Operation Take Back

Cedar Grove Police to Participate in Operation Take Back New Jersey Medicine Disposal Day

The Cedar Grove Police Department will be hosting an Operation Take Back New Jersey local collection site as part of the Operation Take Back New Jersey Medicine Disposal Day.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Municipal Building at 525 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove.   This initiative, open to all residents, was organized to encourage citizens to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine.

The Operation Take Back New Jersey Initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.  In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, both potential safety and health hazards.    

This statewide effort, with many New Jersey Police Departments participating, is being spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division.  Residents looking for more information on the program should visit www.dea.gov.  Please contact Lt. Joseph Cirasa at 973-239-4100  ext. 254 if you have any questions or need assistance.

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Press Release

Cedar Grove Press Release

March 7, 2013

            On Thursday, March 7th., police charged Kenneth D. Daniels, 27, of East Orange with several offenses including eluding police and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.  The incident leading to the charges began at 7:27 a.m. when Ptl. Michael Grasso observed the involved vehicle, a 2004 Porsche Cayenne, travelling north on Pompton Avenue at Stevens Avenue and attempted to stop the car for observed violations.  It was at that time that the operator of the Porsche, subsequently identified as Daniels, refused to stop and actively attempted to elude the officer, operating at a high rate of speed.  The officer discontinued his attempts to stop the vehicle after losing sight of it at the Route 23/46/80 interchange.  A check of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer revealed the Porsche had been reported stolen in Little Ferry on February 13, 2013.  Following a State Police Emergency Network (SPEN) broadcast of the incident, the Clifton Police Department observed the stolen Porsche and ultimately stopped the vehicle after it became disabled on Rt. 21, and Daniels was arrested following a foot pursuit.  The defendant was served with his charges, which included reckless driving and driving while suspended, in Clifton where he is being held on charges brought by the Clifton Police. His arraignment on the Cedar Grove charges is scheduled for March 14th. at 9:00 a.m. in Newark. 

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            The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated. 

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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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March 7, 2013

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Resumes for the Position of Police Officer

Cedar Grove Police Accepting

 Resumes for the Position of Police Officer

 

The Cedar Grove Police Department will be accepting resumes from persons interested in interviewing for the position of police officer beginning Monday, February 25, 2013.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old and upon appointment must have successfully completed the Basic Course for Police Officers as administered by a NJ Police Training Commission Certified Police Academy and be eligible for PTC Certification.  In addition, applicants must have at least 60 college credits from an accredited institution; or 30 college credits and 2 years U.S. Military with an Honorable Discharge or at least 30 college credits and 2 years police experience with a New Jersey Police Department.  All applicants must be capable of acceptance into the NJ Police & Fireman’s Retirement System.  Resumes should be submitted to the attention of Township Manager Thomas Tucci at 525 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 by Friday, March 15, 2013.

 

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Press Release

Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

          On Wednesday, February 13th.,  police, fire & rescue squad personnel responded to a house fire at 128 Anderson Parkway.  The initial report of the fire was received from a neighboring resident at 5:14 a.m.   The caller reported that the fire victim, an 86 year-old Township woman, had come to her door reporting a smoke condition in her home.  Upon police arrival, officers observed a heavy smoke condition emanating from the home but were unable to make entry.  The arriving fire department subsequently entered the home and following a search, discovered and extinguished a fire in the basement at 5:41 a.m.  The fire victim, who initially complained of shortness of breath, was transported to Mountainside Hospital by the rescue squad for medical evaluation.  The victim stated that she had been asleep in the home when a loud bang from the kitchen woke her up.  At that time she observed the smoke condition and was able to exit through a rear door, going to the neighbor’s house for assistance.  Detective Bureau personnel, along with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office also responded and are currently investigating the cause of the fire.  At the present time the exact cause of the fire is undetermined, but is not considered to be suspicious.  The victim’s residence sustained considerable, fire, smoke and water damage and is presently uninhabitable.  There were no other persons in the home and no injuries were reported.  The Bloomfield, Caldwell, Little Falls, Montclair, North Caldwell and Verona Fire Departments assisted in the fire incident.          

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          The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

 

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Press Release-Donations for Overseas Military

Press Release
Date:  November 26, 2012

Cedar Grove Police Collecting Care Packages for
United States Military Personnel Serving Overseas 

          The Cedar Grove Police Department has announced they will once again be collecting donations for care packages to send to our troops serving overseas this Holiday Season.  Thanks to the generosity of our residents, last year’s drive was a great success and we were able to send care packages to many of our soldiers away from their families during the Holidays.  Examples of items being sought include personal items such as toothbrushes, shampoo, disposable razors, shaving cream and body wash, snack items such as Pringles, crackers, cookies, hard candy, beef jerky and miscellaneous items such as comic books, playing cards, crossword puzzles, computer memory sticks, pens, notebooks and envelopes.  A copy of the complete list is available at the police desk.  Any person wishing to donate items can leave donations in the collection bin located in the Cedar Grove Municipal Building Lobby.  We will be collecting items until January 1, 2013.  Please help us say thank you to our troops by sending them a little piece of home.  Anyone having questions can call Lt. Erik Hansson or Sgt. Eileen O’Toole at 973-239-4100.
 

