Preparathon 2016

Join Us for National PrepareAthon! Day on April 30
America’s PrepareAthon! urges everyone to participate in activities to prepare for a wide array of hazards.

National PrepareAthon! Day – Saturday, April 30 – provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to take action to prepare for specific hazards through group discussions, drills, and exercises.

America’s PrepareAthon! offers free, easy-to-use guides, checklists and resources to help individuals, organizations and communities practice the simple, specific actions they can take for emergencies relevant to their area. Examples of actions you can take for National PrepareAthon! Day include: 1\. Create a family emergency communication plan. Visit[ready.gov/prepare](http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fready.gov%2Fprepare&h=OAQFn0HLAAQEkeoRzANjAGDtY6DnGtRg5jHzcmlpnlUIrOg&enc=AZO3KpYc_LMARvhAhL-xfUI5c6w2XQdjPCLG9inS1WvhT2ZCHY-OYO5FODHoB1A2UQ6Tk0Q7kbeYbFlK2zemy6xegH4Kgy2Z3kEv8KZqc7LvmtIU9yAULzR1THoOuAltGfjfBUiSb8HC66YNtDWhckqczCZlYkhkVlJuAPPOLef4t_c4fj7-QmUXJTTEtv_mzVvTQGdJm52XHeu_UIShQ3Md&s=1) and download Be Smart. Take Part. Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan. Collect the information you need, decide on the places you will meet in case of an emergency, share the information with your family, and practice your plan. 2. Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts and safety tips. FEMA launched a new feature to its free mobile application that will enable users to receive push notifications to their devices to remind them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters. The application also provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and open recovery centers, tips on how to survive natural and manmade disasters, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation. 3. Sign up for local text alerts and warnings, get the latest forecast at[weather.gov](http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fweather.gov%2F&h=JAQFFNN5LAQF82zevulfwpemAFQpAttftBGuLLgtU5fR7hQ&enc=AZMGji5iIbo1Bol7hTO0KGRgWLPz6y7ONhavUn93UGDf6jisJ_JThvk4XUxIjp1ITSQbyhKXgIKLJksYOoGV8EmZvOVRCj00hcwIUCD8RAYHV2U72JcchlTbumB-_pv04zIDbC4G3aoFWlRqV-dxyl6G6m9LrL30WHmyfdZegvOOFc36M4HS9wCusqkX6NctHo9pfxCiIiY92uV61kWxNxbl&s=1) and download weather apps to stay aware of worsening weather conditions. Visit [ready.gov/prepare](http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fready.gov%2Fprepare&h=SAQGh1x-kAQGqspKuYCm7XteevdOLZYSsq-rH-gJtezJycQ&enc=AZO289RF2ow5Wz6RELDgxvNA-8rbO6zuRvRPfiaixMWhm0SSsDNNEV4ARITMKSEkA1-XQRZ4wuPrN1LQIKF8mk8BUJzAQOeMdp6PM4tJmvOXkUmlEKxsuuJFPKAH4QU4RUVqWl3sxGQ4IzMKaqx6MH5yulMTAxkAA2Rqk2y1GX61hXfIBTKa7CdqIhvJoDDC1r4ct9F_WTLg0mcOq4rtEJy8&s=1) and download Be Smart. Take Part. Know Your Alerts and Warnings to learn how sign up for local alerts and weather apps that are relevant for hazards that affect your area. 4. Gather important documents and keep them in a safe place. Have all of your personal, medical, and legal papers in one place, so you can evacuate without worrying about gathering your family’s critical documents at the last minute. Visit [ready.gov/prepare](http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fready.gov%2Fprepare&h=dAQFD2IksAQHCNMNLFDL6N3AiVNqD-68zyMfOk9KSVthviQ&enc=AZPdju5fLX8M1yijR2lXk9zxLQuJvBvt1dxjcqSQQK0Z5g7hI34GPJlD29PbyRSTu84tKE4cRzru53Asae3mjh6_0q-TWEiMuY4iQr6AwCF9PmCGOfXWl7sUD9eI1zIp3URM7I077RqAm6rB31W7LdWHYnR52rsDp5w25-y_jlWVYtIHbDHzFtuQaNXWNjV5eVQvLaYQlVi_Qtx5rlkXQ5pX&s=1) and download Be Smart. Take Part. Protect Your Critical Documents and Valuables for a helpful checklist. Visit the America’s PrepareAthon! website, [ready.gov/prepare](http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fready.gov%2Fprepare&h=LAQGN131ZAQF0abYp7X_YsdnPDsBu2VgI3IWdOVsRxJGXcw&enc=AZNRv8tbWE8E1GcZhPDUTVwDfz1GsrIzoQzGEeWDhva9BG7rF6lGQ7OJiehq3b-gPcZwy3icTDQ8w8yJKweuKwR8a-p3zJZTnVsOjpkuf-vRaxUNQ70vFKp2jTuvsEh_4dbXf3ACpa5R4RKue0awu5aaNPzrhFWafBKbYjQLWLHNwjDDS1zD7i5YdVm7SF7yBGFvEgGHlty-rPKikw48vJs5&s=1), to sign up and register your participation and find information on hazards, tools, and resources. Disclaimer: The reader recognizes that the federal government provides links and informational data on various disaster preparedness resources and events and does not endorse any non-federal events, entities, organizations, services or products. Please let us know about other events and services for individual and community preparedness that could be included in future newsletters by contacting citizencorps@fema.dhs.gov.

Got Drugs?

