol officers responded to an alarm activation at the Somerset Hills County Club clubhouse located on Mine Mount Road. Responding officers observed that the building was entered and several trophies were removed from trophy case. Police are working with management to determine the exact number of trophies taken and the value of the stolen property. The suspect(s) also removed a service cart which was later found abandoned on Old Wood Road. The burglary is being investigated by detectives with the Bernardsville Police Department and Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Scene Investigations (C.S.I) Unit.

Prosecutor Soriano states that this is the second time the clubhouse was burglarized this month. The first incident occurred on May 11, 2012 and trophies were also removed at that time.

Law enforcement is requesting that anyone with information regarding either of the burglaries, or if someone observed or heard anything suspicious last night, contact the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.888577tips.org or http://www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All calls are confidential.

 

 

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident In Bernardsville

January 18, 2012

Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Under investigation In Bernardsville,

NEWS RELEASE

 

January 18, 2012, 1735 Hours

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Closes Route 202 Route in Bernardsville

 

The Bernardsville Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team continue to investigate a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Rt. 202 at the intersection with Whitenack Road in Bernardsville.  The accident was reported to Police at 10:04 AM and   Rt. 202 remained closed until 6:00 PM while police were on the scene conducting an investigation.

At approximately 5:00 PM Police Chief Kevin Valentine confirmed that the Police Department has been notified by hospital officials at Morristown Memorial Hospital that one of the drivers involved in the accident has passed away and the accident is now a fatal accident investigation.

The accident involved three vehicles including a commercial cement truck and two passenger vehicles.  All three vehicles were occupied by the drivers and no other passengers are known to be involved at this time.  When police arrived on the scene shortly after receiving the call, officers found that two of the drivers were trapped in their heavily damaged vehicles and needed to be extricated by rescue workers who were called to the scene. 

The driver of the cement truck was Vidal J. Torres-Merced, 36 of Paterson N.J.  Mr. Torres-Merced was removed from the truck by rescuers and subsequently flown to Morristown Memorial Hospital by a N.J. State Police Helicopter for further treatment of his injuries.  Police were subsequently advised that Mr. Torres-Merced passed away at some point after leaving the accident scene.   The truck involved was a cement truck which was reportedly owned by Herbert J. Hinchman and Son Inc. of Wayne N.J. 

A second person involved who was operating a passenger vehicle was identified as a 53 year old female from Bedminster N.J. She exited her vehicle under her own power and was subsequently treated for injuries at the scene and was transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital for further treatment.  Police were subsequently advised that she was released from the hospital.

A third driver involved in the collision was also operating a passenger vehicle and was observed to be trapped in the heavily damaged car upon police arrival.  She was subsequently extricated from that vehicle by rescuers from the Bernardsville Fire Department and First Aid Squad with mutual aid assistance from rescue units summoned from neighboring communities. That driver was identified as a 24 year old female from Bedminster N.J.  She was treated at the scene by paramedics and First Aid Squad personnel before being flown by State Police Helicopter to Morristown Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries.  Specific information regarding the extent of her injuries is not available at this time. 

Police from Bernardsville, Far Hills and Bernards Twp. assisted at the scene along with rescue units from the Bernardsville Fire Dept and First Aid Squad who were assisted by members of the Far-Hills Bedminster Fire Dept., the Basking Ridge Fire Dept. and First Aid Squad, the Peapack-Gladstone Fire Department and First Aid Squad, and paramedics from Atlantic Health System.   Members of the New Jersey State Police Incident Management Team and the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Team also provided assistance at the location along with members of the N.J. Dept. of Transportation Critical Incident Traffic Response Unit.

The incident remains under investigation is continuing and no other information is available at this time. Route 202 and Meeker Road was reopened to traffic at 6:00PM.

On behalf of the Bernardsville Police Department, Police Chief Kevin Valentine extends our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Torres-Merced and wishes a speedy recovery to others injured in this incident.  Anyone with information about the accident is requested to call Det. Sgt. James Smith of the Bernardsville Police Department at 908-766-0037 or the Somerset County Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team at 908-231-7100.

 

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NEW BERNARDSVILLE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM

The Bernardsville Police Department Office of Emergency Management is now using a new Community Emergency Notification System to keep residents informed about local emergencies. 

December 26, 2011

 BERNARDSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT INTRODUCES NEW COMMUNITY ALERT SYSTEM

 

The Bernardsville Police Department Office of Emergency Management is now using a new Community Emergency Notification System to keep residents informed about local emergencies.  The new system, also known as a Reverse 911 System has the capability to quickly broadcast emergency messages to the entire community within minutes.  Bernardsville Emergency Management Coordinator Police Chief Kevin Valentine said that “officials plan on using the system to warn residents and businesses about local emergencies and to keep them better informed with important facts and information as emergencies unfold.”   The alert system which was recently tested on Thursday evening December 22nd  will be used by the Bernardsville Police Communications Center along with other methods of notification currently being used such as, the Bernardsville Police Department website, alerts issued through the local OEM Special Needs Emergency Registration and Notification Program and local press releases.    

The new service is a web based voice messaging system that is capable of quickly delivering both voice messages and email messages to program participants.  An extra added feature allows Police to use the system for Police and Fire Department text messaging as well as other administrative services. The alert service is funded by the Borough and provided through contract services provided by Global Connect of Mays Landing N.J. and Verizon.  The system maintains a constantly updated database of most land line home and business telephone numbers registered in Bernardsville. This database includes most of the local numbers provided by Verizon, Comcast and some other local communication service providers. Residents are encouraged to register any additional phone numbers such as work numbers, cell phones and email addresses by visiting the Bernardsville Police Department website at http://www.bernardsvillepd.org. If internet access is not available, registration forms can be completed at Police HQ and submitted for entry into the system.  Information provided for emergency notification purposes is confidential and will remain under the control of the Bernardsville Police Dept. Office of Emergency Management at all times, and will only be used for emergency notification purposes.

How To Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

The Police Department continually updates the database of land based telephone numbers registered in the Borough.  There is no need to register your land based telephone numbers located in Bernardsville.  However, residents and Business owners are encouraged to register as many additional telephone numbers and email addresses as needed to help ensure timely notifications are received.  You will not receive email notifications unless you register for that free service.  If you do not have access to the internet, registration forms are available at Police HQ.  The registration process should be easy, simply follow the instructions:

1.    Visit the Bernardsville Police Department website at www.bernardsvillepd.org and click on the red tab titled “Emergency Alerts” to link to the registration page.

2.    Read the program information or scroll down to the registration form.

3.    Enter the registrants first and last name in the proper fields.  Multiple family members can resister using their own individual names.

4.    The next field is the street address; THE STREET ADDRESS IS VERY IMPORTANT and must be filled out with the physical location you are registering. Both businesses and residents must use the actual street address in this field.  Addresses outside of Bernardsville will not be integrated with the notification systems mapping capabilities. Do not use a Post Office Box.

5.     After you have completed the address information you can provide up to two additional telephone numbers such as a cell phone number or work number. 

 * Business owners can register home numbers or other numbers outside of Bernardsville.  Remember to include the Bernardsville address, not your actual home address in the address field. 

 * Residents can register work numbers, cell numbers or any other number. Remember to include the Bernardsville address, not your actual home address in the address field.

 * If you need to register more than two numbers, you can do so by completing the process for the first two numbers.  Then return to the website and complete another registration with the remaining numbers. You can do this as many times as you like, just be sure to use the same street address location each time you register.

 6.     Provide an email address to receive email notifications in addition to voice messages. 

 After you have completed the email address information you can provide additional email addresses by completing the registration process, returning to the website and completing another registration with the remaining numbers. You can do this as many times as you like, just be sure to use the same street address location each time you register.

 

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DARE

Bernardsville Police Dept. to Resume Teaching DARE

NEWS Release: October 13, 2011

For Immediate Release:

Bernardsville Police Dept. to Resume Teaching DARE

(Bernardsville) —Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine and Somerset Hills School District Superintendent Peter Miller have announced that an agreement has been reached that will allow  the Police Department to resume teaching DARE at the Bernardsville Middle School.  Under the agreement the Police Department will provide the popular substance abuse prevention education program to approximately 300 sixth and seventh graders beginning later this month. The DARE program has been absent from the middle school curriculum for approximately 2 years after the Police Department temporarily stopped teaching the program due  a lack of resources.  “I am delighted that the DARE program is returning to the public schools “said Chief Valentine.  The program will also be offered to students in private and parochial schools as well.  “We never gave up on the program and have been trying diligently to find a way to restore the program in the public schools” said the Chief.  The recent cooperation and support now provided by the regional school district allows us to restore the program at this time”.

When DARE classes begin this month students will be introduced to a new DARE officer.  The police department recently trained Officer Paul Kelley to teach the DARE program in hopes that the program would resume later this year.  Officer Kelley attended a two-week DARE certification training class sponsored by DARE New Jersey held in Monmouth County last September.  Officer Kelley will join Sgt. John Gardner, Sgt. Brad Horsey, Officer Doug Seals, and Officer Jeff Melitski who are also certified to teach the DARE program in schools located in the Borough. 