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Suspicious Activity

With the arrival of the winter months and early sunsets, we would like to remind our residents to be on alert for suspicious activity, since burglars often take advantage of the cover of darkness.  Please read our article on suspicious activity and report any unusual observations to the police department as it occurs.
What is Suspicious Activity?
            What is Suspicious Activity?  As followers of the Cedar Grove Police Blotter know, the Police Department always requests that the public report any suspicious activity observed as it occurs.  But what exactly is suspicious activity and when should you call the police to report it?  Past experience has showed us that some people fail to call the police simply because they are not sure of what seemingly innocent activity might be considered suspicious.  Some people hesitate to call for fear of being labeled a nosy neighbor, while others worry about being embarrassed if their suspicions prove to be unfounded.  Please know that your Police Department encourages you to report anything out of the ordinary without worry of embarrassment, it is our job to investigate your reports and we appreciate all calls.  Many criminals have been apprehended as a result of citizens making such reports.  In an effort to assist residents in identifying what suspicious activity is, we are providing a list of some things to look for:

  •  Anything that looks out of place or is occurring at an unusual time of day could be criminal activity in progress.  Examples of things to watch out for are;
  • A stranger entering your neighbor’s house when they are not home;
  • Open or broken doors or windows at a neighbor’s house when they are not home;
  • The sound of breaking glass, alarms or other loud noises;
  • Anyone observed forcing entry into or tampering with a residence or parked vehicle;
  • Strangers observed walking through a neighbor’s yard;
  • Strangers observed loading a vehicle with televisions, computers or other valuables;
  • Unknown parked or occupied vehicles idling at the curb without an apparent purpose;
  • Strangers walking through the neighborhood looking into parked cars, backyards, etc.;
  • Unknown vehicles moving slowly through the neighborhood or circling the same block repeatedly.

 
While some of these potentially suspicious situations may have innocent explanations, the Police Department would rather immediately investigate the circumstances than be called back when it’s too late.  Remember, your call could help us stop a crime and arrest a criminal.  The Police Department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.
                                                                                               
 

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Deer Advisory

Cedar Grove Police Department Issues Deer Advisory to Motorists

 
            In response to several deer involved motor vehicle crashes in the past weeks, the Cedar Grove Police Department is offering motorists the following tips to help avoid being involved a deer related crash:
 
Be aware that the period between October and December is deer migration and mating seasons.  This results in a dramatic increase in deer activity and movement.
 
Be aware that deer are unpredictable, especially when faced with glaring headlights and fast moving vehicles.  Deer will often dart into the roadway.
 
Be aware that deer often move in groups.  If you see one, there are likely to be more in the vicinity.
 
Drive with extra caution when operating through wooded areas and areas known to have a large deer population, especially between dusk and dawn.
 
Decrease your speed when operating in an area known to have a large deer population.
 
When driving at night in an area known to have deer, use your high beam headlights when there are no other vehicles in the area.  The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of any deer on or near the roadway.
 
If you see a deer in your path, brake firmly but stay in your lane.  Many serious crashes have occurred when motorists swerve to avoid a deer and hit another car or lose control of the vehicle. 
 
Always wear your seatbelt
 
In the event your vehicle strikes a deer, avoid going near or touching the animal.  A wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself.  If the deer is still in the roadway and poses a danger to other motorists, call 9-1-1 for police assistance.

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Press Release

""Cedar Grove Police Collect 136 Pounds of
Surrendered Pharmaceuticals as Part of
Operation Take Back New Jersey
Medicine Disposal Day

Date:  October 1, 2012

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, the Cedar Grove Police Department collected 136 pounds of surrendered pharmaceuticals as part of Operation Take Back New Jersey Medicine Disposal Day.  The collected pharmaceuticals were turned over to the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency for safe destruction.  The Cedar Grove Police Department wishes to thank all who participated in the Take Back New Jersey Initiative. 
 
 
 
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Press Release

Cedar Grove Police Department
Press Release
September 4, 2012 
          On Monday, September 3rd. at 6:46 p.m., police responded to a Brunswick Road residence on a report of a burglary.  The homeowner reported that sometime between Thursday, August 30th. and Monday evening, some unknown person(s) forced entry into his residence by forcing open a ground floor window.  Upon entry, the actor(s) moved throughout the home removing a number of items, including a laptop computer, jewelry, a jug containing change, and a suitcase.  While conducting a canvas of the area, an area resident reported on Sunday, September 2nd. at around 8:30 p.m., he observed an individual with a flashlight walking through the backyard next to the burglarized home.  The detective bureau processed the scene for physical evidence and is now conducting a follow-up investigation.  Any person having additional information is asked to contact detectives at 973-239-4100. 
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          The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.
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Operation Take Back

Cedar Grove Police to Participate in
Operation Take Back New Jersey
Medicine Disposal Day
The Cedar Grove Police Department will be hosting an Operation Take Back New Jersey local collection site as part of the Operation Take Back New Jersey Medicine Disposal Day.  The event will take place Saturday, September 29, 2012 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Municipal Building at 525 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove.   This initiative, open to all residents, was organized to encourage residents to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine.
 
The Operation Take Back New Jersey Initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.  In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, both potential safety and health hazards.
    
This statewide effort, with many New Jersey Police Departments participating, is being spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division.  Residents looking for more information on the program should visit www.dea.gov.   Please contact Lt. Joseph Cirasa at 973-239-4100 if you have any questions or need assistance.
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