Drop off your unwanted medications at the collection point in the BPD parking lot at 166 Mine Brook Road on Saturday from 9am to 1pm From the DEA: This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, 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, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

FEMA Launches New Preparedness Feature to Smartphone App

FEMA Launches New Preparedness Feature to Smartphone App
Push Notifications to mind Users to Take Simple Steps to Prepare for
Disasters, Provide Easy Access to Information on How to Be Ready for
Fires, Severe Weather, and other Hazards
WASHINGTON – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a
new feature to its free smartphone app that will enable users to receive push notifications to their
devices to remind them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters.
The reminder feature allows users to receive pre-scheduled safety and preparedness tips,
including testing smoking alarms, practicing a fire escape plan, updating emergency kits and
replacing smoke alarm batteries.
“Our lives are increasingly busy and on-the-go,” said Deputy Administrator of Protection and
National Preparedness Tim Manning. “Today, we turn to mobile devices and technology to help
us stay more organized and connected. This new feature to FEMA’s app will make it easier for
families to remember to take potentially life-saving actions that we all should be thinking about
more often.”
“In just two minutes, a home fire can become life-threatening,” said U.S. Fire Administrator
Ernest Mitchell Jr. “Remembering to take small steps to prepare, such as ensuring your smoke
alarm is properly maintained and practicing your home fire escape plan, will reduce fire fatalities
and ensure our communities are safer. We hope this new feature to FEMA’s app will help save
lives by encouraging more families to be prepared.”
The new reminder feature builds upon several innovative tools already built into the app. In
addition to push notifications, the app also provides a customizable checklist of emergency
supplies, maps of open shelters and open recovery centers, and tips on how to survive natural and
manmade disasters. The FEMA app also offers a feature that enables users to receive push
notifications of weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across
the nation.
Some other key features of the app include:
 Weather Alerts: Users can elect to receive alerts on severe weather happening in specific
areas they select, even if the phone is not located in the area, making it easy to follow
severe weather that may be threatening family and friends.
 Safety Tips: Tips on how to stay safe before, during, and after over 20 types of hazards,
including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.
 Disaster Reporter: Users can upload and share disaster-related photos.
 Maps of Disaster Resources: Users can locate and receive driving directions to open
shelters and disaster recovery centers.
 Apply for Assistance: The app provides easy access to apply for federal disaster
assistance.
 Information in Spanish: The app defaults to Spanish-language content for smartphones
that have Spanish set as their default language.
The latest version of the FEMA app is available for free in the App Store for Apple devices and
Google Play for Android devices. Users who already have the app downloaded on their device
should download the latest update for the reminder alerts feature to take effect. The reminders
are available in English and Spanish and are located in the “Prepare” section of the FEMA App.
To learn more, visit: The FEMA App: Helping Your Family Weather the Storm.

New Patrolman Appointed in B'ville

Bernardsville Chief of Police Kevin Valentine announced today that Eric Woodruff, 26 of Randolph New Jersey was recently appointed as the newest member of the Police Department. With the appointment of Officer Woodruff, the Bernardsville Police Department remains fully staffed with 19 sworn police officers. Officer Woodruff began working on Monday, February 16, 2016. Woodruff replaces Det. Paul Kelley who recently resigned to take a new position with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.  The Oath of Office was ceremonially administered at the  Borough Council meeting held on March 15, 2016. The new officer was appointed at an annual starting annual salary of \$40,495.

Officer Woodruff who currently resides in Randolph graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in Business Management. Officer Woodruff completed his police training at the Ocean County Police Academy and was previously employed as a Special Law Enforcement Officer Class II with the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department.

Chief Valentine related that “Officer Woodruff is a welcome addition to the Bernardsville Police Department. He has adjusted well to his new position and continues to complete his required In Service Training”. Chief Valentine thanks the Mayor and members of the Borough Council for recognizing the importance of maintaining a fully staffed Police Department. “The Council acted quickly to replace Det. Kelley which allows us to continue with our daily routines in response to growing local demands for police service”, said the Chief. The Police Department is continually training officers as Emergency Medical Technicians and DARE Officers in an effort to deliver the police services needed in the community. “The council continues to act in the best interest of public safety by authorizing these appointments and supporting a well-trained and community oriented Police Department”, said the Chief.

New SLEO II Officer Appointed in Bernardsville

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Bernardsville Chief of Police Kevin Valentine announced today that Matthew Melillo, 26 of East Hanover New Jersey was recently appointed as a Special Law Enforcement Officer II for the Police Department. Melillo, who is also employed full time in Bernardsville as a Police Department Dispatcher graduated from the Essex County Police Academy training program for Special Law Enforcement Officers. Melillo, a graduate of Hanover Park High School also graduated from William Paterson University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. He recently began required departmental training for his new position. Melillo is paid hourly for his services as a SLEO II Officer which is a part time position. When his training is completed Officer Melillo, will be assigned to patrol the business district conducting foot patrols and parking enforcement for up to 16 hours each week. The increased parking enforcement effort is the result of a recent request by Borough Council to address complaints by local merchants about parking issues throughout town. He will also be assigned to police special events, provide traffic control assistance and augment regular police patrols when needed.

SLEO II Officer Appointed in Bernardsville

NEWS RELEASE

 March 31 2016

Bernardsville Chief of Police Kevin Valentine announced today that Matthew Melillo, 26 of East Hanover New Jersey was recently appointed as a Special Law Enforcement Officer II for the Police Department. Melillo, who is also employed full time in Bernardsville as a Police Department Dispatcher graduated from the Essex County Police Academy training program for Special Law Enforcement Officers. Melillo, a graduate of Hanover Park High School also graduated from William Paterson University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. He recently began required departmental training for his new position. Melillo is paid hourly for his services as a SLEO II Officer which is a part time position.

When his training is completed Officer Melillo, will be assigned to patrol the business district conducting foot patrols and parking enforcement for up to 16 hours each week. The increased parking enforcement effort is the result of a recent request by Borough Council to address complaints by local merchants about parking issues throughout town. He will also be assigned to police special events, provide traffic control assistance and augment regular police patrols when needed.

