Body Worn Camera Roll Out

The Cedar Grove Police Department will be initiating a body worn camera pilot program.  In addition to having in-car video, officers will be wearing the Safe Fleet Mobile Vision BWX-100 Camera.  This camera functions as an audio and video recording device and could also be utilized as a still camera for photographic purposes.  A red LED (shown in picture above) indicates when the camera is recording.

These cameras will be worn by uniform officers on either their outer vest carrier or uniform shirt relatively close to the center of the chest.  All non-uniform officers can wear either center of the chest or on their waist.

We are excited to add this technology to our department.  Body cameras will enhance officer’s testimony with the added layer of audio and video recordings.  Additionally this equipment will allow administrators the ability to review officer’s conduct while performing their day-to-day operations increasing accountability and transparency.

Forest Hills Way CPR

On Friday, May 29th, 2020 at 7:51 am, the Cedar Grove Police received a 911 call reporting a unresponsive male at a Forest Hills Way residence. Upon arrival, police found the male not breathing and going into cardiac arrest. Atlantic Ambulance arrived moments after the officers. Together, police and Atlantic EMT’s immediately initiated CPR, and AED protocols. A LUCAS Chest Compression Device was applied. Chest compressions were performed. The rescuers regained the subjects pulse and continued to assist his breathing. He was subsequently transported to Mountainside Hospital in critical condition. He remains hospitalized however it is reported that his condition has vastly improved and he is expected to recover.

        
“I am extremely proud of the manner in which all the first responders performed. It was the combined timely effort taken in those first critical minutes that saved this person. The police department now operates two of the mechanical chest compression devices.  The units have been instrumental in saving Cedar Grove lives. I would like to thank the Manager, Mayor and Council for their support by providing these state of art devices to us. ”   

Chief J. Cirasa   

Beware of Scams

POLICE DEPARTMENT
TOWNSHIP OF CEDAR GROVE
525 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove, New Jersey 07009
(973)239-4100


BEWARE OF SCAMS

     If you have just withdrawn money from your account in the form of cash or a cashier’s check. Please be aware that scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and have been targeting our elderly population. There are a variety of scams being attempted, some examples are as follows:
 
     The BAIL BOND Scam – The criminal will call the victim on the phone and explain their grandchild was arrested. The criminal may or may not provide the grandchild’s name. In some cases, a person was placed on the phone pretending to be the grandchild as proof they were arrested. The criminal will ask that you post (give) a sum of money in order for the grandchild to be released from jail and ask for your home address to pick up the money. Please be aware, the criminal may give you instructions on what to say to a bank teller if he/she questions you on why you are taking out the cash. The criminal may also instruct you to act upset and angry or to tell the bank employee that it is none of their business as to why you are taking out the money.
 
     The IRS scam – The criminal will call the victim and tell them that they owe the government money and if you don’t pay you will be arrested. To avoid being arrested you must pay your debt by way of a MoneyGram or gift cards. Understand, the IRS will NEVER call you and pressure you into settling your tax debt with a MoneyGram or gift card.
 
     These are just two of the MANY scams currently being conducted via telephone, internet and email to honest people such as yourself. You have worked very hard for your money, so please do not give up your money so easily to these scammers. These scammers are trying to upset you into impulsively handing your money over to them. If anyone calls, texts or emails you that you do not personally know looking for money, call a relative, a close friend, or call the Police. Another person not directly involved may have a better perspective on the situation and be more likely to see through any potential scam attempt.
 
The Cedar Grove Police Department is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should you have any questions. If so, you can call (973) 239-4100 and press “0” to speak to an officer. Help us help you from falling victim to these scammers.

Car Theft and Car Burglary Reported

On May 14th at 10:25 pm a Cedar Grove Parkway resident reported their 2019 Jeep was stolen from their driveway between the hours of 8:30 pm and the time of report. The vehicle was subsequently recovered in Newark on May 15th. Additionally a Beech Street resident discovered their vehicle had been burglarized overnight in their driveway. The resident’s security camera captured video of three unknown suspects pulling on vehicle door handles in the neighborhood. One subject is seen entering a car and searching through the vehicle. Nothing appears to be missing from the vehicle at this time. At this point, we do not have proof that the incidents are related. An image of the burglary scene is provided in an attempt to obtain additional information and identification. Please lock and remove the keys and valuables from your vehicles.