The DARE officers will be teaching an age appropriate 10 week curriculum to both sixth and seventh graders at the Bernardsville Middle School.  The DARE program teaches students how to resist using substances such as drugs and alcohol and features discussions and activities that deal with issues such as peer pressure, youth violence, and bullying.  The program is made possible locally with support by the Somerset Hills Municipal Alliance and the Bernards Lions Club who partner with the Police Department and School District in providing resources to deliver the program.  

 

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Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day

Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day October 10, 2011 - Police to step up enforcement efforts in an attempt to save lives. 

NEWS Release: October 3, 2011

For Immediate Release: Contact: Captain Michael Perez: 908-766-0037

Bernardsville Police Dept. Helps Promote Annual “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day”

(Bernardsville)  —Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on October 10, 2011, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the State’s roadways fatality free for one-day.

Known as Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day, the national initiative was designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by encouraging motorists to obey all traffic laws, including buckling up, every ride; driving the posted speed limit; avoiding distractions while driving; and always being safe and sober behind the wheel.

To support this effort, the Bernardsville Police Department will be conducting a one day traffic enforcement crack down similar to activities associated with prior “Click – It or Ticket” enforcement activities that most motorists are aware of.  Chief Kevin Valentine said that the Department will place “emphasis on violations that have an impact on pedestrian safety such as crosswalk enforcement, speeding in school zones and cell phone use.” 

Last year in New Jersey, 556 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, down from 583 in 2009. The decline continues a four-year downward trend in motor vehicle fatalities and marks the lowest number of recorded motor vehicle deaths in the State since the 1940s.

“We are participating in this effort to assist in stemming the tide of tragedies that occur every day on New Jersey’s roadways,” the Chief said. “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day not only raises awareness about the individual responsibility we have for our driving behaviors, but also engages drivers in making positive changes behind-the-wheel every day of the year,”

Additional information on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is available by logging on to www.brakesonfatalities.org or by following the link in the Community Events Section of the Bernardsville Police Department Website at http://www.Bernardsvillepd.org.

 

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MARIJUANA SEIZED

 MARIJUANA SEIZED DURING A NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION IN BERNARDSVILLE RESULTS IN TWO ARRESTS

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

 MARIJUANA SEIZED DURING A NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION IN BERNARDSVILLE RESULTS IN TWO ARRESTS

 SOMERVILLE - Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives Stuart Buckman, Bernardsville Borough Chief of Police Kevin Valentine, Bernards Township Chief of Police Brian Bobowicz and Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, announce the arrests of Robert Amato, age 20, of Brookside Avenue, Basking Ridge, New Jersey and Michala Wilt, age 21, of Springfield Avenue, Summit, New Jersey.

Prosecutor Soriano states that the arrests were the result of a narcotics investigation conducted by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force, along with the Bernardsville Police Department and Bernards Police Department.   

 As a result of the ongoing narcotics investigation, a Somerset County Superior Court Search Warrant was obtained for the residence and person of defendant Amato.  On September 13, 2011 at approximately 9:00 a.m., members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force, along with members of the Bernardsville Police Department and Bernards Police Department, executed the search warrant on defendant Amato’s residence.  At the time of the search, defendant Amato was located in a bedroom with defendant Wilt. Captain Timothy Pino from the Somerset County Sheriffs Office responded with his K-9 “Dano” to assist in the investigation. Task Force detectives seized over a quarter pound of marijuana, drug paraphernalia (packaging materials, a heat sealer, two digital scales and narcotic sales records) and $7,931.00 in U.S. currency. The marijuana seized has an estimated street value of $2,500.00. 

Defendants Amato and Wilt were both charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (marijuana) with the Intent to Distribute, 3rd degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a disorderly persons offense.

Defendant Amato was lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail set by the Honorable Julie M. Marino, P.J.Cr., at $15,000.00, 10% to apply. Defendant Wilt was released on her own recognizance.

NOTE:  We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  

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Bernardsville Junior Police Camp

Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine announced today that the Bernardsville Police Department hosted the annual “Summer Junior Police Camp Program” again this month. 

July 26, 2011

Bernardsville Junior Police Camp provides Summer Fun

Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine announced today that the Bernardsville Police Department hosted the annual “Summer Junior Police Camp Program” again this month.  The camp provided campers with an opportunity to get to know local Police Officers while learning a thing or two about Local Law Enforcement activities and safety. The camp was conducted in partnership with the Recreation Department, the Fire Department,  Atlantic Health System, the New Jersey state Police and a donation by the Bernards Lions Club.   

This year campers traveled to West Trenton to visit the State Police Museum where they were treated to a tour and a lesson in the history of the New Jersey  State Police.  After lunch, campers also received a special demonstration by the State Police Bomb Squad where special technical equipment was displayed and explained.  Another highlight included a local visit by the Atlantic Health System/Morristown Memorial Hospital helicopter which landed at the Polo Grounds.  Medical Staff and the pilot explained the Air Transport Program and provided campers with a close up look at the helicopter.  The week was rounded out with a visit to the Bernardsville Fire Department and a water safety activity and pool party at the municipal pool. 

The program was coordinated by Special Officer Richard McCorry with assistance from officers including Ptl. Paul Kelley, Ptl. Brian Kelly, and Dispatcher Scott Chertoff. 

 

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Police Make Arrest In Bernardsville Robbery

Police make an arrest related to a robbery that occured on June 2, 2011 in Bernardsville.

JUNE 17, 2011

POLICE MAKE ARREST IN BERNARDSVILLE ROBBERY

SOMERVILLE - Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives Stuart A. Buckman and Bernardsville Borough Chief of Police Kevin Valentine announce that detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Squad and the Bernardsville Borough Police Department have arrested Anthony Ramos, age 20, Rock Ridge Road, Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania for committing a robbery in Bernardsville Borough.   

Prosecutor Soriano states that on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at approximately 5:39 a.m., a 20 year old Bernardsville resident reported to the Bernardsville Borough Police that he had been physically assaulted and robbed by an individual who he subsequently identified as defendant Ramos.  The victim reported that defendant Ramos is the husband of his ex-girlfriend.  The victim reported that sometime around 3:00 a.m., he received a telephone call from his ex-girlfriend asking to meet him in front of his residence in Bernardsville.  Sometime later, the victim met the ex-girlfriend in front of his residence.  In response to this request, the victim exited his residence.  Evidently, at that moment, defendant Ramos had been lying-in-wait near the residence and inside a vehicle bearing New York State license plates.  As the victim exited his residence, defendant Ramos emerged from the vehicle and attacked the victim by kicking and beating him to the ground.  During the assault, defendant Ramos robbed the victim of his cellular telephone and $75.00 in cash then fled from the area.  The victim was transported to Morristown Medical Center for treatment of a broken nose and fractured facial bone.

Prosecutor Soriano stated that since the assault Detective Sergeant James Smith of the Bernardsville Borough Police Department and Detective David Whipple of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Squad have conducted numerous interviews in New York City and Pennsylvania in an attempt of locating defendant Ramos.  On June 3, 2011 the detectives, with the assistance of detectives from the New York City Police Department 49th Precinct, traveled to a residence located in the Bronx, New York.  As a result of the interviews at this location, detectives were able to ascertain that defendant Ramos was residing somewhere in Pennsylvania.  Defendant Ramos subsequently made contact with the detectives and informed them that he was residing in Pennsylvania and would be reporting for military training at Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pennsylvania.

Prosecutor Soriano stated that on June 9, 2011, detectives made arrangements with military and Pennsylvania authorities to interview defendant Ramos at Fort Indiantown Gap. Defendant Ramos is a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and is currently on a two-week military training exercise.

Following defendant Ramos’ interview, the investigation continued.  On June 15, 2011 detectives once again traveled to Fort Indiantown Gap and with the assistance of the Fort Indiantown Gap Police Department defendant Ramos was arrested and charged with second degree robbery by inflicting bodily injury in the course of committing a theft.  Defendant Ramos was processed by detectives and turned over to Pennsylvania Central Booking located in Lebanon, Pennsylvania and is awaiting an extradition hearing back to New Jersey.

Prosecutor Soriano, Chief Buckman and Chief Valentine ask that if anyone has any information regarding this incident contact either the Bernardsville Borough Police Department (908) 766-0037, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Squad (908) 231-7100, the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”.  All calls are confidential.

Note: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

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Police Investigate Aggravated Assault

Police are seeking witness to an assault that occured in the area of Olcott Ave. on May 31, 2011.

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2011 HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS JUNE 1

As Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins, THE Bernardsville OEM and FEMA Urge All Americans to be Prepared

WASHINGTON—Today, June 1, marks the official start of the 2011 North Atlantic hurricane season, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been working closely with its federal, state, local and tribal partners, the private sector, voluntary organizations and the entire emergency management team to ensure we are ready for the upcoming season. As part of those efforts, today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, along with other partners, will brief President Obama on the federal government’s preparations for the upcoming season.