Erik Woodruff Appointed to Bernardsville Police Department

March 15 2016

Bernardsville Chief of Police Kevin Valentine announced today that Eric Woodruff, 26 of Randolph New Jersey was recently appointed as the newest member of the Police Department. With the appointment of Officer Woodruff, the Bernardsville Police Department remains fully staffed with 19 sworn police officers. Officer Woodruff began working on Monday, February 16, 2016. Woodruff replaces Det. Paul Kelley who recently resigned to take a new position with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.  The Oath of Office was ceremonially administered at the  Borough Council meeting held on March 15, 2016. The new officer was appointed at an annual starting annual salary of \$40,495.

Officer Woodruff who currently resides in Randolph graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in Business Management. Officer Woodruff completed his police training at the Ocean County Police Academy and was previously employed as a Special Law Enforcement Officer Class II with the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department.

Chief Valentine related that “Officer Woodruff is a welcome addition to the Bernardsville Police Department. He has adjusted well to his new position and continues to complete his required In Service Training”. Chief Valentine thanks the Mayor and members of the Borough Council for recognizing the importance of maintaining a fully staffed Police Department. “The Council acted quickly to replace Det. Kelley which allows us to continue with our daily routines in response to growing local demands for police service”, said the Chief. The Police Department is continually training officers as Emergency Medical Technicians and DARE Officers in an effort to deliver the police services needed in the community. “The council continues to act in the best interest of public safety by authorizing these appointments and supporting a well-trained and community oriented Police Department”, said the Chief.

Kyle Jordan Appointed to Bernardsville Police Dept.

January 5, 2016

 Bernardsville Chief of Police Kevin Valentine announced today that Kyle Jordan, 24, of Bernardsville was recently appointed as the newest member of the Police Department. With the appointment of Officer Jordan the Bernardsville Police Department now has 19 sworn police officers. Officer Jordan began working on Monday, December 28, 2015. The Oath of Office was ceremonially administered at the annual Borough Council reorganization meeting held on January 4^th^, 2016. The new officer was appointed at an annual starting annual salary of \$39, 879.

Officer Jordan grew up in Bernardsville where he attended school at both the Bedwell Elementary School and the Bernardsville Middle School. He subsequently attended and graduated from Immaculata High School in Somerville N.J. in 2010. He attended college at the State University of New York - Albany where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology in 2014. Officer Jordan received his basic police training at the Camden County Police Academy where he recently graduated from in December 2015.

Chief Valentine related that “Officer Jordan was selected from a pool of very well qualified applicants”. He went on to say that “the fact that he was raised and attended school in Bernardsville will be a benefit to both the Department and to the community.  We welcome Kyle to our ranks and wish him a long, healthy and rewarding career.”  In addition Chief Valentine thanked the members of the Borough Council for recognizing the importance of maintaining a fully staffed Police Department to meet the current needs of the community”.  The council continues to act in the best interest of public safety by authorizing these appointments and supporting a well-trained and community oriented Police Department.”

Halloween Safety Tips

October 26, 2015

 

HALLOWEEN SAFTEY

 

The Bernardsville Police Department advises residents, motorists and children to be aware of safety practices for this Halloween. Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine said, “we are asking children, parents and motorists to keep safety in mind while celebrating the holiday”.

The Bernards Lions Club is once again partnering with the Police Department by providing safety related treats to children who might be walking along Borough streets.  Officers on patrol will be distributing light sticks and glow necklaces provided by the Lions Club to Trick or Treaters on Halloween.  A limited supply of these items will also be available for pick up at Police Headquarters beginning at 8:00AM on Halloween.  In furtherance of this safety initiative, the Police Department is urging residents and motorists to:

 Motorists

Stay alert for increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Halloween night.

Be alert to children that may forget to “stop, look, and listen” before crossing the street.

Be on the look out for children that may suddenly dart into traffic from between parked cars.

Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood.

Be patient and SLOW DOWN.  Give children plenty of time to cross the street.

 Parents and Caregivers

Purchase or make costumes that are brightly colored and clearly visible to motorists.

Decorate costumes, “goody bags,” and other containers with reflective items

Make sure costumes are short enough so they don’t cause children to trip or fall.

Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.

Masks should not impair a child’s hearing or field of vision.  Tie hats and scarves securely to prevent them from slipping over children’s eyes.

Children should carry flashlight and utilize glow sticks or glow necklaces to increase visibility after dark.

An adult should accompany the trick-or-treaters around the neighborhood.

 Trick-or-Treaters

No running!  Always walk when crossing streets, and cross at corners or crosswalks - whenever possible.

Look “left-right-left-again” for cars before stepping off the curb to cross the street.

Stay with the adult who is leading the group.

Try on your costume before Halloween night.  Make sure that you won’t trip on it and hurt yourself.  If you’re wearing a mask, be sure you can see and hear out of it.

BERNARDSVILLE POLICE ANNOUNCE GRANT AWARD

BERNARDSVILLE POLICE ANNOUNCE GRANT AWARD The Bernardsville Police Department has been notified that it has been awarded \$2,272.55 as the result of a recent grant application made to the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance. Specifically, the award is being made under the FY2015 Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program. Chief Valentine stated “the Police Department is has been awarded a total of \$22,192.41 as the result of participating in the program since 1999.” The grant is made available to Law Enforcement agencies to offset the cost of purchasing bullet proof vests for officers. “The program provides up to a fifty percent reimbursement for expenses associated with the cost of the vests” explained Chief Valentine, “Every little bit helps”.
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BERNARDSVILLE POLICE ANNOUNCE NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2015 “NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2015” Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine announced today that the Bernardsville Police Department will participate in the 32st 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. The Bernardsville Police Department last sponsored this event in 2014 and is doing I again this year in partnership with the Bernardsville Community Emergency Response Team, Bernards Lions Club, the Bernardsville Recreation Department, the Bernardsville Fire Department, Empower Somerset, Bernardsville PBA Local 365 and the American Red Cross. Police Chief Kevin Valentine said that “National Night Out provides an excellent opportunity for residents to come out and meet members of the Police Department.” “The event also helps to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships”, said the Chief. This year’s program is being coordinated by Lt. John Gardner with assistance from Cheryl Ferrante and Cindy Berringer of the Recreation Department. The event will feature music with a live D.J., and a family friendly movie beginning at sunset at the Bernardsville Community Pool. There will be refreshments, ice cream, crime prevention information, a display of police and fire 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 4, 2015 from 6-10 PM. For Information about this event visit the Police Department website at www.bernardsvillepd.org or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/410879592452358/ . Press Release Information: Contact Lieutenant John Gardner at 908-766-0037.