Remember if you should observe suspicious activity or a crime, contact police immediately. Do not investigate or go looking for the actors on your own. This delays notification to the police who may be around the corner.

 

GRPD Press Release – EOW Officer Charles Roberts

It is with deep regret and sorrow that I, Chief Sheila Byron-Lagattuta and the entire Glen Ridge Police Department announce the passing of our beloved Officer Charles “Rob” Roberts.  Officer Roberts, badge #69 is the first line of duty death within the history of the Glen Ridge Police Department, established in 1895.  

At the age of 45, Rob fought a courageous battle against COVID 19 and passed away on May 11, 2020 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.  He had been hospitalized there for just shy of three weeks after members of his own squad and our volunteer ambulance squad came to his aide.  The doctors and nurses at both Mountainside Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital all acted in valor to save his life.

Officer Roberts was raised in Livingston, New Jersey, and joined the Glen Ridge Police Department in 2000. He settled in Glen Ridge, where along with his wife Alice, they raised their three children.  Officer Roberts was the face of the Glen Ridge Police Department and a shining example of an officer dedicated to serving the community.

Officer Roberts worked tirelessly at keeping our community safe and I can say with certainty that he was known by face or name by both children and adults alike after serving the Borough for twenty years. Many were privileged to have met Officer Roberts in his official capacity as a bicycle officer, certified car seat installer, DARE/LEAD instructor.   He held the honor of being the most senior officer within the patrol division and served as a detective and a field training officer within the department.  Rob never missed an opportunity to support law enforcement races such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run which benefits the Special Olympics and the Tunnel to Towers Run honoring the lives of first responders lost on September 11, 2001.  Rob was a mentor within the department and the entire Borough; and today we have truly lost a hero to all.

 The loss of Officer Roberts has extinguished the presence of a pillar and staple within the law enforcement community and the Borough of Glen Ridge.  Despite our loss, the ever-lit green front porch lights at headquarters will continue to serve as a beacon for those in need.  Rest easy our brother in blue, you will never be forgotten and have left a permanent mark on each life you have touched.  To have known you is to have loved you. 

Please continue to keep Officer Robert’s family, friends and members of our department and  all first responders  impacted  by Covid-19  in your thoughts and prayers.  EOW: Monday, May 11, 2020

Burglary Investigation-Eileen Drive

Alarm Activation Reveals Burglary of Unoccupied Residence.

The incident began on April 16th, 2020 at approximately 9:30 PM. Cedar Grove Officers responded to an Eileen Drive Residence on the report of an activated intrusion alarm called in by central station. As Cedar Grove Officer Connor Grawehr responded he noted a white mini-van traveling on Route 23. When Officer Grawehr arrived on scene he observed that the front door had been forced open. Simultaneously the resident, who was away, notified police his door bell camera had captured three masked males entering his home and remove property. The assisting units were advised of the forced entry and the possible suspect vehicle description. That information was transmitted to surrounding towns and a perimeter was established around the home. Verona and Little Falls Police Departments assisted. Checks for suspects inside were negative. The master bed room had been ransacked. Taken were two firearms and jewelry. The doorbell video revealed the three suspects wearing masks and gloves removing the property from the house. Additional video from neighbors revealed a suspect vehicle, a white or silver mini-van. The suspects were undaunted by the sounding alarm spending only minutes inside the home. The investigation is ongoing. This is the second incident occurring in that neighborhood this month. Extra patrols have been directed into that area. Anyone with additional information or surveillance video please contact Det. Sgt. Robert McDermott at 973-239-4100 X258 or by e-mail rmcdermott@cedargrovepd.org.
           
Understandably we are all a bit distracted by the current crisis. However please stay alert. Report all suspicious activity immediately by calling 911. Never investigate on your own and do not dismiss your suspicions. Attached are two images in an attempt to identify or locate additional evidence.                                        

Chief J. Cirasa