 

“Recent events including the deadly tornadoes in the central U.S. and southeast, flooding along the Mississippi and other emergencies serve as a reminded that we should be prepared to address all hazards, including hurricanes,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Everyone needs to be prepared, not just those in hurricane prone states, but also areas well inland. This means having an emergency plan, storing an emergency kit and staying informed of alerts or messages from local emergency officials.”

 

In the past few months, FEMA has been coordinating with all of the coastal states as they prepare for the season. All of this planning and coordination has been built around the agency’s approach that we are just one part of the nation’s emergency management team, and we have to work with the entire team to plan for the needs of the entire community when disasters strike. This larger team includes our federal partners, state, local and tribal leaders, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, faith based and community organizations, and most importantly the general public. It will take every member of the team working together for us to be fully prepared for this hurricane season.

 

To help demonstrate how the team can work together to prepare for and respond to hurricanes, President Obama invited other members of the team to join Napolitano and Fugate for today’s briefing, including North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue and members of her emergency management team, American Red Cross President Gail McGovern, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) Chair Mickey Caison, and Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead.

 

To see a video message from Administrator Fugate about this hurricane season, visit TBP.

 

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Police Chiefs Call for Strict Enforcement of Teen Driving Laws

 

Police Chiefs Call For Strict Enforcement of Teen Driving Laws

In an effort to reduce injuries and deaths associated wiith teen drivers, The NJ State Chiefs of Police Assn. is encouraging strict enforcement of Teen Driving Laws.  Learn more about this subjet by clicking the link below.

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20110530/NJNEWS10/305300016/Police-chiefs-call-for-stricter-enforcement-of-teen-driving-laws

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Motor Vehicle Accident Reports On Line

BPD ACCIDENT REPORT DATABASE Policereports.US

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The Community Connection

posted on: 04 - 12 - 2011

Check out the latest Edition of the “Community Connection” newsletter published periodically by the Police Department.

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Traffic Safety Links

The following links are provided as a resource to learn more about traffic safety related issues and topics.  Safe driving practices, teen driving, seat belt use, DWI prevention and pedestrian safety issues are some of the topics covered that you might find helpful.

New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety

The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety Web Site offers a variety of relevant traffic safety information for public view.  Information about new laws, traffic safety, perdestrian safety, bicycle safety and statewide trafffic enforcement initiatives are available.

Go to NJDHTS now

 
Ice & Snow - Remove It Before You Go
 
 

Ice & Snow - Remove It Before You Go
Remember to remove all ice and snow from your vehicle before driving, especially from the hood, windows and roof. It’s the law in New Jersey! Motorists who fail to do so face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether the ice and snow is dislodged from the vehicle. If flying ice or snow causes property damage or injury to others, motorists face fines of $200 to $1,000 for each offense.
 
Winter Driving Tips I Links
Drive slow (at or below the posted speed limit) and adjust your speed for the changing road conditions.
Turn on your headlights, using low beams when traveling in snow.
Increase your following distance. In winter weather, travel at least eight to 10 seconds behind the car in front of you.
Give snowplows plenty of room to work. Don’t tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, take extreme caution in doing so. Remember, a snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see him, but they don’t always see you.
If you skid, don’t brake or accelerate. Remove your foot from the gas, and gently steer your car in the direction of the skid (the direction the rear of your vehicle is sliding.) When your car starts heading in the desired direction, carefully straighten the wheel.
Slow down before exiting the highway. Exit ramps often have icy patches, sharp curves and stalled or stopped vehicles.
Have a personal safety kit easily accessible in your vehicle that includes: an ice scraper/brush; shovel; jumper cables or battery starter; blanket; sand, salt or kitty litter for traction; lock de-icer; flashlight and new batteries; extra windshield wiper fluid; safety flares/warning device; cell phone with spare battery; water and non-perishable food (i.e., granola or protein bars); and paper towels or a cloth.
If your vehicle does become disabled, pull off the road as far as possible and turn on your emergency flashers. Remain with your vehicle until help arrives. If you can’t get your vehicle off the road and are uncertain about your safety, do not stay in your vehicle or stand behind it. Proceed carefully to a safe location away from traffic.
   
Links I Winter Driving Tips  
Ice & Snow Palm Card - Produced by the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, this two-sided color palm card addresses the safety concerns and penalties associated with not adequately removing all ice and snow from your vehicle before driving. Additionally, it includes a list of “Winter Driving Tips” to help ensure the safety of motorists during this challenging driving season.
Ice & Snow Poster - Measuring 12” x 18”, this informational poster should play an integral part in any Winter driving awareness campaign.
Ice & Snow Removal Law video - NEW A 30-second TV PSA reminding motorists that they must remove all ice and snow from their vehicles before driving. This amended law became effective October 20, 2010.
NJ511 Alerts - Presented by the NJ Department of Transportation, this Google Maps based web page was designed to complement the NJ511 telephone service. It provides an easy, user friendly way for commuters to see where incidents, accidents, congestion and events like weather and construction are occurring on New Jersey’s roads.

 
Hang Up! Just Drive.
 
 
Overview I Additional Resources

Distracted Driving Overview
Take the No Phone Zone Pledge
Take the No Phone Zone Pledge
Make your car a No Phone Zone. This site contains video clips featuring Oprah Winfrey with experts describing the dangers of driving distracted as well as personal accounts from victims of distracted driving.
The State of NJ, this department and division are not affiliated with the “No Phone Zone” campaign. We do not endorse Oprah, Oprah.com or any of the advertisers you will encounter at her Web site or while viewing her videos.
 
Driving Distractions Include:
Tuning a radio, CD player or ipod
Applying makeup or personal grooming
Reading
Tending to children or pets
Eating and drinking
Programming a GPS
Using a cell phone
  • It is a primary offense for a motorist to talk or text message with a hand-held wireless telephone or electronic communication device while driving.
  • Use of a hand-held wireless telephone or electronic communication device includes, but is not limited to:
    • Talking or listening to another person.
    • Text messaging or sending an electronic message.
  • There is a fine for violating this statute; no points will be assessed for the offense.
  • The operator of a motor vehicle may use a hand-held wireless telephone while driving with one hand on the steering wheel only if:

    • The operator has reason to fear for his/her life or safety, or believes that a criminal act may be perpetrated against him/herself or another person.
    • The operator is using this device to report to appropriate authorities: a fire; traffic crash; serious road hazard; medical or hazardous material emergency; or another motorist who is driving in a reckless, careless or otherwise unsafe manner or who appears to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • The amended law took effect on March 1, 2008
 
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
 
 

Overview I Additional Information & Resources
 
Summertime and the end-of-year holidays are when most Americans gather to enjoy their free time with friends and family. They are also some of the most deadly times on American roads due to impaired driving. That’s why during the summer and the end of the year, a nationwide campaign comprised of thousands of traffic safety partners, join together to protect citizens from this deadly crime.
Here in New Jersey, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety utilizes the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign to achieve its goal: prevention.
The Goal is Prevention
The key to deterring impaired driving is highly visible enforcement. The research is clear on the affect highly visible enforcement has on deterring impaired driving. Prevention and not arrest is the goal of the campaign. Drivers must perceive that the risk of being caught is too high before their behavior will change. Use the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over message to convince audiences that the chance of being caught is too high to risk. This message works and has influenced many citizens nationwide not to drink and drive.

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TEEN DRIVING RESOURCES

Teens check this out: www.UGotBrains.com   Spanish http://www.ugotbrains.com/spanish/index.htm

Parents of new drivers visit:  www.NJteenDriving.com

Educational Videos http://www.njteendriving.com/videos1

New Jersey Safe Passage  http://www.nj.gov/safepassage/index.html 

New Jersey Graduated Drivers License Program http://www.njteendriving.com/gdl

DRUNK DRIVING RESOURCES

Mothers Against Drunk Driving http://www.madd.org/

NJ Division of Highway traffic Safety DWi Information http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/youlose.html

 

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

NJ Division of Highway traffic Safety     http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/pedestrian.html

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Bernardsville Police Dept. OEM Receives $15,000 Grant Award

Police Chief Kevin Valentine is announcing that the Bernardsville Police Department has been informed that the Borough is approved to receive a $15,000 grant through a program administered by the NJ State Police Office of Emergency Management.

 NEWS RELEASE

April 7, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bernardsville, New Jersey April 7, 2011

Bernardsville Police Dept. OEM Receives $15,000 grant.