July 23, 2015

BERNARDSVILLE POLICE ANNOUNCE

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2015

 

“NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2015”

 

Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine announced today that the Bernardsville Police Department will participate in the 32^st^ 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.

The Bernardsville Police Department last sponsored this event in 2014 and is doing I again this year in partnership with the Bernardsville Community Emergency Response Team, Bernards Lions Club, the Bernardsville Recreation Department, the Bernardsville Fire Department, Empower Somerset, Bernardsville PBA Local 365 and the American Red Cross.  Police Chief Kevin Valentine said that “National Night Out provides an excellent opportunity for residents to come out and meet members of the Police Department.” “The event also helps to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships”, said the Chief.

This year’s program is being coordinated by Lt. John Gardner with assistance from Cheryl Ferrante and Cindy Berringer of the Recreation Department. The event will feature music with a live D.J., and a family friendly movie beginning at sunset at the Bernardsville Community Pool.  There will be refreshments, ice cream, crime prevention information, a display of police and fire 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 4, 2015 from 6-10 PM.

For Information about this event visit the Police Department website at www.bernardsvillepd.org or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/410879592452358/ .

Press Release Information: Contact Lieutenant John Gardner at 908-766-0037.

2015 “Click It or Ticket”

MAY 14, 2015

 NEWS RELEASE

 2015 “Click It or Ticket” CAMPAIGN

 SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti, President of the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police and Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano  state  that law enforcement officers throughout Somerset County will once again be focusing on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Starting on May 18^th^ and running through May 31^st^, the annual initiative will include seat belt checkpoints, saturation patrols and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts.

“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and their passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, "In the year 2012, seat belts saved an estimated 12,000 lives nationwide.”

The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 87.59%. Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety noted that the goal for this year’s campaign is to increase the statewide rate to 90%.  “To meet our goal, we must rededicate our enforcement and public outreach efforts that educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up, every ride,” he said.

Chief William Parenti added “this year’s campaign will also focus on rear seat passengers and nighttime enforcement. During evening hours seat belt usage is traditionally lower and the percentage of unbelted fatalities is higher”.

During the 2014 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 374 police agencies participated statewide in the two-week initiative.  As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,635 seat belt citations, 4,363 speeding summonses and 944 motorists were arrested for drunk driving.

2014 Bernardsville Police Department Awards Announced

April 8, 2015

 Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine announced that the following Departmental Awards have been issued for actions taken by officers in 2014. Eight officers were recognized for acts committed in the line of duty that were extraordinary in na Sgt. Brad Horsey

Officer Michael Grosso

 On December 20, 2014, Sgt. Brad horsey and Officer Michael Grosso were assigned to respond to a report of an unresponsive person at a residence in Bernardsville.  Upon arrival officers assessed the patient and determined that there were signs that the patient was suffering from a drug (heroin) overdose.  Officers rendered emergency care which included administering the drug Naloxone to the patient in accordance with officer training and departmental procedures. The patient immediately responded positively as a result of the care provided and was subsequently transported to the hospital where he recovered from his illness. The prompt response, quick action, and the implementation of emergency medical training during this effort are recognized and are greatly appreciated.

Honorable Service Award

 Detective Sergeant James Smith

Detective Walter Kelley

Detective Sergeant Smith and Detective Walter (Paul) Kelley are commended for their  performance in November of 2014 for  extraordinary investigative actions and initiative taken that resulted in the seizure of cash and  narcotics as well as criminal charges against a person suspected of distributing narcotics in the Borough.

 Unit Citation

 Sergeant Jon-Paul Tay

Patrolman Michael Grosso

 Officers are recognized for their performance on October 21, 2014 for their actions in response to a call for assistance to a reported burglary in progress.

On that day Sgt. Tay and Officer Grosso responded to a residence in Bernardsville and took prompt action to locate and arrest the suspect. Actions taken included coordinating mutual aid and working with K-9 Units and aviation units to conduct a thorough search of the area. The officer’s actions resulted in locating the suspect who was eventually found hiding nearby. The officers are recognized for their initiative, quick action, and personal risk put forth during this incident and their efforts are greatly appreciated.

 Unit Citation

 Officer Robert Schlittler

Officer Steve Seiple

Officer Daniel Buttel

Officers are recognized for their performance on August 30, 2014 for their actions in response to a report of an aggravated assault with a weapon in Bernardsville.

On that day Officer Seiple and Officer Buttel responded quickly and took prompt action to locate and apprehend the suspect who had fled the scene. After providing emergency medical care to the victim, officers secured the scene, preserved evidence, interviewed witnesses and filed criminal charges against the defendant.   The officers are recognized for their initiative as well as their quick and efficient actions taken during this incident and their efforts are greatly appreciated.

For Information about this Press Release contact:

Chief Kevin Valentine or Lt. john Remian at 908-766-0037

04 14 2014 RISKS AND DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING

RISKS AND DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – As we approach the half way mark of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti, President of the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police and Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano and would like to remind motorists of all ages who travel our roads of the following dangers of driving while distracted.

The effects of distracted driving can range from someone simply missing an exit right up to missing a red light and causing a crash that takes the life of an innocent person. Every driver owes it to themselves and others to understand why it is so risky and dangerous to drive distracted. Distracted driving can be caused by any activity in which a driver engages, other than driving. When you begin your morning commute it doesn’t take very long before you might notice someone eating, drinking, grooming, reading or using an electronic communications device. If you are one of those drivers who engages in this type of activity it doesn’t matter what the conduct is, the effects are the same. When we are driving and we choose to multitask in some activity other than driving it can impair us in three different ways.

  • Visually; by taking our eyes off the road to look at what we are doing other than the task of driving.
  • Mechanically; by taking our hands off the steering wheel to pick up and look at the item or device.
  • The third way and perhaps the most significant is the impairment to our cognitive ability.

When we take our eyes off the road while driving we miss the things that are happening around us. Several studies show that between 4-6 seconds pass during the time that we respond to the phone alert, pick it up and look at it to see who is calling or what the message is. During that time we are driving “blindfolded”, we are still moving forward and even at a speed of 25 miles an hour we cover 183 feet in 5 seconds.

If we remove one hand from the steering wheel we drastically reduce our ability to safely control the vehicle in the event of an emergency. We also risk not safely controlling the vehicle during normal operation. A left hand on the wheel by itself with reduced attention to the roadway in front of us could cause a drift to the left into an oncoming lane and an approaching vehicle or perhaps off the road entirely striking a fixed object.

The human brain can only focus on one task at a time. When we focus on one thing, everything else becomes secondary. If we are “simply” involved in a conversation with someone on a hands free device, we are listening to what is being said, thinking about what we just heard, formulating our reply and then saying it. During that time, the task of driving becomes secondary and hazards that present themselves might not be identified as hazards and we fail to avoid them. It is this cognitive impairment that is the most dangerous. The video, The Distracted Mind, put out by Toyota explains it very simply. To see the video go to http://www.sctddd.org/the-distracted-mind/

Try this experiment. Turn on your television to the news. Focus on a story being reported and at the same time try to listen to a conversation that is going on elsewhere in the house. You may be able to catch a piece of the news and a portion of the conversation but you will be unable to get every detail of both stories. Similarly, try reading a book or newspaper article while have a conversation with someone. Either you are not going to hear what is being said or you are going to stop reading. You can’t do both.

Studies have shown that having a hands free conversation with someone while driving slows a person’s reaction time to the equivalent of having a 0.08 % Blood Alcohol Content, the legal limit for intoxicated driving in the State of New Jersey.  Other studies have clearly demonstrated that the degree of measurable eye movements (scanning) that a driver normally does while driving is markedly diminished while that driver is actively engaged in a hands-free phone conversation. As in the other scenarios, this form of tunnel vision dangerously reduces a driver’s ability to perceive a hazard in a timely manner and react appropriately to that hazard.

Safe driving is all about making good choices.  As drivers each one of us can choose not engage in risky driving behaviors. We can decide to buckle up, not to drive impaired and when it comes to distracted driving we must find a way to minimize and/or eliminate as many distractions as possible.

Choose…not to reach for the phone when it alerts you!  If the temptation is too great, choose…to turn the phone off while you are driving. If you don’t feel comfortable turning the phone off, you can download an app on your smartphone that makes the phone safe while the vehicle is being operated. Should you need to make or answer a call or read/send a text, pull off the road and park before doing so. The few minutes it adds to your trip just might spare you a lifetime of regret.

For more information please visit www.distraction.gov

HELP US HELP YOU! JOIN OUR LOCAL CERT AND SHELTER VOLUNTEERS TODAY!

WE WELCOME YOUR HELP! CERT VOLUNTEERS WANTED! The Bernardsville Police Department Office of Emergency Management utilizes volunteers to assist with emergency operations and emergency planning in the Borough. Volunteers are needed to join our CERT Team (Community Emergency Response Team) and Emergency Shelter Care Team. Please contact Robin Blazure at the Bernardsville Police Dept. 908 766 0037 or by email to rblazure@bernardsvillepd.org for more information. CERT TRAINING CLASSES begin in MARCH starting on March 29th at the Emergency Services Training Academy in Hillsborough at 1900 hours (7:00 PM). Information and applications can be obtained by contacting Robin Blazure at the Bernardsville Police Department - Office of Emergency Management. 908-766-0037 or rblazure@bernardsvillepd.org
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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.

Last Updated:
02/19/2015 - 12:52

Winter Storm 2015

Updated: Monday 26 January 13:37

A winter weather advisory has been issued for Monday January 26 into Tuesday January 27. Significant snow fall (14 to 24 inches) is possible starting Monday during the morning commute and lasting until Tuesday early afternoon. Winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph and temperatures in the 20’s. Visibility is expected to be diminished from blowing/drifting snow. Information will be updated as it becomes available as weather conditions may change at any time.

If you lose power, contact your local power provider and not Police Communications unless an emergency exists:

PSE&G: 800-286-9247
JCP&L: 800-285-0515

Please help the Department of Public Works with snow removal by removing your vehicle from the side of the road. Do not push snow from your driveway back onto the street. Do not call 9-1-1 about snow removal from your street.

It is encouraged to remain home during and immediately following the storm unless absolutely necessary as traveling will be hazardous during the storm.

After the storm, remember to clear all snow and ice for your vehicle, sidewalks and fire hydrants!

Remember to check on your elderly members of your family and neighbors.

For the latest information, follow Bernardsville Police Department on facebook, bookmark our webpage, or follow @BernardsvillePD on twitter.

AND you should really sign up with Smart911 for targeted alerts sent to your phone or e-mail directly from us.

Bernardsville Police Department
166 Mine Brook Road

Contact for emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 908 766 0037

Follow BPD on Facebook!

Our social media page is regulary updated. We welcome your comments and questions online.

https://www.facebook.com/bernardsvillepd

Register for Smart911 Alerts for Bernardsville

Sign up for Smart911 alerts in Bernardsville so we can reach you with urgent and important messages specifically for residents of Bernardsville Borough.