Police Chief Kevin Valentine is announcing that the Bernardsville Police Department has been informed that the Borough is approved to receive a $15,000 grant through a program administered by the NJ State Police Office of Emergency Management.  The funds are being made available through the “EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PREPAREDNESS GRANT EXERCISE SUPPORT PROGRAM FY-09 PASS THROUGH GRANT PROGRAM”

According to Chief Valentine the grant was provided to enable private and public sector agencies to address areas of their emergency preparedness and response programs that are in need of improvement. A local need has been identified through the efforts of the local Office of Emergency Management who coordinates periodic exercises, drills and ongoing review of preparedness response activities in the Borough.  Chief Valentine said that members of local emergency response organizations, such as the Police, Fire, and Road Departments along with members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and School Officials, work together to provide the best service possible.  Efforts include delivering ongoing training, participating in exercises and drills, conducting needs identification, evaluating procedures and critiquing response situations.”  The Chief explained that this grant funding will further support this cooperation and enhance the coordination of emergency services in the Borough.

The grant received resulted from an application that was prepared and filed by Police Chief Kevin Valentine who also serves as the local OEM Coordinator for the Borough.  The grant application focused on the previously identified need to upgrade and improve interoperable radio communications between local response organizations.  The Borough has been working towards compliance with federally mandated communications capabilities required as part of the National Incident Management Program administered through FEMA.  According to Chief Valentine, funding received through this grant will support further efforts in this area. 

Bernardsville Police and OEM officials will be working closely with members of the NJ State Police to secure delivery of the funding to the Borough. “Every little bit helps” said Chief Valentine.  The Police Department actively considers and pursues funding opportunities that become available.  “This grant award will provide a significant boost to our emergency preparedness program” said the Chief.  

For information about this Press release contact Chief Kevin Valentine at 908-766-0037.

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NJ State Police Sex Offender Registry

New Jersey law authorizes the Division of State Police to make available to the public over the Internet information about certain sex offenders required to register under Megan’s Law. The sex offender Internet registry law can be found in the New Jersey Code at 2C:7-12 to -19. Follow the link below to connect.

http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/info/reg_sexoffend.html

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RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

The Bernardsville Police Department would like to alert residents of a recent incident in our Borough

At appoximately 9:12 PM on Thursday march 31, 2011 a residence in the area of Thompson Street and Claremont Road was the target of a burglary. It was reported to Police that at least one, possibly two people unlawfully entered the residence through a window located at the rear of the house. The home was occupied by the resident at the time of the incident. The suspect or suspects fled through a rear door upon being discovered by the homeowner. Nothing of value was reported stolen and no one was reported injured at the time of the report. Officers from Bernardsville Police Department immediately responded to the home upon receiving a 911 call from the resident. An immediate search of the area commenced with the assistance from officers from the Bernards Township Police Depaertment and a K-9 unit from the South Bound Brook Police Department. No one was apprehended as a result of the search. The incident remains under investigation at this time.

Chief Kevin Valentine is requesting anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact either the Bernardsville Police Department at 908-766-0037 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS ( 8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either ” Crime Stopper” or ” TIPS HOTLINE”. All calls to the tips line are confidential.

For information about this Press Release contact: Lt. Demmings Hoadley at 908-766-0037

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MARCH 3 MARYLAND RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR WEAPONS OFFENSES IN BERNARDSVILLE

SOMERVILLE - BERNARDSVILLE—Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives Stuart Buckman and Bernardsville Chief of Police Kevin Valentine announce the arrest of Ali Hanifi Afshar, age 33, of Gunpowder Road, Manchester, Maryland.

MARCH 1, 2011 

NEWS RELEASE

MARYLAND RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR WEAPONS OFFENSES IN BERNARDSVILLE

SOMERVILLE - Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives Stuart Buckman and Bernardsville Chief of Police Kevin Valentine announce the arrest of Ali Hanifi Afshar, age 33, of Gunpowder Road, Manchester, Maryland. Prosecutor Soriano states that on February 28, 2011 the Bernardsville Police Department was contacted by a local storage facility in reference to defendant Afshar who was observed placing a large rifle case in a recently rented storage unit.  As a result of the information received, the Bernardsville Police contacted the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and advised them of the information.  Subsequently, members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the Bernardsville Police Department attempted to locate the individual observed placing the rifle case in the storage unit.  A short time later, defendant Afshar was located at his place of employment in Bernards Township, New Jersey where he was advised of the observations made by personnel at the storage facility. 

Prosecutor Soriano states that defendant Afshar granted permission to search his storage unit located in Bernardsville and his hotel room located in Warren, New Jersey.  The search of the storage unit resulted in the seizure of a rifle case that contained a Rockland Island Armory Model 1911 .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a Les Baer Custom AR-15 223 caliber. semi-automatic assault rifle, four (4) loaded magazines for the .45 caliber handgun which contained hollow point bullets, nine (9) loaded magazines for the AR-15 Assault Rifle with twenty (20) rounds in each magazine, a spotting scope, and a knife contained in a sheath.  Also in the storage unit were boxes of ammunition for the handgun and the assault rifle.

The search of his hotel room in Warren, New Jersey resulted in the seizure of three (3) additional magazines for the AR-15 assault rifle. Defendant Afshar was has been charged with Unlawful Possession of an Assault Rifle, 2nd degree; Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, 2nd degree; Possession of a Large Capacity Magazine, 4th degree and Possession of Hollow Point Bullets, 4th degree. Defendant Afshar was arrested and lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail set at $100,000.00 cash or bond by the Honorable Ann R. Bartlett, J.S.C.

Note: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.      

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MARCH 7, 2011 COYOTE SIGHTINGS REPORTED

BERNARDSVILLE—Recently, The Bernardsville Police Department has received reports of coyote sightings.  The Police Department would like to remind the public that there is a resident coyote population in Borough and throughout Somerset Hills.

NEWS RELEASE

MARCH 7, 2011

COYOTE SIGHTINGS REPORTED

Recently, The Bernardsville Police Department has received reports of coyote sightings.  The Police Department would like to remind the public that there is a resident coyote population in Borough and throughout Somerset Hills.  Most of the sightings have been in wooded areas throughout the area including municipal fields at the Polo Grounds and schools located on Seney Drive.  To date there are no reports of coyotes exhibiting aggressive behavior.  Even so, the public is advised to exercise caution with coyotes, as with any wild animal.  If you observe coyotes in the daytime that show no fear of humans or if a coyote attacks a person or domestic animal, immediately contact the Police Department.

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/coyote_info.htm) has published the following tips on dealing with coyotes:

• Never feed a coyote. Deliberately feeding coyotes puts pets and other residents in the neighborhood at risk.

• Feeding pet cats and/or feral (wild) cats outdoors can attract coyotes. The coyotes feed on the pet food and also prey upon the cats.

• Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.

• Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.

• Bring pets in at night.

• Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.

• Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry, and other farm animals.

• Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.

• Although extremely rare, coyotes have been known to attack humans. Parents should monitor their children, even in familiar surroundings, such as backyards.

• Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.

• Clear brush and dense weeds from around dwellings - this reduces protective cover for coyotes and makes the area less attractive to rodents and rabbits. Coyotes, as well other predators, are attracted to areas where rodents are concentrated like woodpiles.

• If coyotes are present, make sure they know they’re not welcome. Make loud noises, blast a canned air siren, throw rocks, or spray them with a garden hose 

For Information about this Press Release contact:

Lt. Demmings Hoadley at 908-766-0037.

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MARCH 3, 2011, POLICE DETERMINE CAUSE OF DEATH

MARCH 3, 2011, POLICE DETERMINE CAUSE OF DEATH  

MARCH 3, 2011

NEWS RELEASE

CAUSE OF DEATH DETERMINED IN BERNARDSVILLE DEATH INVESTIGATION

SOMERVILLE – Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano states that the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has completed the post mortem examination of Patricia A. Graham-Hawthorne, age 45, and her daughter, Allison, age 4.  The Medical Examiner has determined that Allison Hawthorne was the victim of homicide by drowning in the bathtub.  The preliminary cause of death of Patricia Graham-Hawthorne is that she committed suicide by ingesting paint thinner and drowning.  Given the Medical Examiner’s conclusion as to the manner of death, as well as the criminal investigation to date, it has been determined that Patricia Graham-Hawthorne murdered her 4 year old daughter before taking her own life on Thursday, February 24, 2011.

 

Prosecutor Soriano states that Bernardsville police officers responded to a 9-1-1 call dispatching them to the Hawthorne residence located on Roundtop Road in Bernardsville, New Jersey for the report of a deceased child.  Upon arrival, officers found the mother and child deceased in an upstairs bathroom.  Officers learned from the victims’ husband/father that he arrived home from work at approximately 6:35 p.m. and discovered his wife and child unresponsive in the bathtub whereupon he called 9-1-1. 

The police investigation has determined that Patricia Graham-Hawthorne had been accessing numerous sites on the internet involving methods for committing suicide.  During the post mortem examination, the Medical Examiner noted slash wounds on Patricia Graham- Hawthorne’s wrists, water in her lungs as well as an apparent toxic substance in her stomach cavity.