Your personal information is NOT shared with the Bernardsville Police Department. Smart911 sends our alerts to you based on what you enter when you sign up.

Do you have special needs in your household, like family members who rely on medical devices, or persons with limited mobility? Tell Smart911 so we can reach you with extra help in the event of a weather emergency, extended power outage, or similar situation.

Do you have special skills you could use to help your neighbors in an emergency? If you register with Smart911, we can reach you if there is a chance for you to help -- preserving your privacy while giving you the choice to respond.

Please email smart911@bernardsvillepd.org or call 908 636 7676 for personal help with your questions about smart911 in Bernardsville.

Sign up now for Smart911 alerts from the Bernardsville Police Department

Register for Smart911 alerts in Bernardsville

Sign up for Smart911 alerts in Bernardsville so we can reach you with urgent and important messages specifically for residents of Bernardsville Borough.

Your personal information is NOT shared with the Bernardsville Police Department. Smart911 sends our alerts to you based on what you enter when you sign up.

Do you have special needs in your household, like family members who rely on medical devices, or persons with limited mobility? Tell Smart911 so we can reach you with extra help in the event of a weather emergency, extended power outage, or similar situation.

Do you have special skills you could use to help your neighbors in an emergency? If you register with Smart911, we can reach you if there is a chance for you to help -- preserving your privacy while giving you the choice to respond.

Please email smart911@bernardsvillepd.org or call 908 636 7676 for personal help with your questions about smart911 in Bernardsville.

Sign up now for Smart911 alerts from the Bernardsville Police Department

Mount Airy Road closed in 2015

From January 2015 until November 2015, Mount Airy Road will be closed between Oakley Street and Prospect Street. This is a main access road for Bernardsville Borough and significant disruptions to travel should be expected for residents and visitors alike.

Oakley Street and Prospect Street will remain accessible to residents. Through traffic using local side streets is strongly discouraged and will be monitored closely by the Bernardsville Police Department.

Map

The road closure will be shown correctly on maps powered by openstreetmap.org but remember that other mapping and route planning systems may not be accurate.

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Detour

A detour has been established by the County and signs are posted. Motorists should use the detour or plan an alternate route that avoids Mt Airy Road and the surround residential streets.

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Local Access

Homes on the affected part of Mt Airy Road will have generally have access to and from Mt Airy Road, but should take advantage of all update services available from the Bernardsville PD or Somerset County. (See Updates, below.) Conditions may change on short notice.

Prospect Street and Oakley Street will be accessible from Mt Airy road, for local residents of the surrounding streets.  Through traffic using local side streets is strongly discouraged and will be monitored closely by the Bernardsville Police Department.

Update 2015-01-09 Please note: The only traffic permitted on the closed section of Mount Airy Road is for access to and from the homes on this portion of Mount Airy Road. Residents of side streets should be using Prospect Street, West Prospect Street, Oakely Street, Pill Hill Road, Ann Street, and Liberty Road for access to their neighborhoods, NOT the closed portion of Mount Airy Road.

Updates

Alerts fromBernardsville PD via Smart911

The page you are reading now will be kept up-to-date with the most accurate information available. Please bookmark this page or http://mtairy.bvpd.org

Please do not call the main number of the Bernardsville Police Department seeking information about Mt Airy Road; this line should be reserved for urgent or emergency use only whenever possible.

The best way to stay informed is by targeted messages delivered to your email or phone after you sign up for Smart911 alerts from the Bernardsville Police

Somerset County information pages

Somerset County Engineering maintains a page about the Reconstruction of Mount Airy Roadwith links to reference documents, updates, and plans.

Social media updates

The Bernardsville Police Department is commited to maintaining an active presence on social media sites, and welcomes your questions or comments there. We will make every effort to read and respond to comments and questions but please do not rely on social media posts for your only source of information about this road closure or any other event. Be aware that third-party contributions such as posts by private citizens can appear on social media pages belonging to the BPD. Authorized representatives of the BPD will do the best they can to help.

Facebook

You should "Like" the Bernardsville Police Department on Facebook to see official updates from the BPD. This may also serve as a useful source of information from your neighbors and fellow residents.

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Twitter: #mtairyrd

The Bernardsville Police Department will be posting status updates in this now-familiar concise format using the account @BernardsvillePD. We promote the use of hashtag #mtairyrd to help residents identify conversations on this topic. Recent tweets are shown below.
#mtairyrd Tweets

Smart911 called "game changer" for personal safety

Check out this great piece about Smart911 ABC's Good Morning America aired. BPD uses this great technology and urges residents to sign up so the system can be even more effective! Sign up now for Smart911 in Bernardsville!

Please note that some features described in the video may not work in Bernardsville exactly the way thay are shown. The reaction to a 911 call from Bernardsville may be determined by emergency responders at the state, county, and/or local level and not all these agencies have access to the same information. However, updates and improvements are constantly underway and we are confident that registering with Smart911 will improve your personal safety now and in the future.

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META: website change log

Change requests - Chris 2014-12

  1. ~~RSS feed is reloaded on each page view (rss.php). Not a problem for low-traffic days but if lots of people are hitting the page and refreshing this will be a lot of traffic to the rave rss feed. If it's a real emergency this could be a problem. There are caching plugins for WP, do you have experience of these?  Could also fetch the rss with a cron job on server I suppose and cache it manually. (Chris can work on this if desired.)~~ - MIKE: Performance benefit is negilgble at best. Response time is .048 seconds on the feed.
  2. ~~"Red alert" should appear on all pages (if active)~~ MIKE: completed
  3. ~~Add the address (166 Mine Brook Road Bernardsville NJ 07924) phone (908 766 0037) and "For emergencies call 911" to the footer on every page.~~ MIKE: Complete
  4. ~~Show "quick links" on front page only -- except smart911 promo which should be in about the same location on every page~~ MIKE: Complete
  5. ~~Add "Like us on Facebook" and "Follow us on Twitter" links/badges to sidebar (or whereever) on all pages. Chris will add links.~~ MIKE: Looks to be completed by Chris
  6. Extend dark red background color to the bottom of the page (below the header.) MIKE: Dont understand this request - please clarify
  7. ~~Top-level menus, as well as headings "Community Updates" and "Quick Links" and all the text in the "Quick Links" box should be text instead of bitmaps please~~. MIKE: Completed
  8. ~~Add link for "All community updates"~~ (*)
  9. ~~Red alert: Make title more prominent, show body of alert, add "more info" link~~. (*)
  10. ~~Red alert: Cancel the alert with the text "all clear" in any part of the RSS feed from smart911~~. (*)
  11. ~~Community Update box: Date published shown before title~~ (*)
  12. ~~Community Update box: Title of community update should come from title of post -- not text before "more" tag.~~ (*)
  13. ~~Community Update box: Title of community update should link to full pos~~t (*)
  14. ~~Community Update box: Content of excerpt field (from post) shown below title with "read more" link to full post.~~ (*)
  15. ~~Add publish dates to Community Updates and Press Releases.~~ (*)
  16. ~~Add list of current community updates (with excerpts) below "Message from Chief" article on the first page~~. MIKE: Complete. Remember to use the "more" tag to define excerpts
  17. Community Emergency Alert Registration Form should be pdf not doc format MIKE: Please provide PDF
  18. ~~Links on http://demo.bernardsvillepd.org/fingerprinting/ should be clickable~~ MIKE: Completed
  19. Police Record Contacts: Update content
  20. ~~New Laws | Bernardsville Police Department: Broken image~~ MIKE: This image is missing on the current site - I'm removing it

(*) Suggested implementation (Chris) in place in theme code

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

Smart 911

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 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

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

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| |   | | | | **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 -                           |
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| | 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 | | | |

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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

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.

Emergency Alerts Signup

Sign Up Now For Emergency Alerts from Bernardsville PD on your Cell Phone or Email


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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Use the form below to send us a message. FOR EMERGENCIES DIAL 911.

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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.

Report a Crime

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Directions

166 Mine Brook Road

Bernardsville, NJ 07924

908-766-0037

DIRECTIONS TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

FROM ROUTE 287 SOUTH:

  • Exit at #30B, “Route 202 Bernardsville”
  • Left at light, onto Route 202 South
  • At second light Route 202 will bear left
  • Pass train station on the left, fire house on the left and a pond
  • Left at entrance to Borough Hall (immediately at end of pond)

FROM ROUTE 287 NORTH:

  • Exit at #26B, “Mount Airy Road Bernardsville”
  • At the traffic light Mount Airy Road bears right
  • Continue to the traffic light at Route 202
  • Left onto Route 202
  • Pass train station on the left, fire house on the left and a pond
  • Left at entrance to Borough Hall (immediately at end of pond)

FROM ROUTE 78 EAST:

  • Exit at #33
  • Turn right at the traffic light
  • You will be on Martinsville Road which becomes Mount Airy Road
  • Continue straight then at the sixth traffic light Mount Airy Road bears right
  • Continue to the traffic light at Route 202
  • Left onto Route 202
  • Pass the train station on the left, fire house on the left and a pond
  • Left at entrance to Borough Hall (immediately at end of pond)

FROM ROUTE 78 WEST:

  • Exit at #33
  • Turn left at the traffic light
  • You will be on Martinsville Road which becomes Mount Airy Road
  • Continue straight then at the seventh light Mount Airy Road bears right
  • Continue to the traffic light at Route 202
  • Left onto Route 202
  • Pass train station on the left, fire house on the left and a pond
  • Left at entrance to Borough Hall (immediately at end of pond)

FROM ROUTE 206 NORTH OR SOUTH:

  • Follow Route 202 North for appoximately four miles
  • Turn right into Municipal Drive (immediately after Old Quarry Road)

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, John Remian                 908-766-0037     ext. 138

Operations Lieutenant, John Gardner      908-766-0037   ext.136

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 -    police@bernardsvillepd.org   Please specify who the email is directed to in the subject line if known.

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.

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 

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

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

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

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.comis 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.comnor 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!

New Laws

New Jersey Move Over Law

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.