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FEBRUARY 25, 2011,  POLICE CONDUCT DEATH INVESTIGATION AT BERNARDSVILLE RESIDENCE

FEBRUARY 25, 2011,  POLICE CONDUCT  DEATH INVESTIGATION AT BERNARDSVILLE RESIDENCE

FEBRUARY 25, 2011

NEWS RELEASE

POLICE CONDUCT  DEATH INVESTIGATION AT BERNARDSVILLE RESIDENCE

Somerville -  Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives Stuart A. Buckman and Bernardsville  Chief of Police Kevin Valentine announce that detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Squad and Bernardsville Police Department are conducting an investigation into the death of a 45 year old mother and her 4 year old daughter who were discovered deceased inside their residence on Thursday evening, February 24, 2011.

Prosecutor Soriano states that Bernardsville police officers responded to a 9-1-1 call which was received by the Somerset County Communications Center dispatching them to a residence located on Roundtop Road in Bernardsville, New Jersey for a report of a deceased child.  Upon arrival officers observed that the mother and child were  deceased in an upstairs bathroom.  Officers were advised by the father that he arrived home from work at approximately 6:35 p.m. and discovered his wife and child unresponsive in the upstairs bathroom, and upon discovery he immediately dialed 9-1-1.  Officers who responded to the scene began to perform lifesaving measures on the child along with emergency medical personnel from Morristown Memorial Hospital MEDIC 11, but were met with negative results. Both mother and daughter were subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.

Prosecutor Soriano states that detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Squad, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Forensic and Crime Scene Unit in conjunction with detectives from the Bernardsville Police Department and Investigators from the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, responded to conduct the investigation.  Investigators have identified the deceased as Patricia A. Graham-Hawthorne, age 45, and her four year old daughter Allison Hawthorne.

Although the circumstances of both deaths are the subject of an ongoing investigation, the preliminary investigation has led to the belief that no other individuals were with the decedents at the time of death.  An autopsy was scheduled to be conducted today at the Regional Medical Examiner’s office to determine the cause and manner of death. 

Prosecutor Soriano, Chief Buckman, and Chief Valentine request anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact either the Bernardsville Police Department at 908-766-0037, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Squad at 908-231-7100, or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477).  All calls are confidential.

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Public Utilities

Electric - Jersey Central Power and Light Company

Water - New Jersey American Water Company

Communications - Cable TV - Telephone - internet services - Verizon

Communications - TV - Telephone - Internet Services - Comcast

NJ State Roadways - New Jersey Department of Transportation - NJDOT

 

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JCP&L Report a Street Light Out

REPORT A STREET LIGHT OUT

Street lights are located in many locations hroughout the Borough.  If you observe a problem with a street light we ask that you report it so that repairs can be made.  Call the Police Department at 908-766-0037 or better yet follow the link above to report the problem directly to JCP&L Co.  Your cooperation in reporting street lights out is greatly appreciated.

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Bernards Lions Club - Partners For A Safer Community

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Bernardsville Oem Cert Team Website

 

Bernardsville Oem Cert Team Website

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Firearms Discharge - Hunter Registration

The use of firearms, bow and arrow and explosives in Bernardsville is regulated by Borough Ordinance and enforced by the police department.  Anyone wishing to discharge a firearm, use a bow and arrow or explosive device must first obtain a permit from the Borough.  The registration/permit application process is administered by the Police Department.  Each individual must register using the Firearms Permit Discharge Permit Registration/Application Form. An addendum and separate permission is required for each additional property that will be utilized.  Pegistration forms can be obtained at the Police Deparrtment or by following the links below.  Completed registration forms must be submitted to the Police Department for approval.

*Three copies of the application must be submitted if you utilize the downloadable pdf applications below as the origional forms are in triplicate. You must also download one copy of the Borough Ordinance for your review.

Download Firearms Discharge Permit Application

Download Firearms Discharge Permit Application Addendum For Multiple Properties 

Download Borough Code 3-12 Regulating the Use of Firearms, Bow and Arrow and Explosives

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National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

NCMEC LINK

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New Laws

New Jersey Move Over Law

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New Law Effective October 20 Will Require Motorists to Clear All Ice and Snow from Vehicles Prior to Driving
http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases10/pr20101019a.html

Officials Remind Motorists to “Hang Up! Just Drive.”
Cell Phone Use/Texting Behind the Wheel Contribute to Driver Distraction, Crashes 
http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases10/pr20100303e.html

NJ Yield to Pedestrians Law  http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/pedestrian.html

Stop and stay Stopped

Wipers on with Headlights


New Jersey Traffic Laws (Title 39, Section 3-47A), now require that headlights must be on when your windshield wipers are on. This provides better visibility during times of precipitation. If stopped and convicted, the fine is $42.

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Fun Stuff For Kids

Hi, kids! The Bernardsville Police Department wants you to be safe—safe at home, safe with your friends and relatives, safe in school, and safe in town. Here are some fun websites for you to learn about safety!

Our D.A.R.E. Kids website is lots of fun, with lots of great activities for you to play with!  D.A.R.E. gives you the skills you need to avoid getting involved in drugs, gangs and violence. 

The FEMA for Kids site teaches you how to be prepared for disasters and how you can prevent disaster damage. You can also learn what causes disasters, play games, read stories and become a Disaster Action Kid. Disasters aren’t fun, but learning about them is!
(FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency

So, you like all of the super heroes on TV. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a crime fighter? There are plenty of links on the FirstGov for Kids website about different people and places that keep you safe.


Kid’s Corner of the National Safe Kids Campaign has some fun puzzles on safety.

Parents and teachers can also get lots of great information about child safety from the Safe Kids website. The National SAFE KIDS Campaign is the first and only national non-profit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury — the number one killer of children ages 14 and under.

SafeKids.com is where you’ll find tips, advice and suggestions to make your family’s online experience fun and productive!

SafeTeens.com is for teenagers. You know all about the Internet—probably more than your parents—and you are getting to an age where you can take care of yourself. Well, taking care of yourself is what SafeTeens.com is all about. We believe that teens should take care of themselves but sometimes they need a bit of help or at least some advice. You won’t find any moralizing on SafeTeens.com nor will you find us talking “down” to teenagers. We’re not here to tell you where you can and cannot go online but we are here to say that your actions do have consequences.

SAFE DRIVING TIPS FOR TEENS www.UGotBrains.com

McGruff.org is just for kids. Got a question about staying safe? Ask McGruff for advice. Learn basic safety rules with Scruff through games, puzzles, and comics. Find out how you can help Take A Bite Out Of Crime!

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Somerset County Crime Stoppers Inc.

The Bernardsville Police Department cooperates with the Somerset County Crime Stoppers Program to investigate anonymous tips regarding crime in our community.  Crime Stoppers is an independent non profit organization that provides rewards for tips leading to arrest, conviction or the solving of a crime.  To provide a tip or learn more about Crime Stoppers follow the below link.

Somerset County Crime Stoppers

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Community Special Needs And Emergency Notification System

Two Programs To Help Us Help You In An Emergency:  The Voluntary Emergency Notification and Special Needs Registration Program

Would you like to be notified if an emergency in Bernardsville could affect you or your family? Do you have special needs that may require special attention if an emergency arises in your home or neighborhood? Emergency Responders in Bernardsville constantly train and prepare to respond to emergency situations.  Members of the Police Department, Volunteer Fire Department and First Aid Squad as well as the O.E.M. Community Emergency Response Team need your help to better assist you in an emergency.

Your participation in the “Voluntary Emergency Email and/or the Special Needs Survey” will provide us with the information we need to better respond to emergency situations.  Information about these programs is included in this brochure.  If you would like to be informed of emergency situations and other extraordinary events that are happening in the Borough, you may register for the Voluntary Email Notification Program. This voluntary program is being offered as a public service by the Bernardsville Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management. 

For example, you may be notified of emergency information related to power emergencies, water emergencies, emergency evacuations, hazardous material spills, and potentially serious storm situations. Participation in this program will enable the Police to notify residents at home or at work of these and other emergent situations in the Borough.

SPECIAL NEEDS SURVEY

If you or someone you know has a disability or special need, any information you can provide about those needs can make a life or death difference. Do you have oxygen or other life support or assistive equipment? Do you use a wheelchair? Do you have hearing or vision impairments? Such information will help your local emergency services respond appropriately. 

CONFIDENTIAL AND SECURE

Your participation in the “Voluntary Emergency Email Notification and Special Needs Survey” is voluntary and will be of great assistance to emergency responders in an emergency. All information will be kept on file at the Bernardsville Police Department. Every attempt will be made to keep the information confidential. Information received will not be intentionally released to anyone other than emergency responders. 

To enroll in these programs, please contact the Bernardsville Police Dept. and obtain a registration brochure.  Return the enrollment form to the Bernardsville Police Department, 166 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, N.J. 07924.  You may decide not to participate at any time by written notification to the Police Department. For more information about this program contact the Office of Emergency Management in the Police Department at (908)766-0037.

Program Registration                       

 

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Located in Washington DC, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.   