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

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

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](http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/index.html "NJDHTS")
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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](http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/ice-and-snow.html#links) | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spacer.gif) | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | ------------------------------------ --------------------------------- | | --- | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/ima Drive slow (at or below the poste | | d | | ges/bullet-green.gif) speed limit) and adjust your spee | | d | | for the changing road conditions. | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spa ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/ | | spa | | cer.gif) cer.gif) | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/ima Turn on your headlights, using lo | | w | | ges/bullet-green.gif) beams when traveling in snow. | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spa ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/ | | spa | | cer.gif) cer.gif) | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/ima Increase your following distance. | | In | | ges/bullet-green.gif) winter weather, travel at least | | eight to 10 seconds behind the ca | | r | | in front of you. | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spa ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/ | | spa | | cer.gif) cer.gif) | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/ima Give snowplows plenty of room to | | ges/bullet-green.gif) work. Don't tailgate and try not | | to | | pass. If you must pass, take extr | | eme | | caution in doing so. Remember, a | | snowplow operator's field of visi | | on | | is restricted. You may see him, b | | ut | | they don't always see you. | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spa ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/ | | spa | | cer.gif) cer.gif) | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/ima If you skid, don't brake or | | ges/bullet-green.gif) accelerate. Remove your foot from | | the gas, and gently steer your ca | | r | | in the direction of the skid (the | | direction the rear of your vehicl | | e | | is sliding.) When your car starts | | heading in the desired direction, | | carefully straighten the wheel. | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spa ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/ | | spa | | cer.gif) cer.gif) | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/ima Slow down before exiting the | | ges/bullet-green.gif) highway. Exit ramps often have ic | | y | | patches, sharp curves and stalled | | or | | stopped vehicles. | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spa ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/ | | spa | | cer.gif) cer.gif) | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/ima Have a personal safety kit easily | | ges/bullet-green.gif) 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 devi | | ce; | | cell phone with spare battery; wa | | ter | | and non-perishable food (i.e., | | granola or protein bars); and pap | | er | | towels or a cloth. | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spa ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/ | | spa | | cer.gif) cer.gif) | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/ima If your vehicle does become | | ges/bullet-green.gif) disabled, pull off the road as fa | | r | | as possible and turn on your | | emergency flashers. Remain with y | | our | | vehicle until help arrives. If yo | | u | | can't get your vehicle off the ro | | ad | | and are uncertain about your safe | | ty, | | do not stay in your vehicle or st | | and | | behind it. Proceed carefully to a | | safe location away from traffic. | | | | | | ------------------------------------ --------------------------------- | | --- | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | **Links** I [Winter Driving | | Tips](http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/ice-and-snow.html#tips) | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spacer.gif) | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | ------------------------------------------------- -------------------- | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | | -------------------------------------------------------------------- | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/images/arrow.gif) [Ice & Snow Palm Car | | d](http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/downloads/Ice-Snow_Palm_Card_Web.pdf) - Pro | | duced by the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, this two-sided color | | palm card addresses the safety concerns and penalties associated with n | | ot adequately removing all ice and snow from your vehicle before driving | | . Additionally, it includes a list of "Winter Driving Tips" to help ensu | | re the safety of motorists during this challenging driving season. | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spacer.gif) ![](http://www.nj.go | | v/oag/images/spacer.gif) | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/images/arrow.gif) [Ice & Snow Poster]( | | http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/downloads/Ice-Snow_Poster_Web.pdf) - Measuring | | 12" x 18", this informational poster should play an integral part in an | | y Winter driving awareness campaign. | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spacer.gif) ![](http://www.nj.go | | v/oag/images/spacer.gif) | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/images/arrow.gif) [Ice & Snow Removal | | Law video](http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/downloads/video/Ice&Snow_512K.mp4) | | - **NEW** A 30-second TV PSA reminding motorists that they must remove a | | ll ice and snow from their vehicles before driving. This amended law bec | | ame effective October 20, 2010. | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spacer.gif) ![](http://www.nj.go | | v/oag/images/spacer.gif) | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/images/arrow.gif) [NJ511 Alerts](http: | | //www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/511/) - Presented by the NJ De | | partment of Transportation, this Google Maps based web page was designed | | to complement the NJ511 telephone service. It provides an easy, user fr | | iendly way for commuters to see where incidents, accidents, congestion a | | nd events like weather and construction are occurring on New Jersey's ro | | ads. | | ------------------------------------------------- -------------------- | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | | -------------------------------------------------------------------- | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+
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| | | | | | | | ![Hang Up! Just | | | | Drive.](http://www.nj.go | | | | v/oag/hts/images/Hang-Up | | | | -Banner.jpg) | | | | | | | |
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+--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | **Overview** I [Additional | | Resources](http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/phone_down_resources.html) | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | **Distracted Driving Overview** | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spacer.gif) | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | +----------------------------------------------------------------------- | | ---+ | | | -------------------------------------------------------------------- | | -- | | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- | | -- | | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- | | -- | | | | -------------- | | | | | | [![Take the No Phone Zone Pledge](http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/images/P | | ho | | | | ne_Zone_Graphic.gif)](http://www.oprah.com/packages/no-phone-zone.html | | ) | | | | | | | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spacer.gif) | | | | | | | | | | | | [Take the *No Phone Zone* Pledge](http://www.oprah.com/packages/no-p | | ho | | | | ne-zone.html)\ | | | | | | Make your car a *No Phone Zone*. This site contains video clips fea | | tu | | | | ring Oprah Winfrey with experts describing the dangers of driving dist | | ra | | | | cted as well as personal accounts from victims of distracted driving. | | | | | | | | | | | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spacer.gif) | | | | | | | | | | | | *The State of NJ, this department and division are not affiliated wi | | th | | | | the "No Phone Zone" campaign. We do not endorse Oprah, Oprah.com or a | | ny | | | | of the advertisers you will encounter at her Web site or while viewin | | g | | | | her videos.* | | | | | | -------------------------------------------------------------------- | | -- | | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- | | -- | | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- | | -- | | | | -------------- | | | | | +----------------------------------------------------------------------- | | ---+ | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Driving Distractions Include: | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/images/spacer.gif) | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | ----------------------------------------------------------- ---------- | | ---------------------------- | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/images/bullet-green.gif) Tuning a r | | adio, CD player or ipod | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/images/bullet-green.gif) Applying m | | akeup or personal grooming | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/images/bullet-green.gif) Reading | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/images/bullet-green.gif) Tending to | | children or pets | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/images/bullet-green.gif) Eating and | | drinking | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/images/bullet-green.gif) Programmin | | g a GPS | | ![](http://www.nj.gov/oag/racing/images/bullet-green.gif) Using a ce | | ll 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 | +--------------------------------------------------------------------------+
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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   Spanishhttp://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 Informationhttp://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/youlose.html

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

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

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

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

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

Firearms ID Card and Purchase Permit Applications

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

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. Registration 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

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."

Business Registration Form

THIS FORM IS A TYPEABLE FORM AND CAN BE FILLED OUT AND PRINTED.

ONCE COMPLETED IT CAN BE DROPPED OFF AT HEADQUARTERS OR FAXED TO 908-766-0917.

Click here to download the form.

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

Josh Fowler: 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

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.

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.

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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.

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

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.

Patrol Division

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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.

Detective Bureau (Investigative Services)

detectiveOfficers 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.

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