Go to the NLEOM Website now

Enscribed on the Memorial Wall is the name of Charles Brendon Cavanaugh, Bernardsville Borough’s first Police Chief.  Chief Cavanaugh was conducting an investigation at the scene of a fire when he was shot multiple times from ambush by an intoxicated man. Records show that the man was angry that Chief Cavanaugh had issued a motor vehicle summons to his wife. The man was convicted and sentenced to serve 20 years in prison. he died while serving his sentence.

Chief Cavanaugh

Chief Cavanaugh Memorial Webpage
 

 

 

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Detective Bureau (Investigative Services)

 

Officers assigned to the Detective Bureau investigate crimes, suspicious incidents, reports of missing persons, child abuse and neglect cases and delinquent acts committed by juveniles. They also conduct background checks for law enforcement employment and for various permit applications as required by law.  In addition, Detectives investigate crime scenes, photograph crime scenes and serious motor vehicle accident scenes, prepare drug and other evidence for submittal to various forensic laboratories; take civilian fingerprints and prepare indictable arrest cases for prosecution in coordination with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. Detectives work closely with investigators from other various local, state and county police agencies to share information, identify crime trends and jointly investigate cases with mutual interest. 

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Operations Division

The Operations Division is typically staffed Monday through Friday from 7:00AM to 11:00 PM.  The two officers assigned to this Division provide specialized services that and carry out specific duties and functions that provide support to daily operations.   Some of the services provided include technology development- maintenance and support, targeted neighborhood patrols, traffic enforcement, traffic safety, general planning duties, coordination of special events, community policing programs, emergency medical response (EMT Program) and equipment/fleet maintenance.  Officers assigned to these functions provide assistance and support to the Patrol Division and Detective Bureau as needed on a regular basis. The activities of the Operations Division are carried out under the direction and direct supervision of the Captain.

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Patrol Division

 

The Patrol Division is responsible for the majority of police services provided by the department. Thirteen sworn officers and four civilian police dispatchers assigned to the Patrol Division comprise the largest single division in the department.  The Patrol Division consists of one Patrol Lieutenant (Division Commander), and four Patrol Squads.  Each Squad has one sergeant, two patrolman and one civilian dispatcher.  The members of the Patrol Division are responsible for the performance of all primary police tasks including preventive patrol, immediate response to emergency situations including disputes, domestic violence, motor vehicle accidents, and crimes in progress; crime detection, crime reporting, preliminary investigations, traffic enforcement, parking enforcement, making arrests and transporting prisoners to and from court and jail; provide testimony in court; and completing all reports as required. The patrol officer works under the direct supervision of the Patrol Sergeant.

The Patrol Division also responds to emergency medical calls within the Borough to assist the Bernardsville First Aid Squad as needed.  All officers are trained in first aid, CPR and use of the cardiac defibrillator.  Six officers are trained as certified Emergency Medical Technicians to enable the delivery of a higher standard of emergency medical care to the community. The EMT’s operate a vehicle that is equiped with extra equipment to provide emergency medical care that might be needed.   

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Law Enforcement

The Bernardsville Police Department works closely with members of various Local, State, County and Federal law enforcement agencies.  Following are some links to Law Enforcemnt Agencies we deal with on a regular basis that you may find helpful. 

SOMERSET COUNTY PROSECUTORS OFFICE

SOMERSET COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT.

NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT

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New Jersey Motor Vehicle Services

Questions regarding your New Jersey, drivers license, registration, handi cap parking permits, special vehicle permits, vehicle titles,address changes and other NJ vehicle related information is available on the NJ Motor Vehicle Services Website.  Follow the link for more information.

NJ Motor Vehicle Services 

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The Community Connection

Check out the latest Edition of the “Community Connection” newsletter published periodically by the Police Department.

In an effort to keep the public better informed the Police Department periodically publishies a newsletter called the “Community Connection”. The news letter will contain Police Dept. related information including Safety Tips, Disaster Preparedness Information, Current Events and other relevant information. Take a look and feel free to let us know if there is something you would to see addressed in the newsletter.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Motor Vehicle Rerlated Questions

Q.     I am looking for information on the Graduated Driver’s License Program and license plate tag requirement.  Where can I find this inforamation?

All permit or probationary license holders under the age of 21 must display a special decal on the front and rear license plate of the vehicle they are driving. Available at all Motor Vehicle Agencies for $4 a pair, the decals are easily affixed to the plates using a system that also allows for removal when the Graduated Driver License (GDL) holder is not behind the wheel.

To ensure that all permit and probationary license holders comply with the GDL law, teens and their parents should be aware that they

  1. may not be on the road between 11:01 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  2. may transport only one passenger in the vehicle. (The restriction is waived if the GDL holder is accompanied by a parent or guardian or transporting his /her dependents.)
  3. may not use a cell phone (hand held or hands-free), ipod, or any other wireless electronic device. (Portable or built-in GPS systems and ipods connected directly to a vehicle’s sound system are allowed, but teens should not make adjustments to these devices while driving.)
  4. must ensure that all vehicle occupants are buckled up.
  5. must display a decal on the front and rear license plate.
  6. may not plea bargain any point carrying offenses

More information can be found on the NJ Division of Motor Vehicles Website at 

NJ Motor Vehicle Services or http://www.njteendriving.com/gdl

Parents of new drivers visit:  www.NJteenDriving.com

Teens check this out: www.UGotBrains.com

Q.     How can I report a pot hole? 

Potholes on Rt. 202 and all other State maintained roadways can be reported directly to the NJ DOT on their website http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/potholeform.shtm

Potholes on Borough Roads can be reported directly to the Bernardsville DPW by calling 908-766-3000.

Potholes on County roadways can be reported directly to Somerset county by calling 231-7000.

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Criminal History Record Checks

iNSTRUCTIONS FOR OBTAINING YOUR CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD

An individual may obtain a criminal history record check via electronic live scan at one of the approved sites. The New Jersey State Police uses the live scan fingerprinting services provided by Morpho Trak, Inc., a private company under contract with the State of New Jersey.  The Bernardsville Police Department can not process Criminal History Requests for the general public. Follow the link to the New Jersey State Police Website for further information and required submission forms required to process your request.  There is a $41.00 fee for this service made payable to MORPHO TRAK

http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/about/serv_chrc.html#icbc

For further Assistance you can contact the Bernardsville Police Department Records Bureau at 908-766-0037. 

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contact

COURT INFORMATION

Office Hours :

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Court Schedule:

Mondays at 10:30 AM

Court Administrator:

Teresa Van Allen - Telephone 908-766-7348

                            Fax-        908-630-0895

MUNICIPAL PROSECUTOR

Miles Winder, Esq.

12 Quimby Lane

Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924

Telephone: 908-766-3300

Fax:           908-766-6255

 

 

  

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General Contact info

Bernardsville Police Department

Mailing Address: 166 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, NJ 0794-2103

Phone Numbers: EMERGENCY CALL 9-1-1

Business Phone- 908-766-0037 or 908-766-0038

Fax - 908-766-0917

General email -    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)   Please specify who the email is directed to in the subject line if known.

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Directions

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Form Submitted

Your report has been submitted and will be reviewed promptly by the authorites.

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Photo shoot

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A Message From the Chief

Welcome to the official website of the Bernardsville Police Department. Here you will find information about the services provided by the Bernardsville Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management. This website is designed to provide information, emergency alerts, and answer some the most commonly asked questions directed to our agency.  The website provides information about the operations of the Police Department, the services we provide and information that will help keep you and your family safe during emergencies.  Be sure to check out the link to our Emergency Alert Notification System in order to help us keep you better informed during emergencies via email and telephone announcements. Also, check out the link to our latest newsletter, The Community Connection,  for even more police related community information.   

It is our belief, that in order to provide effective and quality police services we must maintain a strong communications link to the people we serve. We hope this website will help us in strengthening this communication. Please feel free to contact us with your concerns, comments, or any questions you might have.  In our efforts to serve you our agency is staffed and our headquarters is open twenty four hours a day seven days a week.  Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.

Kevin J. Valentine, Chief of Police

 

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Department Contacts

EMERGENCY, please hang up and dial    911

General Police Business (Non-Emergency)
Phone: 908-766-0037
Fax: 908-766-0917

Police Records (Accident Reports, Police Reports, Permits)
Phone: 908-766-0037 (Extension 113)

Police Secretary (Police Chief, OPRA Requests, Court Discovery, purchasing)
Phone: 908-766-0037 (Extension 134)

Police Administration - Management (Extra Duty Overtime, Citizen Complaints, Trainng, General Police Business, Program Requests)

Chief of Police, Kevin J. Valentine                         908-766-0037     ext. 134

Patrol Lieutenant, Demmings Hoadley                   908-766-0037     ext. 136

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Neighborhood Watch: A Community Approach To Crime Prevention

What Is Crime Watch?

The Bernardsville Police Department encourages neighborhoods to participate in Neighborhood Watch programs sponsored by the Police Department. The information below explains how Neighborhood Watch works and how to organize and maintain a successful program. Neighborhood Watch was created to obtain citizen involvement in discouraging and preventing residential crime. The program uses citizen involvement to secure their own homes and personal property and to report any suspicious activity to the police.

National Neighborhood Crime Facts 

  • Household burglary is one of the easiest crimes to commit and prevent but one of the hardest to solve.
  • Over one-half of police time is spent on investigating burglaries.
  • Household burglary is one of the most rapidly increasing major crimes in the nation.
  •  Many home burglars are young amateurs looking for easy targets.
  • Statistics show that in over one-quarter of household burglaries there was not any forced entry involved.
  • A majority of household burglaries occur during daylight hours.
  • Household burglary has a high potential for death or injury in cases where a burglar is surprised by the property owner.

How Neighborhood Watch Works

Neighborhood Watch operates to educate participants in the principles of deterrence, delay, and detection. The program depends on a communication network between residents and local law enforcement officers. Vigilante actions are in no way condoned by the Neighborhood Watch program. No one is asked to take personal risk or be a hero.

Organizing a Program

First, visit your neighbors and tell them you are interested in discouraging crime in the neighborhood. Ask them for help toward this goal. Secondly, organize a neighborhood meeting and contact the Bernardsville Police Department to have an officer address the group or be present to answer questions. The meeting can be held at a residence in the neighborhood or at Borough Hall. The Police Department will require a healthy representation of participating residents to qualify for the program.

At the meeting the group should select block captains and co-captains to organize the program. Block captains may prepare a listing of names, addresses, phone numbers and email contacts as well as emergency contact numbers for participants on their block. Copies should be distributed to each participating household.

Once the police department’s requirements are met, the Police Department will request that the Dept.of Public Works erect Neighborhood Watch signs at each entrance to the neighborhood or block. In addition, decals will be provided for participating residents to display on the front door or window of their home to act as an additional deterrent.

Program Duties

Since awareness and involvement are the keys to a successful program, keeping interest high and continuing the group’s crime prevention education must be a primary focus of all participants. Specific duties include:

Block Captain/Co-captain 

  • Schedule periodic group meetings (at least every six months), and encourage each homeowner to attend.
  • Act as a liaison between homeowners and the police.
  • Invite a police officer to address the group and share information on such topics as home security, identity theft, personal security and crimes against the elderly.
  •  Contact new neighbors about the program.
  • Disseminate any special information to the group such as crime patterns in the area, homeowners that are on vacation, or attending a function listed in the newspaper such as attending a wedding or funeral.

Resident 

  • Attend the program meetings and read the newsletter.
  • Secure your home and personal property.
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it immediately.
  • Have your newspaper stopped and mail picked up when away.
  • Inform your neighbors and block captain if you plan to be away so that special attention can be given to your home.

The Neighborhood Watch is a proven crime reduction program. But, like any self-help activity, its success depends upon you and your neighbor.

For more information about Neighborhood Watch or Crime Watch Programs go to the following websites:

USA On Watch 

 

  

 

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D.A.R.E.

The Bernardsville Police Department Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program is a substance abuse prevention education program designed to equip fifth or sixth grade students with the skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with tobacco, drugs, alcohol and criminal activity. D.A.R.E. was developed in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District. It uses uniformed officers to teach a formal curriculum to students in a classroom setting. The D.A.R.E. program is a joint effort by the Bernardsville Police Department, schools that are located within Bernardsville Borough and parents, all three working together to help children make positive choices concerning drug use. The D.A.R.E. program focuses on the precept that many school children are presented with overwhelming negative peer pressure with drug use. D.A.R.E. aims to provide children with an arsenal of ways to say “NO” to drug use. The D.A.R.E. program is only taught by certified D.A.R.E. instructors/officers as coordinated by the New Jersey State Police and D.A.R.E. New Jersey. D.A.R.E. officers do not use scare tactics of traditional approaches that focus on the dangers of drug use, instead they work with children to raise their self-esteem, to teach them how to make positive decisions on their own and to help them identify healthy alternatives to drugs.

D.A.R.E. for Kids

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Handicap Parking Permit Applications

Temporary handicapped parking permit applications are available in the lobby of police headquarters. The application must be be filled out by your physician and returned to the police department with a $4.00 check made out to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Temporary permits are valid for a period of six months, with one extension for an additional six months. Permanent handicapped permit applications are available at any New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission office, or by visiting the MVC website at www.state.nj.us/mvc  and going to “About MVC.” On the left hand side click on “Forms,” and then select “Handicapped Plates/Placard Applications.”

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Firearms ID Card and Purchase Permit Applications

FIREARMS IDENTIFICATION CARDS

The Bernardsville Police Department processes a variety of firearms permit applications that are required to legally possess or use firearms in the State of New Jersey. Applicants should first obtain the Firearms ID Card Application, Handgun Purchase Permit Application or other applications and related instructions available at the Police Department or by following the link below to the NJSP Firearms Forms Web Page.

Once the application has been completed, the applicant must come to the Police Department to where specific instructions will be provided about required fingerprinting and fees to process the application.

Mental Health Form

This form will be included in the application package if required.  The form must be completed and your signature witnessed. An officer can be your witness when you submit the completed application.

ANY QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT Police Records Clerk Josh Fowler (908) 636-7603 OR Detective Brian Kelly at 766-0037, ext 137.

NJSP Firearms Information

NJSP Firearms Application Forms

 

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Motor Vehicle Accident Reports

Motor Vehicle Crash/Accident reports are usually ready for the public no later than five (5) business days after the date of the accident. For your convenience  Crash Reports may be obtained by mail, fax, in person or on line over the internet.  Instructions for obtaining your reports are as follows:

OBTAINING YOUR CRASH REPORT ON LINE - Reports can be obtained by following the link below to the Bernardsville Police Dept. accident report database.

 

OBTAINING YOUR REPORTS IN PERSON, VIA MAIL OR FAX -  To receive your report via mail or fax call the Bernardsville Police Department Records Bureau at 908-766-0037 ext. 113 or 134.  Request a copy of your accident report, specify your preferred method of delivery, and ascertain the fee due. There is a fee of .05 cents per page payable prior to receipt of the report.  We will need the name of the person involved, date and location of the acident along with the required fax number or mailing address. Your report will be delivered after receipt of the required fee which must be paid in advance.  If you are picking up your report, you can pay the required fee at that time.  

Mail Delivery - Send or deliver a self addressed stamped envelope to the Bernardsville Police Department, Attn: MVA REPORTS, 166 Minebrook Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924 along with your payment for the report.  If you have questions contact the Records Bureau at 908-766-0037 ext. 113 or 134.     

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Police Record Contacts


The Records Bureau is open to the public Monday - Friday, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.


RECORDS CLERK

Richard T. McCorry: 908-766-0037 (Extension 113)


POLICE SECRETARY

Theresa Tangorra: 908-766-0037 (Extension 134)


FEES (Reports)

Paper Copies: .75 each for the first 10 pages, .50 each for the next 10 pages and .25 per page thereafter

Video DVD: $30.00

Audio CD: $10.00


 

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Court Discovery

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Office of Emergency Management

ABOUT THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

The Bernardsville OEM is established by Borough Ordinance in accordance with applicable state statutes.  The Office consists of one Coordinator, two Deputy Coordinators and a Local Emergency Planning Committee all appointed by the Mayor.  In addition various OEM Volunteers from the community are appointed to assist with programs such as CERT and the Shelter Volunteer Program. The Office is charged with the responsibility to plan, prepare, mitigate and respond to local emergencies and disasters.  The OEM works closely with members of the Police Department, Fire Department, First Aid Squad, local community organizations as well as with other local, County, State and Federal emergency response agencies.   

 “READY BERNARDSVILLE”-EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION  

Welcome to “Ready Bernardsville”.  Here you will find information that the Bernardsville OEM has collected to assist community members in preparing responsibly for disasters and local emergencies.  Residents are encouraged to find out about hazards present in the community, prepare a disaster supply kit, maintain a safe home and develop and practice a family disaster plan. Information below will provide information and useful links to help you get started.   

USEFUL LINKS 

The links below include information from various organizations that might be helpful in preparing your family emergency and disaster plan. The Bernardsville Office of Emergency Management encourages you to explore these sites to learn more about the resources available to assist you in this process.   

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) 

FEMA Ready America

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Ready information For Older Americans

Severe Storm Preparation

Just In Emergency Preparedness Time Training Videos

Each person’s needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation. A commitment to planning today will help you prepare for any emergency situation. Preparing makes sense. Get ready now.

RESOLVE TO BE READY IN 2014

PLAN FOR EMERGENCIES

 

GET A KIT.... You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.

 

MAKE A PLAN....Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

You can begin this process by gathering family members and making sure each person is well-informed on potential hazards and community plans.  Discuss with them what you would do if family members are not home when a warning is issued. Additionally, your family plan should address the following:

 Escape routes

 Evacuation plans

 Care for pets: Information for pet owners

 Care for livestock: Information for livestock owners

 Safety skills

 Hurricane Preparedness Video

 

 Ready America Instructional Preparedness Video Link

 

 Americans Instructional Video - 3 minutes - 12Mb 

 

http://www.ready.gov/america/about/_flash/movie15.html


GET INFORMED....Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency.However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them.  In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.

Prepare for Hurricanes

Prepare for Storms

Prepare for Floods

Prepare Your home for Cold Weather

HEAT EMERGENCIES

BLACK OUTS

BASIC DISASTER SUPPLIES

The Bernardsville OEM reccomends that the following six basic supply items be stocked in your home. 

Water

Food

First aid supplies

Clothing, bedding and sanitation supplies

Tools

Special items

Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered trash container; plastic tote, a camping backpack; or a duffle bag.

OLDER AMERICANS

Each person’s needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation. A commitment to planning today will help you prepare for any emergency situation. Preparing makes sense. Get ready now.

Ready information For Older Americans

Senior Instructional Video


 View the Seniors Instructional Video

Link to Instructional Video Menu Page

 FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH ACCESS AND FUNCTIONAL NEEDS

http://www.drc-group.com/project/jitt-pafnc.html

CARING FOR ANIMALS 

 

Ready Pets Video - 5 minutes - 16Mb

Animal Instructional Video

Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies
Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system.

Animals in Emergencies for Owners This video, developed by the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP)/FEMA, is intended to help pet and livestock owners prepare to protect their animals during emergencies.

Information for Pet Owners
Guidelines on how to prepare a plan to care for pets before, during and after a disaster.

Information for Livestock Owners
Guidelines on how to prepare a plan to care for large animals before, during and after a disaster.

Wildlife in Disasters
Guidelines on how to approach wildlife after a disaster.

COMMUNI!TY EMERGENCY RSPONSE TEAM -CERT

VOLUNTEER-COME JOIN OUR TEAMThe Bernardsville Office of Emergency Management is actively seeking volunteers to become a member of our Community Emergency Response Team.  Individuals over the age of 18 who live or work in Bernardsville are invited to apply to participate in the program.  We also welcome participants from nearby communities who are interested in volunteering.   To learn more about this exciting opportunity read on…....

WHAT IS CERT?

Extraordinary emergency situations or special events can place a strain on regular emergency services provided by the Police Dept. and the Volunteer Fire Department and First Aid Squad.  In an effort to provide support and better manage resources, the Office of Emergency Management has organized a volunteer CERT team.  Citizen participation with this program will better prepare our community to respond to any emergency. To participate, contact the Bernardsville Office of Emergency Management in the Police Department at 908-766-0037.  A brochure describing the program and an application can be obtained at the Police Department.

The Bernardsville CERT Program trains volunteers to work with and support emergency responders.  When called upon, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The Bernardsville CERT Program is organized into three different groups of responders.  Groups are in place for Community Emergency Response, the Public Library Shelter Support and Community Resource Center and the School based CERT Program in local public and private schools. Each group receives the same basic training, but serves a different function for the local OEM.  Continued training will be made available to each group as needed.  If needed special CERT response groups can be formed utilizing members from all three groups.

To volunteer to participate in this program, please obtain an application at Police H.Q. and submit it to the Bernardsville Police Department, Office of Emergency Management, 166 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, N.J. 07924.  For more information about this program contact the Office of Emergency Management in the Police Department at (908)766-0037.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CERT

To learn more about the CERT Program visit the National Citizen Corp CERT Website at  http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/about.shtm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Borough Code Library

BOROUGH CODES

The Borough of Bernardsville has obtained the services of Coded Systems to maintain and publish up to date Borough Code Regulations and Information for public access.  Follow the following link to this information. 

Bernardsville Borough Code

GENERAL CODE INFORMATION

ALARM SYSTEM REGISTRATION

3-6    ALARM SYSTEMS

3-6.1    Maintenance Required.

All components of alarm systems, alarm devices, dial alarms and local alarms shall be maintained by the owners or users thereof in good repair. When evidence exists that there has been a failure by such owners or users to maintain properly said alarm devices, the Police Department head is authorized to demand that such devices be disconnected until such time as appropriate repairs and/or modifications are made. (Ord. #608 §2)

3-6.2    Regulations and Standards.

All local alarms shall be equipped with a time relay or battery to limit the sounding of alarms to      fifteen (15) minutes or less.

All dial alarms shall be capable of being disconnected by the owner to permit a call to the Police Department in the event that a false alarm occurs.

The sensory mechanism of dial alarms shall be adjusted so as to suppress false indications and not to be actuated by impulses due to pressure changes in water pipes, short flashes of lightning, wind, noise, rattling, or vibration of doors or windows or other forces unrelated to general alarms.

The occupants of all commercial buildings and commercial properties with alarm systems shall provide the Police Department on an annual basis with the following information:

        1.      Name, address and home telephone number of primary contact person;

        2.      Name, home address and home telephone number of alternate contact person.

        3.      Name, address and telephone number of the alarm company servicing the alarm.

        4.      Name, address and telephone number of the central station monitoring the alarm.

3-6.3    Investigation of False Alarms.

In the case of false burglar alarms which summon the Police Department to investigate, the Police Department head shall cause an investigation to be made and shall keep a record of such false alarms on file.

3-6.4    Penalties for False Alarms.

The penalties for false alarms shall be as follows:

In any twelve (12) month period the following penalties shall apply:   One alarm $0, two alarms $50, three alarms $100, .four alarms + $200 per false alarm

Any individual intentionally, willfully, or maliciously destroying or injuring any of the posts, alarm boxes, or other alarm apparatus owned by the Borough or intentionally, willfully or maliciously interfering with the operation of same or any part thereof or who hinders or impedes any of the operations intended to be accomplished thereby or who intentionally causes or assists in causing a false alarm or other emergency to be given in any manner, shall, upon conviction, be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter I, Section 1-5.

CANVASSERS AND SOLICITORS

Bernardsville Borough requires that all parties canvassing or soliciting must have a permit from the Municipal Clerk’s office. Always ask to see this permit before speaking to any unknown person at your door. If the individual(s) does not have a permit, you should promptly notify Police Headquarters so that we can take immediate action. If you ever have any questions about someone who appears at your door, call the Police Department immediately. Applications for solicitors and canvassers are available at the Municipal Clerk’s office at Borough Hall.

OVERNIGHT PARKING

There is no overnight parking allowed between the hours of 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM on any street in the dowtown area of Bernardsville Borough during the period of time from November 15th through April 15th.


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Fingerprinting

 

The Bernardsville Police Department provides fingerprinting services to local residents free of charge for various purposes.  Examples of services provided include fingerprint cards for Child Safety, a Child ID Card Program and fingerprinting for various employment applications. 

Addittional fingerprint services are available to residents for firearms applications and permits, criminal history checks and specified employment background investigations pursuant to State and Federal law according to guidelines established by the New Jersey State Police. The following link will provide you with information about fingerprinting services that you may be interested in:

http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/about/serv_chrc.html

The following fingerprint services are available through the Bernardsville Police Department.

Child Fingerprint Identification Cards

A police officer will take inked impressions of your child’s fingers at Police Headquaters for your personel records.  You will receive the only copy of the card to keep in a safe place should they ever be needed to help locate or identify missing persons. It is reccomended that you contact the shift supervisor by calling (908)766-0037 to arrange an appointment for fingerprinting prior to arrival at the Police Department.

Child Identification Kits

The Police Department encourages all residents with children living in Bernardsville to visit Police Headquarters to get a Child Identification Kit for each child. The kits are available free of charge as long as supplies are in stock. Parents then complete the information requested in the kit and keep the kit in a safe place should it ever be needed for identification purposes.

Child Emergency ID Cards

The Police Department offers a Child Emergency ID Card Program to residents free of charge.  The cards are distributed periodically throughout the year at community events.  The ID cards contain a photo, thumbprint, identifying information and emergency contact information all on one convienent wallet size card. 

Fingerprinting for Employment or Application Purposes

In many cases the Bernardsville Police Department can provide fingerprinting for residents who are required to be fingerprinted for various employment or application purposes. In most of these instances your employer will provide you with a coded fingerprint card that is completed by a law enforcement offcier and returned to you for transmittal to your employer.  Please call the Records Bureau at 908-766-0037 to arrange an appointment for this service.    

Out Of State Residents Requesting A New Jersey Fingerprint Based Criminal Background Check

If you need a background check within the state of New Jersey but are no longer a resident, please call the Division of State Police, Criminal Information Unit, (609) 882-2000 Ext. 2918. They will supply you with a package, including a fingerprint card and full instructions.

Department of Banking and insurance Fingerprint Requirements:  Follow the link below…..

http://www.state.nj.us/dobi/insliced/livescan.htm

Real Estate License Candidate Fingerprinting: Follow the link below…..

http://www.state.nj.us/dobi/division_rec/licensing/fingerprint06.html

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